Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Testing the Samsung NX500 after firmware update v. 1.10

This video shows the effect of the firmware update v. 1.10 on the Samsung NX500's low light autofocus speed, backlight autofocus accuracy, and the raw buffer depth.

Hit the jump for details.

Monday, June 29, 2015

What's Up?

Hi everyone.  I hope you had a great weekend!  Here are some of the upcoming posts I'm working on.  If there are any you'd like me to prioritize, pls. let me know in the comments!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Samsung NX500 firmware update

NX500 with kit lens
Just a few months after releasing the NX500, Samsung has already issued a significant firmware update for the NX500 (firmware v. 1.10), addressing some of the issues raised by users.  Hit the jump to see what has improved, what got worse, and what hasn't changed.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Do Apple, Google or Facebook Own Your Photos?

We upload photos and other media to services such as Facebook and Google.  Photographers (and other content creators) have wondered if by doing so, we're giving those companies ownership over our photos and media.  In this post, I'd like to raise some issues and just give you some things to think about.  I'm going to let you know upfront that I unfortunately don't offer any solutions here, and I can't give legal advice (if you want an answer or solutions, that's what hiring a lawyer is for).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready for Summer? Olympus Tough TG-3 Waterproof Camera

Summer is almost here and you may be looking for a camera that you can take with you anywhere you go for your vacation.  The Olympus TOUGH TG-3 (released June 2014; originally $349) is a camera that is waterproof, shockproof, and can function in temperatures as low as -10°C/14°F.  Rugged, waterproof point-and-shoot cameras often have mediocre image quality.  However, the TG-3 is the bench of the bunch, winning the 2014 DPReview Waterproof Camera Roundup.  Olympus announced the TG-4 in April 2015, adding raw shooting capability and the ability to choose AF points, but keeping everything else otherwise the same.

In this post, I will give a brief review of the TG-3.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Find Your Smartphone Photos Easily with Google Photos (for iOS and Android)

Do you ever find it difficult to find a photo on your phone?  Google Photos (available for Android or iOS) is an app that organizes your smartphone photos and videos, tagging them automatically using image recognition, which makes it easier to find a photo.  If you have photos on Google Photos (aka Picasa Web Albums), it can include those as well (this option can be turned off).  Google Photos can also sync your smartphone photos and videos to the cloud for free, with some compression (uncompressed backups are available for a subscription).

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Comments on the DxO ONE Connected Camera

DXO's webpage for its ONE camera

​Most photography enthusiasts know DxO for their postprocessing software and their sensor and lens tests.  Today DxO announced that they are producing a camera, the DxO ONE.  The DxO ONE is unusual in that it does not have its own LCD but rather is designed to connect with your iPhone (no Android support yet), which it uses for both controlling the camera and displaying images.  Here's our take on it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lytro Camera (First Generation) Review

This is a review of the Lytro's First Generation camera, the first consumer light field camera that became famous for changing the focus after having taken the shot.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Portraits: Biggest Blur for the Buck

Nikon D600 + Nikon 85 1.8G.  f/1.8, 1/800, ISO 100
This question was posted on DPReview and I thought it is a useful question: "What is the greatest amount of blur you can get in the most compact package for portraits?"

Update: thanks to readers' suggestions, I added Fuji 56 1.2, Samsung 85 1.4, and Nikon 135 f/2.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Samsung NX500 with 16-50 kit lens is now $599

The NX500 was originally $799, and Samsung decreased the price to $699, then now to $599 at retailers such as Amazon, B&H and Adorama.  At that price, it seems like a pretty good deal to me.  I suggest that if you buy it, you buy from a store with a price protection policy.  I got mine from B&H at $799. When the price later dropped to $699 two weeks later, I asked for a refund of the price difference and they did give it to me.