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    Matins 2 reacted to Andrew Reid in Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - Why a technical marvel cannot come close to flattering the subject   
    I remember when the first 1" sensor smartphone came out (Panasonic CM1) was around the same time the Samsung NX1 arrived.
    It's still worth keeping an eye out for on eBay if you want a smart compact camera...
    https://www.eoshd.com/review/panasonic-cm1-review-part-1-smartphone-first-impressions/
    Takes some great shots in RAW mode.
    In many ways it's still the best sensor in any smartphone for RAW at least.
    I recently re-bought one for 100 euros.
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    Matins 2 reacted to Brian Williams in Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - Why a technical marvel cannot come close to flattering the subject   
    Is it just me? I feel like this photo of the face looks pretty great, am I missing something?

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    Matins 2 reacted to ntblowz in Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - Why a technical marvel cannot come close to flattering the subject   
    1/1.12" is not exactly 1" yet, though wasn't there an actual 1" Sony sensor for smartphone rumored?
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    Matins 2 got a reaction from kye in Are Sony sensors ruining video with the 'Sony look'?   
    Unfortunately, the low and mid-tier camera market is stuck in the mud.
    Quality wise, Sony is the McDonald's of the camera industry.
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    Matins 2 got a reaction from Matthias Scheja in Are Sony sensors ruining video with the 'Sony look'?   
    I suspect that the two primary reasons the image sensor market is dominated by Sony is because of: (1) shady business deals between Japanese tech companies and (2) a lack of competition from outsiders.
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    Matins 2 reacted to kye in Help me on an eBay hunt for 4K under $200 - Is it possible?   
    And thus, ironically, making those cameras no longer cheap!
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    Matins 2 got a reaction from IronFilm in Help me on an eBay hunt for 4K under $200 - Is it possible?   
    Too many people having too much time on their hands to look for the best and cheapest camera.
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    Matins 2 reacted to tupp in Help me on an eBay hunt for 4K under $200 - Is it possible?   
    Nope.  Color depth is the number of different colors that can be produced in a given area.  A given area has to be considered, because imaging necessarily involves area... which area necessarily involves resolution.
     
    Obviously, if a 1-bit imaging system produces more differing colors as the resolution is increased, then resolution is an important factor to color depth -- it is not just bit depth that determines color depth.
     
    The above example of a common screen printing is just such an imaging system that produces a greater number of differing colors as the resolution increases, while the bit depth remains at 1-bit.
     
     
    The Wikipedia definition of color depth is severely flawed in at least two ways:
    it doesn't account for resolution; and it doesn't account for color depth in analog imaging systems -- which possess absolutely no bit depth nor pixels.  
    Now, let us consider the wording of the Wikipedia definition of color depth that you quoted.   This definition actually gives two image areas for consideration
    "a single pixel" -- meaning an RGB pixel group; and "the number of bits used for each color component of a single pixel" -- meaning a single pixel site of one of the color channels.  
    For simplicity's sake, let's just work with Wikipedia's area #2 -- a single channel pixel site of a given bit depth of "N."  We will call the area of that pixel site "A."
     
    If we double the resolution, the number of pixel sites in "A" increases to two.  Suddenly, we can produce more tones inside "A."  In fact, area "A" can now produce "N²" number of tones -- much more than "N" tones.
     
    Likewise, if we quadruple the resolution, "A" suddenly contains four times the pixel sites that it did originally, with the number of possible tones within "A" now increasing to "N⁴."
     
    Now, one might say, "that's not how it actually works in digital images -- two or four adjacent pixels are not designed to render a single tone."  Well, the fact is that there are some sensors and monitors that use more pixels within a pixel group than those found within the typical Bayer pixel group or found withing a striped RGB pixel group.  Furthermore (and probably most importantly), image detail can feather off within one or two or three pixel groups, and such tiny transitions might be where higher tone/color depth is most utilized.
     
    By the way, I didn't come up with the idea that resolution is "half" of color depth.  It is a fact that I learned when I studied color depth in analog photography in school -- back when there was no such thing as bit depth in imaging.
     
    In addition, experts have more recently shown that higher resolutions give more color information (color depth), allowing for conversions from 4k, 4:2:0, 8-bit to Full HD, 4:4:4, 10-bit -- using the full, true 10-bit gamut of tones.  Here is Andrew Ried's article on the conversion and here is the corresponding EOSHD thread.
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    Matins 2 reacted to kye in Help me on an eBay hunt for 4K under $200 - Is it possible?   
    No.  Colour depth is bit-depth.
    The wikipedia entry begins with:
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_depth
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    Matins 2 reacted to tupp in Help me on an eBay hunt for 4K under $200 - Is it possible?   
    Well, this scenario is somewhat problematic because one is using the same camera with the same sensor.  So, automatically there is a binning and/or line-skipping variable.
     
    However, barring such issues and given that all other variables are identical in both instances, it is very possible that the 8K camera will exhibit a banding/posterization artifact just like the SD camera.
     
    Nevertheless, the 8K camera will have a ton more color depth than the SD camera, and, likewise, the 8K camera will have a lot more color depth than a 10-bit, 800x600 camera that doesn't exhibit the banding artifact.
     
     
    Of course, it is not practical to have 1-bit camera sensors (but it certainly is possible).
     
    Nonetheless, resolution and bit depth are equally weighted factors in regards to color depth in digital imaging, and, again, a 4k sensor has 4 times the color depth of an otherwise equivalent Full HD sensor.
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    Matins 2 reacted to tupp in Help me on an eBay hunt for 4K under $200 - Is it possible?   
    4K has 4 times the color depth (and 4 times the bit rate) of full HD, all other variables being equal and barring compression or any artificial effects.
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    Matins 2 reacted to fuzzynormal in IMX800 1-inch sensor — Are we nearing the end of dedicated consumer cameras?   
    I think regardless of this particular model, the sales of traditional DSLR type cameras are going to wane so much that the market will be niche in the immediate future.
    Speaking for myself, a handful of what I'm already filming now is done with a phone.  And the other camera I do use and find perfectly acceptable for my doc work is a very modest cheap m43 camera.  And I'm a quote/unquote professional. 
    As phone tech advances and offers computational imagery with video, I don't see how the consumer market could be anything but dominated by mobile devices leaving camera enthusiast with slim pickins'.
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    Matins 2 got a reaction from Juank in IMX800 1-inch sensor — Are we nearing the end of dedicated consumer cameras?   
    The Sony IMX800 is rumoured to be a 1-inch sensor designed for phones. It is expected to make its debute soon.
    What does the future hold for dedicated consumer cameras if this rumour is true?
    https://gsmarena.com/rumor_the_huawei_p50_phones_will_be_the_first_to_use_sonys_1_imx800_sensor-news-47938.php
    https://twitter.com/RODENT950/status/1364507707907178496
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    Matins 2 got a reaction from IronFilm in IMX800 1-inch sensor — Are we nearing the end of dedicated consumer cameras?   
    The Sony IMX800 is rumoured to be a 1-inch sensor designed for phones. It is expected to make its debute soon.
    What does the future hold for dedicated consumer cameras if this rumour is true?
    https://gsmarena.com/rumor_the_huawei_p50_phones_will_be_the_first_to_use_sonys_1_imx800_sensor-news-47938.php
    https://twitter.com/RODENT950/status/1364507707907178496
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    Matins 2 reacted to Jimmy G in Sony Semiconductor Readies a Wave of New Stacked Sensors   
    My hope here (expectation, actually) is that Panasonic will go with their own organic sensors for their next wave of releases (post-Japan-Olympics) with a line of 8K/wide-DR/high-ISO/global-shutter cameras (yes, MFT, too). Quite frankly, the market could use some better sensor differentiation, IMHO, and I'd love to see Panasonic and Nikon and Sigma succeed in bringing their own sensor technology to market each for their own unique imaging characteristics. Sony can continue to sell their sensors to the upstarts (like Z-Cam) and stay in the green. Time to move this market forward...again, IMHO.
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    Matins 2 reacted to Andrew Reid in Nikon 8K mirrorless camera (Sony A1 clone)   
    It's pretty comical the extent to which you're misinterpreting what I am saying. I said the D6 styling was far better, much bigger hump but it has smooth flowing clean lines and looks like a real professional workhorse. The EVF hump on the Z9 looks like the 1 Series.
     
    This is a $6000+ camera and must be judged as such.
    If it is just going to cut & paste the A1 specs sheet that is not enough, I'm afraid.
    Most cameras have Sony manufactured parts in them - the Sigma Fp, Panasonic S1, S1H, SL2-S, A7 III all those have practically the same sensor (which I don't have a problem with). What I would have issues with is if they were all almost identical with no unique selling points or form factors. They are ALL very different.
    Also some cameras like the X-T4 have exclusivity of sensor. There's no Sony APS-C body with the X-T4 sensor.
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    Matins 2 reacted to fuzzynormal in Redundancy   
    There ain't much of any kind of shot I capture that you can't find something very similar to it elsewhere.  I think that's true for most people, even the pros.  In fact, I was watching some of Roger Deakin's work from Sicario earlier this week and realized there's an almost identical shot from the David Lean's 1946 "Great Expectations" that's a direct copy. (soldiers defending into darkness, shot by Guy Green)  Pretty cool homage/rip-off.
    But, even still, every combo of shots and audio is definitely a new context.  So what we do with those shots is what matters.  Often I get paid to create mundane context, but it's context the client wants.  I'm okay with that.  I'm not super creative.  No genius stuff here.  Ultimately I'm rock and roll, not progressive jazz.
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    Matins 2 reacted to kye in Redundancy   
    I guess it depends on how exactly we define things.  An original idea may be "I Kye, will pick up my camera, and point it at that thing, and record video frames at these exact moments, with the light hitting the subject in exactly this way" and yes, everything we ever do is completely unique.
    If I say "potato centrifuge Halifax cumbersome trellis" then that's probably the first time anyone has ever said that.** 
    However, if you abstract up a little, getting a mid-shot of the subject with a 35mm FOV, well, that's been done more than a few times before...
    I did purposefully comment rather cheekily and not actually answer the question.  Redundancy in creation is contextual.  You could post the same image and depending on context it may or may not be redundant.  The Kuleshov effect is in the mix too.
    If you're creating content for a particular client where they know or care about who is in the footage, in some ways it doesn't matter how generic the style is (or it might even be desirable) because it matters who is in the footage.  A corporate video full of middle-aged white men talking about their company in corporate speak is completely meaningless unless those middle-aged white men are the middle-aged white men from your clients company, in which case, the video is worth paying for.
    Ditto for wedding videos, or the videos I make of my friends and family.
    Its a tough gig making content for people who don't know anyone who is featured in the final video.  In that case you would have to work super-hard to make the content interesting.  I'm glad I don't have that burden!
    (** I look forward to your replies with the google results)
    Not at all.  In terms of new ideas, my videos are far away from that territory.  
    However, as discussed above, my videos are of my friends and family, or are camera tests of some kind, so either the audience knows the people in the video, or the audience might care about the camera test I'm doing.  In either case, there's little redundancy.
    If I did want to push into new ideas or capturing things in a new way, I would have two options.  I would either need to capture things in a radically different style, which would likely not be at all appetising.  
    I could shoot my videos using only a fisheye lens pointing at the sky and a tele macro that only frames a single eye of the subject and have a video that cuts back and forward between these two angles at random intervals.  New? yes.  Desirable? NO.
    The alternative is to embrace the style, which in my case is on the continuum between Cinéma vérité and the cinematic highlight style of travel or wedding videos.  I tend to create a mixture of the two, not showing the parts where the kids whine about everything and their mum gets angry at them, but also not making our activities look like we live a fantasy life where everything is interesting and everyone is always happy (like most travel films tend to).
    To get my videos anywhere near the level and finesse of the greats in this territory would require many lifetimes dedicated solely to the study of every aspect of creation, as well as doing deep work on myself to enable my own creativity to come forth much less unhindered than it does currently.
    Meanwhile, I don't worry about it.  I have fun, do my best, and enjoy the process.
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    Matins 2 reacted to IronFilm in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    People have been made to be terrified of each other. 
    What I'm saying, is there hasn't been a balance in the messaging. Telling people to still go outside where they please, and enjoy the sunshine and life. 
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    Matins 2 reacted to barefoot_dp in Redundancy   
    If it's putting money in my bank account, it's not redundant.
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    Matins 2 reacted to EphraimP in Redundancy   
    Because I shoot for nonprofit agencies mostly (that's NGOs for you non-American types 😉), the videos I shoot are pretty issue specific and not at all redundant. Just yesterday I was up in a wetlands restoration project that had been burned out in a major forest fire. The Forest Service and our local land trust are replanting it. The clips I got from it will go into a three-part series of social media shorts about how the land trust and its partners are helping the community and the ecosystem rebound from this devastating event. And I maybe be able to use it in a longer term documentary about the fire and its aftermath in context of climate change and the increase of severe wildfires in our region.
    That's definitely not redundant content and I'm really excited/motivated to tell these important stories. Maybe the answer to feeling like you're creating redundant content is to find unique stories that feel like they have value to you and shoot them!
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    Matins 2 reacted to hyalinejim in Redundancy   
    If you're doing this creatively or as a hobby it's very daunting to be faced with the best of the world's output.
    I faced this problem recently when I was starting to post some creative photography on Instagram. One negative thought that I had was, indeed, "what's the point of making and posting work when thousands of others are doing the same thing, only better than me?"
    The answer for me, in this context, was that there is still a local audience. And while the pics I was posting were nothing spectacular in a global arena, they were pretty good compared to what others were doing in my local area. I built up a respectable following after a while, 99% of which were genuine local followers.
    Similarly, I used to do a bit of documentary film making, but haven't for a while. But when I was it was fairly easy to get a screening at a local or national film festival, and quite a bit less likely for me to be screened internationally. The local festivals were lots of fun. I met great people and had a great time. The slightly more prestigious international festivals (when I was able to travel to them) were like a special treat in comparison, all the better for being a little bit more rare.
    So I would say: find your audience. You don't need to be broadcasting to millions or even thousands on YouTube. If you make a video about your granny's cat she'll absolutely love it, and you'll feel good too!
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    Matins 2 reacted to Andrew Reid in Redundancy   
    It is getting more difficult.
    A few factors at play:
    - More homogenous globalised world, with cultures coming closer together under the umbrella of capitalism and internet
    - Global pool of talent and art, yes that's what you have to stand out against now. Before, you only had to be unique within your sphere of influence or country
    So the internet has changed what it means to be unique or new.
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    Matins 2 reacted to Tim Sewell in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    No. It's like saying free people in a country built on genocide and slavery, who daily benefit from that history, shouldn't call themselves enslaved when they're asked to temporarily change their lifestyles in order to save the lives of their neighbours.
     
    No. Slavery is a situation where a person or a group of people are forced to labour for no recompense. Some people have concluded that they're in that situation right now because they're too spoilt and entitled to countenance a temporary disruption to their lives in order to save the lives of their neighbours.
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    Matins 2 reacted to Eric Calabros in Coronavirus survey part 2 - how are work & incomes going?   
    Its like saying poor people in developed countries shouldn't call themselves poor, because some kids somewhere in India are dying because there is no enough food.
    Slavery is about a situation where a person or a group of people, commonly known as master, decides how you should live. Some people have legitimately concluded that they're in that situation right now. The mathematical measurements of misery is not the subject. 
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