Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

Lives in Spain Madrid, Spain
Works as a Technology Writer
Has a website at http://www.larsrehm.com
Joined on Nov 7, 2007
About me:

Lars is a freelance technology journalist, photographer and industry consultant. He reviews cameras and smartphones and writes about mobile photography and imaging technology for dpreview.com, connect.dpreview.com and a number of other English and German language publications.

As a former member of Dpreview’s testing team he has shot with and tested countless digital cameras of all shapes and sizes but nowadays is capturing many of his images with the camera in a smartphone. He is fascinated by the high rate of innovation in smartphone imaging and the endless creative possibilities offered by mobile editing, connectivity and the fact that your phone is always with you. You can follow him on Twitter @larsrehm.

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Becksvart: DPR married Vitriola a long time ago, it seems.

I think these lenses and that shutter will add to the camera-feeling of the phone, and if a person hasn't used a mirrorless och SLT or dSLR or film SLR, but always just used their phone, they might be interested in this. But..then, logically, they would not like something that made the phone less portable, like with the lens protrusion, and they would perhaps feel no kinship with a "two stage shutter".

And if they Did use an old film SLR or mirrorless camera or whatever then ..why would they suddenly use their phone for all pictures?

I am intrigued by the apparent quality of this device but at the same time can't pinpoint the audience, even if, judging by Kickstarter, there apparently is a gorilla-sized one.

There is a sizeable group of mobile photographers who want to shoot with their phones because of the apps and are not too worried about adding a little bulk if it helps with operation or otherwise. Using a conventional camera (no apps) is not really an alternative to that target group.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 19:42 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Lars Rehm;

As you mentioned that "Xiaomi are selling boatloads of devices.. but very few in the *Western hemisphere*."

Here was few developments happened inside of Xiaomi last year per WSJ regarding to Xiaomi's possible expansion.

"Google Android Executive Joins Chinese Startup Xiaomi... help with a new push by Xiaomi to develop its *international business* and be responsible for *its strategic cooperation with Google*".

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323324904579042404027828202

Also, Xiaomi hired other key members from largest key players from *Western hemisphere* including the USA.

Interesting story about the CEO who started with no money, but sold one of his company to Amazon.com 10 years ago.

Invested more than 20 start-ups including Xiaomi, and overnight Xiaomi became #3 in the world while it was still a "start-up".

yes, I am sure it is only a question of time until you'll find Xiaomi devices everywhere but for now Apple, Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola devices are more relevant to most of our readers. Also, while most of the Xiaomis look like capable devices I have not seen any real innovation in the imaging department from them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 19:13 UTC
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agentlossing: There is no reason in heck for this phone camera to outscore the 808 Pureview. I say this as a Nexus 6 owner, who previously had the Nokia 1520, which is a smaller sensor than the 808. The 1520 was still leaps ahead of the Nexus in image quality. It just goes to show how irrelevant the DXO score for these types of cameras is.

IQ is of course the most important criterion but it's not the only one. Seems our scoring matrix is slightly different to yours but that's the beauty of dpreview, we give you all the full-size samples and data you need to form your own opinion :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 21:55 UTC
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agentlossing: There is no reason in heck for this phone camera to outscore the 808 Pureview. I say this as a Nexus 6 owner, who previously had the Nokia 1520, which is a smaller sensor than the 808. The 1520 was still leaps ahead of the Nexus in image quality. It just goes to show how irrelevant the DXO score for these types of cameras is.

Just remember that image quality is not the only criteria we look at when scoring a smartphone. The 808 had great image quality but was pretty terrible in almost every other respect. Yes, you get good pixel-level IQ but there are no apps, operation is super-slow, screen is small and the whole thing is a little bulky...might as well use a camera...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 20:11 UTC

Gotta love the positivity here :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 19:36 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Buy a Droid Turbo/Moto Maxx if you want Nexus 6. This Nexus 6 is simply a upsized Moto X with poor optimization.

It looks very much like a larger Moto X but most of the internal components, including camera hardware, are different.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 15:32 UTC
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Michael Ma: I wonder how much Apple paid for a certain phone to not be reviewed at DxO.

Hoping to review it soon. I have used it but not too extensively. I think the HDR+ mode on the Nexus realyl helps in terms of IQ, especially in low light. Have you tried the Google Camera App on the Note 4. Does HDR+ make a difference in low light on that device as well?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 12:33 UTC
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Mike FL: Google phone seems good, but Smartphone market is too tight.

"How Tight Is Smartphone Market? Xiaomi Joins Samsung, Apple in Top 3 for Only a Few Hours"

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-30/how-tight-is-smartphone-market-xiaomi-joins-samsung-apple-in-top-3-for-only-a-few-hours.html

Above was last year, and now "Xiaomi's new flagship smartphone sold out in 3 minutes".

Xiaomi is focusing at this point very much onto the Chinese market which admittedly is extremely large. I am sure there are ways to order a Xiaomi from the US or Europe somehow but you'd struggle to find one in a shop. At the moment only a few accessories are available on Amazon but none of the phones. So yes, they are selling boatloads of devices but very few in the Western hemisphere.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 11:00 UTC
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Mike FL: Are there TYPOs in last four HDR samples?

Two of four may be "HDR+ On". No?

Thanks, corrected!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 10:09 UTC
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Michael Ma: I wonder how much Apple paid for a certain phone to not be reviewed at DxO.

Not sure what you are alluding to? As far as I am aware all recent iPhones have been covered on Dxomark.com and we have used DXO data in our iPhone 6 Plus review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 10:07 UTC
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tkbslc: I'm pretty blown away at how good the fake DOF portrait shown in this review turned out. Fantastic.

nice Fat Bike :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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CJ100570: "Other alternatives include the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Nokia Lumia 1520 but they all come with with lower resolution screens."

The Galaxy Note 4 most certainly does not have a lower resolution screen than the Nexus 6. They both feature a 2,560 x 1,440 screen.

thanks for pointing that out, I have corrected it now. No idea why I remembered that wrong :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 21:30 UTC
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Menneisyys: Cool!

While I, personally, haven't found its color noise reduction algorithm anything to write home about (check out my comparison developments at http://forum.xda-developers.com/note-4/general/shooting-light-best-image-quality-note-4-t3012008 , in section " 1.3.2.1 Photo Mate R2"), it's definitely nice to see it's being developed further.

oh yeah, the developer definitely seems to working on making it better. Nice app although I don't currently have a decent Android tablet :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 21:22 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: The Lollipop OS supports raw, right?

have to add that Nexus 6 and 5 appear the only devices to fully support eh Lollipop Raw function at the moment. It seems some other manufacturer who have supplied Lollipop updates for their devices have not fully implemented Google's Camera2 API that is necessary for Raw.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: The Lollipop OS supports raw, right?

well, I find it useful to have the ability to play with noise reduction, white balance, saturation, no matter how small the sensor. Sure, a large one gives you more leeway in terms of dynamic range but that doesn't mean having the ability to correct white balance on a small sensor isn't a useful feature.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 19:34 UTC
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tkbslc: I'm pretty blown away at how good the fake DOF portrait shown in this review turned out. Fantastic.

yeah, it's a little inconsistent, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Best to give it a few tries if you don't like the results first time around.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: The Lollipop OS supports raw, right?

yes, not with the default camera app but third-party apps like Manual Camera or Camera-FV5 let you save DNG files in addition to JPG.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 19:23 UTC
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Michel Corbin: I see in the picture that the reviewer seems to have centered the device in the center of the phone (horizontally). The manufacturer shows it over on the right in their advertising shots and video, and that seems to give better access to shutter and other buttons. Perhaps that is why the reviewer saw little use for this device in still photography.

Hi Michel, I only said that because I am not sure what advantage the grip gives me in still photography, nothing to do with access to shutter button or controls. The screen side of the device is always entirely accessible, no matter where you place the grip. As you can see in the pictures at the top of the article I have sometimes moved the grip to the sides as well. Where you bets place it depends a lot on the device. Side works well with smaller devices but on larger and heavier devices I found it better at center.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 20:09 UTC
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Cipher: Do people buy magazines anymore?

well, si.com is quite a nice website with nice pictures, too :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
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Doug Pardee: This article leaves me wondering... why? What does Camu offer that I can't readily find among the zillion other Android camera apps already out there?

The impression I get from poking around elsewhere on the Web is that Camu got some good press on iPhone. Most of the excitement there seems to be about the User Interface, in particular that it's well suited to one-handed operation.

I certainly value your feedback and will take it into account when writing future stories but you could not be more wrong in terms of our OS bias. I own an iPhone because I need it to test apps and iPhone accessories but my personal devices tend to be Android. I'll occasionally use the iPhone when I don't have a test-phone to play with, just to always keep up to date with both worlds, but I'd say about 90% of the time there is an Android device in my pocket.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 17:26 UTC
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