Mobile Photography – Xiaomi Mi 8: Challenging the Best – SmartPhone Review – DxOMark with Kevin Carter

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Some of you may know, many of you do not know, my husband Kevin Carter is a photographic technical expert and journalist. He works at high level imparting his knowledge, never compromising his journalistic objectivity, it’s one of the many things we share (Sociologist Michael Schudson suggests that “the belief in objectivity is a faith in ‘facts,’ a distrust in ‘values,’ and a commitment to their segregation”).

As well as that, he’s an editor for DxOMark and he’s just completed his latest report which includes an in-depth analysis of the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone camera. Its resulted in an overall score of 99 points, the Mi 8 offers some improvements in certain areas over Mi MIX 2S launched earlier this year, placing it shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best smartphone cameras that they have tested.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, it comes with camera hardware specifications that are identical to the Mi Mix 2S. The rear-facing camera module features twin 12Mp cameras, one a wide-angle with a 1/2.55-inch size sensor and 1.4µm pixels and an f/1.8-aperture lens, and the other a short “tele” with a slightly ‘slower’ f2.4 aperture.

Its Photo sub-score of 105 is among the best that they’ve rated, thanks to consistently good performance in all lighting conditions, super-fast and accurate autofocus, as well as bold color rendition. It strikes a nice balance between noise and texture, too, and generates pretty decent low-light results.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can read his full report here.

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PolarPro Mobile Filter System

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Like many of you, I came to photography back in 35 mm film days. Nights (with others), in a darkroom gave me immense pleasure. The simplicities of mobile photography are extraordinary and you won’t find a bigger advocate of it because of this. That’s not to say that I don’t excited about accessories though now and again and right now, I will say in my typically British understated way, that from what I’ve seen so far, the Iris – Mobile Filter System by PolarPro and expansion pack, looks quite ingenious.

Compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 7/ Plus, iPhone 6/7/8 and Pixel 2/2XL mobile devices, the Iris Mobile Filter System includes ND8, ND16 and ND32 filters for reducing shutter speed in various lighting conditions. I have not (yet) seen these products physically, but what I have seen by way of their website and the YouTube video (below), they look good.

Go here to find out more and I’ll report new findings when I have further information.

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OnePlus today announced its latest premium flagship device, the OnePlus 6

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Reporting from London today, May 16, 2018, the OnePlus 6 – the first in OnePlus’ line of flagships to feature an all-glass design – is the company’s most sophisticated handset to date.

With a 6.28-inch Full Optic AMOLED 19:9 display – OnePlus’ largest-ever screen – the OnePlus 6 offers an immersive viewing experience, while keeping a similar form factor to that of the OnePlus 5T.

Combining new technology from Qualcomm® with OnePlus’ engineering, the OnePlus 6 is the fastest handset the company has ever produced.

“With the OnePlus 6, we challenged ourselves to deliver an external design as smooth and elegant as the work we’ve done inside the device,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished, and we hope our users are too.”

 

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Olloclip Launch The Connect X Lens System for iPhone X

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Olloclip has launched a brand new lens system designed to work exclusively with the Apple iPhone X. There are six lenses available for the Connect X Lens System and they’re all interchangeable via the ‘lens system’. The lenses available include:

Super-Wide – This lens comes complete with four elements offering a 120 degree view

Ultra Wide – Offering even wider viewing with 155 degrees.

Fisheye + Macro 15x – 180 degree wide angle spherical effect in addition to a 15x increased magnification.

Macro 14x + 7x – Greater detail

Macro 21x – even greater detail than the above

The new Connect X Lens System also includes a new and unique feature allowing for an expanding lens mount. This means that it will work with ‘most’ protective phone cases in-situ as well as protective screen covers. This complete box set with the six lenses will cost $100 and this bundle will be available in Apple Stores and at Apple.com from June.

It seems that Olloclip are no longer reselling any of their products directly from their website, this is new and despite many other websites stating you can order directly from Olloclip.com, it does not appear to be the case anymore. We have reached out to Olloclip for comment and will feed back, once we know more…

To see how this system connects, check out the video below.

 

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Mobile Photography – Apple iPhone X – FIRST LOOK and Field Test with Chase Jarvis

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We know that many of you have already pre-ordered the new Apple iPhone X and are eagerely awaiting it. Well, Chase Jarvis from CreativeLive, managed to get hold of one a little sooner and put it through its paces around New York City.

Take a look at the video below and to view the stills from his shoot and more details, head over to CreativeLive here.

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Mobile Photography – Huawei Mate 10 Pro Reviewed – DxOMark

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Just published by DxOMark, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro review makes interesting reading. “Featuring a dual-camera setup developed in cooperation with Leica, and which combines a 12Mp RGB with a 20Mp monochrome sensor, it achieves an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 97 points. This ranks the Mate 10 Pro as the currently second-best device we have tested, just a single point behind the Google Pixel 2.”, said Paul Carroll. Having explored this handset myself at a recent press event I can confirm that it was incredibly pleasing and I just love the Leica optics that Huawei install on their handsets.

To read the review in full, please go here.

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The DxO ONE now supports Multi-Camera Facebook Live and Time-Lapse features as well as new accessories and an Early Access Program for Android

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DxO, a key player in digital image technologies, announced a major update to the DxO ONE, its miniaturized and connected professional-quality camera for smartphones and tablets. Available immediately and free of charge, version 3.0 of the DxO ONE iOS app offers the first pro-quality multi-camera solution for Facebook Live and a new time-lapse option featuring exclusive Auto Ramping technology. The DxO ONE ecosystem of accessories now includes an external Battery Pack that doubles the camera’s battery life as well as a Cable Back Door for the device’s waterproof case, allowing you to use the DxO ONE outside or even underwater for extended periods.

“While smartphones have made significant progress in terms of image quality, they don’t come close to the photos and videos a real camera like the DxO ONE can offer. Most importantly, you have to hold them in your hand, and you constantly need them for other things, like making calls, sending messages, or checking your social networks,” explains Jérôme Ménière, DxO’s CEO and founder. “The DxO ONE is the first photo and video camera designed to operate as both a handheld and remote device. It’s even able to function remotely over a long period of time — for example, you can use it outside to record a time-lapse or Facebook Live video. Because it works in perfect harmony with your smartphone, it is the ideal photo and video assistant for this device.”

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Huawei Unveils the HUAWEI Mate 10 and HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro

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Today in Munich, Huawei announced the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, introducing the world to its new range of AI-enabled smartphones. The HUAWEI Mate 10, HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 are breakthrough AI devices that combine … Read more