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 DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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ClaudiaSimona: Every time I buy a new phone, I am interested about the camera, the battery and also about the price. Now I am in the position of changing my phone and I don`t know what to choose between Motorola Moto X Style and OnePlus 2 which are both new on market. I made a comparison http://versus.com/en/motorola-moto-x-style-vs-oneplus-2 and even if Motorola`s specs look better, I need an advice. Thank you!

well, they are arguably the best bang for your buck at the moment, that's probably why they're limiting themselves to those models :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 16:49 UTC
On Motorola Moto X Style preview and samples post (13 comments in total)
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techmania: Seems a good camera, although I'd look for a comparison with the 20 MP on Sony Z3+. One other thing, how much of a concern is the nano coating to you guys? Are you comfortable with the thought of it possible getting peeled off from the phone's surface? I mean, the durability of the coat is something which Moto does not comment upon.

Personally I would be concerned about the nano-coating. I have had the phone a few days and I would not even be able to tell that there's coating...I guess that's nano for you :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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shepx213: Lars, did the preview sample allow you to take long exposures? The Galaxy s6 only allows up to 1/10", which is laughable compared to the G4.

The Moto X style does not offer any manual control, so unfortunately no long exposures unless you find some special app to do it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
On Motorola Moto X Style preview and samples post (13 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Good results for a smartphone. But I really don't believe tiny smartphone lens's can genuinely resolve 8MP worth of detail let alone 21MP...no way! Its a marketing gimmick, the vast majority of those MP's are just eating up memory while going to waste.

well, I would not quite agree with you. There is definitely a lot more detail in the images above than in the iPhone's 8MP images which would indicate the lenses are capable of resolving the detail. In low light things might look a little differently of course...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 15:50 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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Androole: Does it shoot RAW?

Based on its DXO ranking, since they haven't ranked the LG G4, I'd be tempted to put this camera just behind the LG, since that phone is very comparable (and better in some ways) to the Galaxy S6.

ok, confirmed now, no CameraAPI2 support and therefore no Raw

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 15:18 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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shepx213: Can't find anything that says if it has OIS. Video says stabilization, but not what type. Lars, can you confirm what it has?

well, there is doubt OIS is helpful in low light but I was pretty pleased with the low light samples I shot for the preview...check them out, they're on connect and let me know what you think. Plus Night Mode can help with subject motion and camera shake in low light.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 15:18 UTC
On Motorola Moto X Style preview and samples post (13 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: This or OnePlus2?

well, yeah, you get almost "pure" Android and 21MP vs Oxygen and 13MP with OIS on the OnePlus...trouble is buying one of the latter actually isn't as easy as you'd wish ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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Androole: Does it shoot RAW?

Based on its DXO ranking, since they haven't ranked the LG G4, I'd be tempted to put this camera just behind the LG, since that phone is very comparable (and better in some ways) to the Galaxy S6.

no Raw on my test device, I am trying to confirm if this will be the same for final production units.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 14:47 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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shepx213: Can't find anything that says if it has OIS. Video says stabilization, but not what type. Lars, can you confirm what it has?

no OIS, it is digital stabilization for video.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 14:46 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style article (16 comments in total)
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belle100: 1/2.3-inch. Big in Phone, but small in compact.

it's actually normal in consumer and long-zoom compacts, small for more expensive high-end compact.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On LG G4 camera review post (72 comments in total)
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touche56: Oh dear, reviewers always miss the point about plastic smartphones.
They are plastic for a reason.........you cant use a wireless charger with a metal body...duhhh!!!! they are lighter and they dont dent............next

yeah, that's all true but they also just feel like...plastic...and slightly cheap one in the case of the LG. For example, the Nokia Lumias have plastic backs but feel much more solid than the G4. Not a major problem but if "look and feel" is important to you it is definitely something to consider.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 18:01 UTC
On Google to phase out Google+ Photos post (33 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: I"m curious why this is under connect?

Sure there are apps for it but this is just a shift of googles web accessible photo service away from "plus".

I think it's a "good thing", they are treating photos as a tier one product similar to gmail.

Sure it's photo news, but mobile news? It'd be like if you started reporting anything flickr related under connect just because "there's an app for that".

it could be on either site but does it really matter?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
On LG G4 camera review post (72 comments in total)
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tungsten hour: What is the 35mm equivalent focal length?

@Androole, the actual focal length is reported, allowing for a calculation, but not the 35mm equivalent one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 09:31 UTC
On Google to phase out Google+ Photos post (33 comments in total)
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: Google is always phasing out something

yeah, this is probably true but since this time it's a photos app it's actually interesting to us :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 20:00 UTC
On LG G4 camera review post (72 comments in total)
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Gred04: Lars, for point and shoot - fast focus. Would you have a preference S6 or G4?

they are both very fast, in terms of speed there not really much difference in my opinion but I found the S6 to be a touch more reliable. We had a handful more out-of-focus images with the G4.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
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iAPX: I have a problem with DPReview reviewing tablets as "digital cameras". If they want to present us anything that could take a digital picture, why not testing also any webcam-equipped notebook, or event desktop PC/Mac?!?

Why not adding adding any security camera, given they took 25 or 30 "photography" per second?!?

I am also excited to see their reviews of automated radar-cameras that every country put on their road, as well on the ability to focus quickly, their Dynamic Range, color accuracy, are they good portraiture equipments?

Is their any test of the spying satellites too?

You jump the shark while testing tablets as "cameras". So, now where will you end???

this is not a review, it is a news story. It is also not on the main site but on Connect, which is dedicated to all things related to photography with mobile devices, so more than fitting I would have thought.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 08:49 UTC
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tkbslc: Are the cameras good or something? Just curious why it's being announced here.

well, it's just been announced, so we have no idea. 8MP is pretty standard for a high-end tablet these days but we mostly cover tablets because they are nice tools for mobile image editing. For image capturing smartphones (and of course dedicated cameras) are in general superior.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
On LG G4 camera review post (72 comments in total)
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M4ENY: Lars Rehm thank you for a detailed review of the G4 camera...
My question is which mobile camera do you prefer after testing out the different flagship devices?

I am deciding between the S6 and G4 and would love your input regarding their cameras :)

to be honest, this is quite difficult to say...as you say I am lucky to try so many of them, so tend to swap around a lot. At the moment I am using the G4 as my daily device and really like it...but then I liked the S6 as well :) That said, the Raw mode on the G4 is really nice, if you're happy to sit down and edit images at your computer after shooting...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On LG G4 camera review post (72 comments in total)
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tungsten hour: What is the 35mm equivalent focal length?

this isn't specified nor reported but a rough calculation would suggest it is around 28mm.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 15:46 UTC
On LG G4 camera review post (72 comments in total)
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brianj: I can buy a canon ELPH for $200, with 24-240 mm optical zoom, can someone explain why this camera with less features and a higher price is more desirable.

well, many would argue a phone can do everything and laptop does and is much smaller and pcoketable, which usually, in technology at least, means more expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 15:32 UTC
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