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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

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I hope PureView or similar technology will arrive to iPhones. I won't switch to Nokia no matter how good the camera is because I don't like their OS and apps.

I think you can stop worrying about that insane guy hanging in mid-air by one hand from the rock. He has a safety harness.

What did the Nokia 808 say to the small-sensor compact? "Hasta la vista, baby".

I know it's amazing but don't you wish everybody would just stand still for a minute.

I'm not that surprised. And then I'm also gobsmacked. We've been due for a bit for some kind of dramatic....what should we call it? Shift? Not sure yet what to call this new phase.

Thinking back over the last almost 10 years (for me) with digital photography, seems like we had a rapid startup, then a pause, then another acceleration, then another pause....and now we're definitely seeing a couple of interesting developments: pretty affordable large sensor and high mp FF cameras, kicked off by Sony, oddly, and then things like this Nokia and I'd add the NEX7, which even with a handful of flaws, is just plain a remarkable device (I have one now). Oly/Panny led the charge on the mirrorless front, of course, but these high mp count cameras seem to me to be in another league. No, not everyone or even the vast majority of people need them. But for those of us who do? Wow. Great time to be alive for photography.

And printers? This last month you could get an Epson 9890 for a bit over $3K before tax and shipping---and I saw one legit place selling them for $2999.00 (although I don't think that's going to be happening as much in the future---Epson is trying to crack down on below market pricing...as is Nikon, and hooray and kudos to them for that!). I got one. If you have never stood in front of one of these machines while it's working, well, it's an awesome machine. The idea that you can have such a thing for that little money, that you can essentially have commercial grade printing in your home, along with color correction/accuracy controls via software and things like Xrite calibrators, the Passport and its LR tie-in, stuff you just couldn't do before this last ten years as an individual ---this is just mind boggling to me.

Those poor prints ... *sob* But yes, I did download the original JPEGs and thought that they looked absolutely stunning. I couldn't believe my eyes when I peeped. Need to see some "real-world" examples, but if they are anything like these, wow.

Pak

If I were one of the bigger camera/sensor makers, I would start inquiries with Nokia with an eye toward licensing and possible partnership for future designs.

Some questions rolling around in my mind after reading about the Nokia phamera:

With this many pixels available, isn't a zoom lens easily created simply by mathematically cropping the image? (Camera makers should worry)

With this many pixels available in each picture file, don't all my various forms of storage media soon become overwhelmed and obsolete? (Camera makers DON'T need to worry)

I have to agree with Miserere. It's interesting that a phone cam now features such good imaging technology. And I've no doubt that it's chilling to some small cam manufacturers. But even with such a headline feature I suspect that, at most, only one millionth of the photos these cameras ever take will land on paper.

Email. Facebook. Paper? That's so 20th!

Dear Brad,

I am always amused at how the myths transmute. Remember how the near-universal myth used to be that “more megapixels is automatically better?” That one still has a lot of currency, no matter how often we beat on people's heads.

pax / Ctein

Agreed with Miku. impressive, but it needs to be in something other than nokia, ideally an iPhone or Apple product. Apple should just buy Nokia for this technology and close the rest of the company down. ;-)

The climber guy is far from insane... roped in, feet on the rock... may not even be far off the ground. For a real insane climbing shot, search for pictures of people doing upside down double-kneebar bat hangs off the ceilings of the cave-like 5.13 climbs at Rifle Mountain. *Those* are insane.

-Ed

"The climber guy is far from insane... roped in, feet on the rock..."

No, not that picture. The other one. Feet in the air.

Mike

Having a good sensor is great, of course. And I think this shows that the level of detail is good. But does it by any stretch prove that it would be a decent replacement for a camera? I say no, not until people actually review it. How good is all that detail going to be if the dynamic range sucks or if, like my iPhone 4S, it blows highlights in every picture it takes without an easy way to change exposure compensation?

Dear Lu,

Well, isn't that the point of looking at actual photos made in direct sunlight and prints made therefrom???

IOW, asked and answered, if you follow the links Mike and the commenters already gave in these two articles.

pax / Ctein

I'm not a huge fan -- quite the opposite, in fact -- of the current patent system, but I hope that Nokia and Zeiss have truly solid and defensible IP on this system. This system shows REAL engineering creativity, vision, and courage, and deserves to be richly rewarded. THIS is the lineal and proper descendent of Oscar Barnack's vision, not the bloated overpriced M9 or M10.

I'm not actually much of a fan of Nokia but I can see where you are coming from, I'm more of an Apple/Samsung guy. Haha. Great pics though.

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