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.

What's next? Upgrading from the best smartphone camera

For the past few months I've been concentrating on other cameras, both compact and system. Why?
Not because I'm fed up with smartphone cameras, but because I feel they have reached just about their peak - it's hard to buy a high-end smartphone camera with a mediocre camera these days.

Also, I noticed my own shots improved significantly using better glass and larger sensors. I'm witing this post to share my experience with some important factors when upgrading from a smartphone camera. Hope it will help you make up your mind if you're planning to do so yourself.

Introducing a new project: Visiting Amsterdam

In this short post I'd just like to introduce a new project I've been working on for the past weeks. You must have noticed I love to go to Amsterdam to compare cameras and capture the city in general. I lived in Amsterdam for 25 years and still love to come back whenever I find the time (thank goodness I live nearby).

Recently, it has become my passion to capture not just the gorgeous city, but also its colorful visitors and inhabitants. Hence, I started Visiting Amsterdam on Facebook. Whenever you are visiting Amsterdam yourself - or lucky enough to live there - chances are you'll find your portrait here one day...

If you're on Facebook as well, I hope you'll want to join my travels through the city and enjoy its beatiful people - please hit the famous " like" button if you do! :-)

Hasselblad True Zoom MotoMod revealed

This post is just to quickly point you to several articles on the new Hasselblad True Zoom MotoMod for Motorola Z-phones. Here's what DPReview's hands-on preview with a view interesting samples. You can find some more product shots at The Verge and Engadget. You'll also fine a review over at CNet

Unfortunately I don't have a Moto Z and I'm not even sure this True Zoom MotoMod will come to Europe. It will be important for Motorola to keep the Moto Z-series alive, otherwise it'll be a short joy to work with - if at all. Specs look quite interesting but my experience with "add-ons" isn't overwhelming. Wonder what you think of it?

Sony RX1R II: 20% price increase

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.

Update: price increase is directly related to the devastating earthquakes hitting Japan earlier this year, affecting a large part of the supply chain. More information here.

Juha Alakarhu returns to Finland to join Nokia

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.