It's not like that I'm anywhere near spending a fortune on a compact camera, but Sony isn't exactly making it easier either. I recently noticed the epic Sony RX1R II - full frame 42MP compact - went up in price with a whopping 20%: from €3500 to €4200! Holy cow. Still trying to figure out why that is. Will keep you posted if I have more info. Here's my review from March this year: Nothing compares to you. Tell me if would be worth it for you anyway.
Word just got out that Juha Alakarhu, Lead Program manager of Phones Imaging at Microsoft and former Head of Imaging Technologies at Nokia has returned to Finland - to join Nokia Technologies.
However, he will not be working on the upcoming Nokia smartphones, but he'll be heading the OZO imaging team. The OZO is the 360-degree Virtual Reality Camera Nokia has announced recently (see here). It's not very likely you will be buying an OZO device anytime soon though, since it is designed for professional companies and will cost $60.000.
This is an unusual post with completely different scenes I captured with a variety of smartphones over the past few weeks. I didn't use all devices in every scene, I didn't manage to get a RAW version of every scene either, so I'm sure some of you are going to be disappointed. Also, I can't analyze everything in detail, but I will share all shots in their original size, so you can have a look at them at pixel level yourself if you feel so inclined. And you'll read some general observations about the newest smartphones in this post, being the HTC 10, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and Huawei P9 Plus. Apart from those, you'll see results coming from the Lumia 950 XL (before its recent update), Nokia 808 PureView and even the good old Nokia N8 which I was asked to test just to see how it performs these days.
In this post you will read my first impressions of three new smartphone cameras I've been working with for a short while now - the Huawei P9 Plus, LG G5 and HTC 10. I will post a picture comparison later, hopefully including some shots from the Galaxy S7 edge and Lumia 950 XL, which would be the odd one out with a much larger sensor. This post is just to avoid the next one becoming way too long - and it's interesting to see what the new ones have to offer anyway.
In this review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge you'll see quite a few random shots I captured with the Samsung and the Lumia 950 XL. Keep in mind these are two devices that come in smaller versions as well: the Lumia 950 and Galaxy S7 - both have the exact same optics so whatever I write about picture quality goes for the other two as well.
I wrote part of this in a reaction on someone on the fantastic #NBAN Facebook page (" Nothing but a Nokia") who thought that Windows Phone would be “the best phone experience”. And the longer I thought about that, the less I could agree with it. I’m looking forward to your view on all this. A rare post without any shots - and if you don’t like rants, you should stop reading now.
How does the Lumia 950 XL compare with my red version of the King of Smartphone Cameras, the Nokia 808 PureView, a several years old device I recently rediscovered? I'll let you in on how happy I am working with both - or maybe not always as happy...
The Sony RX1 already had a fantastic reputation as full-frame compact camera, so I was extremely happy to be able to work with the Sony RX1R II for a while. In this post you will read about my experiences with the device, which I guess is just about as good as it gets.