Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Splotch corroboration"

Polaroid Develops a New Instant Camera, NYT article
Going by ratings on Amazon, the $160 camera seems popular indeed. Suspiciously so – [...] Other five-star reviews say: “its’ not so biggie,” and “It needs only 2×3 full color prints splotch corroboration.”
Personally, I was not so impressed with the splotch corroboration.

He's crazy, splotch corroboration is one of the most important features in a printer! 

These might or might not be fake reviews. But would they be *that* weird if they actually were? In any case, faked reviews are becoming a problem, and are much talked about now, not the least in the ebook market. Apparently some people are making a good business from writing them, I heard one guy will write 20 faked reviews for a book for $500 and is raking it in. 

One very successful author makes no secret about how he's bought reviews, and doesn't see the problem. But I think it simply is fraud. People pay money to buy a book based on the belief that the reviews come from other people who actually recommend the book. 
By the way, back to the Polaroid camera:
The hand-held photos I took were a tad blurry. The shutter speed must be glacial; even shots in full sunlight were soft unless I steadied the camera on a wall or used a tripod.

That is singularly weird. Even the lousy digicams back in the nineties could at least take sharp pictures in good light. And sensors have improved tonnes and tonnes since then.  I wonder what the heck Polaroid has done with this camera to accomplish not doing that? My only guess is that to avoid focusing they have chosen a very slow lens/small aperture (so-called "fix-focus", popular with cheap cameras decades ago). But heck, with a medium wideangle lens (which it probably has), it needs not be smaller than around F:8.0, which is more than adequate in sunlight.

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