Very exiting news just in from Moment Lenses, they have partnered with Google to offer lenses and photo cases for the brand spanking new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL mobile phone (reviewed recently by DxOMark here). Not only that, each purchase of a Pixel case, will earn you a free lens pen too (to keep your lens and phone glass clean). Just enter this code, in order to gain the lens pen to be credited to your cart – TEAMPIXEL10. If you purchase a new Pixel Case and a Lens too, then you’ll be able to pick up lens pen and lens case or holster for free – just add this code in your checkout to get those – TEAMPIXEL30.
TheAppWhisperer has as intense association with DxOMark (the world’s most trusted and comprehensive database of objective image-quality test results for camera sensors, lenses, and mobile phones) and they have just published their latest test results on the Google Pixel 2 … Read more
DxOMark, is the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings. TheAppWhisperer has as intense association with this company and they have just published their latest test results on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Paul Carroll the writer for this review explains that the “Note 8 becomes the new joint leader for smartphone image quality alongside Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus. A phenomenal photo sub-score that breaks new ground as the first smartphone to hit 100 points makes the Note 8 the current class-leader for stills, thanks to excellent zoom quality, good noise reduction and detail preservation, as well as fast and accurate autofocus. The Note 8 doesn’t quite match the same heights for video, where its sub-score of 84 is a little behind the best performers, such as the Google Pixel with 91 points, or the iPhone 8 Plus and the HTC U11, both with 89. It’s still a very capable device for video, however, with its key strengths being good exposure with fast convergence, fast and stable autofocus, as well as good noise reduction, white balance, and color rendering”. This result puts the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on a par with the iPhone 8 Plus – very interesting, to read more, go here.
Like many mobile photographers I have been searching for an androgynous, inconspicuous, compact case to carry my iPhone and the various lenses, tripods, cables, I have acquired, without being too large, for some time. Finally, I have found it! This week Waterfield Designs, based in San Francisco, United States, kindly sent me their brand new iPhone compact case in premium full grain leather to review. This case has a super tight grain and resists moisture to a good degree, the waterproof zipper proves its worth. This case is also available in vegan 1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon, if you prefer, no animal products are used in this version at all, even the label is woven instead of traditional leather.
This small longitudinal case fulfils my mobile photography needs. It can carry one large device, iPhone Plus size or smaller, along with four small lenses, the adjustable dividers ensure valuables are held securely. The interior is completely soft-lined and the body is encapsulated in dense foam for additional protection. There’s a pocket for an external battery supply (small one) as well as a zippered mesh pocket for other small items. On the base of the case there are expandable bands for securing a mini tripod. There is also an adjustable shoulder strap that I personally prefer to use but there are also loops on the back of the case, if you prefer to hook it onto a belt, if you’re wearing trousers.
The premium leather version of this case retails for $129. The black ballistic nylon case is $99. If you’re in the market for a small iPhone photography case, this one is worthy of consideration. Take a look at the video below. To find out more, go here.
Just published by David Cardinal for DxO Mark the Apple iPhone 8 review makes interesting reading. “The Apple iPhone 8 is the highest-performing single-camera smartphone we have tested with our new protocols, with an impressive Overall score of 92. Despite having a smaller 1/2.8-inch sensor, it edges out our previous top scorers, the HTC U11 and the Google Pixel. This demonstrates how much Apple has been able to accomplish with the hardware and software that complement the sensor and are used for image processing. The iPhone 8 also provides major improvements over the iPhone 7 in a number of areas, including capturing HDR images, as well as flash performance.“, said Cardinal.
Just published by David Cardinal for DxOMark the Apple iPhone 8 Plus review makes interesting reading. “The Apple iPhone 8 Plus is the best-performing mobile device camera we have ever tested. Its overall DxOMark Mobile score of 94 sets a new record, beating out the 90 points for both the Google Pixel and the HTC U11, as well as the 92 that its sibling iPhone 8 just scored. Its Photo score of 96 is also a new record, blowing past the Pixel’s 90. For Video, its score of 89 is among our highest, but tied with the HTC U11 and slightly below the Pixel’s 91. Of course, the Pixel is nearly a year old now, so it makes sense that Apple’s new flagship is breaking new ground”, said Cardinal.
Many thanks to my dear friend Austin Mann who has granted permission for me to reproduce this article ‘iPhone 8 Plus Camera Review in India’, here on TheAppWhisperer.com, the most popular mobile photography and art website in the world. To read … Read more
According to circulating rumours, LG the Korean smartphone manufacturer, have been selected to supply the iPhone 8 with an OLED screen. What we do know is that LG have invested $7 billion into OLED production facilties. So, it’s not a huge surprise to hear of LG’s brand new flagship smartphone, announced today, will feature the world’s first smartphone device to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display.
“Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for smartphones,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With competition in the global smartphone space fiercer now than ever, we felt that this was the right time to reintroduce OLED displays in our mobile products.”
With consumers seeking bigger displays but eschewing larger phones that are uncomfortable to hold in one hand, LG’s FullVision display is a key contributor in the trend toward minimised bezels in smartphones. OLED was simply the next evolution for FullVision displays, delivering incredible quality, vividness and clarity to smartphone visuals. At six inches, the OLED FullVision display will be LG’s largest in four years while the actual body will be smaller than last year’s LG V20. As the upper and lower bezels have been reduced by 20 and 50 percent when compared to the V20, the LG logo has been moved from the bottom of the display to the back of the phone to maximize viewable screen space.
The FullVision display’s immersive and expansive visual experience is enhanced on the 4.15 million pixels of the QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen. Superb image quality is achieved via emissive OLED technology which reproduces perfect black and colours with greater accuracy across a wider color spectrum. By implementing optimal image algorithms gleaned from years of OLED research and development, visuals on this OLED display deliver 148 percent of the sRGB1 color space for digital images and 109 percent of the DCI-P32 color space for digital cinema. Another intrinsic advantage of OLED technology is operational response time, which is tens of times faster than LCD. This accelerated response time effectively eliminates afterimages, an important consideration for action movies and VR. And with support for HDR10, watching compatible movies and videos on this display offers a whole new eye-opening experience.
And because the screen in the upcoming smartphone will be based on plastic OLED technology – also known as P-OLED – the edges can be curved to allow for a more ergonomic design and a better feel in the hand. P-OLED is created by placing pixels on a plastic substrate which is much stronger than a glass base. What’s more, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that incorporates shatter-resistant technology. Most importantly, using advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology, the burn-in problem that has affected OLED technology in the past has been all but eliminated in the P-OLED technology in LG’s upcoming device. Encapsulation significantly reduces oxidation of the pixels and LG’s pixel-scanning technology allows for less energy to be applied to each pixel, also saving battery power.
Ztylus Innovation are an interesting self-funded company, their products initially originating from a working garage driven by a small team with the philosophy to create unique products from the ground up. In December of 2016, they co-launched the world’s first … Read more
You may have heard that RED, the ultra high end camera manufacturer has stepped into Smartphone territory and announced a premium smartphone called Hydrogen One, with ‘holographic display’. Designed to work on the Android platform with a 5.7 inch display apparently will ‘seamlessly switch between traditional 2D content and holographic multi-view 3D content, as well as interactive games’.
Preorders are already filling up for the $1,195 aluminium version and the $1,595 titanium model on RED’s website, with shipping expected to be early 2018.
It’s interesting… I am a huge fan of RED gear and having visited Google’s HQ in London a few times, I know they’re packed into their YouTube studios.
We were interested in this review by Marques Brownlee, take a look below…