Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

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Has a website at http://www.larsrehm.com
Joined on Nov 7, 2007
About me:

I am a former member of Dpreview's Seattle team and now a freelance technology journalist and industry consultant based in Europe. I write most oft the smartphone and mobile imaging content on the site and if you come through Berlin or Madrid there's a chance you'll see out me shooting with one of the latest smartphones. You can follow me on Twitter @larsrehm or have a look at my personal website for more info.

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On article ZTE Axon 7 features 20MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor (18 comments in total)
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Mutovkin: Can this be the next Nexus phone please.

I thought I heard rumors about HTC making the next one but I could be mistaken...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 07:50 UTC
On article ZTE Axon 7 features 20MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor (18 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Not impressed. These are just S7 specs except for the stereo speakers and the pricing is not cheap, similar to Huawei.

cheaper than S7 though, right? In any case we'll have to wait and see what US/EU pricing will be like...street price tends to differ from official pricing.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 07:49 UTC
On article ZTE Axon 7 features 20MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor (18 comments in total)
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PhotoTeach2: Do I understand FRONT facing speakers ???

(Count me "in" for that .... I think rear speakers is the stupidest thing they ever did.)

I have not seen the device in the flesh but seem to remember the original Axon had front speaker and looking at the images this one seems to be the same. It has also has a specific audio chip.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 07:48 UTC
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (29 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: Just had a quick try: this is a joke of an app. Takes pic, stores it, applies an automatic filter, done. No way of tweaking anything: same cocktail each time. all it does it pumps up the warmer colours and adds a bit of contrast. Nothing you could not do just as fast with a cheap flatbed scanner and any standard scanning software. Or by using phone cam and any good editing app. In fact, it takes time to make sure the phone is parallel to pic, at right distance, no reflection on the pic surface, etc. Much faster and more precise to just slip pic on scanner surface. Only advantage I see is for people who want to scan pics directly from old albums (when visiting grandma for example)...I feel I wasted money that would have been better spent on a glass of very good beer. I'll try again this evening more thoroughly and will report back if I find the above too negative.

it's meant to be quick and easy. If you have a flatbed scanner and want perfect scanning quality it's quite obvious you would not use this app instead.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 07:46 UTC
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (29 comments in total)
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Rosember: Nice.
To whom it might concern: the scanning app natively built into Mac OS X offers the same functionality.

yes, but you still need a scanner, right?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 07:45 UTC
On article Unfade for iOS scans and restores old prints (29 comments in total)
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Neodp: Is the phone more capable (at this) than a good desktop yet? Hmmmm.

it's not about about being more capable (which it obviously isn't) but about being quick, easy and most of all, available. If you have a flatbed scanner and want the the best possible quality scan you won't use this app instead...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 07:45 UTC
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Dave C 150: Can it make phone calls as well?

Text? Everybody I know uses Whatsapp ;)

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

The Lumix is more of a camera that can be used as a phone than a smartphone. Panasonic themselves don' even call it that. 99% of smartphone users would not want a device that thick. To be honest if I want a 1-inch sensor I'd get a Sony RX100 or something that. That has a zoom lens and it means I can get a phone that fits in my pocket and is actually a good phone :)

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 13:25 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (25 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Does the rear camera have OIS too?

well, steadyshot, as far as I am aware, only work when shooting video and does so well. But for stills OIS is definitely a good thing to have on any camera.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 13:22 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

it seems a 1/2.4-inch sensor is currently as large as you can go without compromising on device dimensions. I think smartphone image quality will in the nearer future be much more improved through software processing than hardware processing...night modes etc are good examples for what software can do...

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:33 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with 16MP OIS front cam (25 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Does the rear camera have OIS too?

no

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
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SharkManEXR: I don't understand these reviews, when the tech is there to make a much better camera in a phone, these reviews are reviewing which sub-par camera is the best; when it's still a bad camera.

this is a news story about a product launch, not a review.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:23 UTC
On article DxOMark Mobile Report: Lenovo Moto G Plus (15 comments in total)
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Achiron: Why have such extensive coverage for such a mediocre device??

Smartphone-reviews do actually get quite a bit of traffic...it just seems their readers are not quite into arguing in the comment section as the "real-camera-guys" ;)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:21 UTC
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fberns: Wow, that sounds great for a mid class phone. I just hope it supports RAW format...?

unfortunately it does not appear to do that...

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
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Skipper494: Vertical panorama? Looks horizontal to me. You guys are smokin', right?

captured with the camera in vertical orientation....

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
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natna: I as a passionate mobile photographer, see that the lens is adequately sharp (not perfect) and noise is kept well controlled at least till iso 640 in normal mode.
The pro menu is a copy of Nokia's best ever app in a camera. Which is great.

The extravagantly impresive, is the multy-frame night mode:
Just see the iq in the museum and the flash test with that high iso. It hits the sweet spot. Enough details and low noise. The algorithm is super! It's better than the useless night multi-frame scene in my otherwise beloved Nikon P7700 with the 1/1.7'' (Sony) sensor.

As for the sensor size quarell: I have both N8 and 808. I have used/tested almost every flagship.
What I see here in terms of IQ, from the low end Moto G plus is somewhere between Lg g3/4 and Samy S6. And surely better than Iphone 6s...
The only thing missing is the OIS.
But the price tag can make me forget it.
Can the reviewer tell us what is the slowest shutter time in Pro mode?

looking at the app...the slowest shutter speed you can select manually is 1/5 sec...so sorry, no long exposures :)

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 16:37 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

I know I know, but there is a reason that phone was a commercial failure...

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
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PKDanny: DISLIKE Motorola!!!

for any particular reason?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:29 UTC
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

it's a good ratio on smartphone though and that's what we are looking at here.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:09 UTC
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phoenix15: Only if Lenovo let the motorola brand alive. Only moto is not enough.

To be honest Google owning the mobile device portion of Motorola was the best thing that could happen to them. It really brought them back onto the map.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
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