Archive for August 28, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2011 Pocket Camera vs. 2017 iPhone 8 Plus

Rob Griffiths:

The left image was taken in 2014 with a 2011 Pansonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 pocket camera (specifications); the right image was taken in 2018 with my 2017 iPhone 8 Plus. (Interesting to note that I didn’t bring my DSLR on either trip…the best camera is the one you have with you, right?)

Neither of the above images has been edited, beyond whatever algorithms the cameras use when saving the photo. Frankly, I was amazed at just how much better the iPhone 8 Plus photo is compared to the one from the Lumix[…]


In near-identical conditions (check the light in the windows behind the plane), the iPhone was able to shoot at a lower f-stop, with a lower ISO, and at a faster shutter speed. That’s pretty amazing. Also note the efficiency of the HEIC file format: The iPhone photo is 22% of the size of the Lumix photo!

I sold my Canon pocket camera a couple years ago. In rare cases it would take better photos than my iPhone, but (perhaps because I’m not very skilled) the average iPhone photo was better.

Siri’s Personality

Buster Hein:

Siri is about to get a huge upgrade in the way it answers users questions and searches.

In a new job listing posted today, Apple says it is seeking a writer and editor who can help evolve Siri from one of the most-criticized digital assistants into a “distinct, recognizable character.”


Apple says the ideal candidate excels at the craft of writing and loves language and wordplay. The person hired will probably have a huge influence on how Siri interacts and converses with users by injecting more personality into the digital assistant.

Via Dan Masters:

Don’t you get it, Apple? Users don’t care about Siri being a “distinct, recognizable character”.

They want it to “just work”.