Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

DPReview Administrator
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 Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Good technology ruined by too many megapixels.

Ok, also just got the news that we will have DxO data for the Note 4 soon, hopefully by the end of next week.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 13:19 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: How old is this review?

"With a DxOMark Mobile score of 79 the Sony Xperia Z3 takes the number two spot in the DxOMark smartphone rankings, placing itself just behind the Samsung Galaxy S5 and in front of its own predecessor, the Xperia Z2."

DxOMark have iPhone 6 and 6+ at the top of smartphone chart since Sep 23, 2014.

As for Z3, I don't understand how SONY keep screwing up its mobile division. Z have bad screen, Z1 have ok screen yet still the non-removable film. Z2 and Z3 are a lot better but camera still far behind Apple and Samsung which uses SONY sensor.

apologies, my mistake, this is corrected now. The DxOMark report was first published as a stand-alone article before the iPhones were tested. As we usually do I have now integrated into our full review.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 09:32 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Good technology ruined by too many megapixels.

@Menneisyys you've mentioned this before but I won't promise anything in this respect. In terms of testing we have to draw the line somewhere and if I tested all phones with several camera apps we'd probably publish one smartphone review per year :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 09:03 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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sebastian huvenaars: I knew about red eye correction, but nose reduction?! ;)

if you've been a Dpreview reader for a long time you will know that this not my first "nose gate"....I'll go and find this error now and correct it :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Good technology ruined by too many megapixels.

If it is any consolation I will try and review it before the new MWC models become available. Note 4 was only launched at IFA, so it is still fairly new.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 09:13 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Pretty mediocre as a smartphone camera. (Not to mention as a phone, particularly with the unsettling news of Sony's probably selling off their entire smartphone business, meaning a definite end of any official future firmware upgrades. Not that previous Sony models received that many upgrades...)

In addition to the usual stuff (bad oversharpening, watercoloring via the, at least in broad daylight, unnecessarily strong noise reduction), Sony really should improve their sweep pano mode. Heck, even Samsung's implementation is way better, which, in turn, can't hold a candle to that of Apple. And the decentered lens and bad front camera (the latter being particularly important in dual-camera modes (here: "Face In"), which I *love* on the Note4 and use a LOT for social shots)....

<continued below>

The iPhone 6 might use an old sensor (I am actually not sure if this is true) but they certainly get very good IQ out of it and that's what counts. Most (but not all) of the higher res sensors in Android and Windows phones are not capable of resolving better detail than the 8MP sensor in the Apple.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (87 comments in total)
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Paul_B Midlands UK: Pretty handy review, since the Z4 model is supposedly launching next month.
"Strong blurring of detail through nose reduction (nose reduction - that's a UNIQUE one) across the ISO range"

Sony replaces their top-end model every 6 months, so between getting your hands on a review model and producing a meaningful review you inevitably get close to the launch date of the successor. However, even if the Z4 is being launched next month, that doesn't mean it'll actually be available in the shops straightaway. In any case the Z3 will be available for quite some time longer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
On Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac post (114 comments in total)
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mosc: It's a capacitive screen without a digitizer (a la galaxy note or microsoft surface pro). That makes it glorified finger painting which there are thousands of apps for already. Utter junk.

as mentioned in the article and can be seen in the pictures you are supposed to use this with pressure sensitive stylus. Of course using it with your fingers would not make too much sense...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 20:43 UTC
On Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac post (114 comments in total)
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EthanP99: Ipad has no pressure sensitivity so whats the point.

Also ipad wont have proximity sensor to move the cursor around without you tapping on the screen. a $50 wacom bamboo would do better than this.

This is used with a pressure sensitive stylus

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 19:04 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (124 comments in total)
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MattLangley: Is there a reason you guys decided to just completely skip reviewing the note 4?

none other than just not having gotten to it yet, still planning to do it though...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:27 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (84 comments in total)
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RonHendriks: Why no Android 5.0 Lollipop?
Why no 4G and make it a real smartphone?

So it's a superzoom with a small sensor.

meh.....

that's true and I am not quite sure why Samsung made the decision to not include 4G connectivity. The original GC had it but still you could not use it for calling. I used it to navigate with Google Maps and surf the web though, worked really well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:08 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (84 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Any why is that, we'd see a not only very old Galaxy Smartphone review ages later after release - but here onto the main DPR site? It's simply a review for connect dpreview, not the Main site here. Perhaps Lars Rehm was sleeping,
or just Banana at this moment, no offence. ;)

I usually try to get m 8 hour of sleep but I am sure this review took much longer than that :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 21:22 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (84 comments in total)
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RonHendriks: Why no Android 5.0 Lollipop?
Why no 4G and make it a real smartphone?

So it's a superzoom with a small sensor.

meh.....

well, it's still a "connected camera", just doesn't run the very latest OS. Honestly, I am running Lollipop on several devices here and apart from the new design (which admittedly is nice) there is not an awful lot of difference to 4.4 in daily use.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 21:21 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (84 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: Will it talk to my laptop via my WiFi router (I ask this because my current pocket zoom with WiFi only talks to cell phones.)? I suppose uploading 29 minute HD720p videos through a hotspot will still be a little unpractical - too much time needed, and the battery will loose its capacity.

you could use Dropbox to transfer files between the camera and your laptop. As long as both devices are on Wi-Fi this works nicely, I do it all the time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (84 comments in total)
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Prognathous: Can you share pictures over WhatsApp directly from this camera?

you would probably not be able to install whatsapp as you can put a sim into this device and therefore have to phone number to link whatsapp with. You could however easily transfer from the GC2 to your phone using Bluetooth or some with that uses Wi-Fi direct.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 22:02 UTC
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0MitchAG: $37.50 shipping to east-coast Australia. Talk about taking a cut!

it's kind of a long way from Amsterdam I guess :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
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letsgofishing: Square prints only - unless you composite 2 images on a page?

I'd assume one of the targets for this are Instagram users. I bet it is no coincidence that the minimum size for an image to be printed is the Instagram image dimensions. If this is doing well I'd expect there to be more frame options in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 09:02 UTC
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Philip Lanoue: I put this on my phone when it was an Amazon FAotD a while back. I just checked and it's version 2.6.2 so I guess that's why it was free. Doesn't look updatable and worth about what I paid.
Just for fooling around with dopey phone pics I think TouchUp Pro and Snapseed both of which I also got for free are probably better.

should be updatable in the Amazon App Store, no reason why it would not be.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 11:51 UTC
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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 (124 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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