Lume Cube announces new AIR variant for mobile creators

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A development of the original Lume Cube, the super-portable external LED light source for smartphone users, the Lume Cube Air is smaller lighter, version aimed at vloggers and other mobile creatives.  The new Air features a single LED light source with a custom designed lens in front of parabolic-shaped light modifier. Not only does this … Read moreLume Cube announces new AIR variant for mobile creators

Mobile Photography – Moment announces new 58mm Tele Lens

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Moment, the maker of conversion lenses for smartphones has introduced a new 58mm tele lens. With a 6 element design and priced at $99, it is the most complex lens in the Moment line-up and is the sharpest lens it has made, says the company,  The new 58mm has been optimized for dual camera setups … Read moreMobile Photography – Moment announces new 58mm Tele Lens

Rylo announces update to increase 360-degree Camera’s 4K output to 5.8K

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Rylo, the former Instagram and Apple team members behind the diminutive action cam that uses two 180-degree cameras to output 360-degree clips, has released a software update for the device that increases the resolution from 4K to output at up to 5.8K. In addition to 360-degree video the handy-sized Rylo camera can capture 180-degree 4k video … Read moreRylo announces update to increase 360-degree Camera’s 4K output to 5.8K

Mobile Photography – Waterfield Tech Folio Review

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This folio from US manufacturer Waterfield is a little different to the majority of bags and cases on the market. I like cases and bags and by that I don’t mean I like them because I can carry things and take it all somewhere (which of course is the purpose of any bag) but that … Read moreMobile Photography – Waterfield Tech Folio Review

Mobile Photography – The New Apple iPad Pro Review for Photographers

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We’re delighted to publish, Austin Mann’s review of the new Apple iPad Pro from a photographers perspective. Mann is currently working from Iceland on a couple of art commissions and leading a private workshop and he took along the new iPad Pro to integrate it into his mobile workflow. He’s done just that in this article and given us an insight into his new mobile workflow as well as including a few helpful tricks and useful buying advice. Don’t miss this!

To read this alternatively on Mann’s website, please go here.

(foreword by Joanne Carter)

“I’m here working on a couple of art commissions and leading a private workshop and I brought the new iPad Pro along to better understand how it can integrate into the mobile photographer workflow. How does it work to ingest, backup, edit, and share images?

The art installation I’m working on is extremely large format (up to 50 ft. wide), so I’m shooting most of this project with the Hasselblad H6D-100c (a 100-megapixel beast). Needless to say, it’s been a great camera to test the speed of this new iPad Pro”.

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Apple iPhone XR Camera Review

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We’re delighted to publish, Austin Mann’s camera review of the new iPhone XR. Mann traveled with his beautiful wife, Ester through Grand Canyon NP, Petrified Forest NP and White Sands National Monument in a cool Airstream for this test. “With the beautiful new LCD display, Smart HDR, and Single Lens Portrait Mode, there’s been a lot to test. My main questions about iPhone XR: How are the portraits? How’s the screen? How’s the battery?”, he said. Questions that we want answers to too! Read on to find out….

To read this alternatively on Mann’s website, please go here.

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WaterField Debuts Sutter Tech Sling for New Apple iPad Pros and New MacBook Air

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I must be one of the biggest fans of WaterField Designs, a San Francisco designer and manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and device-specific cases. On my recent press trip to Germany and Italy, I used continuously the iPhone Camera Bag that I have reviewed previously. It managed to carry comfortably, two mobile devices, glasses and some cash. The trip I was on was extremely energetic with helicopter rides, boat trips and fast street photography in Sorrento. This bag coped admirably and now WaterField are debutting another very useful bag, which we hope to thoroughly review soon. It’s the Sutter Tech Sling bag, a sophisticated one-strap backpack in two sizes, with dedicated pockets to hold Apple’s new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, or new MacBook Air. Designed for comfort and easy accessibility, the meticulously-crafted Sutter Tech Sling combines the utility of a sling with a professional aesthetic, a smart choice for creative professionals, commuters and travelers. Sling orders through November 9 will include a complimentary new WaterField Stylus Pencil Case, a plushly-padded accessory case with a dedicated Apple Pencil pocket.

“The lifestyle of a 21st-century creative professional calls for a comfortable, agile bag with a refined look,” explained company owner Gary Waterfield. “When we set out to design a Sling that creatives could carry for work, commuting, and traveling, we focused on comfort and function. Thanks to extensive ergonomic testing, you’ll feel how nicely the bag sits against your back and how easily you can access your gear.”

The Sutter Sling is intentionally designed with features for easy-access and comfort:

* While remaining on one shoulder, the bag easily shifts to the front, allowing quick access to items in the exterior pocket from either side

* A unique swivel strap attachment grants 180-degree rotation so the bag rests flat against the body whether worn over one shoulder or crossbody

* A wide shoulder strap with a built-in, moveable shoulder pad distributes weight evenly

* A one-handed cam lock buckle lets users adjust how the bag rests against their body without removing the bag

* The thoughtfully-placed iPad compartment keeps the back of the bag comfortably flat

* Rear mesh padding enhances airflow and cushioning

* Double, waterproof zippers enable entry to the main compartment from either side

* A gold, water-resistant liner lights up the interior of the bag for increased visibility

* An interior key fob attachment keeps keys quickly findable

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review: Best Samsung Camera To Date

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Introduction The Samsung Galaxy S9+ or plus reviewed here is the larger of the two Galaxy S series smartphone models but it also distinguishes itself by being the more-photo-oriented of the two by inclusion of dual rear camera modules.  The smaller, more pocket-friendly of the two, the S9 with its 5.8-in screen only has one … Read moreSamsung Galaxy S9+ Review: Best Samsung Camera To Date

Huawei Mate20 Pro Celebration in London

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On Tuesday 16 October, 2018 Huawei announced their latest smartphone the Mate20 Pro, we covered it here. Following the press event the star studded party was something else! Huawei held a celebration for the launch of the highly anticipated Mate 20 Pro smartphone. The star-studded bash was attended by a raft of celebrity talent eager to be part of the smartphone moment of the year.

Radio and television presenter Nick Grimshaw brought the house down with his electric DJ set with model-come-DJ, Amber Le Bon warming up the crowd as they interacted with Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro at London’s prestigious One Marylebone.

The event, which marked the launch of Huawei’s latest product in its successful Mate smartphone series, was attended by a host of celebrities including British singer songwriter, Charli XCX as well as Henry Holland, Ashley James, Thom Evans, Jamel Edwards, Kimberley Wyatt and Tallia Storm who came down to be amongst the first to get their hands on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

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Brand New Smartphone Series from Huawei – Mate 20 Series

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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 was the worldwide launch of the new Huawei Mate 20 Series in London and of course, TheAppWhisperer was there! Held at the ExCel Centre it was the perfect location for such an incredible device. Building on the foundation of HUAWEI P20 Series’ camera system, Huawei have augmented the HUAWEI Mate 20 with a powerful addition namely the16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are placed as close as 2.5cm from the lens. The added ultra-wide angle lens and macro support completes the feature set of the camera system, elevating it to a truly all-round camera that is ready to capture any and all action. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Colour video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

There were so many innovative features announced for the Mate 20 Pro including, ‘in-screen fingerprint’, this allows for maximum view with 10 level dynamic pressure sensing. Essentially, all you need to do is place your finger in the centre of your screen to unlock it and it now unlocks 30% faster than the previous model.

Also, this handset is the world’s first reverse charging smartphone. This means, you can charge up, for example, an iPhone X from your Mate 20 Pro. To do that, you just literally hold your iPhone X against the back of your Mate 20 Pro and it will recharge your iPhone X.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Colour video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

The bezel of the new Mate20 Pro is ultra narrow at only 2.1 mm compared with 4.0 to the iPhone Xs Max for example or 5.1 mm of the iPhone Xr, giving you more visual real estate!

The curved OLED screen of the Huawei Mate20 Pro measures 6.39″ (3120×1440). There’s a 19.5:9 DCI-P3 HDR display, with stunning colour saturation and contrast ratio, seriously stunning.

The Matrix Camera System includes Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users not only see wider, but also closer with its new macro distance capability. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back plays with light and shadows, producing an iridescent optical effect that is immediately captivating. The Matrix Camera System adopts the iconic Four-Point Design that exudes personality, giving the device a unique visual identity that is recognisable even at a distance. We will be ‘real world’ testing this camera system soon and we include all imagery of our tests.

I am so impressed with the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, seriously so. I loved the P20 Pro but this is another level again, as hard as that is to reach. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be putting this phone through it’s photographic paces and will publish reviews to keep you informed. Stand by for those…

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