Lars Rehm

Lars Rehm

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Works as a Technology Writer
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 HTC announces U Ultra 5.7" phablet with 12MP camera (38 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: I am not sure whether this 1/2 3" sensor is better than the 1/2.5" sensor of the S7.

The Pixel's big advantage is its HDR+ mode which the HTC does not have, despite the very similar (if not the same) sensor. The HTC10 was very good but unfortunately the lens had quite soft corners. If they can improve the lens design on this one this could be a really good camera phone.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 11:41 UTC
On article HTC announces U Ultra 5.7" phablet with 12MP camera (38 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Anything with "Ultra" in it's name and a premium price in 2017 should be running the Snapdragon 835 like the Galaxy S8 (and presumably every other android flagship) is getting. The 821 is a great processor but it's old news (sad, but true in the world of mobiles). HTC makes some of the very best hardware though so I'm sure this will still be a fantastic phone.

seems this device was released just a touch too soon for the 835

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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Stanchung: trying their luck with it. Sorry. I hardly use this sftware anyway. Going more with Procreate for painting and regular mouse for designing and photo procsssing.

the standard version of the app is available for a resonable one-off payment

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 14:38 UTC
On article HMD Global releases Nokia 6 Android smartphone (42 comments in total)
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halfwaythere: Actually it's a low mid ranger priced like a mid ranger. My bet is this will flop because they're betting too much on the Nokia brand.

the processor is low mid-range, I give you that...but most are specs aren't...4GB, full-HD, etc....that said, it's kind of weird to put that processor in an otherwise much better specced phone.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
On article HMD Global releases Nokia 6 Android smartphone (42 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Looks like a Samsung S6 edge. I really hope Nokia's new phones will not just be copies of established models, made by foxconn.

I bought an A6 2016 and I want a good reason to drop it and buy Nokia again.

That said, HMD Global is run by ex-Nokia people (need to check this to confirm) which makes it a slightly different situation to Kodak and Polaroid. I think there is at least some chance we will see some really good Nokias in the future.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 09:45 UTC
On article HMD Global releases Nokia 6 Android smartphone (42 comments in total)
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Does it have Nokia's off line Navigation app?

if it hasn't you can always download from the Play Store...or use Google Map's offline feature :)

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 19:22 UTC
On article GearEye is an RFID-based gear management system (45 comments in total)
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ark747: One rainy day, make a list of all necessary equipment, print it and laminate in plastic.
Put this card in your photo backpack. Ready! You can spend saved money on something more useful

you'd still have to manually control that everything is there or not. I think for a professional this product could be a great time-saver, everybody else probably doesn't really need it...of course that doesn't mean you can't have it ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ scores 87 in DxOMark Mobile testing (35 comments in total)
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barrym1966: Does this one make the screen go off on a phone call and then stay off regardless of what you do so you can't end the call. That's my experience so far of doing phones

I think you need a new phone ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 22:35 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ scores 87 in DxOMark Mobile testing (35 comments in total)
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Yassine Eraman: Great, I was really waiting for a review of the Lumia 950/950XL but I didn't saw anything...

But anyway it's Good to see that DxO giving us some of the best reviews in that world

the 950 has a very decent camera but spending money on a Windows phone device at this point seems a very bold move...

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
On article LG V20 achieves 85 points in DxOMark Mobile testing (12 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I love my V20. I got it after they pryed my Note 7 out of my cold nearly dead hands.

The dual lens concept is great but I really do like the dual lens camera in my daughters iPhone 7 plus better.

The best part about it is the super wide angle the wide lens can achieve. It is very useful.

overcritical forums? We're so lucky to not have that on the DPR forums ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 18:41 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Pixmichel2: What is the focal length?

For a camera-focused review I cannot understand how this information can be left out in the key specifications.

hardly any smartphone manufacturers specify this...partly because it tends to be around the same on all of them, 27 or 28mm equivalent...

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 12:09 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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TFD: I am confused, I was labouring under the assumption that all smart phones had microscopic sensors. This article reference a 1/2.3 sensor (6.17 x 4.55 mm) making it the same size as a point and shoot camera.

If this is true then there would appear to be some optical magic to get such a small lens to sensor distance and small lens diameters. If they are same size sensor I would like to see a direct comparison between cell phones and point and shoot camera images.

And just as a point of curiosity what is the mechanical mechanism that allows movement between the sensor and lens to set focus.

there are quite a few smartphones with this size sensor. As long as the lens is a wide-angle there is not much of a problem space-wise...things get much more tricky with optical zoom which is why smartphones tend to come with prime lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 12:08 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Betico: Do you go to Madrid to test smartphones? Nothing to complain, since I'm from there.

yes, I spend a lot of time here which is why many of the smartphone reviews have images from Madrid in them :)

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Pixel Peter: It's possibly a matter of language but I don"t understand what is ment by "Unfortunately there is still no "tap to capture" option, though."
Anybody? Pls.

on some phones you can set the camera to capture an image when you tap on the screen to focus. On the Pixel you have to tap to focus first and then tap on the virtual shutter button to capture.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 08:45 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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M Chambers: Still no expandable storage. Google wants to squeeze every last drop out the consumer making them pay more for larger internal storage.

You'd think they would have learned from the mistakes of others.

not really, Google is all about the cloud, they want you to save your data on Drive and Google Photos instead of internal memory...I think it's great because it gives you access to your stuff from anywhere and any device but if that's not your kind of thing the Pixel probably is not for you.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Mac McCreery: I get the appeal of camera phones. I don't get the prices.............

These devices have the screen resolution and computing power of many laptops, all in a miniature format, that's never gonna be cheap...and they have pretty good cameras as well...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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orion1983: Why is not a single daylight lens-flare sample in the gallery although is is the camera´s biggest flaw?!

there are a couple on the IQ page, not a major issue imo though

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Poweruser: Who would give away ALL their mobile acvtivity to a company like Google??? People wake up!

well, you have to give it either to Google or Apple these days...not much choice...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: lens blur mode? you mean it has built in vaseline? Or do you mean software induced blur effects for people who wrongfully think that can replace a large sensor with large aperture lens.

that's how Google calls the mode, don't blame me :)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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herc182: I am not sure how they can say its class leading high iso without having compared to the best i have used (and compared) which is the S7 Edge. That is stunning with I believe the fastest AF in the business. Not sure why DPReview never reviewed the S7?

that one is easy to answer: because Samsung has not been capable of getting me a review unit...I really hope they do get their act together when the S8 comes out. That said, I have used the device on numerous occasions and we also have it in our IQ comparison tool.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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