When it works, the Illum is capable of producing really remarkable pictures. (It still doesn’t shoot video, though Lytro says that’s not far away.) It still stumbles in low light — I avoided shooting above ISO 1000 — but as long as the conditions are right you get good, accurate colors, and impressive dynamic range. And that Lytro moment, when you shift focus from the person in the foreground to the city in the back or from the tip of their finger to their smiling face, never stops being amazing. But images are never quite tack-sharp as you move the focus around (Lytro says any given spot maxes out at four megapixels), making it look as if everything’s out of focus rather than in focus. That makes Lytro’s living pictures totally impractical for printing or exporting as simple JPGs, and even dulls the magic of refocusing. … [Read more...] about Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future
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In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, Microsoft president Brad Smith announced his support for an antitrust investigation into Apple's iPhone app store model. OK. So far, so good. Apple claims up to 30% from its app store vendors for every program they sell. It may not be extortion, but if you talk to iPhone independent software vendors (ISVs), they might use stronger language. Smith went on, "You're seeing app stores that have created higher walls and far more formidable gates to access to other applications than anything that existed in the industry [Windows] 20 years ago." … [Read more...] about Was Microsoft in the 1990s really better than Apple in the 2020s?
Vivo hasn’t yet announced full spec sheets for the phones, but the X50 Pro+ has a Snapdragon 865 processor with the requisite X55 5G modem. The screen supports 120Hz refresh rates and HDR10+. Vivo says that the regular X50 is the slimmest 5G phone ever at 7.49mm thick, meanwhile, suggesting a mid-range device that might use something like a Snapdragon 765. … [Read more...] about Vivo announces X50 flagship series with gimbal-style camera
The Lumix Tether app already allowed you to connect your camera to a laptop or desktop for tethered shooting. That lets you see a live view from the camera on your computer with a focus box and some on-screen controls, in addition to sending photos to your computer soon after you shoot them on your camera. With this update, though, Panasonic is letting you remove the UI elements so that you can pass a clean video feed to an app like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and then onto your videoconferencing software. … [Read more...] about Panasonic is making it easier to use its mirrorless cameras as webcams
Panasonic has announced the new Lumix G100 mirrorless camera (known as the G110 outside of the US) that’s compatible with the full suite of Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lenses. It will be out by the end of July and, like the recently launched Sony ZV-1, it has several features specifically geared toward people who want to create vlog video content. With a preorder price of $749.99 at Adorama and B&H Photo (until August 1st — it’ll cost $50 more after that), this could be a solid pick, depending on your needs. … [Read more...] about The Lumix G100 is Panasonic’s answer to Sony’s ZV-1