The Vivo X80 Pro’s looks aren’t its strong point, but the main camera’s ability to take great photos makes up for it. We’ve tried the phone out.
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The new S98 rugged phone was announced last month by DOOGEE. The company will launch the dual-screen rugged phone on March 28th on AliExpress and Doogeemall (the company’s official shopping platform). The Doogee S98 sports a unique dual-screen design. The display on the back is round like the one on the Huawei P50 pocket but […]
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Having announced its Magic 4 series during MWC 2022, Honor has surprised us with the release of the Magic 4 Ultimate which aims to take on the likes of the OPPO Find X5 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra. Packing in requisite flagship features such as an OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm’s […]
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The Realme GT 2 Pro has the world’s first 150-degree wide-angle camera on a smartphone, and we’ve put it to the test. The results are surprising.
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In this photography showdown, we take a look at the best camera phones currently available and recommend our top picks across a number of different categories.
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After a bit of a delay, Panasonic has finally revealed the 25.2-megapixel GH6, the highest-resolution Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera to date. One can think of it as a mini version of its S1H "Netflix camera," as it's loaded with pro video features like 5.7K ProRes V-Log video, a tilt-swivel display and CFexpress capture. However, it's still stuck with contrast detect rather than phase detect autofocus like most modern cameras. Luckily, I was able to get my hands on a preproduction unit to check out the new features and get an early feel for it.
First, let's talk about the most interesting changes. As mentioned, the GH6 has a 25.2-megapixel sensor with a high-speed readout, though it isn't stacked like its Micro Four Thirds rival, the OM-1. That obviously gives a much-needed image resolution boost, though photo burst performance is actually down a touch from the GH5 II (8 fps with continuous AF compared to 9 fps).
The GH6 still uses a contrast detect autofocus system (what it calls "depth from defocus" or DFD) rather than phase detect like nearly all its rivals. As with the GH5 II, it also includes face/eye/head/body/animal AI recognition. While Panasonic has pretty much perfected its DFD system, it's still not as fast or reliable as phase detect systems.
When shooting people pictures in relatively low light, it sometimes failed to get focus quickly enough to nail the shot, for instance. By comparison, Sony and Canon's latest cameras (the A7 IV and EOS R6) have no such difficulty, even in low light. And I still saw some wobble or hunting with video AF.
In terms of video, things are more positive. The GH6 can now shoot 5.7K video with V-Log at up to 30 fps with internal capture to either ProRes or ProRes HQ, or 5.7K up to 60 fps to MP4 10-bit H.264/H.265 recording (all-intra or longGOP). You can also shoot 10-bit 4:2:0 4K at up to 120 fps using the longGOP codec, or 1080p at 300 fps (240 fps with autofocus). All of the 5.7K and 4K modes (including 120p) use the full sensor width with super-sampled video.
It will also be able to record ProRes RAW to an external Atomos recorder via a future firmware update. More interestingly, the GH6 is one of the first mirrorless cameras with HDMI 2.1 output, so it'll eventually let you record 4K RAW externally at up to 120 fps via a future update. When it first ships, it'll support 4K at up to 60 fps, with simultaneous external and internal recording.
In terms of video quality, Panasonic is promising 13+ stops of dynamic range using ProRes and V-Log recording. It also claims you'll see less noise at higher ISO settings (ISO 6400 and up). For both video and stills, it wasn't quite as good in low light as the GH5s (which has less than half the resolution) but it wasn't far off.
Capturing 5.7K video at up to 30 fps in ProRes HQ uses internal data rates of 1,903 Mbps, far beyond SD UHS II capability. As such, the GH6 is the first Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera with a CFexpress Type B card slot. That's required for ProRes recording and many of the MP4 high-frame-rate codecs.
The drawback right now is that there's only one CFexpress slot, so you won't be able to get a backup for certain video resolutions unless you use an external recorder. However, the GH6 will eventually support recording to an external SSD recorder via the USB-C 3.2 port, which also allows you to power the camera while shooting.
If you're concerned about rolling shutter with the extra resolution, the high-speed sensor readout is supposed to reduce that more than ever. I confirmed that rolling shutter was very manageable, even at the highest 5.7K and 60p resolution. However, it is present if the camera or subject move too quickly.
As with past GH models, video quality is outstanding, with the 5.7K video particularly sharp and useful for editing. The ProRes option has also saved me an extra step compared to the GH5s, as I no longer need to transcode video. The drawback is that the video files are 4-5 times the size — so you'll want to invest in high capacity CFexpress Type B cards, which can get very expensive.
The GH6 has five-axis in-body stabilization like the other models, but now offers up to 7.5 stops of shake reduction with supported lenses, just behind the 8 stops on Canon's EOS R6. With boosted IS and E-stabilization, it really smooths out video well even for situations like walking, better than most mirrorless cameras I've used.
The GH6 kind of looks like the GH5 II, but it's quite a bit heavier (823 grams compared to 727 grams with a battery and memory card), and the body has changed in several notable ways. It's much thicker, to start with, thanks in part to an active cooling fan that ensures the GH6 doesn't suffer overheating issues like Canon's EOS R5 and R6. To that end, Panasonic is promising unlimited recording in all video modes, including 5.7K 60p and 4K 120p.
The other major change is with the grip that's considerably deeper than on the GH5 II (or GH5 and GH5s. With that, the GH6 is considerably more comfortable to use than any Micro Four Thirds camera I've tried, particularly with large lenses. Panasonic has made a number of other changes to the button and dial layout as well, most notably with the addition of a dedicated audio button that let you change things like gain levels and quality. It also has an extra record button on the front of the camera that's extremely handy for vlogging .
The GH6 now has a tilt-swivel display like the SH1, with the same 1,840K dot resolution as the one on the GH5 II. That makes the camera thicker, but more practical for low angle and other types of shooting, and the tilt option keeps the screen from being blocked by cables if you use an external recorder. It's also Panasonic's brightest display yet, and was highly visible even in sunlight.
The 3.68 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) is unfortunately unchanged from the GH5 lineup. While it's true that the GH6 is more of a video than a stills camera, a lot of shooters prefer to use an EVF in bright sunlight, so a sharper image would have been nice. Also unchanged is the BLK-22 battery that delivers fewer shots than the GH5 II (380 compared to 410) and slightly less shooting time — likely due to the fan and extra resolution.
The GH6 has a couple of other serious downsides compared to rivals. One of them is the relatively small sensor size compared to a full-frame camera. That offers fewer creative possibilities, though it's also more forgiving in terms of focus and makes for cheaper, lighter lenses.
The biggest flaw, however, is the contrast-detect autofocus. The good news is that Panasonic seems to have finally realized that buyers want phase detect and hinted that it's not out of the question for future models.
The GH6 was rumored to be priced at $ 2,500, but there's some good news on that front. It's now on pre-order for $ 2,200 (body only) with shipments set for March, making it relatively cheap compared to any to models that can match its video specs. It looks a solid choice for video shooters, with quality on par or superior to any rivals — as long as they're okay with the contrast detect AF. We'll take a closer look at everything in our upcoming review.
Is the Galaxy S22 Ultra a worthy upgrade to the still excellent Galaxy S21 Ultra? We’ve put the camera and S Pen to the test to find out.
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The Pixel 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5g both offer great cameras on a budget. So we pitted them against each other.
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If you’ve been thinking that your phone’s 108MP main camera is lacking in megapixels, then perhaps the upcoming Motorola Frontier will be able to scratch that particular itch for you. The previously rumored Motorola Frontier apparently has a massive 194MP main rear camera according to a leak by Evan Blass, plus the addition of a […]
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Oppo will announce the Find X5 series of smartphones on February 24. The Find X5 Pro is the one to watch, due to some exciting camera developments.
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The OnePlus 10 Pro drip-feed continues with the latest drop showing off the smartphone’s camera abilities ahead of the January 11th launch date. This time around it seems that we’ll see tangible signs of the ongoing partnership between OnePlus and Hasselblad which includes a second-generation Pro Mode. The OnePlus 10 Pro will be the brands’ […]
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Sony has unveiled a new type of stacked CMOS sensor that uses "two-layer transistor pixels" to double the light gathering capability. Typical image sensors have the light-sensitive photodiodes and pixel transistors that control and amplify the signal on the same layer. However, the new design puts the photodiodes on top and the pixel transistors below, "approximately doubling saturation signal levels," Sony said.
Sony pioneered stacked sensors that put fast memory and other electronics directly under the sensor, allowing for faster readout speeds and thus rapid burst shooting and reduced rolling shutter (jello effect) on cameras and smartphones. This latest sensor uses a similar idea, but packs the pixel transistors onto a separate substrate underneath the photodiode layer.
That means each layer could be optimized, allowing Sony to double the sensor's light saturation (well depth), or the amount of charge each pixel can hold. That in turn allows for around double the light-capturing capability.
Sony notes that because the transistor pixels sit on a separate layer, it was able to boost the amplifier transistors in size. That allows for a bigger signal boost, reducing noise when shooting nighttime or other images in dark locations. The increased dynamic range will allow for "high-quality, low-noise images even in low-light," according to Sony.
Sony specifically stated that the tech will allow for higher-quality smartphone photography. With double the light gathering capability, it will allow for much improved light sensitivity even in relatively small, high-megapixel sensors. Sony has yet to say when this tech will make it to smartphone or cameras, but it plans to further improve the design for both large and small sensors.
I’ve been using the Google Pixel 6 Pro for around a month alongside the iPhone 13 Pro, and the Pixel has proven to be a software and a camera winner.
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Fujifilm has unveiled the Instax Mini Evo, its new flagship instant film camera with a premium build, higher resolution than previous models and improved smartphone integration. As with other Instax cameras, you can take photos and instantly develop them to Fujifilm's credit card-sized Instax Mini film, but it offers a number of features not available on previous models.
As a hybrid camera, you can review photos on the LCD monitor and choose the ones you want to print. However, the new model is the first Instax camera with a print lever and lens/film filter dials. That lets you take a picture then choose among 100 combinations of effects (including "Soft Focus," "Light Leak," "Monochrome" and "Retro") and print the image afterwards by pulling the print lever. Fujifilm said the camera also delivers better quality prints as it has twice the exposure resolution of previous models.
The Instax Mini Evo is also effectively a mini-printer for your smartphone. You can transfer images from your phone to the Evo Mini wirelessly, then print them using the "Direct Print" button. And for the first time, you can transfer snaps you take with the Mini Evo back over to your smartphone, complete with the film border. Finally, you can use your smartphone to take pictures remotely with the camera.
Fujifilm also unveiled a new Instax Mini film format called "Stone Grey" with a gray background. The new camera arrives in Japan on December 3rd and will come to the US in February with a price of $ 200.
Google’s Pixel Fold seems like it could come with weaker cameras than the Pixel 6 and use the old Pixel 5 sensors instead.
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A brand-new take on an action camera, designed from the ground up with a host of unique innovations.
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Sony is holding a launch event tomorrow but as you might have already guessed from the headline, images of its successor to the Xperia Pro from 2020 have already been leaked. These images point to the Xperia Pro-1 featuring a massive 1-inch camera sensor as one of its trio of rear cameras. Thanks to the […]
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Apple is rolling out iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 with SharePlay, ProRes video for iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, other camera improvements, and more.
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I know, we are still in September but if you’ve already begun wondering about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S22 flagship you are in luck because the first leaked renders have been released which reveal two important details and a curvier design. The leaked renders come courtesy of Digit.in and @OnLeaks, showing the Galaxy S22 Ultra with […]
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Having promised to be the first smartphone brand to launch a Snapdragon 888-powered flagship before the end of 2020, Xiaomi formally announced its Mi 11 handset in China with a couple of days to spare. Besides sporting the newest Qualcomm processor, the Mi 11 also boasts a big WQHD OLED display with a 120Hz refresh […]
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Lomography's latest panoramic 35mm camera has a trick up its sleeve. You can pour liquid into the lens of the HydroChrome Sutton’s Panoramic Belair Camera (yep, that’s the full name) to add some colorful effects to your panoramic shots. Lomo suggests…
Indie filmmakers and everybody else who wants a relatively inexpensive cinema camera can now purchase RED’s new model called Komodo 6K. True to its name, the model can capture 6K at 40 fps, 6K Wide Shot at 50 fps and 4K at 60 fps — plus, it’s the bra…
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It’s time to seriously start thinking about the OnePlus 8T. We’ll see a return to flagship form to complement the newly released but midrange OnePlus Nord, and it’s sure to bring better camera performance and other cutting edge features. Looks like we might get another slick color option out of it, too. OnePlus 8T renders […]
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In-display fingerprint sensors are so yesterday’s news, am I right? Everyone that is tired of pop-up cameras, notches, and punch-holes just want to know one thing – when will we see the first under-display selfie camera? The answer to that is possibly sooner-than-we-thought because ZTE has announced that it will launch the Axon 20 5G […]
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We’re getting pretty close to the actual unveiling of the latest OnePlus Nord, but we don’t have to wait that long to see exactly what’s going on under the hood. OnePlus has detailed a few more things about their next phone, including how much RAM it’ll have, plus the camera and display specs that you’ll […]
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It’s still hard to find HomeKit-friendly security cameras, let alone ones that are focused primarily on Apple’s smart home framework, but Eve Systems is close to filling that gap. The company is shipping the HomeKit-exclusive Eve Cam indoor security…
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Fujifilm’s X100V is a great camera for street photography. It’s compact, pairs a good sensor with a sharp lens and has a handy tilting display. Despite its small size, the X100V also excels at 4K video shooting. However, now that users have had a few…
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Google typically struggles to keep their new phones from leaking, and that’s an even understatement. We’ve reached the point where people are buying and reviewing Pixel phones before Google can even announce them. And yes, it’s happened again. There’s a full Pixel 4a camera review already posted, which is bad news for Google but pretty […]
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The new iPhone SE shares more with the iPhone 8 than a few common parts. An iFixit teardown of the SE has revealed that its internal design is highly similar to its 2017 ancestor, including the camera. Despite some hopes that the SE might be using th…
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Google has announced a new camera app specifically for Android Go smartphones. This continues Google’s trend of pushing more lightweight, simpler versions of their apps to lower-cost devices, making Android even better on smaller budgets. Camera Go With Android Go officially crossing the 100 million device threshold, it’s a big part of Google’s mobile ecosystem. […]
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 family is still about a week away from release, but early reviews haven’t totally fallen in love with the camera yet. Some users that have already used Samsung’s 2020 flagship have noticed a few issues that keep the camera from really being great, but Samsung wants to fix it quickly. Galaxy […]
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As OnePlus spins up the hype train leading up to the unveiling of a ‘concept’ smartphone at CES 2020 they are announcing many future-facing features including having all cameras hidden. OnePlus as a company is extremely fond of cultivating hype in the lead-up to new product launches, and the brand’s first ‘concept’ phone – a […]
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Following news of a powerful 108MP binned primary camera sensor in Samsung’s upcoming flagships, we’ve now heard the entire S11 series will also use a 48MP binned sensor for zooming. We’ve been seeing a steady increase in the number of leaks Samsung‘s next-gen flagship Galaxy S11 series in the lead up to their expected announcement […]
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Samsung has taken the wraps off of the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 phones, prepping their 2020 lineup of mid-range devices. These also very likely hint at what we can expect out of the Galaxy S11 family, especially with that insane camera module on the back. Galaxy A51 The Galaxy A51 is the more affordable […]
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In case you were wondering what the Galaxy S11 might look like before its official unveiling, a render from @OnLeaks and 91Mobiles has surfaced showcasing all of the rumored design changes to Samsung’s next flagship. Some of the changes are expected, but there are a few curveballs here, too. New hole punch, weird cameras The […]
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Having previously gone on sale in Russia and the Netherlands, the Honor 9X is finally available to purchase in the United Kingdom. For £249 you’ll get a handset with a notch-less display, a trio of rear cameras, all-day battery life, and a pop-up selfie camera. The 9X features a big 6.59-inch IPS FullView notch-less display […]
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Xiaomi is prepping an announcement for a new smartwatch and phone, so it’s about time to drum up some interest. They’ve released a few photos and specs of these devices to get us interested until they’re officially announced, so let’s dig in. Xiaomi Mi Watch Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Watch definitely looks a little Apple Watch-y, […]
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If you want to get a glimpse of Mark Zuckerberg's "privacy-focused" vision for Facebook, then look no further than Instagram's new social app: Threads. This new standalone, camera-first messaging app is an extension of Instagram's Close Friends featu…
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The OnePlus 7T has been ramping up its leaks lately, and now we’re getting an official look at the phone for the first time. The leak confirms some of what we’ve heard about the phone, but adds a few more details ahead of the official September unveiling. The backside of the phone features a triple-camera […]
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Nokia has grown a broad portfolio of phones since their Android revival in 2017, however their newly-leaked device is their least-recognisable design yet as it resembles the Lenovo-Moto motif. Through all their trials and tribulations of the last decade, Nokia has maintained their own unique design language of typically relatively large, square bezels and minimalist […]
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The Huawei Mate 30 Pro is starting to take a few laps around the rumor mill, and today we’re getting a good look at the case for the phone. Normally these kinds of leaks are pretty boring when it’s for a phone that we already expect to look much like its predecessor, but Huawei is […]
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If you really hate notches and the current trend of disfigured screens to make room for a front-facing camera, your next phone just might be an Oppo device. The company has shown off that they’ve finally figured out how to cram a camera underneath a phone’s screen, allowing a phone to have a full display […]
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The camera is becoming one of the most hyped up features of the Galaxy Note 10 for later this year, and some new details have surfaced about just what Samsung might be doing with their next flagship phone. This one comes from Ice Universe, who is usually pretty on point with his Samsung leaks. He […]
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When Huawei launched the Mate 20 Pro in 2018, we were mightily impressed by its trio of rear cameras, gorgeous finish, and superb battery life. But how could the Chinese handset maker improve upon its flagship handset? According to a bunch of leaked renders, the Mate 30 Pro could sport a display with an improved […]
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Samsung launched their new Night Mode on the Galaxy S10, which is something many considered part of the One UI update. But it really wasn’t, since the enhanced low light photography modes never made their way back to the Galaxy S9, even though One UI came with Android Pie to older devices. And sure, the […]
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We’ve seen plenty of info about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, but up to this point it’s been mostly focused on the hardware. There have been leaks about processors and camera capabilities and everything else, but we’ve seen very little about any design changes that Samsung might be making. Well, now that’s changed with a high-quality […]
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Samsung upped their camera game with the Galaxy S10 lineup this year, delivering a vast array of different lenses and sensors that can do a lot of different things. But despite offering telephoto lenses for a few years, we haven’t seen any other drastic improvements in optical zoom on Samsung’s phones recently. That might change […]
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Pursuit of the ultimate bezelless design has been the focus of mobile design for the last few years, and Samsung has just reaffirmed their efforts to finally hide that selfie cam for good. Ever since Xiaomi‘s original Mi Mix launched at the tail-end of 2016, the mobile world has been obsessed with perfecting the bezelless […]
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