Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

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Has a website at http://www.larsrehm.com
Joined on Nov 7, 2007
About me:

I am a former member of Dpreview's Seattle team and now a freelance technology journalist and industry consultant based in Europe. I write most oft the smartphone and mobile imaging content on the site and if you come through Berlin or Madrid there's a chance you'll see out me shooting with one of the latest smartphones. You can follow me on Twitter @larsrehm or have a look at my personal website for more info.

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Dave C 150: Can it make phone calls as well?

Text? Everybody I know uses Whatsapp ;)

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

The Lumix is more of a camera that can be used as a phone than a smartphone. Panasonic themselves don' even call it that. 99% of smartphone users would not want a device that thick. To be honest if I want a 1-inch sensor I'd get a Sony RX100 or something that. That has a zoom lens and it means I can get a phone that fits in my pocket and is actually a good phone :)

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (24 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Does the rear camera have OIS too?

well, steadyshot, as far as I am aware, only work when shooting video and does so well. But for stills OIS is definitely a good thing to have on any camera.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 13:22 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

it seems a 1/2.4-inch sensor is currently as large as you can go without compromising on device dimensions. I think smartphone image quality will in the nearer future be much more improved through software processing than hardware processing...night modes etc are good examples for what software can do...

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (24 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Does the rear camera have OIS too?

no

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
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SharkManEXR: I don't understand these reviews, when the tech is there to make a much better camera in a phone, these reviews are reviewing which sub-par camera is the best; when it's still a bad camera.

this is a news story about a product launch, not a review.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:23 UTC
On article DxOMark Mobile Report: Lenovo Moto G Plus (15 comments in total)
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Achiron: Why have such extensive coverage for such a mediocre device??

Smartphone-reviews do actually get quite a bit of traffic...it just seems their readers are not quite into arguing in the comment section as the "real-camera-guys" ;)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:21 UTC
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fberns: Wow, that sounds great for a mid class phone. I just hope it supports RAW format...?

unfortunately it does not appear to do that...

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
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Skipper494: Vertical panorama? Looks horizontal to me. You guys are smokin', right?

captured with the camera in vertical orientation....

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
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natna: I as a passionate mobile photographer, see that the lens is adequately sharp (not perfect) and noise is kept well controlled at least till iso 640 in normal mode.
The pro menu is a copy of Nokia's best ever app in a camera. Which is great.

The extravagantly impresive, is the multy-frame night mode:
Just see the iq in the museum and the flash test with that high iso. It hits the sweet spot. Enough details and low noise. The algorithm is super! It's better than the useless night multi-frame scene in my otherwise beloved Nikon P7700 with the 1/1.7'' (Sony) sensor.

As for the sensor size quarell: I have both N8 and 808. I have used/tested almost every flagship.
What I see here in terms of IQ, from the low end Moto G plus is somewhere between Lg g3/4 and Samy S6. And surely better than Iphone 6s...
The only thing missing is the OIS.
But the price tag can make me forget it.
Can the reviewer tell us what is the slowest shutter time in Pro mode?

looking at the app...the slowest shutter speed you can select manually is 1/5 sec...so sorry, no long exposures :)

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

I know I know, but there is a reason that phone was a commercial failure...

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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PKDanny: DISLIKE Motorola!!!

for any particular reason?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:29 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

it's a good ratio on smartphone though and that's what we are looking at here.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:09 UTC
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phoenix15: Only if Lenovo let the motorola brand alive. Only moto is not enough.

To be honest Google owning the mobile device portion of Motorola was the best thing that could happen to them. It really brought them back onto the map.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (68 comments in total)
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melgross: So, the main camera is good, but not great. The wide angle camera is fair, but not really good, but you really like the fact that it's there.

Considering just how bad the reviews for this smartphone overall have been everywhere, it doesn't seem as though these cameras are going to move the sales much. Very few people consider the camera as being more than one aspect of consideration, and rarely the biggest aspect.

Perhaps if this was a better phone overall.

Well, of course we focus our review on the camera and not on the other elements of the device...that said, what exactly is it that's so bad about the G5?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (68 comments in total)
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EwanMC: If you don't need the wide-angle, the main camera is the same as on the G4 .

same specs but definitely improved processing.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 17:33 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (68 comments in total)
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ovatab: I love Madrid. Wrong food, dude!

ah, the Korean I assume...once in a while you've just had enough jamon, chorizo and all the other good Spanish stuff and something totally different is in order :)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 17:30 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (68 comments in total)
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ovatab: I love Madrid. Wrong food, dude!

what food are you talking about?

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (68 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Unless you're trying to mimic a gopro, then a telephoto seems a better option.

I'd say that totally depends on your requirements and style as a photographer. Independently it is, from an engineering point of view, easier to add a wide angle than a tele to a phone camera.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
On article Two in one: LG G5 camera review (68 comments in total)
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RedFox88: That phone wouldn't fit in a pocket. The "grip" is too big. If you out a grip that doubles the phone area, you should just use a real camera.

well, if you'd read the review you'd know that the grip is an optional accessory that can be as easily removed as it can be attached :)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
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