Pragmatic 14A: The Worlds Most Popular Camera Follow-up 1

24 March, 2014


Follow up (Part A) to The Worlds Most Popular Camera where we look into printing photos and when SLRs will still have the edge but are destined to still be a niche product.

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This is pragmatic follow-up either episode 14 the world's most popular camera and Alexander McCall to judging into a van face that so I had a very good piece of follow-up from our at this episode about the worlds best camera most popular camera should say and make sure you backtracked and other try and pronounce his name and I think it's something like Ga IV and Curtin as hope I did okay anyhow so he's written in to say to talk about his experiences with the camera learning learning how you are learning to shoot with the yellow analogue SLRs and CO compact cameras and now DSLR's and of course you have different different models along the way and one of the things that he won the mumbles dimensions as well a year is a Panasonic Lumix DMC of which I actually do have one of those and CO and yes it was an excellent camera however his key point that I want to address was with respect to printing on paper and something I didn't cover in the episode and I'm kidding myself that I didn't so here we are now so the issue with printing on paper predominantly in my opinion comes back to the quality of and the quantity of megapixels that the camera is capable of taking clearly when you are displaying when you're printing it out through a printing process and you can get several hundred dots per inch that the higher the resolution of your original 24 megapixels let's say obviously is go produce a far better print than an image that is only for megapixels of the same object is simply a function of resolution you'll never beat it so there is no question at all that high megapixel cameras like those on points and point-and-shoot and the SLRs I going to produce a much higher quality image that is more comparable to a traditional photograph however smart phone camera well pixel densities are increasing the CCD pixel density is increasing so I believe the 5S the iPhone 5 S is an eight megapixel we talked about the Lumia 1020 that was 43 megapixels shoot however of the quality and size of the sensor and everything would not be comparable to the ISA 24 megapixel RDS alarm is likely that that's more optical reasons so I guess from a megapixels point of view it's actually changing but to me that's not really the point the point is why you printing on paper the thing is printing on paper is very slowly but surely disappearing not just photos but for a lot of things I reminisced saying in the 80s were moving towards a paperless office as like that was the gag in the 90s like I am paperless office right photocopying double siding you of all of the piece of paper reams and reams and reams of documentation just unbelievable quantity of paper being used despite the fact that we had computers we had soft copies we had WordPerfect and then eventually Microsoft Word and Excel will go everything was going to softcopy with emails as well people print emails I don't get you and why because the desktop was stuck in a location and you couldn't take it with you right so how can I show you this email in this meeting unless I print it but that's changing thanks to smart phones and I plan and tablets almost call them iPads are boy tablets see Apple you've done to me see you anyway so here I CRM a meeting now and this is happening more and more I go to my meeting now with my iPad and my smart phone and it said I take a pen anymore I take all my notes on the iPad they sink up to iCloud and I don't have to think about I get back to my desk and there are there on my desktop and I can then go copy paste into an email it's open meeting minutes how demeaning it is now for the mark of a PDF I just mark it up on the iPad follow make notes I make notes on the iPad for show someone a photo and email a PDF anything that is relevant to the dock in the discussion in question I show them on the iPad to print it anymore and as a consequence my desk is no longer littered with paper everywhere well okay hang on check that it is still kind letter with paper but that's just because I'm really bad organising paper anyway looking at the present while your drawing specifications to know things like that the things that you may be starting to make sense to use there are cases where you dealing other people where they insist on being on paper there are still things in engineering that require wet signatures which drive on a wall that's another topic another episode left signatures wet signatures are my God anyway I'm not going there an event on the so getting now brings back to photos people are showing people photos on their phones their shrinkable frozen iPads that you are putting on Facebook they're tweeting them they're putting on Instagram through some crummy filters to make it look like was taken from a year old the camera you all that sort of stuff they're doing and then not printing so yes I hear the argument sure a standalone DSLR, cameras can give you better printed results that's true but why you printing it sure there are reasons okay because let's face it if the world had a massive EMP tomorrow all of my photos that I taken last eight years would be gone well but you bring a because you don't want to put screens of your house but you would like to photos of the kids if you have to put screens love your house to get photos the kids he's got one iPads take its the next room while not seeing review born of folders in the world shall that's it we've got under folders of love of Elizabeth orators six months arm boat if not we did went to Forrester to impinge on a box while rate and they have anyhow industrial strength real crazy bringers and approval will build on Amanda's hundred bucks but the end they absorb us from a $12 deal to whatever it ended up being in the end because they know what they're doing and not had a manipulative host but you know I was happy with the location of this great and and I don't have to learn how to do it and it solves the job to be done was to get great photos of Elizabeth and us for Christmas and then we just met with sale and happy with it and we are not Brenner genre here I do a Chicago multifunction scanner copier facts Brenner and we are limited liaise with you just have heading for Italy three years old and has a problem, my problem is that I often get requested to go like work I have to work from home and some dates in a choice and sometimes unfortunately you know where I have arguments with different people and the bigger companies because in small companies it is easy we can use PDF panel you use some software we all agree on and we are mark about PDFs and were emailed back force purely soft there is no hard copy at any point Shane however when signatures plus I'm sorry you need to scan a PDF scan into a PDF by what red landline markups so what tends to happen in as a lot in engineering a lot of the bigger companies as they cease to do that so I find myself printing off home and marking up in red pen scanning and emailing it back to them which is just oh is stupid but that's what they say to do anyway but one my point about the photos though III he was saying but honestly that is a very rare occasion we want to do that and and and even so that lens back to the other argument is how big a photo you talking about if you're talking about a big big photo that COI garden a 10 in or something go away arm the 014 or more you like the big decent size family portrait style will obviously have to go to a professional photographer to get want to look that good anyway so if you want to get the ones in between a smartphone camera these days and eight megapixels will do a pretty decent job and you'll be hard pressed to tell the difference that especially from a distance where usually looking at these photos so I sort of hear what he saying at the same time I I more or less disagree because in the end it's a it's a shrinking business and just just looking at the way photos and and photo printing and everything works these days me I go to Kmart all your wildest disclosures from Kmart as is common to both our countries but there is a Kmart and I have a section there I've got eight maybe of these machines we use walkable USB stick or whatever, memory cardio is 3001 slots we shove it in and pray that you've got the right way up and you don't push too hard because in a lower break anything or you don't want to push if you don't push enough it may not make contact in islands until a right another one is a dog I've a either use Apple stingray monitor the good job to front my Natalie did a pretty throat at them and it was discovered under the album warmer shall rise may vary but the course is not what I'm getting at is that I will walk past there and most times I will pass their they're all vacant non-season and I remember there was a time go back five years ago I first came out and they were busy most of the time and recently Ivan hardly seen anyone printing medium photos and I put that down the fact that people are simply using iPads to to show the photos especially you I was a big I get with the retina screen you onlooker registry look enormously my casket was the big dam difference and frankly non-Citylink bell the habits of the things I overlooked them side-by-side and see the damn difference until I got a high respite on our rate and dance budgets above your kid then boom and then it was just like it was it was whacking me in the eyeballs why do you think of apples hours without her happy families and people on vacation and is sure that they know exactly as you but it just it hit me so hard on my God that is beautiful and glows rates glowing is it something that you can looks alive he really does it is that good and on like now I get it took me a while now I get it people go about fonts and give it a carrier fonts are available around the edges cares anchor I can read the text that's what matters but you know that's that's just because I'm engineering as well as the a lot of things but when it comes to a photo that was photo real looked real and I get that an insight that's amazing so with that proliferation of that sort of technology and putting into a lot of people's hands why would you print it and the answer is I don't think people are and I think that the whole printing of photos is going to die there will always be around as a niche absolutely but it's net it's it's fun it's no longer mainstream PIE I remember not that it was really not that long ago only a decade where I still had a film camera you know and I was taking photos on film and the improving the stupid black canister with a grey lead and any of the apartment a bag at the local Kodak and they would it be sent away and you get back you know a week later you could pay extra to get it done in the next day or even the same afternoon with the one hour photo processing which was never quite an hour and arm you know and then of course there are all the dirt localising encounter a member of the London drugs had had a service centre there are a few different places that though the bigger guy imagine like you say a warm I probably didn't mean you and overhear big W started doing that the photo processing as well was never one hour it was the I was next day but it was cheaper but none of that anymore none of that you see take a photo you can see it straightaway you no waiting none you take a photo on film you have no idea of it's any good or not to get it developed such an idea now you tell the child that unlike that's still good ask someone asked someone that is that is 10 years old that has used an iron iPod iPhone smartphone any can advise to your digital camera and tell them, take I want you now take a narrow camera with dominant you can't see the quality of the rule of the photo until you process the next day sentencing in the dull look at me like you are insane it is sleek we ate a fountain ordinance to the other disposable instant on ones and drink then ironic what is in this year everything's been taken as like this is like.there is what I think you know I think the think the argument that he was making is is valid but was kind of missing 88 medicine qualification all the things she's worried about Nick total sense of your prole rate if you if you're taking photos because you get an ad agency you need to shut Prague and if if you're looking for a magazine of your journalism that there's all kinds of reasons why you want that performance in the what a good lens rate and that's if you needed a London you do that if you're a sports of driving is limited this time the reasons for that is just it's a different job is not the same thing this is the smartphone camera is the camera you have with you yes it's it's it's always there existed a quick shards and then I refer you back to the title of the episode and the title of the article which is not the ban I corrected myself earlier on in the follow-up when I said the best camera nominates on the best cameras that was most popular camera while it was funny when I was writing via the paragraph ventilatory struggle and link you were this regularly in a like these are questions and Fran are devoutly is that this is about this but it's not part limit is at the bus and and that's the question not dazzling what is the best thing for me to do in the community it's people's behaviour indicate greatly that they've me the choice not to 9 months it already is valid say about that school thank you�
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