EOSHD opinion: smartphones are not killing DSLRs, apps and online services are

Apple and app revenue

 

It’s well known that DSLR sales are sliding now, following the worrying trajectory of compact cameras.

Then I read with great interest Vincent Laforet’s prediction that the era of stand-alone cameras is coming to an abrupt end for the mass market.

There was a very key chart in that blog post which you can see above. I believe it speaks volumes about why the mass market is migrating from hardware focussed imaging tools like DSLRs to innovative new growth areas like apps and services orientated smartphones.

Incidentally in our own little world of DSLR video, this is also why Canon were so utterly wrong to dismiss Magic Lantern as a intolerable ‘hack’.

Let’s diagnose the problem and suggest the solution…

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Apple iPhone 6 camera specs at a glance – 240fps and new Apple video encoder!

iPhone 6 camera

With the camera, the iPhone 6 has taken a pretty reasonable step forward. Although resolution remains the same at 8MP the sensor is brand new.

On the video side 1080/60p and 240fps round out an impressive spec along with optical image stabilisation.

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New iPhone 5S – iSight camera gets 120fps slow-mo

iPhone 5SiPhone 5S

Here’s the new iPhone 5S’s camera at a glance:

  • 15% larger CMOS sensor
  • 10fps burst mode at full resolution
  • 720/120fps slow-mo video
  • 28MP panorama
  • Auto image stabilisation picks sharpest shot out of 5
  • New F2.2 lens with 5 elements
  • TrueTone flash uses LED with variable kelvin temperature to match subject, gives better skin tones

The iPhone 5S is a somewhat modest upgrade in terms of the overall phone hardware, but the new 64bit processor packs a real punch and iOS7 is a revolution. Read on for more details and analysis.

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Apple reveal new 4K equipped Mac Pro suitable for uncompressed raw editing. Not just pro but genius!

New Mac Pro

The new 9.9 by 6.6 inch Mac Pro is the height of a bottle of wine and diameter of a cookie jar. Cutting edge in terms of technology it’s also a radical departure from the old models in terms of design and in my view it is going to be a huge success though I’m expecting an equally huge price tag.

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Mac AVCHD gamma issues – the fix

FS100 with SLRmagic Hyperprime

As I recently found with my FS100 Macs really seem to hurt your AVCHD footage from Sony cameras and the Panasonic GH2… But especially the Sony FS100.

It is no wonder these cameras often get a bad reputation for limited dynamic range, crushed shadows and blown highlights – when you are only seeing the middle part of the full 8bit range of luma.

This Rec.709 portion of a 601 space (16-235 instead of the full 0-255 the FS100 shoots in) is incorrectly remapped to 0-255 by Quicktime. Therefore apps that use Quicktime at their core like Premiere, trip up. This makes a huge difference to the image. When fixed, you recover over 10% of your dynamic range, highlight and shadow detail, along with a much smoother roll off to whites and blacks.

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