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Editorial December 2015 - January 2016 - part 1 of 1

by Mike McNamee Published 01/12/2015

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Welcome to the last issue before the Convention - that year passed very quickly! If you have not yet booked, get your skates on, once Christmas is over it will upon us before we can blink. As ever, there is a fabulous line-up of speakers and trade attendees so there is plenty to keep you occupied. To help make up your mind we have been featuring speakers for quite a few issues now and this one is no exception. The Convention Show Guide is also out to help you with your planning.

On a less joyous note we feature more of the work of Darrin Zammit Lupi in this issue, highlighting the troubles of the world we live in, especially the plight of refugees from the countries torn apart by violence. For too long our governments have considered this to be a Mediterranean problem and stood by watching the islands of Greece, Italy and Malta be overwhelmed by the tide of misery that is landing on their shores. The recent devastating attacks on Paris have brought the issues much closer to home - there was even a photo angle on things as the annual 'fotofever' was underway at the time and some members were in Paris.


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We feature iPhone photography in this issue via our book reviews and there we make the point that iPhones don't really cut it. However, once again the content of the image triumphs quality, with some pretty dodgy pictures spread over whole pages of the newspapers. But things in our world never stay still for long. Just was we went to press, a package containing the new DxO iPhone accessory camera arrived. This gizmo connects to your phone and provides quality optics and a reasonably large chip (20 megapixels!) and full movie facilities - all in a case that is the size of a matchbox. Although we have only carried out an initial test of a handful of family snaps, the unit is most impressive.

The packaging is equally impressive, perhaps the best we have seen, DxO have taken a leaf out of Apple's book and then gone a bit further still. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the DxO One is the storage. The 64GB storage card is smaller then a fingernail and is shown here on top of an old 32MB CompactFlash cards which is more than 2,000 times less capacity and will hold not a single image off the DxO - progress! Finally it only remains to wish everybody the best of health and prosperity for the New Year. Mike McNamee


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