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The Everyday Sling might just be the perfect pack for not carrying too much gear, combining comfort with Peak Design's signature modern style.
Several manufacturers were rumored to launch a smartphone with a QHD-display (2560x1440 pixels) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona but none of the models introduced at the show featured one of the high-resolution screens. Now the wait is over. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has introduced their latest flagship model, the Find 7. This makes the Find 7 the first smartphone to feature a QHD screen. The pixel density of the 5.5-inch display is a staggering 538ppi which should make for ultra-sharp rendering of images and text.
Not only is the Find 7's screen top-notch, the new device comes with top-end specifications all around. The Android OS is powered by a Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB RAM. Rapid Charge technology will let you charge the Find 7's 3000mAh battery to 75% in only 30 minutes and a MicroSD slot allows for easy storage expansion.
With a 13MP 1/3.06-inch Sony Exmor CMOS sensor and F2.0 aperture, the camera specifications look decent, but not anything out of the ordinary. The Find 7 also comes with a "Super Zoom" software feature that allows for the capture of 50MP images. To achieve this the camera takes a burst of 10 images, then selects the four best shots and combines them into a single 50MP frame. Brief communication with Oppo indicates they are using a 'superposition' technique to create the 50MP file. We surmise the underlying principle is similar to that used by the Hasselblad H4D-200MS to create 200MP images from a 50MP sensor (note the similar 4x increase in resolution over the native sensor resolution). Such super-resolution techniques create a higher-than-native resolution image by relying on small movements from shot-to-shot to allow for high frequency detail - beyond what the sensor could natively represent accurately - to be recovered. For example, consider the following example where the sensor (indicated by the pixels outlined in red) is imaging black lines with widths on par with pixel widths.
Depending on the alignment of the sensor to these alternating black and white lines, the sensor may (left, in the image above) or may not (right, in the image above) accurately represent the original pattern. Remember: a pixel just tallies up the amount of light entering it, and on the right, any pixel is just recording 50% white and 50% black - that is, grey. This loss of contrast - resulting from the pattern being averaged across pixels - results in a decrease in resolving ability of high frequency detail. Now imagine shifting the sensor such that the pixels on the right were to align with the pattern just as the pixels on the left initially did in the example above. This might allow for the recovery of additional detail. Sophisticated software algorithms can 'look' for this sort of detail across multiple shots to increase the effective resolution of capture. Oddly enough, the small movements your hands make from shot-to-shot - which you might initially imagine as deleterious - end up potentially increasing the spatial resolution of the sensor. Simply by allowing for many different alignments of the sensor's pixel grid to the real-world detail being projected onto it. You can read more about the basic principles of super-resolution and how it is used to recover sub-pixel information in Photo Acute software here.
We do note that for this method to be effective, the lower 'native' resolution images need to be aligned with sub-pixel precision. However, with faster processors as well as accelerometer information regarding shot-to-shot movements, we imagine this is not too large an issue with modern hardware.
While Engadget shows a sample that does not look too impressive at 100% view and has the appearance of an upsampled file, the technique might have its merits in a phone for creating a better, native 13MP resolution file (downsampled from the 50MP file). Although Oppo confirmed that a lower, 'native' resolution output using their "Super Zoom" technology would not be available (single shot 13MP - including RAW - output is still available), users can always downsample the 50MP file to 13MP in any photo-editing suite themselves. Furthermore, any multi-shot technique has the potential to reduce noise - especially important for the small sensors found in phones.
All that said, given the feature's "Super Zoom" moniker we would expect the large images to, at the very least, be used for a more efficient digital zoom. It'll be interesting to see how it compares to Nokia's PureView and more conventional systems once more samples are available.
In addition the Oppo Find 7 is also the first Android device to offer Raw capture. In video mode you can capture 4K footage and 120 fps slow motion video at 720p resolution. For self-portraits and video-calls there is a 5MP F2.0 front camera.
The Find 7 is also available as a version with 1080p display that comes with a slightly downgraded CPU, 2GB RAM and less onboard-storage, but the camera specification is identical to the QHD-model. The latter will retail at 3,498 CNY (approximately $565), while the version with 1080p-screen will set you back 2998 CNY (approximately $480). There is no word yet on availability outside of China.
When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived, it was more than just a modest upgrade to the already impressive X-T1. While the new X-T3 hasn't changed the overall design of the camera, this model is way more than an upgrade; rather, it's a quantum leap.
The Movie Maker is a compact, motorized slider designed for phones, action cams and small mirrorless cameras. We think it's a fun little kit and a good value proposition for the cost, provided you can work around a few of its weak points.
Nikon's Z7 is the first camera to use the all-new Z-mount, the company's first new full-frame mount since 1959. We've put together our first impressions based on quality shooting time with a pre-production camera - check out what we've found.
What's the best camera for a parent? The best cameras for shooting kids and family must have fast autofocus, good low-light image quality and great video. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for parents, and recommended the best.
What's the best camera for shooting landscapes? High resolution, weather-sealed bodies and wide dynamic range are all important. In this buying guide we've rounded-up several great cameras for shooting landscapes, and recommended the best.
What’s the best camera costing over $2000? The best high-end camera costing more than $2000 should have plenty of resolution, exceptional build quality, good 4K video capture and top-notch autofocus for advanced and professional users. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing over $2000 and recommended the best.
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The 'I'm Back' is now available for a range of old film-SLRs, such as Nikon's F-Series, the Olympus OM10 or the Canon AE-1.
IRIX has announced its latest lens, the 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1. IRIX claims the lens features 'close to zero' distortion and stands out with its 150mm telephoto focal length.
The RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM is one of four lenses to launch with Canon's new full-frame mirrorless system, and it boasts the longest reach of the range. Take a look at some of the samples we've gathered thus far as our EOS R testing continues.
Nikon's Sendai factory in the Tōhoku region North of Japan has been churning out cameras and lenses since 1971. We had the opportunity recently to visit Sendai during events to mark the launch of Nikon's new Z mount.
There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix P1000 – with a 24-3000mm equivalent zoom, it really is in a class of its own. It's a conspicuous-looking superzoom with one main job: getting you really close to far away subjects. We've put together a gallery showing the kind of results you can expect from it.
A new report from The Verge claims Instagram is currently testing a feature that allows users to re-share posts to their own account feeds.
GoPro has announced its HERO7 camera lineup. The updated action cameras feature new HyperSmooth and TimeWarp modes, as well as improved video and photo specs.
The latest Samsung midrange smartphone offers a super-wide-angle lens in its triple-camera setup.
The Sony 24mm F1.4 is the latest lens to join the company's premium G Master lineup. We've been shooting with one for a couple of days - here's what you need to know.
Apple released iOS 12 a few days ago and some iPhone X users are less than happy with how the new operating system has made their phones look.
Camera bag manufacturer Lowepro has introduced mark II backpacks for its ProTactic AW range with models that are said to feature an improved handling experience as well as a collection of accessories that can be attached to the outside.
Canon has announced its latest superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Compared to the SX60 that came before it, the SX70 has the same lens but offers a higher resolution EVF, 4K video capture and support for Canon's new CR3 Raw format.
Cosina has announced its eighth lens designed specifically for Sony's E-mount system. The Voigtlander 21mm F3.5 lens is due out October 2018.
Sony has taken the wraps off of its new 24mm F1.4 GM full-frame lens, which the company claims is the lightest in its class. Despite its fast aperture, the 24mm F1.4 is remarkably light, weighing just 445 grams (15.7 ounces). The lens will set you back $1400 when it ships next month.
In this episode of DPReview TV we take a look at Sony's brand new 24mm F1.4 GM lens, a desirable focal length for many photographers. How does it perform? Chris and Jordan give us their first impressions.
We've had a little time to shoot with Sony's new wide/fast prime, both close to home and on the water in San Francisco. Check out our initial sample images.
Fujifilm released a firmware upgrade for its X-T3 mirrorless camera that addresses issues with distortion compensation and the mechanical lock on SD cards.
The app's algorithms have been trained using using 200 million cropping data points from real photographers.
Thanks to a software update, the Loupedeck+ editing console can now be used for video editing.
British photographic engineer MTF Services is claiming the world’s first third-party lens adapters for the new Nikon Z system with a collection of four units designed to allow cinema lenses to be mounted on the mirrorless full frame bodies.
Think Tank Photo has updated its line of heavy-duty rain covers and introduced a new, compact version for emergency situations.
The X-T3 is our first opportunity to analyze what's likely to be Fujifilm's next generation image sensor. Take a look at how it performs next to the competition in our studio test scene.
Canon's new normal is seriously sharp wide open. After shooting with it for a few days, we've prepared a gallery of real-world sample images.
Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support, though the company stresses that it will still offer technical assistance and warranty repairs for valid warranties.
Two years ago, CatLABS of JP announced a plan to save Packfilm from the dead. Now, it's announced it's giving up its efforts to better focus its resources elsewhere.
The GoPro Fusion is designed to make it easy to capture 360-degree video and stills. We took it out recently on a typically hot Seattle summer day to see what it can do.
We've got our hands on a full-production Nikon Z7 camera and have updated our gallery with additional samples.
A new Kickstarter campaign seeks funding for Chroma Chrono, a programmable RGB camera flash that emits multiple colors during long exposures.
Think Tank Photo has launched a new lineup of six dual-access, water-resistant protective lens cases it calls Lens Case Duo.
Canon and Nikon finally entered the full-frame mirrorless market this summer with the brand-new RF and Z mounts. Now that we've had some time with the cameras, we wanted to revisit our earlier predictions and take stock.