raw .DNG from Huawei P10 Plus, Kodak Ektra, Lumia 950 XL. And: Google Snapseed!

In my previous review/comparison of the Huawei P10 Plus, Kodak Ektra and Lumia 950 XL I wrote how I was surprised to suddenly find an update bringing the raw .DNG format to the Kodak Ektra as well. This - much shorter - post is about the RAW output of all three devices. And about Google Snapseed!

Comparing three large sensor shooters: Huawei P10 Plus vs Kodak Ektra vs Lumia 950 XL (Part 1: .JPG)

This comparison is somewhat of a double bill: I'll compare two new smartphone cameras - the Huawei P10 Plus and the Kodak Ektra - while reviewing them shortly at the same time. Moreover, this might be the only recent comparison you'll find including the Lumia 950 XL - I'm including it since it has a large, around 20MP sensor as well as the other two devices.

Is the Google Pixel/XL camera really that good? Yes it is.

An impressive amount of tech sites are raving about the camera quality of the Google Pixel/XL. In this comparison, you'll see how I compared its results with those coming from the Nexus 6P and the Huawei P9 Plus. However short, it's been a quite surprising trip for me I have to admit. The Google Pixel/XLis a fantastic shooter indeed and you'll see why in this post.

Editing Nokia 808 PureView .JPG in Lightroom

Here's a very short post about something I hardly ever did before: edit a high-res photo from the Nokia 808 PureView (38MP) in Lightroom. When I was still making comparisons between different smartphone cameras, I didn't want to use Lightroom to really show the original output of the devices. Now that I just about stopped doing so (until a very interesting smartphone comes along), it's actually fun to work on the results I've been collecting for the past years. Here's just one example. 

Ari Partinen raves about Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus

Just a short post to point you to a video Ari Partinen - ex-Nokia imaging team and with Apple for a few years already - is very enthusiastic about. It demonstrates the power of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode, for which you will need the "dual cam" functionality on the iPhone 7 Plus, which apparantly has been updated in December. 

Tough decisions, some relief, more insight

If you're looking for anything like news, a review or one-on-one comparison you can stop reading right away, I'm sorry. On the other hand, it won't take you a long time to read anyway, so you're welcome to come along, as always.

This post is about my latest decisions regarding my quest for the best "connected camera". Will it help you? Well, I hope so, otherwise I wouldn't take the time to write it all down. But it's way more of a personal story than anything objective, so consider yourself warned. All the pics in this post are mine.