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Robert Collins

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  1. The big question mark is graphics - intel 630 integrated is pretty feeble especially set against other specs.
  2. I think a lot of this comes down to whether you see the glass half full or half empty on this issue. I am definitely towards the fan boy end. On the 'price' I think it is pretty amazing that you can get something close to a flying RX100 for under US$2k Quality wise there is no doubt it is a huge upgrade on the original Mavic Pro. Admittedly the original Mavic had a terrible codec with either too much default sharpening or noise reduction. 10 bit DLog-m is great to process on the Mavic 2 Pro. Of course, the FOV 4k is a little soft although I think some of the comparisons reflect excessive sharpening (rather more than detail) on other drones. Considering that DJI has a virtual monopoly of consumer drones, it doesnt seem to be holding much back (they could have brought out the Mavic 2 zoom first and the Mavic 2 Pro 6 months later) nor are they price gouging consumers.
  3. Talk of CMYK ratios for skin tones are pretty common amongst photo retouchers. I wouldnt say that the ratios are typically as 'rigid' as the ones he gives.
  4. I agree it is easy to see us falling into a dystopian future. Eventually Apple will be deemed liable for any copyright infringement taken and stored on an iphone. Then when you use the iphone it will scan the shot beforehand before it actually allows you to take a photo. Meanwhile, according to The Independent, the average Londoner is caught on security cameras about 300 times a day.
  5. OK. Fair point about the price. I do agree that the Z7 was mispriced. Hard to see how they could justify pricing it above the D850 or A7riii. I still think it is a promising first effort though. I do also think you are right about Canon. There is something about Canon's 'non-professional body' and 'fancy mirrorless lenses' that smells of trying to persuade you to avoid mirrorless altogether at the moment..... ...I mean who thought that producing the largest and heaviest 50m lens and 28-70 zoom was a good idea to match with the inherent advantages of a lighter and smaller mirrorless camera?
  6. Still it isnt unreasonable to think that Panasonic's 'class leading technology/specs' for video largely reflect the fact that it is using a sensor one quarter the size of FF with M43. It is quite a leap of faith to suppose that Panasonic can morph all those specs to FF. (It seems pretty clear for instance that Sony is failing/struggling to bring internal 4k 60p and 10 bit to the A7s series even with all its fancy sensor tech.) Also it seemed pretty clear from Panasonic's presentation at Photokina that its move to FF was aimed primarily at breaching its gap in the 'stills' pro market (where M43 really isnt competitive especially going forward). Personally, I suspect that Panasonic's leading videocentric hybrid will remain the GH6/7 for at least a couple of generations and that people will happily pay a premium for its faster frame rates, greater bit depth and thicker bit rates that can be achieved by FF. The S1R was presented as the camera for 'ultimate picture creation' at their presentation - so its difficult to envision it with class video specs.
  7. Personally I feel Nikon deserves a free pass. For a start the Z7 might not be the best comparison with the A7iii. Second it seems a bit much to expect a first generation product to match a 3rd generation product. I think most of the criticisms can be put down to unrealistic high expectations. Look at how far Fuji has come in a couple of generation - matching and even surpassing Sony in certain cases.
  8. I thought it was interesting that Vimeo would institute a policy that seemed (at first sight) so evidently against the best interest of their customers (who clearly are looking for a reliable content provider) and therefore against the interest of Vimeo itself. As I see it Vimeo has two problems. 1) Service providers (ie vimeo) can avoid liability under copyright infringements from their users/customers so long as they meet 'safe harbor' conditions under DMCA. A key condition is that the service provider 'must terminate' repeat copyright infringers from their system (and inform their customers of this policy.) 2) A secondary problem for Vimeo is its underlying business model which relies on 'subscriptions' from its users. A service provider cant really be sued for the copyright infringement of its users if it receives no monetary benefit from them (which in most cases Vimeo will.) Youtube, for instance, would seem in a better position here as it relies on advertising. So it can argue, that as it has a policy to 'demonetize' repeat offenders, it shouldnt be liable.
  9. The 168mp sensor is most likely a reference to its 'pixel shift' mode. The actual sensor is likely to be 42mp (168/4) - probably because they are working with a Sony sensor.
  10. Flickr is ok but it is limited - to a maximum of 3 minutes playback and 1GB file size.
  11. The main thing that strikes me about Vimeo's policy - is that it amounts to financial suicide by Vimeo. I see the need for copyright laws but they often seem absurd to me. For instance, I dont see why it is illegal to take a photo or video of the Eiffel Tower at night. https://petapixel.com/2017/10/14/photos-eiffel-tower-night-illegal/
  12. The latest data for professional photographers in the US is here. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/photographers.htm There are 146,000 pro photogs in the US - no small number. I seem to remember that, that number has actually increased since 2010. However, prospects arent great. The current median income is US$32,000 - 14% below the national median wage and the BLS expects the number employed to fall 6% over the next 8 years.
  13. I am sure it is only a matter of time before DJI enters the mirrorless market. For me, I would be happy to see a product less demanding than some of the suggestions in this thread. Basically the 1 inch sensor out of the Mavic 2 on a gimbal with a smartphone interface. Hopefully with 4k/60 and 10 bit DLOG recording. Could be small light and relatively inexpensive.
  14. Interesting video by Tony Northrup on sports stills shooting.
  15. Hmmm.... My guess is that a consumer who wants the 'ease of use' of automatic transfer to the smartphone will also want the 'ease of use' of autofocus.
  16. I actually think that Sony's goal of 'trying to exceed customers' expectations is part of the problem, Yes, they have done that in the past but it is relatively easy to do if there is no competition in your space. Once competition arrives it is a different story. It is doubly difficult to achieve in 'video' because customers expectations are built around the 'best specs available' which tends to be a Panasonic GHx - that has the advantage of a smaller sensor. I dont really see that Sony has falllen behind though (except fo a lack of external 10 bit.) The article says '... Nikon have got to the point where the XQD card equipped Z7 surpasses Sony on a technical level using their own technology and manufacturing facilities. It supplants Sony’s best specced stills camera.... But I dont really see it... 1. The A7riii has a much better focus system for stills. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-z7-first-impressions-review/5 2. The A7riii has more dynamic range than the Z7. http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Canon EOS R,Nikon Z 7,Sony ILCE-7RM3 3. And even the single card XQD slot on the Z7 isnt much of an advantage as the camera write speed tops out at 245MB/s https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/nikon-z7/fastest-xqd-card-speed-test/ and the Z7s buffer is smaller than the A7riii.
  17. Bit depth certainly makes a difference to sensor readout - see here. https://blog.kasson.com/a7riii/how-fast-silent-shutter/ He has also measured the sensor readout (silent shutter, stills) for the Z7 https://blog.kasson.com/nikon-z6-7/how-fast-is-the-z7-silent-shutter/ In fact his blog is an absolute mine of information on geeky topics related to the Z7.
  18. Actually, this morning I took the same Mavic 2 pro DLOG h.265 clip into both PP 2018 and then PP 2019 applied the same effects (lens correction, LUT and adjustments) and rendered them both out in h.264. Took exactly the same time give or take a second or two. The new curves are very nice and intuitive in PP 2019 though.
  19. I certainly get the argument that there isnt much inherently wrong with the EOS-R that you cant find a work around. I can also see the rationale - for those with a large collection of Canon lenses - to say that it is the best mirrorless option out there for them. The problem as I see it, is that the 'shortfalls' in the EOS-R that we see seems to be indicative of a far greater 'structural' problem at Canon - I dont think they will magically disappear with the next mirrorless release. As I see it, cropped 4k, terrible rolling shutter and 120fps at 720p with no autofocus are mostly a function of the fact that both Canon's sensor tech and its processing tech is well behind the competition (and there are similar arguments for its stills.). (I dont really buy the 'avoid crippling' its Cinema argument.) As such, it just seems an incredibly big 'ask' to try and persuade anyone who isnt incredibly entrenched in their ecosystem to invest in a brand new mount.
  20. Wouldnt be at all surprised if this is not an identical part to the one in the A7riii. Made by Nidec Copal.
  21. Nikon F mount glass with FTZ adapter not great for stills....
  22. Or presumably an 'EX' Japanese semiconductor engineer who involved in the development!!
  23. I wouldnt be that optimistic about F mount lens via the FTZ adapter because the lens dont have the built in stepper motors needed for cdaf. To quote Thom Hogan. In the continuous autofocus modes the Z7 isn’t a D850. Or even a D7500. This is particularly true with lenses on the FTZ adapter, which forces the camera to always use phase detect. In my initial opinion, the Z7 is substantively behind where the Sony A7Rm3 is for continuous autofocus sequences of objects moving towards you (even at a diagonal). My guess is that F mount users will have to eventually switch over to S lenses if they want to take advantage of the Z mounts dual cdaf/pdaf focusing system for 'fast' and 'accurate' focusing.
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