Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

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

Independent Tech Writer, covering Mobile on http://dpreview.com , into photography, technology, the outdoors, travel and NBA Basketball

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Menneisyys: I've very thoroughly tested it on my (factory; no rooting) Nexus 7 2013 and found out the following:

- the new panorama support is GREAT, particularly if you enable maximum resolution (the default is high-res). Up until now, Google's implementation was a joke - far-far inferior to either Apple's one on the iPhone 4S+ or Samsung's implementation in their Android handsets. Even Nokia's WP (but not Symbian) implementation has been significantly better.

- blurring worked just GREAT in my tests. While some people did complain about it being slow(ish), I haven't noticed speed problems on my N7, which, while "only" having a 5 Mpixel sensor, has a, compared to the SD800, significantly slower CPU.

What's wrong? Most importantly, all manual modes have been removed, which is a BIG-BIG minus. There's no

- scene selection
- manual WB and ISO setting
- timer

The first two is particularly painful as, with the new Camera app, you in no way can force the system to shoot at high shutter speeds.

thanks for the summary. I have only briefly tested the blur feature so far and it seems to work quite well. Hopefully I'll get some more testing time on the weekend ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
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Menneisyys: BTW, a quick correction: "It then uses the captured information to create a 3-model" - you meant 3D, not 3.

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
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RichRMA: Jobs. "640k is enough memory for anyone." "No one is going to buy a big smartphone." Sure he was such a god visionary he's purported to have been?

Wasn't that Bill Gates who made the 640K statement?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
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LANDSHOTS: but what about the sony s5 ? the s5 has 16 mp.

I assume you mean the Samsung Galaxy S5? This is a test of "compact sized" smartphones that are smaller than your typical flagship smartphone, for example the Galaxy S5. But do not fret, we will review the S5, too, as soon as we get a review model.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
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guinness2: Well done, Lars. Thanks

Thank you :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 08:58 UTC
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Faisal Armand: Hey lars, what firmware the xperia z1 compact was in? Because the latest kitkat firmware has improved the image quality, its camera algorithms are much closer to xperia z2's

Our sample was and still is running Android 4.3, no updates available at this point.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 08:12 UTC
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b craw: Interesting, Lars. Thank you. I have a nice Samsung phone - very happy with it, all uses considered. But the phone cam is no comparison to my Samsung NX300 camera which is a pleasure to use, produces great IQ and exposure latitude, communicates/transfers files seamlessly with phone. A great combo. but I can envision certain conceptual projects actualized quite competently with the phone cam alone - IQ seems reasonably close enough to its competitors.

Yes, the image camera to phone transfer technology has improved a lot. I have a Sony RX100II and it works great on that model but I have used the Samsung system, too and found it very good. But still, I've only got my phone in the pocket but not the RX100, even though it's a small camera ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 07:53 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK news story (157 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: Magnets and digital cameras?
Nope.

if you read the text you'll see that the specific magnets they use do not have any effect on electronic equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 21:27 UTC
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Ben O Connor: The winner is;

Nokia Lumia 1520 & 930.

ps: I recommend to use a XZ-1, when the sun dissapear.

well, no, the 1520 is most definitely not a winner if you want a small phone.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
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borden17: those look cool but ill stick with my antiquated Canon 7D DSLR and my Fuji XM-1 cameras

very old-school, I like it! :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
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Fahd: Not a fair comparison. Wait for S5 mini.

Not fair? Because I have not waited for a phone that has not been announced or released yet? If I'd always wait for somebody's next model I'd never get a shootout done :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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tompabes2: Well, some important things that the comparison table does not report are the amount of RAM (2GB for the Z1 vs. 1,5GB for the s4 mini and 1GB for the one mini) and the fact that the chipset, besides being a Snapdragon 800 vs 400 (that is, a chipset designed for a flagship vs. a chipset designed for entry-level phones), also has a higher clock speed. What's more, even the GPU is better on the Z1c.
The Z1c is really in a different league... it's the only one that is a true flagship in a compact body. The other two are just overpriced mid-range phones.

"The manufacturers of the three devices in this shootout have approached the compact smartphone topic in different ways. While Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact is pretty much an Xperia Z1 in a smaller body, including the 20.7MP camera module, HTC and Samsung have not only shrunk the dimensions of the One Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini but also downgraded some of the components. "

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venancio: Looking forward to another round, but this time with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 instead of the older models...

all the newly released models are in the pipeline but test samples need to be received and reviews need to be written ;) We are hoping to produce an S5 DxO report in the next few weeks, the full review will be soon after then.

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venancio: Looking forward to another round, but this time with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 instead of the older models...

Definitely planning a shootout with the latest round of high-end phones when I've got all of them here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
On Hands-on with Android 4.2's Photo Sphere post (38 comments in total)
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angharadkate98: I have android 4.2.2 on my xperia z and I cant find this?

It's only in the "pure" Android version you'd find in Google Nexus devices. However, there are alternatives in the App Store. Check out 360 Instant Panorama from TeliportMe for example.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 08:47 UTC
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0MitchAG: And what is the relevance to photography here? This is not longer battery life; a solar charger for this battery would be useful though.

fully agree but has anyone claimed it helps you when you're stuck in a field?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 08:37 UTC
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0MitchAG: And what is the relevance to photography here? This is not longer battery life; a solar charger for this battery would be useful though.

I am not saying this new technology (and as the guys themselves say, it's still in its infancy) will save human kind but it's certainly worth reporting on. No, it doesn't help you much in a flower field but if your battery runs out you only have to stay in that Starbucks for 30 seconds and not two hours to charge your device. That's not bad, is it?

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0MitchAG: And what is the relevance to photography here? This is not longer battery life; a solar charger for this battery would be useful though.

does your camera have a battery?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 08:12 UTC
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Eclectant: What is the product cycle with Sony? They launch Z1 , three months later Z1s, barely two months later Z2.....

The Z1s is only the US version of the Z1, more storage but otherwise identical if I remember correctly...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 14:41 UTC
On Adobe launches Lightroom for iPad post (131 comments in total)
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neverperfectpics: I just downloaded lightroom mobile. I bought Lightroom 5 a while ago. I'm pretty sure mobile is working for me. You need a creative cloud account, and not a paid subscription as long as you own lightroom and have it registered to your creative cloud account. Unless I am getting some type of trial for a few days (which I don't think I am).

you guys agree with this or am I missing something?

no, that's why we say it in the article

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