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Positano, Italy will start charging $1,150 fee for commercial photography, $2,300 for video

by on Nov.03, 2017, under Reviews

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The picturesque seaside Italian city of Positano will soon begin charging photographers a substantial €1,000 (~$1,150 USD) fee if they plan to shoot photos for commercial purposes. Videographers, meanwhile, will have to pay €2,000 (~$2,300 USD) for commercial work, and Positano authorities are also banning drone use in the city, eliminating aerial projects altogether.

Due to its unique position, Positano attracts a large number of photographers, some working for brands or otherwise capturing content for commercial reasons. According to city mayor Michele De Lucia, per the Italian publication Repubblica, Positano isn’t enacting this fee as a way to make money, but instead to deter the photography sets that can disrupt pedestrians and result in “discomforts and bickering.”

It also lends the city an element of control over who gets to shoot there—”not everyone must be able to tie their own brand to Positano,” explains De Lucia.

Anyone taking photos or recording video for non-commercial purposes is exempt from the fee. The city will also allow photographers and videographers to work in certain circumstances without paying the fee, including for documentaries, TV shows, newspapers, and magazines.

The regulation states that anyone planning to photograph or record will need to submit a request at least 30 days ahead of time to get permission. Requests submitted late will require a 50% surcharge. As far as photography goes, the regulation uses the phrase ‘advertising shooting,’ indicating the fee in primarily targeted at brands and advertising agencies.

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HTC U11+ combines U11 camera specs with large 6-inch display

by on Nov.02, 2017, under Reviews

HTC has launched the HTC U11+ which shares many characteristics with its smaller cousin U11. Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and come with, depending on region, 4 or 6GB of RAM. They also share the same camera specifications that made the U11 one of the best camera phones in 2017.

On the back, you’ll find a 12MP sensor with large 1.4µm pixels that is combined with optical image stabilization and a fast F1.7 aperture. In video mode the U11+ can record 1080p footage at 120fps, and 4K clips with Hi-Res audio. At 8MP, the front camera pixel count has been reduced compared to the U11’s 16MP sensor. The front module also offers an 85-degree field-of-view, an F2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording.

The big difference between U11 and U11+ is the latter’s almost bezel-less LCD display with 18:9 format and a 1440×2880 pixel resolution. It means there are now no physical controls on the front and the fingerprint reader was moved to the back. The body is IP68-certified and comes in Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver and Translucent color options. There’s also a microSD card slot and the 3,930mAh battery offers support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

In Europe, the HTC U11+ will be available for €800 (approximately $930). For now a launch in North America is not planned.

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YI releases much-needed firmware update for Yi-M1 mirrorless camera

by on Nov.01, 2017, under Reviews

When we got our hands on Chinese camera maker YI’s first mirrorless camera, the YI-M1, we didn’t have a lot of positive things to say. Despite a great sensor, the camera was… unrefined. But the company just released a new firmware version for the M1 that promises to smooth out some of its rougher edges.

Key updates include (much-needed) improved AF speed, the addition of a RAW+JPG shooting option, exposure control in P, A, S and M modes when shooting video, AF/MF control during video capture, and the addition of a histogram in live view while shooting both stills and video.

We’ve updated our review model to the latest firmware and are taking it for another spin to possibly update our review, but in the meantime, check out the release notes below to see what all YI has improved and fixed on the M1 with this newest update.

Release Notes


Firmware Version 3.0-int Update Logs


  1. Added exposure control in the mode P/A/S/M for video capture
  2. Added AF/MF control for video capture.
  3. Added RAW+JPG format for still capture
  4. Added still image option in Time Lapse
  5. Added the option to shoot 1-3 images when using the self-timer function with an initial 2 second or 10 second timer settings
  6. Added a histogram in live view mode for both still and video capture
  7. Added new focus viewing modes with improved image quality including: 6x, 8x and 10x magnification in MF mode
  8. Added 2 ways to show the Metering mode in the UI
  9. Added the user guide (Restoring factory settings to view)
  10. Added multiple selection of images for deletion.
  11. Added 2 new options for the display grid
  12. AE algorithm optimization
  13. Master Guide template display logic optimized
  14. Improved AF speed


Fixed some known bugs, and improved the overall stability of the system.


Change the thumbnails in each screen from 9 to 12 images.


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