Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

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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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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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rfsIII: So Lars, if I'm a multi-media journalist on deadline, know how to use a tripod, and have good camera skills, would this camera phone be the best choice to shoot and upload stills and video for use by newspapers and television stations?

This is a nice device to use if you have good camera skills because it actually lets you apply them. However, there are a couple of issues. Like all smartphones the CM1 does not have a tripod mount, so you'll need some sort of smartphone support. Also, other phones offer better video quality. I'd say if your focus is on stills go for it. If you shoot a lot of video and possibly 4K footage I'd probably look somewhere else.

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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Jostian: wow the low light abilities are really bad, just about every single other high end device hammers the CM1 in the low light scene, very disappointing... In daylight the CM1 results look awesome, but the lack of OIS and horrid low light results means the CM1 is another 'almost' great package, pity.

are you sure you are looking at the same pictures as everybody else? :)

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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Artak Hambarian: Close, but not yet there. Adding even a very limited optical zoom would be welcome. A bit of additional size is OK IMHO.

it won't be a 'bit of additional size'. It'll be a lot and a much slower lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 07:47 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: how much is it these days?
my previous comment for this device was to by a $500 RX100 and the other $500 to buy a flagship smartphone such as an S6 or i6.

well, that would work for many users but still means you'll have to carry to devices, so not really comparable...

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 17:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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zkz5: Can the boot loader on the CM1 be easily unlocked (like a Nexus device)?

what would you want to install instead of the Panasonic OS? My guess is you'd struggle to make most camera functions properly work, the device is just too non-standard.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 17:21 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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Markol: For the price the omissions are too many: no xenon flash and a mediocre LED solution, no OIS!!!, ghosting in HDR photos- the last 2 are things my old Nexus 5 does really well and which I use all the time, I can't imagine spending 900€ for a phone which does not have (or implement inadequately) these by now must have features. 4K with 15fps is useless to me. With all the rest I could live but there are too many weighty cons.
What a pity, I've waited for this since the day it was announced.
Even without these shortcomings it'd be a niche product, with them it's a phone compared to which the 808 will be considered a tremendous success.

the flash is terrible but the HDR issues you could solve with a third-party app.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 16:20 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: If it had OIS i would buy one tomorrow. Without it it will be unusable to anyone who isn't naturally steady.

not in the camera world but many smartphones have it...after shooting with it for a month or so I'd say it would be a great addition to the CM1.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 16:16 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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LKJ: Android 4.4. The one that was last updated almost a year ago.

Good work Panasonic.

yes, they probably realized having two versions for tablet and phone wasn't a great idea ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 13:19 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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LKJ: Android 4.4. The one that was last updated almost a year ago.

Good work Panasonic.

Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" did indeed exist was a tablet-specific OS version :)

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 13:10 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera review post (161 comments in total)
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LKJ: Android 4.4. The one that was last updated almost a year ago.

Good work Panasonic.

To be honest, with the CM1 already offering Raw and manual control, there's not too much you are missing, apart from maybe the material design...but then there's a chance Panasonic will offer an update to Lollipop at some point.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 12:43 UTC
On Sony launches Z3+ with 20MP camera post (29 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: So, since Japanese hate number 4, why sony named their latest model as Z4 in Japan, and Z3+ elsewhere?

good question :)

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 08:09 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile report: HTC One M9 post (3 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: I'm a huge HTC fan, IMO they're phones are awesome and the build quality is top notch. That said, why is HTC the only phone manufacturer on Earth who can't seem to get a decent camera into their phones??? My latest phone is an Apple for this very reason...if HTC could sort out a decent camera I would buy the M9 in a heartbeat.

pretty much agree, great phones all around but the cameras in the latest few iterations weren't up to scratch. I hope I'll get to test the M9 myself soon...

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On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (30 comments in total)
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Papi61: Every mid-range Android has 1080p nowadays. I wouldn't call anything without a quad-HD screen a "flagship."

well, it is the Oppo flagship despite phones from other manufacturers possibly having better specs :)

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 20:44 UTC
On Oppo launches R7 and R7 Plus post (30 comments in total)
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joe6pack: "alternatively one of the slots can house a microSD card" - I don't think I have seen that before. Very interesting.

I've seen it before, I think the Moto G LTE version does the same, not 100% sure though, it might have been another one...

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 20:43 UTC
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Papi61: "The 1080p screen resolution looks a little dated next to the Quad-HD screens of many competitors in the high-end bracket"

Pretty hilarious how American tech media reviewers NEVER mention that about the iPhone 6...

I think you are slightly generalizing, but yes, there as many "fanboys" among journalists as there are among the general population ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 20:35 UTC
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Papi61: "The 1080p screen resolution looks a little dated next to the Quad-HD screens of many competitors in the high-end bracket"

Pretty hilarious how American tech media reviewers NEVER mention that about the iPhone 6...

Not sure if you refer to me as the "American Tech Reviewer" but I am a German citizen living in Spain. Id did not say there weren't any Quad-HD screens back then but it certainly wasn't the standard resolution in September last year, that situation has slightly changed now. But since you bought a Note 4 and really seem to like it I'll confirm that it's an awesome device with a really nice screen :)

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 20:04 UTC
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Papi61: "The 1080p screen resolution looks a little dated next to the Quad-HD screens of many competitors in the high-end bracket"

Pretty hilarious how American tech media reviewers NEVER mention that about the iPhone 6...

to be fair when the iPhone 6 Plus came out there weren't an awful lot of Quad-HD screens around. This year there are quite a few of them.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
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SergioBR: And ... S6 will shoot in RAW !!! http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/exclusive-android-5-1-1-to-bring-new-camera-features-to-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/

Camera FV-5 or Manual Camera for example. Have not had a chance to try myself but was told by trustworthy sources. It seems unlike the Note 4 the S6 fully supports the Google Camera2 API but the stock camera app just doesn't make use of it until now.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 10:43 UTC
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SergioBR: And ... S6 will shoot in RAW !!! http://www.sammobile.com/2015/05/05/exclusive-android-5-1-1-to-bring-new-camera-features-to-the-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge/

already does but you'll need a 3rd party app.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 07:53 UTC
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davetj_uk: You can get an App called Camscanner for free for android/ipad that will scan in pdf or jpg.. it does a brilliant job as well.. Camscanner straightens your pictures, and crops out any unwanted space.. I wouldn't lug that QromaScan thing around with me to copy photos and I cant believe anyone would want to pay for such a thing.. I could knock that up with a bit of strong cardboard and use tissue paper as a diffuser for a table lamp or natural light.. $35... You got to be kidding me!!

well, I have no need for this product but it doesn't really matter if it's made out of cardboard, aluminium or carbon fiber...inside the box are LEDs which should ensure consistent illumination and color temperature and that's what makes it kind of useful...

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:38 UTC
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