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Video comparison: GoPro Hero6 'is what the Hero5 should have been'

by on Oct.02, 2017, under Reviews

GoPro announced the all-new Hero6 last week, and while it might look identical to the Hero5 on the outside, the camera’s capabilities have been vastly improved thanks largely to a new custom-designed image processor called the GP1. But does this fancy new processor deliver on its promises for better stabilization, improved dynamic range, and improved low light performance?

The folks at Vistek wanted to find out, so they pitted the Hero6 against its predecessor in a range of head-to-head tests that demonstrate one thing very clearly: The GoPro Hero6 definitely delivers on its promises.

From stabilization—which is now available all the way up to 4K/24p—to dynamic range and beyond, the Hero6 soundly beat the Hero5 in every test Vistek threw its way. Of course, you’d expect this from a new model of the same action camera, but for the most part, the improvements are not simply incremental… they’re obvious.

As with any small action camera there is still plenty of room for improvement; a small sensor is still a small sensor and there are plenty of things a tiny little action camera just doesn’t do particularly well no matter what. But as Vistek points out, GoPro seems to have listened to its consumers (and competition from companies like Yi) and built that action camera that ‘is what the Hero5 should have been.’

The question now becomes: is it too little too late? But you’re the only one who can answer that.

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OnePlus 5 camera review

by on Oct.01, 2017, under Reviews

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The OnePlus 5 is the Chinese manufacturer’s flagship smartphone, replacing last year’s OnePlus 3T. The new model is the first OnePlus to feature a dual-camera setup and offers some enticing imaging specifications: a main camera with a 1/2.8″ 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor and fast F1.7 aperture is supported by a 2x tele-module featuring a 20MP 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 aperture.

The dual-camera design allows for an iPhone 8 Plus-like background-blurring portrait mode and the Smart Capture feature combines optical zoom with multi-
frame technology for improved zoom quality. The OnePlus 5 camera also comes with 4K video, a 720p/120 fps slow-motion mode and a dual-LED flash. The camera app’s new Pro mode provides manual control over the most important shooting parameters and DNG Raw capture.

The OnePlus 5 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset. Offering 8GB RAM/128GB or 6GB RAM/64GB memory options and a 3300mAh battery that supports the OnePlus Dash Charge quick charging system, the rest of the device’s specifications are firmly top-shelf as well.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • Dual-camera
  • 16MP 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 398 sensor and F1.7 lens
  • 20MP 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 lens
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video
  • 720p/120fps slow-motion
  • Portrait Mode
  • Manual controls
  • DNG-Raw support
  • 16MP / F2.0 front camera

Other Specifications

  • 5.5″ AMOLED 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 6GB RAM/64GB storage or 8GB RAM/128GB storage
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3300 mAh battery with Dash Charge

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

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Photo of the week: Colors of the Arctic

by on Sep.30, 2017, under Reviews

This image was taken while spending 2 nights in a remote island camp in Ataa Fjord, at the north of Disko Bay, Greenland. The camp was quite basic, especially compared to our luxurious hotel back in town, but the photographic opportunities were incredible. We basically had a huge island to ourselves, with a lake, kayaks, hills and huge icebergs floating all around.

In the 1-2 hours between sunset and sunrise, the colors were incredible. We set out on foot to climb a 130m hill close to camp, where we’d get a good vantage point of the icebergs, and indeed, we witnessed some incredible sights.

One of them was this beautiful iceberg, floating gracefully in the fjord’s clam, reflective waters, with an incredible colors gradient surrounding it.

The photograph was captured with my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS lens.

Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez’s work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.

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