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For the most part, the design of the iPhone X can only be described as elegant. Both the front and back of the phone are glass, and the metal band on the edges is made of 'surgical grade steel.' The advantage to the glass back is that the iPhone X now supports wireless charging, but the disadvantage is that it is just one more surface on the iPhone that can crack.
We don't submit our testing units to drop tests (and there have been at least a few of these tests done on the Internet already), but even though it's been treated gently, our iPhone X has scuffs on that high-end steel edge, and one minor scratch horizontally across the screen. Basically, if you're going to shell out ~$1000 for the iPhone X, be sure to also budget for a good case.
|Click through to see the scratch more easily. And, yes, I'll admit it's not really noticeable while the screen is on, but there's still a scratch there and it bothers me. It's not even my phone, and it bothers me.|
The rounded corners on the screen are kind of a neat touch, but because the earpiece at the top of the screen cuts into the screen's available space, there's less room for information display at the very top. This means that several status icons such as the rotation lock, Do Not Disturb, Bluetooth and the specific battery percentage are no longer available at a glance, as they have been on previous iPhones. You'll need to swipe down from the top right to see them.
|The cutout on the top of the iPhone X leaves very limited space for status icons and information.|
The flip side to the screen is that, as an OLED panel capable of a wider-than-sRGB P3 color gamut, it's just beautiful to look at. It's capable of true HDR display, and though the viewing angle isn't necessarily mind-blowing, watching videos (particularly if you have a 4K / HDR subscription to Netflix) is about as immersive an experience as a 5.85" screen can get. The brightness, contrast and quality of color are all fantastic on the iPhone X.
|A close-up of the twin camera setup on the iPhone X.|
The elimination of the home button also takes some getting used to, as does using your face to unlock the phone. As such, even for long-time iPhone users (I had an iPhone 4S and 6 for a couple years each), you'll need to re-learn some muscle memory to operate the phone as quickly as you might have been used to. That said, when handling an iPhone 8, I find myself missing the full-height design of the iPhone X display, even if the curved corners are a bit 'out there.'
General handling is another reason we'd recommend a case for the iPhone X. Being all glass front-and-back, it's incredibly slippery, not only in your hand, but also if you happen to place it on a smooth surface at any sort of incline (it'll slide to the floor).
That said, the controls in Apple's default Camera app are well laid-out. The on-screen shutter release is in a great spot to operate with your thumb in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and the set of additional controls at the top of the screen are easily manipulated with your free hand.
|The default camera app is your iPhone X's window to the world. Modes are on the right, between the shutter button and the live preview, which can be fiddly to operate in horizontal orientation as shown here. Icons on left are, from top: filter effects, self timer, Live Photos, HDR and flash.|
This isn't so much the case in selfie mode, though; holding the camera out in front of you for single or group shots can make it hard to hit the either on-screen shutter release on the screen or one of the volume keys to take a shot without getting your fingers or palm blocking the frame. Some competitors allow for either voice or gesture commands to trigger an image, and we'd like to see Apple implement something like this in the future.
Additionally, the default app looks a little basic in comparison to other high-end smartphone options; the default app on an LG V30, for example, allows for both manual control (in stills and video), as well as Raw capture from its built-in camera app.
But this isn't really new for Apple; it's a defining philosophical characteristic of the company that they do things on behalf of the consumer, in an almost 'we know best' sort of way. If the underlying software processing can offer the average user as much (or even more) image quality than they could want, why bother to muck about with manual settings or a Raw converter? But we'll take a closer look at DNG capture and quality later on.
In any case, for those users wanting to wrest as much control as they can over shooting parameters, be aware that using the touchscreen to adjust settings can be fiddly. In the mobile Lightroom CC app in particular, the sliders to manipulate shutter speed, ISO and other settings are difficult to manipulate with anything resembling precision.
Lightroom CC mobile app
|Camera+ mobile app|
Lightroom CC isn't the only way to DNG capture on the iPhone (and it also doesn't automatically place DNG files in an easily accessible place). The free VSCO app supports DNG capture, though at the time of this writing, there's no way to swap from the wide lens to telephoto lens. The $2.99 'Camera+' app does allow this functionality, and captured DNG files can be easily imported to your Mac using the Image Capture application included with Mac OS X. Similar functionality is available with the Windows Photos app (so long as you have the latest version of iTunes installed). Plus, the exposure adjustments in Camera+ are far less fiddly than those in Lightroom CC.
For people that are just interested in casually documenting the world around them with a minimum of fuss, the iPhone X makes for a solid proposition. For power users looking for the best mobile platform to take full control over their settings, the iPhone can be a bit hit-or-miss.
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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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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.
The devices' camera specs look pretty much identical to last year's iPhone X but under the hood a number of important improvements have been made.
Blackmagic Design has announced the public beta of its new Blackmagic RAW video codec. The company says the new format combines the benefits of shooting Raw video with the ease of use and smaller file sizes usually associated with non-Raw video files.
Serif, the company behind the Affinity suite, has announced the latest update for its mobile Photoshop competitor Affinity Photo for iPad.