Roland Tanglao

Samsung Galaxy S5 cameraphone impressionistic review

notes from using it for 2 months

  • great image quality in daytime
  • not so great image quality at night
  • inconsistent but super-fast auto-focus (iPhone 5S is more consistent)
  • water-resistant but the water-resistent USB port cover broke within 2 weeks and you can't use the touchscreen when it's wet which makes the water-resistance pointless
  • verdict: . . .

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September 29, 2014

Google Adds RAW & other cool camera APIs to Android L

thanks, now to have an open source implementation - go lazy web!

From Google's Android L Announcement:


Advanced camera capabilities — A new camera API gives you new capabilities for image capture and processing. On supported devices, your app can capture uncompressed YUV capture at full 8 megapixel resolution at 30 FPS. The API also lets you capture raw sensor data and . . .

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June 26, 2014

Sony RX100MarkIII: awesome camera except: Rootkit!!!!! not water resistant & no GPS

no GPS even through a mobile phone app

Can't believe the lack of GPS but hey it's Sony.Almost perfect except for the GPS (which maybe they can add later through a firmware update and a mobile app update). Blogging this for future hope that Sony does add GPS.

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May 18, 2014

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Android app works well

colour me surprised :-)

You can use the app to take pictures and to download photos (jpeg only) and as a GPS tracker. You can use the GPS tracker without connecting to the camera and then afterward connect to the camera and add the GPS coordinates. That's what I've been doing and it's working well. Just wish the WiFi transfer speed of GPS coordinates and . . .

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May 04, 2014

Leica T: awesome camera for rich people with thousands of dollars

I'll stick with Fuji and Olympus but consider buying a used one in 2 or more years.

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April 24, 2014

Current version of the Google Camera app is slow

slow to focus on the Samsung Galaxy S5

It's slower than the built-in Samsung app but it's early days. Just wanted to blog this on Thursday April 24, 2014 to have something to look back on when/if Google Camera app gets faster. (I assume it will get faster since Google can optimize it and it's so 1.0)

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April 24, 2014

Android Flickr autosync doesn't work well

bring back ShoZu which worked well & did more in 2005

For some reason (probably because flickr autosync is new to the Android flickr app or maybe because of bugs in the just released S5), autosync doesn't work very well on the Samsung Galaxy S5. It works better in the iOS flickr app which is weird since iOS multi-tasking isn't as flexible (supposedly) as Android's multi-taking.

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April 23, 2014