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The Demise Of ‘Focus Magic’ Lytro, The New Huawei P20 Pro 1/1.7″ Sensor & The Google Pixel 3.

 by Anura Guruge



I am fairly sure that there will be a Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Christmas 2018 — given that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched for 2017.

When the Pixel 2 (XL) was unveiled it was considered to have the best camera on any smartphone and captured the highest ‘DxO’ rating given to a camera phone; ‘DxO’ a test for overall camera image quality. The Huawei P20 Pro has beaten the Pixel 2 by over 10 points in the ‘DxO’ rating! Google is not going to like that. Part of the P20s success comes from his unprecedentedly large 1/1.7″ sensor. For a phone that is huge. Google will have to combat that somehow.

I doubt whether the Pixel 3 will have a triple-camera like the P20 Pro, but I suspect we might finally get a dual.

But, this is where the Lytro technology can prove to be so intriguing.

I have watched Lytro since they introduced the Illum and even rented one for a week in 2016 for Devanee to play around with. She liked it; I was not impressed. I am not, as I point out DAILY, into post-processing of images. So, I always suspected that Lytro would fold and now they have.

I am sure that Google can IMPROVE on Lytro’s magic and incorporate into its ‘Computational Photography‘ capabilities. That would be sweet.

So, this was a big week: Lytro and the Huawei P20 Pro.

I suspect we will start getting hot rumors of the Google Pixel 3 in September 2018.

Just remember where you read all of this first. {Smile}



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by Anura Guruge

The Rather Strange, 16-Lens/Sensor, “Light L16” ‘Light Capture Device’ (Rather Than Camera).

 by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the official Website for this strange device.


I created this annotated, augmented diagram so you can get a quick overview. Base picture, of course, from ‘Light’. Click to ENLARGE.


For reasons I cannot explain this strange device never registered on my radar until a few days ago — even though it appears that there have been prototypes since 2015.

A cute idea BUT the lenses are titchy and PLASTIC.

Plus, as far as I am concerned it is NOT a real camera! Why? It does NOT have a built-in image processor. [OK. I stand corrected. It appears to have ‘3’ BUT they only produce a 3MP image for ‘social media sharing’! So, if you just rely on those INBOARD ‘image processors’ this is a 3MP camera.] It produces raw data that has to be processed on a computer to create the image. Yikes. Not my cup of tea given my aversion to all forms of post-processing.

Reminds me MUCH of the now ‘defunct’ Lytro Illum and I just saw one on eBay for $450!


This is the best ‘review’ that I have seen for this gizmo.

Click image to access original.


Has absolutely no appeal to I. I do not have the time or patience for post-processing. What I like is to take pictures in JPEG and posts the ones that came out good. Learn from the bad ones and tomorrow is another day.

I am sure that by this time next year this ‘do-da’ will down to $450. Be interesting to see.

This, however, may appeal to some of you PhotoShop fans.

Oh, the 52MP resolution is also way too high for my liking.


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by Anura Guruge

Digital Camera Makers Canon, Nikon, Sony et. al. Are ALL LOSING Money!

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> ‘Lunar Mirrorless’
is NOT an Hasselblad. 
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My analysis of ‘Camera Labs’ point-and-shoot.
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Death knell for Lytro Illum.
>> Panasonic’s
new REFOCUS.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
>> Bought Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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Watching the gay abandon with which these Japanese companies roll out extremely marginal digital camera offerings — e.g., Canon Rebel T6i vs T6s — you would NOT realize that they are ALL bleeding money like crazy.

Yes, there is HUGE undisciplined and unrestrained mismanagement. Canon, Nikon and Sony could save MILLIONS of dollars a year IF they would just rationalize their digital camera offerings and concentrate on just providing a few ‘best in class’ products rather than hundreds of hard to differentiate models.

Lets us NOT forget Kodak and Polaroid.

Both of these U.S. companies were iconic pioneering GIANTS. They are basically GONE!

So cameras companies can stumble, badly, and end up in death spirals.

With smartphone cameras eating into digital camera sales on a daily basis I expect a MAJOR shakedown and consolidation of the digital camera market over the next 18 months.

IT HAS TO HAPPEN.

These companies have to play smarter. The current situation is untenable.


Calling The ‘Lunar Mirrorless’ An Hasselblad Is A CRIME!

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Related posts:
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My analysis of ‘Camera Labs’ point-and-shoot.
>>
Death knell for Lytro Illum.
>> Panasonic’s
new REFOCUS.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
>> Bought Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day.
>> Taking Selfies My Way III.

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Click for ‘B&H’ listing.


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Click for the Amazon listing for the Sony NEX-7.


Talk about a let down. I saw the ‘B&H’ ad. for an Hasselblad on Facebook. When I saw the price I did get EXCITED. I have always lusted after an Hasselblad! At $1,299 I could seriously afford it — though Deanna would brain me (though she is convinced that I will buy myself another camera (my 3rd in the last few months) before Christmas).

Given that I do NOT keep up with Hasselblads I checked. I was CRUSHED. It is a re-branded Sony NEX-7 and the DEAD GIVEAWAY is that it uses Sony E-mount lenses. It has a different facade — BUT it is NOT manufactured by Hasselblad in Sweden. Instead it is made by Sony in Thailand. Screw that for a game of soldiers. To be fair I have toyed at the idea of getting a NEX.

They are NOT the only ones doing this unbecoming rebranding trick. The Leica VLux is the very same camera as my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (with a longer warranty)!

But I am going to wait. Right now my goal is to wait for the Fuji X-T2. We, and by that I do mean us as a family, most likely will get a GoPro for Christmas. I own GoPro stock. So it seems the right thing to do. Devanee would like one. 


Devanee Wants Me To Get A Lytro Illum At ~$450.


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Related posts:
>> Death knell for Lytro Illum?
>> Panasonic’s new REFOCUS.
>> Lytro — focus with software.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
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Bought
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day
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>> Taking Selfies My Way III.

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Click to access Amazon review.

After seeing my post about the deep discount on the Lytro Illum Devanee wants me to get one. To be fair, as I did point out, it did cross my mind that I probably should get one at ‘that’ price — though the current ‘non-rebate’ price is $449. So when Devanee says I should get one all the domestic dynamics change! Devanee is nobody’s fool when it comes to cars and cameras! She has worked it out that IF she encourages my taste then she can benefit from that. And there is no harm in that — and she has an MGB and a Canon Rebel T3i to prove it, with another Jag to come!

So when Devanee says I should get one … the mother stays mum. Plus Deanna is convinced that I am going to get ANOTHER camera for Christmas! She has come to the conclusion, I do not know how or why, that I am addicted to cameras. Am I?

I really, really wasn’t going to get another one this year. Seriously. But now that Devanee says I should get a Lytro Illum …

Did some reading on the Lytro Illum last night. Kind of what I suspected. It appears to be pretty USELESS in the two areas that matter most to me … landscape and low light.

But the whole notion of REFOCUS appeals to me — tremendously. Plus I am a great fan of Panasonic since my Lumix FZ1000 proved to be such a huge success. I realize that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is the BIG BOY version of my FZ1000. But I really don’t want to get into interchangeable lenses again with anything LESS than APSC. Hence my PLAN to wait for the Fuji X-T2

But then there is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K! Great ZOOM up to 600mm, 5 axis stabilization and a CONSTANT max. aperture of f2.8. This camera — now with REFOCUS via firmware — could BE perfect for me BUT for the sensor size. 1/2.3″ sensor. YIKES. That is SO, SO SMALL. But then again 99% of the pictures I take are for use on the Web. I can get away with a small sensor. OK. If on Cyber Monday, i.e., tomorrow, or before Christmas, I see the FZ300 BELOW $500 I will get one. 


Refocus (At Home) Feature On Consumer Cameras Death Knell For The Lytro Illum?

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Related posts:
>> Panasonic’s new REFOCUS.
>> Lytro — focus with software.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
>>
Bought
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day
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>> Taking Selfies My Way III.

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In today’s ‘New Camera’ news. Click image to access the post.


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As I predicted just 5 days ago the new revolutionary REFOCUS (at home) on Panasonic cameras, GX8, G7 & FZ300, is NOT good news for Lytro.

Others, Sony, Canon etc. will try to offer the same REFOCUS capability — assuming that Lytro or Panasonic does not have an enforceable patent on it. It could be that the technology is so ‘obvious’ that it could not be patented.

The last $100 DEAL that was required to get the price down to $399 at Amazon appears to have EXPIRED already. Not sure whether that was a ‘scam’ of sorts. But even $499 isn’t bad. My feeling is that the price will CONTINUE to go down!


Panasonic New Refocus (At Home) Feature, on GX8, G7 & FZ300, Is HUGE.

My Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Lytro — focus with software.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
>>
Bought
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day
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>> Taking Selfies My Way III.

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From ‘The New Camera‘,
a Website that I check a few times a day!

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Click to access original at ‘thenewcamera.com’.


This is HUGE!

This will revolutionize the entire digital camera industry.

It is NOT new. Lytro Illum, as I talked about way back in January 2015, was pushing this concept.

What is it?

The ability to FIX your exact focusing and depth-of-field — and change it if you want (multiple times and different ways) — AFTER a photograph has been taken, using software.

You will never ever again take a picture that is out of focus!

You can get perfect, spot-on focus, with any depth-of-field effect you want, at home — after the pictures is taken.

Yes, it probably will only work with RAW and I, to-date, have resisted using RAW or even any post-processing.

But this HUGE. I am surprised that I am not seeing more coverage of this.

Stay tuned. This could be the end of fuzzy pictures.

Though I keep on telling myself that I have a tryst with destiny with the Fuji X-T2, I have been itching to get a Panasonic G7. Hhhmmm! Yes, the stock market has been VERY GOOD to me.

But, I just wanted to share this with you in case YOU missed it.