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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Fly18: Does that mean Google Drive discontinued?

you can still use the Google Drive application and app etc...just the plan name has changed. I guess part of the reason is that it doesn't only give you space for Drive, it's also used for Gmail, Photos etc...

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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cosinaphile: a 2 tb drive is about 40 bucks so you pay triple the first year ..... second year you do the math ...lol

1TB free online storage? Who are these providers you are talking about? I am clearly with the wrong ones ;)

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 18:36 UTC
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liquidsquid: Call me old school or a Luddite, but I will not store my CC number on any service or save CC info on my phone. Just so many things outside of the ability to be secured or controlled,. Sure it is convenient for me to charge things on a whim, but it sure is convenient for a thief too.

You are old school :)

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 16:19 UTC
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (447 comments in total)
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Grumpyrocker: i've been saying for some time that many of these computational photography technologies and features should be included in "proper" cameras too. There's too much of an "us vs them" thing going on.

I guess part of the problem is that you'd need to implement a powerful mobile chipset in a camera to achieve that and would have some major impact on the bill of materials.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 13:47 UTC
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Miguel Teotonio: Only with the 6s and above? And why the heck not with the iPhone 6?

The mode likely utilizes some chipset feature that wasn't available on the 6...either that or simply processing power...

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 17:15 UTC
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Jon Stern: As I wrote elsewhere:

Certainly does look like triple OIS, but a little bit more dissection would show for sure. OIS focus modules (VCMs) have eight electrical connections, instead of the usual two.

It might be they abandoned the triple OIS (having baked in a lot of additional cost, I might add) due to magnetic interference between the VCMs, that they still hoped to resolve until a point where it was too late to change them out to straight AF VCMs.

interesting theory! They probably won't tell us though :)

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 19:14 UTC
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jim seekers: A little off topic here, I am trying to find the Galary of the Photo's taken by the P20 which Dpreview done, think it was over 100 photos but I can not find it.

I don't think this gallery exists but there are some samples in this hands-on article: https://www.dpreview.com/articles/7284790355/huawei-p20-pro-hands-on

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 18:35 UTC
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noisephotographer: I wonder why they used a 1/2.9" sensor all the time when 1/1.7" (without OIS) was possible.

that's a bit like saying "I wonder why they used carts and horses when a car was possible" ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 07:09 UTC
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Jefftan: 3x is a real zoom camera
this is major achievement

no waterproof in a high end device is a big negative

it's IP67 certified

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 06:58 UTC
On article Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million (166 comments in total)
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mikeodial: this is a great technology that Google can leverage in their phones.

source?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 20:45 UTC
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CJ_Jacobs: You mean it has an Essential phone like design, front notch, seeing as how the Essential phone had that design before the iPhone X.

read the article again, nowhere does it say Apple was the first one to use this design.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 19:32 UTC
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thx1138: These moronic tall aspect ratios and now 6.3" phones, phones are becoming less desirable every generation, not more.

I can just imagine Apple must be waiting for as many companies to copy the notch as possible before launching legal action. Asus has already copied it, claiming their customers demanded it.

screens are getting larger because bezels are almost disappearing...the overall dimensions of these new devices aren't any larger than previous generations.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 22:08 UTC
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CJ_Jacobs: You mean it has an Essential phone like design, front notch, seeing as how the Essential phone had that design before the iPhone X.

well, since nobody has ever bought an Essential phone I'd reckon it makes more sense to use a device that everybody knows as a reference ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 19:58 UTC
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the better twin: "Apple was the first mobile manufacturer to popularize still/video hybrid files with its Live Photos."
Actually it was Nokia with living images. The Lumias were so far ahead of other phones when it came to camera tech.

that's why I said "popularize" :)

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 14:23 UTC
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Franz Weber: Why is a bundle of two different fixed lenses allways being called a zoom?

It is like calling two persons standing next to each other a crowd.

physically it's two prime lenses but in practice it's a zoom system...so I guess calling it a zoom should be fine.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 16:32 UTC
On article Sony is working on high-sensitivity dual-camera setup (37 comments in total)
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SimenO1: The laws of physics still apply. Sensor size, aperture and lighting conditions is what counts.

what counts is the number of photons captured when you press the shutter...and that number can be increased dramatically through computational imaging :)

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 15:35 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ2 brings 4K HDR video to smartphones (49 comments in total)
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JAL: No dual camera, that is a shame for portraits
I currently own a Xperia Z5 and was planning to upgrade, I don't really like the Samsung S9, but I might keep my phone longer and wait for that dual camera module they have shown

there is a Sony dual-camera in the making, I just posted another article about that

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 13:47 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ2 brings 4K HDR video to smartphones (49 comments in total)
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wklee: I am going to presume that the XZ2 doesn't support RAW in spite of RAW support being first introduced in Lollipop? My Xperia X Compact doesn't.

The US is unlikely to get the fingerprint reader. It's there but needs to be flashed with European ROM to get the fingerprint reader to work, voiding warranty.

no talk of Raw, so I'd assume the same. Sony doesn't consider it a feature that most consumers would want/need on a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 12:52 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ2 brings 4K HDR video to smartphones (49 comments in total)
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Murat Sahan: How is the ois?

no OIS, as usual on Sony smartphone cameras

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 12:31 UTC
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Stigg: maybe this would be a good phone for me to use strictly as a camera.

can this be done without any service plan involved?

someone in the other phone thread mentioned that wifi might still be usable so the "phone" could be used to connect to the internet. is this true?

sure, you can use an Android phone without a service plan and just connect via Wi-Fi for updates and operating apps that need connectivity.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 17:50 UTC
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