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Tom Karlo
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Web nerd; photographer; news junkie; compulsive foodie, traveler. Awkward snowboarder. Google product manager.
Web nerd; photographer; news junkie; compulsive foodie, traveler. Awkward snowboarder. Google product manager.

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Gratuitous dog photo. 
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Samsung S6 Edge plus Google Photos Auto Awesome
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A nearly monochromatic shot from Aspen last weekend. Taken near the summit of Aspen Highlands.
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I just spent the last week up in eastern Oregon shooting with the FujiFilm X100T... overall, it's a fantastic camera, and I'm excited to shoot with it going forward, especially when traveling.

A few quick first impresssions:
* Image quality is outstanding - not just noise levels, but the color and tonality of the images competes with my D610. It's hard to quantify, but I'd also say they have a little more "soul" than the images out of the Nikon - really lovely results.
* The shutter is ridiculously quiet - I've been using the "noisy" mechanical shutter, and you can barely even hear that.
* AF is good enough that you rarely even think about it
* The manual aperture, shutter speed and exposure comp dials are a joy.
* Some of the switches are a little too easy to shift accidentally. (I'm looking at you, AF mode selector.)
* Battery life is acceptable, but I notice the camera sometimes fails to turn off automatically. Carrying a second battery is a must.
* The optical viewfinder with framing cues is great. I hardly ever used the electronic or hybrid viewfinder, further extending battery life.

Overall, it's a really refreshing change from shooting with a Nikon or an Olympus, it feels like you hardly interact with the electronics when shooting, and it just does what you want it to.
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2014-12-28
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The Three Sisters and Broken Top, seen from Mt. Bachelor.
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One of the better "stories" I've had generated by Google Photos to date. Things still get funny, sometimes, but in general it does a nice job of turning a few days of unorganized photos into a photo essay. Definitely one of the best features of using Google Photos to backup your cell phone shots.

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Morning on Fourth Street.
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Here's my interview with USA Today's Ed Baig about some of the great new features in this year's flavor of Android.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop has arrived, with a great new statue outside my office. I'm excited to be part of another leap forward for the platform!
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/android-be-together-not-same.html
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