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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On Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review post (19 comments in total)
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2tnut: Nice review. When are you going to review the best android phone currently, the note 4?

if you already know it's the best we don't need to review it, do we? :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 11:27 UTC
On Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review post (19 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: "At an MRSP of $499/£420 for an unlocked device, the new Moto X is a real bargain in the high-end bracket of the smartphone market."

High-end? Are you sure? With a Snapdragon 801 and also pretty lousy spec (2GB of RAM, no OIS) and not very good camera?

I in no way would pay $500 for this with the, in all(!!!) regards, _significantly_ better Note4 costing only 250$ more.

high-end or not will entirely depend on your definition, personally I don't think high-end is about RAM but about performance. Or would you not call the iPhone 6 a high-end device either? But $250 more equals a 50% premium, in my book that is quite a difference. Also, the Note 4 is a phablet and therefore a different kind of device. There aren't too many many phones in the 5-inch screen class with OIS for example.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 21:51 UTC
On Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review post (19 comments in total)
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photospots: I see one major issue with the Motorola X 2014 (http://www.gadgetindex.info/MotorolaAS/Motorola-X-14.html) as a camera phone and that is the lack of MicroSD card. This a major issue if you just shoot a good deal of pictures and videos. Then you would have to sync them elsewhere pretty often as 16/32 GB storage is quickly used by a little bit of pictures, videos and what you have of apps on the phone.

true, although it's by far the only phone with this limitation. Nexus devices are the same because Google wants you to "live" in the cloud and software-wise the Moto X is very close to a Nexus.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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John Oki: If you get a phone with such a feature,means that you need it to have a good battery in order to be able to use the feature! So that is where Huawei beats the HTC One M8 , http://versus.com/en/huawei-honor-6-plus-vs-htc-one-m8..

Plus it can support two SIM cards and has a better camera and a bigger RAM.

Not bad at all.

I've used the Ascent Mate 7 for a while and the battery life was excellent, with an even larger battery though. Still would have thought it's pretty good on this one as well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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neo_nights: @ Lars "there simply is not enough space unless consumers accept larger/thicker phones."
This is right, but I still don't get this obsession with paper thin smartphones. They are increasing screensize and getting thinner and thinner. Then people complain that they are fragile (obviously!) and battery life is poor (obviously).

I mean, does 2~4mm of extra thickness make THAT much difference for the public?

well, there aren't as many thin phones in the Moto G class as in the high-end bracket, that's my point.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 09:01 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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Twenty3twenty2: This is quite a good phone IMO, especially the double click instant camera snap is useful.

if it works as described this actually looks like a genuinely useful feature.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 08:59 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: The front-end styling and especially those icon graphics seen on the screen are totally ripping off Apple. That's what bugs me about too many Chinese manufactures, in that they plagiarise other western manufactures designs instead of coming up with their own.

Why? Don't they have any imagination? It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth...so to speak - even the 6 Plus in the name! I know this company has ambitions on becoming a well known high-end brand. But you do that by creating something unique, not just copying the designs of who you want to become like.

To be fair Huawei launched the original Honor 6 a while before Apple launched the iPhone 6...but well, I can see your point although I am personally not too concerned, all these phones look pretty much the same these days :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 08:58 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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neo_nights: @ Lars "there simply is not enough space unless consumers accept larger/thicker phones."
This is right, but I still don't get this obsession with paper thin smartphones. They are increasing screensize and getting thinner and thinner. Then people complain that they are fragile (obviously!) and battery life is poor (obviously).

I mean, does 2~4mm of extra thickness make THAT much difference for the public?

well, I have of course no scientific evidence, but neither have you any for your theory, assuming all high-end phones are thin. However, for example the Nokia Lumia 1020 which has a great camera was an economic failure. One of the reasons for that is likely its camera hump and dimensions, it simply wasn't as "sexy" as the competition. That probably wasn't the only reason but I would have thought it was one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 22:55 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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neo_nights: @ Lars "there simply is not enough space unless consumers accept larger/thicker phones."
This is right, but I still don't get this obsession with paper thin smartphones. They are increasing screensize and getting thinner and thinner. Then people complain that they are fragile (obviously!) and battery life is poor (obviously).

I mean, does 2~4mm of extra thickness make THAT much difference for the public?

The Moto G is a nice phone but it is by no means a high-end phone. Consumers who buy a phone in the Moto G class are certainly much less worried about thinness than iPhone or Moto X users.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:38 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: No point in trying to emulate shallow DoF. The results will be sometimes dreadful, as has been shown by the M8.

For most users smartphone photography is all about the "always with you" aspect though and I would certainly not always have the QX1 plus lens with me. It's basically a camera that uses the phone as a screen and for the controls.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 20:41 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: No point in trying to emulate shallow DoF. The results will be sometimes dreadful, as has been shown by the M8.

"adding up to the size of a large" sensor is the problem in smartphones, there simply is not enough space unless consumers accept larger/thicker phones.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras post (35 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: No point in trying to emulate shallow DoF. The results will be sometimes dreadful, as has been shown by the M8.

There's always hope that somebody will do it better someday :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
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mrkarisma: When will the Galaxy S4, aka the most common android smartphone, get android 5.0 /L?

This will very likely depend on your region and/or carrier (if you have purchased the device through a carrier), you should contact them to find out.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 14:29 UTC
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nonstndrd: I've had fun experimenting with this on my Nexus 5, the image quality (processed in Lightroom and VSCO) is MUCH better than I anticipated. See here for samples:
http://www.thelosangelesrecordings.com/nexus-5-raw-capture/

yes, I tried on the Nexus 6 and it's quite amazing how much better detail you get. Unfortunately there's also a lot more noise :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:42 UTC
On Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket post (26 comments in total)
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BLongborough: I *was* interested, but when I couldn't find the price on their silly dancing up-and-down website, I gave up. Thanks.

seems they are out of stock at the moment and you can only sign up to get a notification when the product is available again.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
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RichRMA: Just as long as Apple doesn't erase the images off your camera...

Wouldn't be concerned about that, just don't move them on your iPod.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 11:11 UTC
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Mike Sandman: This seems to have the functionality of a CamRanger on steroids. Given the price, there's a question in my mind of whether the motion, sound, light etc. sensors have the quality needed to perform consistently. If it's a rock solid device, it could appeal to pros. But when you watch the video on Kickstarter, is clear that the inventor is aiming for the amateur market, at a price amateurs would pay. And the video is a bit over the top in its wild-eyed enthusiasm for what are admittedly some really interesting features. If they all work properly and keep working.

yeah, I am not quite sure if the video is meant to be mimicking a TV Shopping Channel in an ironic way or if it's serious :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 11:10 UTC
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joe6pack: The live view relay is pretty cool and I like how it can control flash but the device only supports Nikon and Canon cameras. And Android version is still being worked on (even though they shown a Samsung phone above).

It's supposed to ship in June next year, so there is still time to work on stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 11:09 UTC
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paulbysea: Yet again this site assumes all readers use Iphones, despite the fact that more Android phones are out there. If you are going to review a product make sure it supports the dominant mobile operating system.

Ever thought about people using film cameras? There are still quite a few of them and they are one of the Lumu target groups. Clearly this device is not for everyone but it can certainly be useful for some.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 16:35 UTC
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paulbysea: Yet again this site assumes all readers use Iphones, despite the fact that more Android phones are out there. If you are going to review a product make sure it supports the dominant mobile operating system.

So you are you saying we should not cover this because it is iPhone only? Yes, there are more Android devices around and I can assure you we would cover a similar device for Android. But it's not like iOS is some obscure underground OS...is it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
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