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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom Review

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra boasts a new Dual Zoom capability, as well as Audio Zoom, for improved video recording.

Take a look at our 1080p and 4K video samples, and find out how well they really work in real life!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with an improved quad-camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time, it has two 10 MP telephoto cameras – one with 3X optical zoom, and a periscope camera with 10X optical zoom.

The Dual Zoom capability refers to the ability to smoothly switch from the 3X telephoto camera, to the 10X periscope camera, with AI-enhanced Super Resolution to deliver sharper, stabilised video.

Its Audio Zoom capability isn’t new, having been first introduced in the Galaxy S10 series. It uses the triple microphones to change the range of sound captured as you “zoom” into the action. This lets you “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and reducing ambient noise.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also the first Samsung smartphone to allow you to shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom Examined!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can zoom at up to 20X while recording 1080p video at up to 60 fps, and 4K video at up to 30 fps.

So we recorded a series of handheld video clips in both 1080p at 60 fps, and 4K at 30 fps, to test its Dual Zoom and Audio Zoom capabilities.

By default, the Samsung Camera app offers zoom presets of 0.6X, 1.0X, 3.0X and 10X.

You can use pinch-to-zoom further, or you can do a long press on any of the presets to get access to a wider range of zoom presets – 0.6X, 1.0X, 2.0X, 4.0X, 10X and 20X.

Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom @ 1080p (60 fps)

At 1080p, handheld image stabilisation was very good, except at 20X zoom where you can see some visible handshake.

That said, the handshake at 20X is really quite minimal, compared to older stabilised cameras and even worse, unstabilised cameras!

The best test of Audio Zoom can be heard in the Chinese New Year concourse clip. Notice how the music from the concourse gets louder as we zoom in, and fade out as we zoom out.

Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom @ 4K (30 fps)

At 4K, handheld image stabilisation was very good at up to 4X, and pretty good at 10X. At 20X zoom, there was visible handshake, but it was really quite acceptable.

Of course, for best image quality, you should stick to 10X zoom. 20X at 4K looks a little blur, so the extra resolution at 4K doesn’t help at all.

Another good example of Audio Zoom is at the playground. Even though it’s empty, the bird chirps get louder as we zoom in, and fade out as we zoom out.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom Verdict!

Dual Zoom is just a fancy name for the ability to switch between the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s two telephoto lenses.

Naturally, you want to use the 3X telephoto camera with its much wider aperture, and only switch to the 10X periscope lens with its narrower aperture when you need the extra reach.

Its AI-enhanced Super Resolution feature enhances image quality in the zoom gap between 3X optical zoom and 10X optical zoom.

While most people are not aware of Audio Zoom, it can greatly enhance the overall audio quality of the video, by focusing on subject in focus.

Thanks to these two features, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra arguably delivers the best video recording capabilities for a smartphone today.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

There are only two colour options though – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Nokia 3.4 Camera New Year Failure : How To Fix It?

Nokia 3.4 users received a New Year surprise, when its camera stopped working from New Year 2021 onwards!

Find out what happened, and the two workarounds you can try!

 

Nokia 3.4 Camera Started Crashing On New Year 2021!

Many Nokia 3.4 users are complaining that their camera stopped working around New Year 2021 – either on the eve – 31 December 2020, or New Year’s Day – 1 January 2021.

Specifically, the Nokia camera app would crash within a second of opening it. Those who managed to take a shot before it crashed would only get a photo of a grey square.

Like the camera failures affecting the Nokia 8.3 5G, the problem partly due to the recent firmware updates, but the problem only manifested around New Year 2021.

In fact, it will affect brand new Nokia 3.4 phones that were sold and opened up on and after 1 January 2021.

 

Nokia 3.4 Camera New Year Bug Workarounds

Restarting the phone won’t help, and even a soft reset or hard reset won’t work.

It appears that the Nokia 3.4 camera malfunction is a date bug (like the famous Y2K or Millennium Bug) affecting their Camera app version 97.10.1400.01.

Nokia says they are working on a fix, but until they release a working update, here are two ways to fix the Nokia 3.4 camera failure.

Use A Third-Party App

The Nokia 3.4 camera is still functioning – it’s just their Camera app that’s broken.

So you can use a messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram to take photos and videos.

However, you may not get the full resolution or quality since these apps use a much lower photo and video resolution to reduce file size.

The best option is to use a third-party camera app like Open Camera or the Google Camera port.

Change The Date

Another way is to change the date on your affected Nokia smartphone :

  1. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  2. Turn off Network-Provided Date & Time.
  3. Change the date to either :
    a) 30 December 2020 or earlier
    b) 2 January 2021 or later

After that, the Nokia camera app will run properly. But it won’t do to keep running with the wrong date.

  1. Open and then close the Camera app
  2. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  3. Turn on Network-Provided Date & Time.

This should let you use the Nokia 3.4 smartphone with the proper date, and a usable camera app, albeit with Scene Detection disabled.

 

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Nokia 8.3 Camera New Year Failure : How To Fix It!

Nokia 8.3 5G users received a New Year surprise, when its camera stopped working from New Year 2021 onwards.

Find out what happened, and the two workarounds you can try!

 

Nokia 8.3 5G Camera Crashes On New Year 2021!

Many Nokia 8.3 5G users are complaining that their camera stopped working on around New Year 2021 – either on the eve – 31 December 2020, or New Year’s Day – 1 January 2021.

Specifically, the Nokia camera app would crash within a second of opening it. Those who managed to take a shot before it crashed would only get a photo of a grey square.

At first, they thought it might have been the October or December 2020 update, but oddly enough – the camera only failed on either on 31 December 2020, or 1 January 2021.

Two different people also reported that they bought the Nokia 8.3 5G on 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021, and the camera on both phones didn’t work either.

Restarting the phone or soft-resetting it won’t work. Even a hard reset that a German user, Gabriel Steinecker, tried did NOT work.

Eventually, it was discovered that the Nokia 8.3 5G’s physical camera was working fine. It was the Nokia camera app that did not work. Third party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, for example, could still take photos and videos.

 

Nokia 8.3 5G Camera New Year Bug Workarounds

The Nokia 8.3 5G camera malfunction seems to be a date bug (like the famous Y2K or Millennium Bug) affecting their Camera app version 97.10.1400.01.

In fact, it could be affecting more than just Nokia 8.3 5G users. The problem also affects the Nokia 3.4 smartphone.

Nokia says they are working on a fix, but until they release a working update, here are two ways to fix the Nokia 4.3 camera failure.

Use A Third-Party App

The Nokia 8.3 5G camera is still functioning – it’s just their Camera app that’s broken.

So you can use a messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram to take photos and videos.

However, you may not get the full resolution or quality since these apps use a much lower photo and video resolution to reduce file size.

The best option is to use a third-party camera app like Open Camera or the Google Camera port.

Change The Date

Another way is to change the date on your affected Nokia smartphone :

  1. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  2. Turn off Network-Provided Date & Time.
  3. Change the date to either :
    a) 30 December 2020 or earlier
    b) 2 January 2021 or later

After that, the Nokia camera app will run properly. But it won’t do to keep running with the wrong date.

  1. Open the Camera app and go to its Settings
  2. Disable Scene Detection
  3. Close the Camera app
  4. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  5. Turn on Network-Provided Date & Time.

This should let you use the Nokia 8.3 smartphone with the proper date, and a usable camera app, albeit with Scene Detection disabled.

 

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Nikon Malaysia Ceases Operation On 1 January 2021!

Nikon Malaysia today announced that they were calling it quits, and will shut down on 1 January 2021.

Here is what you need to know about Nikon’s decision to cease having an official presence in Malaysia…

 

Nikon Malaysia Ceases Operation On 1 January 2021!

Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. today announced that they will cease operations on 1 January 2021, with their last business day on 31 December 2020.

That marks the end of almost 19 years of presence in Malaysia – Nikon Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. was established in April 2001.

The writing has been on the wall for sometime now… the photography market has been hammered by the ubiquitousness of smartphone cameras, and even mirrorless cameras cannot stop the haemorrhage.

As sad as it may be for Nikon users, it comes to no surprise that Nikon Malaysia has decided to call it quits.

 

Two Distributors Take Over Nikon Business In Malaysia

Don’t worry if you are a Nikon fan. They are not leaving you high and dry.

You will still be able to purchase Nikon cameras and lenses, and get your photography gear serviced.

From 1 January 2021 onwards, Nikon business in Malaysia will be handled by two authorised distributors :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera Technologies : What’s New?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones come with a brand new camera system, with larger high-resolution sensors, and improved Space Zoom technology!

Let’s take a look at the new camera technologies in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Ultra-High Resolution

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series smartphones come with new ultra-high resolution cameras :

The ultra-high resolution photos they take allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!

Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.

Camera Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
Note20
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra 5G
Main
(Wide Angle)
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/1.76-inch sensor
108 MP resolution
1/1.33-inch sensor
Ultra-Wide 16 MP resolution
1/3.1-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
Telephoto 12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor
64 MP resolution
1/1.72-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Camera : Nonacell Technology

The 108MP Samsung HM1 image sensor in the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with Nonacell technology, which combines groups of nine pixels into much larger 2.4μm pixels.

This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of an 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!

In addition, Nonacell uses the Samsung ISOCELL Plus technology to dramatically reduce crosstalk, optical loss and light reflection that happens when pixels are combined.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Space Zoom Technology

The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their improved Hybrid Optic Zoom (Note20) or Optical Zoom (Note20 Ultra 5G), with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

In addition to their incredible zoom ranges, the improved Samsung Space Zoom features smooth transitions between presets, and a manual zoom mode.

They both allow for more professional videos, with greater creative options.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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GoPro HERO 9 Black : A Hands-On Preview!

GoPro just launched the HERO 9 Black, boasting More Everything! and we managed to check it out up close!

So here is our hands-on preview of the new GoPro HERO 9 Black action camera!

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : What’s New?

The GoPro HERO 9 Black features a new sensor that deliver 5K video and 20 MP photos, together with HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilisation, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, and 30% longer battery life.

To complement the HERO9 Black, GoPro also introduced a number of mods, including a Max Lens Mod, a Max SuperView mod, a Media Mod, a Display Mod and a Light Mod.

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Our Hands-On Experience!

We had a short time with the GoPro HERO 9 Black, and here is our quick hands-on experience video!

And here is a summary of the GoPro HERO 9 Black’s key features :

  • New 20 MP image sensor
  • Video Recording Formats : 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo Resolution : 20 MP maximum
  • 1.4-inch front colour display, with live preview and status modes
  • 2.27-inch rear touch display, with touch zoom
  • 30% longer battery life, with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed, and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools : HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugger + waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : New Mods

GoPro is introducing a slew of new mods to complement the HERO 9 Black action camera :

Available in October 2020, the Max Lens Mod adds Max HyperSmooth video stabilisation and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView at up to 2.7K60 resolution. It also allows for horizon lock no matter how the camera is rotated.

The Media Mod, available starting 16 September 2020, adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a built-in directional mic with wind suppression
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts (for the Display Mod and Light Mod)
  • weather-resistant construction

The GoPro HERO 9 Black will still support these two existing mods :

The Display Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a 2-inch flip-up screen for easier vlogging
  • built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector

The Light Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • 4 levels of brightness – up to 200 lumens at 1 meter
  • waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Availability

The GoPro HERO 9 Black is available for purchase starting today, together with these mods coming soon :

  • HERO9 Black : US$449.99 | £429.99 | A$599 | S$680 | RM2099
  • HERO9 Black Max Lens Mod : US$99.99 | ~£77 | ~A$137 | ~S$136 | ~RM414
  • HERO9 Black Media Mod : US$79.99 | ~£62 | ~A$109 | ~S$109 | ~RM331
  • HERO9 Black Display Mod : US$79.99 | ~£62 | ~A$109 | ~S$109 | RM399
  • HERO9 Black Light Mod : US$49.99 | ~£39 | ~A$68 | ~S$68 | RM249

Here are online purchase options for the GoPro HERO 9 Black :

 

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GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Launch Deal in Malaysia!

GoPro just launched the HERO 9 Black in Malaysia, featuring “more everything” and a slew of new mods!

Here is what you need to know about the new GoPro HERO 9 Black, including its price and availability in Malaysia!

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : More Everything In Malaysia!

The GoPro HERO 9 Black features a new sensor that deliver 5K video and 20 MP photos, together with HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilisation, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, and 30% longer battery life.

To complement the HERO9 Black, GoPro also introduced a number of mods, including a Max Lens Mod, a Max SuperView mod, a Media Mod, a Display Mod and a Light Mod.

Here is a summary of the GoPro HERO 9 Black’s key features :

  • New 20 MP image sensor
  • Video Recording Formats : 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo Resolution : 20 MP maximum
  • 1.4-inch front colour display, with live preview and status modes
  • 2.27-inch rear touch display, with touch zoom
  • 30% longer battery life, with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed, and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools : HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugger + waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Mods Coming To Malaysia

GoPro is introducing these HERO 9 Black mods to Malaysia, with availability in Q4 2020.

The Max Lens Mod adds Max HyperSmooth video stabilisation and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView at up to 2.7K60 resolution. It also allows for horizon lock no matter how the camera is rotated.

The Media Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a built-in directional mic with wind suppression
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts (for the Display Mod and Light Mod)
  • weather-resistant construction

The Display Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a 2-inch flip-up screen for easier vlogging
  • built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector

The Light Mod, which is already available, adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • 4 levels of brightness – up to 200 lumens at 1 meter
  • waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Launch Deal In Malaysia

The GoPro HERO 9 Black is available for purchase starting today in Malaysia, together with these mods (available Q4 2020) :

  • HERO9 Black : RM2099 (about US$508 / £394 / A$696 / S$691)
  • HERO9 Black Max Lens Mod : TBA (officially US$99.99)
  • HERO9 Black Media Mod : TBA (officially US$79.99)
  • HERO9 Black Display Mod : RM399 (about US$97 / £75 / A$132 / S$131)
  • HERO9 Black Light Mod : RM249 (about US$60 / £47 / A$83 / S$82)

Here are online purchase options for the GoPro HERO 9 Black in Malaysia :

The first 400 customers to purchase the HERO 9 Black in Malaysia will receive :

  • an extra rechargeable battery
  • the chance to win weekly prizes up to RM1000 cash vouchers

 

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YouTube : Shorter Videos Now Eligible For Mid-Roll Ads!

YouTube just announced that shorter videos will not only be eligible for mid-roll ads, it will be turned on automatically!

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Are They?

YouTube mid-roll ads are basically advertisements that load in the middle of a video, rather than at the beginning.

On desktops, you will see a 5 second countdown before a mid-roll ad appears.

On other platforms, you will see yellow markets in the video progress bar where such an ad may show up.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What’s Changed?

In the past, YouTube only allowed mid-roll ads to be added to videos longer than 10 minutes.

This encouraged content creators to create longer videos, sometimes unnecessarily extending them to qualify for mid-roll ads.

Starting late July 2020, YouTube will reduce the threshold from 10 minutes to just 8 minutes. All videos longer than 8 minutes will be eligible for mid-roll ads.

On top of that, YouTube will automatically turn mid-roll ads for all qualifying videos, even those that opted out in the past.

By default, YouTube will use machine learning to find the most natural breaks in your videos to add these advertisements, but you can also adjust their placements manually.

Those who prefer not to participate can opt-out in YouTube Studio by 27 July 2020.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Does This Mean?

Content creators will be glad because it means they can better monetise their shorter videos.

On top of that, they are no longer incentivised to unnecessarily extend their videos just to qualify for these advertisements.

For viewers, this should hopefully result in better quality videos, in exchange for mid-roll advertisements that could interrupt your enjoyment of those videos.

But seriously – you can just skip the ads (if you really don’t want to support content creators), or opt for YouTube Premium.

While you are here, do consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! 😀

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

One of the least talked-about features in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is its 8K video recording capability.

Find out how its 8K video recording capability compares to its 4K and 1080p recording capabilities!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the big brother of the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, the other two being the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20.

All three models can actually record 8K videos with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels at 24 frames per second.

However, there are some limitations when you record 8K videos on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra | S20 Plus | S20 smartphones :

  • each video clip is limited to 5 minutes
  • electronic image stabilisation (EIS) will be disabled

The time limit is both necessary because of the 4GB file size limit, as well as to avoid damage to the sensor – it gets really hot when you record 8K videos.

And while EIS cannot be enabled – the amount of processing power required is just too much – you can still rely on the optical image stabilisation (OIS) provided by the lens.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Video Samples : 8K vs 4K vs 1080p

We prepared six Galaxy S20 Ultra video samples to showcase the differences in video recording quality. Check them out :

Video Sample #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

The image quality at 1080p is exceptional, with good control of the exposure. Image stabilisation by the main camera was good, but there was some shakiness when we switched to the telephoto camera.

Its audio quality and noise cancellation were also very good. Even though it was breezy that day, you can’t hear any wind noise.

Video Sample #2 : Blues Band (4K)

This is our favourite video recording resolution. Good image quality at a high resolution, with good exposure.

Video Sample #3 : Blues Band (8K)

The detail at 8K was exceptional, and the image stabilisation (only optical) was better than we expected. But we noticed some autofocus issues – you can see some seeking even though no one is moving.

Video Sample #4 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of its image stabilisation capabilities, you can see that at 1080p, the S20 Ultra does a very good job of cancelling out hand shake while walking.

Video Sample #5 : Street Market (4K)

Image stabilisation at 4K was very good too. Very smooth video even while walking.

Video Sample #6 : Street Market (8K)

At 8K, there is some noticeable jerkiness, but thanks to OIS, it actually turned out better than we expected.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 +  Galaxy Z Flip smartphones :

Malaysia

Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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How To Get Your Mom Featured With Samsung Galaxy!

Samsung just showcased the mothers of their employees, and is offering YOU the chance to feature your mom too! Find out how to get your Mom featured with Samsung Galaxy!

 

How To Get Your Mom Featured With Samsung Galaxy!

Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Google Duo, video calling Mom and loved ones is as easy as sending a text.

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Samsung employees from all around the world connected with their moms via video call.

From reliving special memories to expressing future hopes, the calls brought the families closer together, even when they are apart.

You can also get your mom featured with Samsung Galaxy! All you have to do is :

  1. Follow Samsung Mobile on Instagram
  2. Take a photo or video of your Mom with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone
  3. Post it on Instagram using the #withGalaxy hashtag

That’s it! With a little luck, the photo or video of your Mom that you took with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone will get featured by Samsung!

 

Tips On Getting Your Mom Featured With Samsung Galaxy!

When it comes to capturing your memories with Mom, use the Samsung Galaxy S20’s pro-grade camera to get the perfect shot.

Enjoy a cutting-edge camera sensor that lets in more light and detail than ever before, so photos of mom are always crystal clear.

And with Single Take mode, you can stay in the moment while Mom opens up her presents— the S20’s lenses grab a variety of images and videos, at once, so you can pick your favourites once the festivities are over.

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Samsung : Buy Mom A New Galaxy Smartphone!

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Singapore

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

 

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Samsung : Put Mom In The Picture #withGalaxy!

This Mother’s Day, Samsung is encouraging their Galaxy fans to literally put Mom in the picture #withGalaxy!

In a not very subtle dig at other brands, they pointed out that they recorded the video to explicitly show that the pictures were truly taken with their brand new Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone!

 

Samsung : Put Mom In The Picture #withGalaxy!

Moms work hard to make life’s special moments even more memorable. From first steps to birthday parties to cherished holiday celebrations, Moms are always there—capturing our greatest memories and documenting them for the future. But with so much time spent behind the camera, it’s time to celebrate Mom and put her in the picture.

That’s why this Mother’s Day, Samsung is encouraging Galaxy fans to celebrate moms around the world with our campaign: Put Mom in the Picture #withGalaxy. To launch the campaign, we pulled together a video of Moms behind the scenes and in front of the camera to show that there’s no question: life’s always better when Mom’s in the shot.

And at a time when it’s more important than ever to stay connected with Mom, we know families are relying on their technology to make sure this Mother’s Day is extra-special.

With so many ways to communicate, the Galaxy S20 series makes it easier than ever to celebrate — whether you’re video chatting one-on-one or filling up the screen with 12 participants. Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Google Duo, video calling Mom and loved ones is as easy as sending a text.

And when it comes to capturing your memories with Mom, use the Samsung Galaxy S20’s pro-grade camera to get the perfect shot. Enjoy a cutting-edge camera sensor that lets in more light and detail than ever before, so photos of mom are always crystal clear.

And with Single Take mode, you can stay in the moment while Mom opens up her presents— the S20’s lenses grab a variety of images and videos, at once, so you can pick your favorites once the festivities are over.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate mom by putting her in the picture and spread the love using #WithGalaxy. Whether you’re together or apart, feel closer than ever, with a little help from Samsung.

Happy Mother’s Day from our Samsung family to yours.

 

Samsung : Buy Mom A New Galaxy S20 Smartphone!

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera Technologies : What’s New?

The new Samsung Galaxy S20 introduces a brand new camera system, with new high-resolution sensors and a new Space Zoom technology.

Let’s take a look at the new camera technologies that Samsung just introduced in their Galaxy S20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Super Resolution : 108MP / 64MP

The Samsung Galaxy S20 smartphones come with new super resolution sensors :

These super high resolution sensors allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!

Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Camera : 108MP Sensor Modes

The 108MP sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra can switch between two modes – Nona-Binning and Re-Mosaic.

Nona-Binning for better low-light performance

Also known as 3×3 binning, nona-binning merges nine pixels into one.

This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of a 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!

Re-Mosaic for more detailed images

This is the default mode when there is good lighting.

The Re-Mosaic algorithm remaps the pixels into a conventional RGB pattern to produce more details in the image.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Camera : Space Zoom Technology

The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their new Hybrid Optic Zoom, with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

  • Hybrid Optic Zoom : longer zoom range by cropping their new super resolution sensor, and pairing it with new zoom lens
  • AI Multi-Frame Processing : better image quality of digitally-zoomed images through AI algorithms

The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ both offer 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom, with 30x Space Zoom.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra, on the other hand, offers 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom, with 100x Space Zoom!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Camera : Folded Lens + 48MP Sensor

We should give a special mention to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which combines a folded lens design and a 48 MP sensor to deliver 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom.

That can be extended to 100X using AI multi-frame processing, which reduces hand shaking and quality loss at such high zoom levels.

Dual-Mode 48MP Sensor

The telephoto camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 48MP sensor, which switches between tetra-binning and re-mosaic modes, depending on the shooting conditions and zoom ratio.

Its tetra-binning mode combines 4 pixels into 1 for significantly better low-light performance.

Its re-mosaic mode rearranges the RGB pixels, allowing for a sensor crop to deliver the 10x Hybrid Optic Zoom.

Folded Lens

The folded lens design allows the Galaxy S20 Ultra to deliver a wider zoom range into a very limited space. The lens lays flat, and is positioned at the bottom of the camera.

Light from the aperture is redirected by a prism into the lens, refracting at a 90-degree angle to increase the focal length.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 family of smartphones will be available for sale starting 6 March 2020 across Malaysia.

 

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DJI Mavic Mini : Everything You Need To Know!

DJI just introduced their smallest drone ever – the Mavic Mini – that weighs less than 250 g, and flies for a full 30 minutes!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new DJI Mavic Mini camera drone!

 

The DJI Mavic Mini Camera Drone!

DJI Mavic Mini, an ultra-light folding drone designed to be the everyday FlyCam. Weighing just 249 grams, Mavic Mini is portable, easy to fly, and designed for safety.

Despite its small and light body, Mavic Mini has a high resolution camera, whose footage can be enhanced using its new DJI Fly suite of creative features.

Portable and Safe

The Mavic Mini is the smallest and lightest DJI drone ever made, at just under 250 grams. This puts it in the safest category for drone flights by most aviation regulators around the world.

In addition, safety technologies like geofencing help you avoid restricted areas, AeroScope remote identification help protect sensitive locations, built-in altitude limits, and automatic return to the launch point if the drone loses connection to the controller or reaches critically low battery levels.

It also uses Wi-Fi connectivity for stable transmissions of a HD live feed, GPS receivers, and downward visual sensors to detect the ground below.

Long Flight Time

Thanks to its ultra-light design, and highly efficient motors, it has a flight time of up to 30 minutes, giving you more time to explore and capture content.

High Quality Content

The DJI Mavic Mini lets you capture 2.7K video at 30 fps, and 1080p video at 60 fps. You can also take 12 MP photos using its 1/2.3-inch sensor.

More importantly, it has a three-axis motorised gimbal to stabilise the camera, giving you smooth and cinematic footage.

New Creative Modes

You have a choice of three flying modes, depending on your experience and requirements :

  • Position (P) for basic operations,
  • Sport (S) mode for more experienced pilots,
  • CineSmooth (C) mode for smoother and more cinematic shots.

DJI QuickShots Manoeuvres

You can make use of four QuickShots pre-programmed flight manoeuvres for cinematic effect :

  • Rocket – Mavic Mini flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Circle – Mavic Mini will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.
  • Dronie – Mavic Mini flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Helix – Mavic Mini flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
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DJI Mavic Mini Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic Mini is available at these launch prices :

  • DJI Mavic Mini Standard Package : RM 1,599 / S$499 / US$399 / £369 / A$599
    – Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, extra propellers, all necessary tools and cables
  • DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo : RM 1,999 / S$669 / US$499 / £459 / A$799
    – Standard Package + 360° Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, two additional batteries, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case

Here are some online purchase links :

 

DJI Mavic Mini Accessories

These accessories will be available for purchase by end of November 2019 :

  • 360° Propeller Guard : Provides a 360° guard around the propellers for added safety.
  • Charging Base : Charge and display your Mavic Mini with this unique, illuminated station.
  • Propeller Holder : Travel easier with the propeller holder that locks the props into place.
  • DIY Creative Kit : Personalise your Mavic Mini with custom stickers or draw your own design.
  • Snap Adapter : Attach a toy building brick or a mini LED display to write custom messages.
  • Mini Travel Bag : A travel bag that fits your Mavic Mini and the remote controller perfectly.
  • Two Way Charging Hub : Charge up to three batteries or use the charging hub as a power bank.

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DJI Mavic Mini : Aircraft Specifications

Specifications Aircraft
Takeoff Weight 249 g
Folded Dimensions 82 mm wide
140 mm long
57 mm tall
Unfolded Dimensions
(with propellers)
290 mm wide
245 mm long
55 mm tall
Max Ascent Speed S Mode : 4 metres per second
P Mode : 2 metres per second
C Mode : 1.5 metres per second
Max Descent Speed S Mode : 3 metres per second
P Mode : 1.8 metres per second
C Mode : 1 metre per second
Max Service Ceiling 3000 m above sea level
Max Flight Time 30 minutes
(14 kph, windless condition)
Max Wind Resistance 8 metres per second (Scale 4)
Max Tilt Angle S Mode : 30°
P Mode : 20°
C Mode : 20°
Max Angular Velocity S Mode : 150° per second
P Mode : 130° per second
C Mode : 30° per second
Hovering Accuracy Vertical: ±0.1 m (Vision), ±0.5 m (GPS)
Horizontal: ±0.1 m (Vision), ±1.5 m (GPS)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
GPS GPS + GLONASS

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Gimbal Specifications

Specifications Gimbal
Mechanical Range Tilt : -110° to 35°
Roll : -35° to 35°
Pan : -20° to 20°
Controllable Tilt Default : -90° to 0°
Extended : -90° to +20°
Stabilisation 3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)
Max Tilt Speed 120° per second
Angular Vibration ±0.01°

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Camera Specifications

Specifications Camera
Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS (12 MP)
Lens FOV 83°
Lens Aperture f/2.8
Video ISO Range ISO 100-3200
Photo ISO Range Auto : ISO 100-1600
Manual :
ISO 100-3200
Shutter Speed 1/8000 s to 4 seconds
Photo Resolution 4:3: 4000×3000
16:9: 4000×2250
Photo Modes Single Shot
Interval : 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 seconds
Video Resolution 2.7K: 2720×1530 (25p/30p)
FHD : 1920×1080 (25p/30p/50p/60p)
Video Bitrate 40 Mbps maximum
Supported Storage SD Card (UHS-I Class 3 or faster)
Supported File System FAT32(≤32 GB)
exFAT(>32 GB
Photo Format JPEG
Video Format MP4 (H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC)

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Battery Specifications

Specifications Intelligent Flight Battery 1100 mAh Flight Battery
Weight 100 g 50 g
Battery Type Lithium-Ion 2S Lithium-Polymer 2S
Capacity 2400 mAh
17.28 Wh
1100 mAh
8.36 Wh
Voltage 7.2 V 7.6 V
Max. Charging Voltage 8.4 V 8.7 V
Max. Charging Power 24 W 18 W
Charging Temperature 5° to 40°C 5° to 40°C

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Where To Buy

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How HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Captures 7680 FPS Video!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has a spectacular new video recording feature – the ability to capture 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video!

Find out how the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is able to capture video at a blazing 7680 frames per second!

 

The HUAWEI 7680 FPS Video Showcase!

HUAWEI shared with us four new short video samples to showcase the Mate 30 Pro‘s ability to deliver 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video.

Together with two additional videos they released earlier, we created this video showcase of their 7680 fps slow-motion capability.

 

How HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Captures 7680 FPS Video!

It would be impossible for a human being to react fast enough to capture the “right moment”, so when you start recording, its NPU (Neural Processing Unit) analyses a second of video to determine the best time start recording at 7680 fps.

This process of analysing the video data and triggering at the right moment is a very strenuous process, using an AI algorithm and about 2 GB of RAM.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro then captures 945 frames in 120 milliseconds. That approximately 3.5 GB worth of data is then expanded into 32 seconds of 30 fps ultra-slow motion video.

As you can tell, recording video at 7680 fps (frames per second) takes A LOT of processing power.

Even with its powerful Kirin 990 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro can only do it at the 720p resolution, and only for a fleeting 0.12 seconds.

So if you are wondering when will you be able to record 7680 fps video at 1080p or 4K resolution, or for longer than 0.12 seconds… we did some calculations, and a future smartphone must be capable of processing all this data in an instant :

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  • 720p @ 0.24 seconds : 7.0 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.12 seconds : 7.8 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.24 seconds : 15.6 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.12 seconds : 31.4 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.24 seconds : 62.8 GB of data

In addition, all that data must fit into the smartphone’s memory. Such a smartphone would need anywhere from 10 GB to 64 GB of memory!

This is why the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro’s new ability to record 7680 fps video at 720p is, frankly, freaking amazing. The most other flagship smartphones can do is 960 fps at 720p.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro‘s 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video capability is literally far and above its competitors. 8X better, to be exact!

 

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The HUAWEI 7680 FPS + ISO 25600 Video Showcase!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro has two spectacular video recording features – the ability to capture ultra-slow motion video at 7680 fps, and ultra-low light video at up to ISO 51200.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about both features, and our video showcase!

 

The HUAWEI 7680 FPS + ISO 25600 Video Showcase!

HUAWEI shared with us two short videos to showcase the Mate 30 Pro‘s ability to deliver 7680 fps ultra-slow motion video, as well as ultra-low light video recording at ISO 25600.

Together with two additional videos they released earlier, we created this video showcase of their 7680 fps and ISO 25600 video recording samples.

 

How The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Delivers 7680 FPS Video!

It would be impossible for a human being to react fast enough to capture the “right moment”, so when you start recording, its NPU analyses a second of video to determine the best time start recording at 7680 fps.

This process of analysing the video data and triggering at the right moment is a very strenuous process, using an AI algorithm and about 2 GB of RAM.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro then captures 945 frames in 120 milliseconds. That approximately 3.5 GB worth of data is then expanded into 32 seconds of 30 fps ultra-slow motion video.

As you can tell, recording video at 7680 fps (frames per second) takes A LOT of processing power.

Even with its powerful Kirin 990 processor, the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro can only do it at the 720p resolution, and only for a fleeting 0.12 seconds.

So if you are wondering when will you be able to record 7680 fps video at 1080p or 4K resolution, or for longer than 0.12 seconds… we did some calculations, and a future smartphone must be capable of processing all this data in an instant :

  • 720p @ 0.24 seconds : 7.0 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.12 seconds : 7.8 GB of data
  • 1080p @ 0.24 seconds : 15.6 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.12 seconds : 31.4 GB of data
  • 4K @ 0.24 seconds : 62.8 GB of data

 

The HUAWEI Mate 30 High ISO Capability

In low light conditions, it is possible to increase the camera’s ISO value – basically boosting the signal from its image sensor.

While this effectively increases the sensitivity of the image sensor to light hitting its photodiodes, it can increase noise. Therefore, the ability to increase ISO levels without introducing significant noise is highly desirable.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro boasts the ability to increase ISO levels up to ISO 51200, which is incredibly high. What this means is you have greater capability to take photos and record videos in low-light conditions.

 

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Sony IMX586 vs Sony IMX582 Comparison – Which Is Better?

With the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20 and the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro / Redmi K20 Pro, you may be wondering – what’s the difference between the Sony IMX586 and Sony IMX582 image sensors?

At first glance, they are both 48 MP image sensors with pretty much the same specifications. But there is one key difference. Find out what it is, and if it matters to you!

 

The Sony IMX586 Image Sensor

Sony makes many of the industry’s best image sensors, and their IMX585 is no exception.

First announced on 23 July 2018, the Sony IMX586 was the world’s first image sensor to feature an ultra-small 0.8 μm pixel size.

It is a stacked CMOS image sensor, that uses a Quad Bayer colour filter array – where adjacent 2×2 pixels are in the same colour.

In low-light conditions, signals from four adjacent pixels to be combined into a Super Pixel with the effective pixel size of 1.6 μm pixels. This allows for significantly brighter low-light photos, albeit at 12 MP.

At half an inch, or 8 mm, it is considered a relatively large sensor. Shipping in September 2018, it has so far been used in the Xiaomi Mi 9, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, ASUS 6Z, OnePlus 7 Pro and now, the Mi 9T Pro / K20 Pro.

 

The Sony IMX582 Image Sensor

The Sony IMX582, on the other hand, is a complete mystery.

Until its introduction in the Xiaomi Mi 9T / Redmi K20, no one has ever heard of it, much less seen it used in any smartphone.

At first glance, it is identical to the Sony IMX586 – a stacked CMOS image sensor with 48 million 0.8 μm pixels that can be combined into 12 million 1.6 μm pixels.

However, we can confirm that the Sony IMX582 is different from the IMX586 in at least one aspect – its 4K video recording capability.

 

Sony IMX586 vs Sony IMX582

The Sony IMX586 is capable of recording 4K videos at up to 90 fps, but the Sony IMX582 is limited to 4K videos at just 30 fps.

For your convenience, we summarise their specifications in this table :

Specifications Sony IMX586 Sony IMX582
Sensor Size 1/2-inch (8 mm) 1/2-inch (8 mm)
Resolution (Native) 48 MP : 8000 x 6000 pixels 48 MP : 8000 x 6000 pixels
Resolution (Super Pixel Mode) 12 MP : 4000 x 3000 pixels 12 MP : 4000 x 3000 pixels
Pixel Size (Native) 0.8 μm 0.8 μm
Pixel Size (Super Pixel Mode) 1.6 μm 1.6 μm
Video Recording 4K @ 90 fps
1080p @ 240 fps
720p @ 480 fps
4K @ 30 fps
1080p @ 240 fps
720p @ 480 fps

Now, many other websites are saying that the IMX586 can record 4K videos only up to 60 fps, but they are wrong.

They most likely got confused by Xiaomi’s statement that the IMX586 was limited to 4K @ 60 fps in Mi 9 and Mi 9T Pro / K20 Pro smartphones.

The fact is Sony rated the IMX586 for 4K @ 90 fps, but Xiaomi limits 4K video recording to 60 fps in their smartphones.

 

So Which Is Better – IMX586 or IMX582?

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The Sony IMX586 is the superior sensor, by virtue of being able to record 4K video at higher frame rates.

But that feature is moot for many users, because most users do not record 4K videos at 60 fps, never mind 90 fps…

Unless you want to record high speed 4K video, both sensors are practically the same.

In fact, we believe that the IMX582 is really nothing more than the IMX586 with a throttled 4K recording capability.

 

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Three Key HUAWEI P30 Camera Features Revealed!

HUAWEI has been teasing us A LOT about the P30’s photography capabilities. Now, they just shared with us the three key HUAWEI P30 camera features! Let’s check them out!

 

What We Know About The HUAWEI P30 Camera

Here is what we know so far about the HUAWEI P30 camera :

  • The HUAWEI P30 Pro will have a quad-lens Leica camera
  • The HUAWEI P30 will have a triple-lens Leica camera
  • Both models will have Super Zoom capability, rumoured to offer up to 10X optical zoom

We can confirm that the HUAWEI P30 camera will have the Super Zoom capability. based on the three sets of Super Zoom photos leaked so far :

 

The Three Key HUAWEI P30 Camera Features

HUAWEI just shared with us details and teaser videos of these key HUAWEI P30 camera features!

Super Night Mode

The Super Night Mode teaser video shows how the HUAWEI P30 smartphone is able to capture the subject with just a minute glow from a firefly.

Insect rights aside, the video conveys that the HUAWEI P30 camera only requires a little light to capture the lady with great detail and accurate colours, even though the room is almost completely dark.

Super Zoom

We had already seen three sets of Super Zoom photos, but this teaser video reminds us that Super Zoom is also very useful for recording videos of faraway subjects.

Video recording will never be the same again with Super Zoom capability, especially if rumours of 10X optical zoom are true!

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Dual View

This is new – the ability to record a video from two cameras at the same time! It’s like the Nokia Dual-Sight Bothie, but instead of recording from the front and rear cameras, Dual View records from two rear cameras.

The teaser video shows the creative possibility of combining two scenes – far and close – simultaneously. From what we can see, Dual View captures and combines video footage from the telephoto and main cameras.

 

Save The Date!

HUAWEI just created a special HUAWEI P30 mini-site, where you can save the date to your calendar, and get updated on the upcoming HUAWEI P30 smartphones!

Go register your email now!

 

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OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of Sydney + The Blue Mountains!

The OPPO R17 Pro boasts a new dual-aperture camera that promises to match the Samsung Galaxy Note9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+ smartphones.

To test it out, we took it on a trip to Sydney and the nearby Blue Mountains. Check out the photos we took with the OPPO R17 Pro!

Updated @ 2019-01-18 : Corrected a few mistakes, and added more details.

Originally posted @ 2018-12-29

Don’t forget to read our OPPO R17 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review!

 

The OPPO R17 Pro Cameras

The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) has a 25 MP front camera with a Sony IMX576 sensor and f/2.0 aperture. In the back, it boasts a new dual camera setup that is similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9+.

The main rear camera is a 12 MP Sony IMX362 shooter with dual-aperture – f/1.5 and f/2.4 – exactly like the dual-aperture camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. Its secondary rear camera though is a higher resolution 20 MP telephoto camera with f/2.6 aperture.

In addition to the hardware, the R17 Pro also features the OPPO AI Ultra-Clear Engine, which automatically optimises the captured image to deliver the best possible output.

How We Tested In Sydney + The Blue Mountains

While many Instagrammers and social media influencers touch up their photos to create more stunning posts, we wanted to show you the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) can deliver without editing or filters.

This is important because a good graphics editor can turn even a terrible picture into a work of art. But how many of us are good at editing photos, or even have the time to do it?

So we intentionally used the OPPO R17 Pro the way most users would – with automatic settings, and no artificial lighting or setup. This would also let us evaluate just how effective the AI Ultra-Clear Engine is in delivering a great final output.

Sydney Central Railway Station

The Sydney Central Railway Station is the largest train station in the state of New South Wales, and is a heritage building.

The OPPO R17 Pro’s mechanical aperture will automatically switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on the lighting condition. This allows to adapt to changing ambient light. ensuring better low-light pictures while ensuring highlights are not blown out in bright conditions.

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Three Sisters + Jamison Valley

The Three Sisters are a famous rock formation in the Blue Mountains, right next to the town of Katoomba.

The three rocks, known individually as Meehni (922 m), Wimlah (918 m), and Gunnedoo (906 m), tower over the lush Jamison Valley.

We took these pictures with the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) at around sunset.

Katoomba Cascades

The Katoomba Cascades is a small segmented waterfall that feeds into the main Katoomba Falls waterfall. It’s a great place for a picnic and pictures (because it’s relatively safe to climb).

Scenic Railway

The Scenic Railway is the most exciting ride in Scenic World, the main tourist attraction in the Blue Mountains.

We took two videos of the Scenic Railway with the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) to test its 4K UHD video recording capability. Check them out :

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At Scenic World, you also get to check out the Three Sisters and Jamison Valley, from the east. The OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) delivered really great results in this picture.

Even though it was really bright, it automatically stopped down to the f/2.4 aperture, eliminating glare and giving it greater depth of field. Look at how rich the colours are.

Incidentally, the Blue Mountains isn’t really blue in colour. It got its name from the blue haze that is created from sunlight reflecting off dust, water vapour and the oils from the eucalyptus trees that blanket the area.

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Circular Quay

For all cruises and cross-harbour ferries, the Sydney Circular Quay is where most of the action is.

Fast ferries to Parramatta and Manly, as well as the various wharfs in the area, provide an affordable and scenic way to enjoy Sydney.

It is also close to The Rocks and other tourist attractions, including the Customs House and Darling Harbour.

Sydney By Ferry

Catching the many Sydney ferries is an AWESOME and highly affordable way to take in the sights. Here are some great views from the Taronga Zoo.

The ferries also stop at Luna Park, to the north of Sydney Harbour.

The Sydney Cross-Harbour Ferry, in particular, will bring you under the Harbour Bridge…

And past the famous Sydney Opera House!

The ferries are rather unstable platforms because they go really fast, but this was not a problem for the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US), as the pictures show. That’s because both of its rear cameras are optically-stabilised.

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Darling Harbour

The nearby Darling Harbour is also a great place to visit.

The ICC Sydney (International Convention Centre) is just unique for its architecture, there are also some interesting buskers showing off their skills along the harbour side and nearby park.

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OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of The Sydney CBD

Exploring the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) is extremely easy using train. Then all you need to do is wander around on foot.

The most popular stations are Central, which is located close to Chinatown and Paddy’s Market, or Circular Quay, near many tourist attractions like the Harbour Bridge and The Rocks.

Just behind the Circular Quay, you will find the Sydney Customs House, and the Sydney Gateway Plaza.

Sydney boasts a mix of fresh bold architecture and grand old Victorian architecture.

Only in Australia will you find the LGBT flag flying high on top of a town hall, with a Christmas tree right underneath it. We present to you – the Sydney Town Hall!

Thanks to the magic of perspective, the Sydney Tower Eye appears shorter than we expected…

No trip to Sydney is complete without a stop in Chinatown, and Paddy’s Market for souvenirs and food!

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Even as it gets dark, the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) does not fail to deliver really great pictures. Its camera automatically switches to the wider f/1.5 aperture for more light.

It also helps that OPPO used the excellent Sony IMX362 sensor, which boasts large 1.4 µm pixels and Dual Pixel autofocus capability. This lets it focus faster and take better pictures in low-light conditions.

We especially like the photo above. It is actually a very hard scene for smartphones to handle. But the OPPO R17 Pro (MY | US) did a great job of controlling the highlights of the bright background, while bringing out the details of the darker foreground.

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OPPO R17 Pro Photos Of The Harbour Bridge + The Rocks

A short distance northwest of the Circular Quay is The Rocks, a historic tourist destination at the south end of the Harbour Bridge.

There is a famous weekend market, called The Rocks Market, that usually opens from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

At the end of The Rocks Market is the Dawes Point Park, located right UNDER the Harbour Bridge!

Don’t forget to check out the Create NSW building right next to The Rocks Market. It houses the Museums and Galleries of NSW, The Australian Ballet and the Sydney Art Exchange.

At the end of the Dawes Point Park, you will find the Dawes Point Battery, a heritage artillery fortification. Many boys (at heart) have pretended to shoot at passing boats using the cannons on display here.

Walk down from Dawes Point Battery to Dawes Point (on the left) and the Hickson Road Reserve (on the right), and you will have the opportunity to take some great shots of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Where To Buy The OPPO R17 Pro

Impressed with the OPPO R17 Pro’s photographic capabilities? You can grab one for just RM 2,699 / ~US$ 643 / ~£499! Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

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iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Which Is Better In Low Light?

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and the Apple iPhone XS claim to have the world’s best cameras. While both take great photos in good light, how do they perform in low-light conditions?

Let’s find out in our photo and video comparison of the Apple iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note9. See for yourself which smartphone has the best low-light camera performance!

Updated @ 2018-12-25 : Minor updates of the article, with some additional information.

First posted @ 2018-12-18


 

iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Low Light Camera Performance!

We compared the Samsung Galaxy Note9‘s low light performance against the iPhone X back in September, just before the Apple iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada) was released.

The iPhone XS maintained the same dual-lens camera module from last year’s iPhone X, with software improvements like Smart HDR and better tone mapping. The only hardware upgrade we could tell was the ability to record stereo sound for its videos.

What this means is the  iPhone XS has very similar photographic capabilities to the Samsung Galaxy Note9. They both use 12 MP image sensors with 1.0 µm pixels, paired with f/2.4 lens that offer 2X optical zoom with optical image stabilisation. Where they really differ in is their wide-angle cameras.

The iPhone X’s wide-angle camera uses a 12 MP image sensor with 1.22 µm pixels, paired with f/1.8 lens that support optical image stabilisation.

The Galaxy Note9, on the other hand, uses a 12 MP image sensor with larger 1.4 µm pixels, paired with a Dual Aperture lens that can switch between  f/1.5 and f/2.4. It also supports optical image stabilisation.

Here is a table comparing the key features of their main cameras.

Main Camera SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note9Apple iPhone XS / XS Max
TypeDual Camera System with wide and telephoto lensDual Camera System with wide and telephoto lens
Main Camera Features- 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor
- 1.4 µm pixel size
- can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.22 µm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Telephoto Camera Features- 2x optical zoom
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.0 µm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 2x optical zoom
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.0 µm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Built-in FlashDual-tone LED flashQuad-LED flash
Video Recording Capabilities4K video : up to 60 fps
1080p video : up to 60 fps
720p video : Up to 960 fps
4K video : up to 60 fps
1080p video : up to 240 fps
720p video : 30 fps
Camera Switching While Recording VideoYesNo
Live Focus CapabilityYesNo
Dual Capture CapabilityYesNo

As you can see, there are other differences between the two camera systems :

Now, let’s take a look at how well they both perform in low-light conditions!

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iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Low Light Video Shootout

Let’s kick it off with a comparison of their low-light video recording capabilities. This time, we tested them with and without their flash turned on.

With and without the flash, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) was definitely better at recording low-light videos than the Apple iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada).

It is not just about the brightness. Thanks to its quad-lens flash, the iPhone XS has better control of the light. But it lacks contrast compared to the Galaxy Note9.

Here is an example of a night dancing session at the Curve. The singers are on a well-lit platform, but the dancers are not lit by street lights. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 was not mounted on any gimbal.

Despite the changing brightness of the scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 did a great job of instantly adjusting the brightness of the subjects. This is not an easy feat when we switched focus to the dancers, because the background is much brighter.

What we ended up with is a happy balance of reasonably bright subjects without overly bright backgrounds. In fact, you can see right into the restaurant behind the dancers!

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iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Low Light Photo Shootout

Let’s start with a dimly-lit shot. Here we have four toys with some indirect lighting.

Dimly-Lit Scene

When you try to take a poorly-lit scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) automatically switches to the wide f/1.5 aperture. The depth-of-field was much shallower, so you need to be careful about framing the shot, or focusing on the subject, or it will be out-of-focus.

But look at how well the colours turn out. Even in the low light, the colours appear vivid, especially the red lightsaber and Mario’s red shirt. You can also make out that his jeans is blue in colour.

The photo taken by the Apple iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada) was darker, so the colours are noticeably muted. And Mario’s jeans now appears to be black, instead of blue. Its f/1.8 aperture is definitely no match for the Galaxy Note9’s wider f/1.5 aperture.

Extremely Low Light

We turned off the background light, and it’s almost completely dark. Yet, we can make out all four toys, including Darth Minion, using the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

Unfortunately, it was so dark with the iPhone XS, we can barely frame the shot. You can just about see a little of the baby leopard’s head, but that’s about it.

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Bright Night Scenes

These two photo comparisons will look at street scenes that are lit up by street lights.

In both cases, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) delivered brighter and more realistically-lit photos than the iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada).

 

iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note9 – Our Verdict

When we first posted our Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X comparison, some iPhone fans criticised us for not using the newer iPhone XS. Never mind the fact that they were not available when we did the test. Never mind the fact that both the iPhone X and iPhone XS have the same camera hardware.

To be fair to these Apple fans, the iPhone XS (US | UKShopee | Lazada) introduces some new software improvements. Squeezing a little extra out of old hardware is something Apple engineers are very good at.

But no matter how clever they are, they just cannot beat the superior optics and sensor in the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada), and by extension, the Samsung Galaxy S9+. In every test, the Samsung smartphone was superior in low light conditions.

Not only does the Galaxy Note9 have a larger and brighter f/1.5 aperture, its image sensor has 32% larger pixels – 1.4 microns vs. 1.22 microns. They both allow for significantly better low-light camera performance, whether you are taking photos or recording videos.

Whatever Apple may put on the billboards, the Galaxy Note9 and Galaxy S9+ has superior photography and videography performance. This is yet another reason why we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note9?

Malaysia

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : RM 3,299 (Lazada | Shopee)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : RM 4,199 (Lazada | Shopee)

United States

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $732
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $899.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $992.49
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $1,149.99

United Kingdom

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : £661
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : £929.99

 

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Galaxy Note9 vs iPhone X – Who Wins The Low Light Shootout?

Our previous low-light camera comparison between the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and two other Android smartphones was so popular, we decided to pit it against the best smartphone Apple could produce – the iPhone X.

We only had a short time with the Apple iPhone X, but it was good enough to get some sample shots and videos. Check out our low-light shootout between the Samsung Galaxy Note9 and the Apple iPhone X!

 

Galaxy Note9 vs. iPhone X – Cameras Compared

Both the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) and the Apple iPhone X boast dual main cameras – a wide angle camera and a telephoto camera.

Interestingly, their telephoto cameras are practically identical in feature and capability. They both use 12 MP image sensors with 1.0 µm pixels, paired with f/2.4 lens that offer 2X optical zoom with optical image stabilisation. But their wide-angle cameras are quite different.

The iPhone X’s wide-angle camera uses a 12 MP image sensor with 1.22 µm pixels, paired with f/1.8 lens that support optical image stabilisation.

The Galaxy Note9, on the other hand, uses a 12 MP image sensor with larger 1.4 µm pixels, paired with a Dual Aperture lens that can switch between  f/1.5 and f/2.4. It also supports optical image stabilisation.

Here is a table comparing the key features of their main cameras.

Main Camera SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note9Apple iPhone X
TypeDual Camera System with wide and telephoto lensDual Camera System with wide and telephoto lens
Main Camera Features- 12 MP Dual Pixel sensor
- 1.4 µm pixel size
- can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.22 µm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Telephoto Camera Features- 2x optical zoom
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.0 µm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
- 2x optical zoom
- 12 MP sensor
- 1.0 µm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
- optical image stabilisation (OIS)
Built-in FlashDual-tone LED flashQuad-LED flash
Video Recording Capabilities4K video : up to 60 fps
1080p video : up to 60 fps
720p video : Up to 960 fps
4K video : up to 60 fps
1080p video : up to 120 fps
720p video : 30 fps
Camera Switching While Recording VideoYesNo
Live Focus CapabilityYesNo
Dual Capture CapabilityYesNo

As you can see, there are other differences between the two camera systems :

Now, let’s take a look at how well they both perform in low-light conditions!

 

Galaxy Note9 vs. iPhone X – Who Wins The Low Light Shootout?

Let’s start with a dimly-lit shot. Here we have four toys with some indirect lighting.

Dimly-Lit Scene

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) automatically switched to the wide f/1.5 aperture. The depth-of-field was much shallower, so Mario is a little out-of-focus. But the colours are more accurately captured even in this dimly-lit scene.

When we switched to the iPhone X, its f/1.8 aperture had a deeper DOF. However, the colours are more muted and some details are lost. Look at the red-coloured heart in Darth Minion’s hand, and Mario’s left boot.

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Extremely Low Light

We turned off the background lights, and look at the difference! It’s obviously much darker now, but yet, we can make out Darth Minion, and the details of Woody’s hat, when we used the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada).

When we switched to the iPhone X though, the photo was darker and noisier. Darth Minion was hardly visible. and you cannot make out Mario’s belly!

Next, let’s take a look at how both smartphones perform with bright lights at night, and check out their video recording performance in low-light conditions!

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Bright Lights At Night

We then looked at how both cameras controlled bright lights at night.

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) did a better job of controlling the highlights. The street lamp is more subdued. The letter R on the building is better defined, and the brightly-lit trees in the far background are clearly seen.

With the iPhone X, the street lamp has a brighter glare, and noticeably, the highlights are blown out at the top of the brightly-lit trees in the far background. The letter R on the building is also a little overblown, appearing white (instead of blue) and less well-defined.

 

Galaxy Note9 vs. iPhone X – Low Light Video

What about recording video in low-light conditions? Let’s look at the worst-case scenario – extremely low-light conditions from above.

As you can see, there is a HUGE difference in the low-light video quality taken by the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada), as opposed to the Apple iPhone X.

Here is an example of a night dancing session at the Curve. The singers are on a well-lit platform, but the dancers are not lit by street lights. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 was not mounted on any gimbal.

Despite the changing brightness of the scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 did a great job of instantly adjusting the brightness of the subjects. This is not an easy feat when we switched focus to the dancers, because the background is much brighter.

What we ended up with is a happy balance of reasonably bright subjects without overly bright backgrounds. In fact, you can see right into the restaurant behind the dancers!

 

Galaxy Note9 vs. iPhone X – Verdict

The verdict is pretty obvious. As far as low-light photography and videography is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) is superior to Apple iPhone X in every aspect.

No matter whether you are taking photos or videos, in dimly-lit scenes or really low-light conditions, the Galaxy Note9 will deliver much better results than the iPhone X, without exception.

Even in brightly-lit scenes, the Galaxy Note9 does a better job of controlling the highlights. This is just as important as bringing out the details hidden in the shadows. The iPhone X shows a tendency to overflow the highlights, losing colour and detail in the process.

Whatever Apple may put on the billboards, we are sticking with the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | UKShopee | Lazada) for our photography and videography needs. This is yet another reason why we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

 

Where To Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note9?

Malaysia

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : RM 3,299 (Lazada | Shopee)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : RM 4,199 (Lazada | Shopee)

United States

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $732
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $899.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $992.49
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $1,149.99

United Kingdom

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB) : £661
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB) : £929.99

 

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The Official Nikon Z7 + Nikon Z6 Tech Briefing + Showcase!

Nikon today officially unveiled the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 – their first-ever full-frame mirrorless cameras, as well as the new line of NIKKOR Z lenses.

Here is the official Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 tech briefing, as well as a photo showcase by celebrity photographer Keda Z, and a Nikon Z7 and NIKKOR Z lens showcase!

 

The Official Nikon Z7 + Nikon Z6 Tech Briefing

Albert Yap, Assistant Manager of International Customer Support, Nikon Singapore, gave the tech briefing on the new Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 cameras, as well as the new NIKKOR Z lenses.

The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 cameras are based on the new Nikon Z Mount. The Z Mount has a 55 mm diameter, with a very short 16 mm flange focal distance. This allows Nikon to fit a full-frame FX-format sensor into a very thin form factor.

The Nikon Z7 is designed for large format photography, boasting a 45.7 MP sensor with 493 AF points. It has an expanded ISO range of 64 to 25,600, and can take burst shots of up to 9 frames per second.

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The Nikon Z6, on the other hand, is designed for high-speed and/or low-light photography. It has a 24.5 MP sensor with just 273 AF points, but a wider ISO range of 100 to 51,200. It can take burst shots of up to 12 frames per second.

Both cameras will support all existing F-mount lenses, using the new Nikon FTZ mount adaptor, with full capabilities intact. FTZ, incidentally, stands for F To Z or F-mount To Z-mount.

These new Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras also introduce new in-body 5-axis image stabilisation, whose performance Nikon says is equivalent to 5 stops of shutter speed.

They also now support full-frame recording of 4K video at 30 frames per second, and 1080p videos at up to 120 frames per second. Professional videographers will love its support for an external recorder, and 10-bit N-Log (4:2:2) gamma recording.

 

Nikon Z7 Photo Showcase by Keda Z

Celebrity photographer Keda Z presented his photo showcase using the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera. He also shared his experience using Nikon’s new full-frame mirrorless camera, in comparison to the larger Nikon DSLR cameras he regularly uses.

 

The Nikon Z7 + NIKKOR Z Lens Showcase

Here is a video of the really interesting Nikon Z7 and NIKKOR Z lens showcase. Check it out!

 

NIKKOR Z S-Line Lenses

The Nikon Z mount will have a new range of NIKKOR Z lenses. They feature a Control Ring, which can be programmed for different purposes, instead of just for manual focus. These are S-Line lenses, which means they are higher-quality lenses with a Nano Crystal Coat and a stepping motor for smoother and quieter operation.

Here is a list of new NIKKOR Z lenses coming up. They are all S-Line lenses.

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2018 NIKKOR Z Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

2019 NIKKOR Z Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct
  • NIKKOR Z 20mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S

2020 NIKKOR Z Lenses

  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S
  • NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S
  • NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S

 

Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 Price + Availability

The Nikon Z7 is available starting 27 September 2018, with the following suggested retail prices (SRP):

  • Nikon Z7 body only : $3,399.95 | RM 14,688
  • Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens : $3,999.95 | RM 17,858

The Nikon Z6 is available in late November 2018, with the following suggested retail prices (SRP)

  • Nikon Z6 body only : $1,995.95
  • Nikon Z6 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens : $2,599.95

Here are some direct purchase links (accurate as of 20 September 2018) :

  • Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S : $3,996.95
  • Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S and FTZ Mount Adaptor : $4.240.85
  • Nikon Z7 with NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S and FTZ Mount Adaptor : $4.490.85
  • Nikon Z6 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f4 S : $2,596.95
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens : $996.95
  • NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens : $846.95
  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens : $596.95
  • Nikon FTZ Mount Adaptor : $246.95
  • Nikon EN-EL15b Li-Ion Battery : $64.95

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The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Preview + Tech Briefing

DJI just introduced the Mavic 2 Pro – the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera. Let’s check out the tech briefing by DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On, and our hands-on preview of the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone!

 

The Official DJI Mavic 2 Tech Briefing

The Mavic 2 Pro is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators who want a drone with the best possible image quality.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro features a new gimbal-stabilized Hasselblad camera and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 Pro offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

 

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Co-engineered with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone to feature a Hasselblad camera. The Hasselblad camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile that allows it to capture four times the colour levels per channel of the Mavic Pro camera.

Its camera can also capture 20 MP photos using Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11. It also records 4K HDR videos with 10-bit colour and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

4K HDR Videos With H.265 Encoding

The Mavic 2 Pro captures 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 Pro offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 Pro creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 Pro can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 Pro has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 Zoom has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 Pro has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 Pro to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 Pro has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 Pro houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 Pro is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is priced at RM 6,599 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,649. The package will consist of the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit : RM 6,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit (US Version) : $1,499
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,878
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo + DJU Care Refresh Bundle : $2,017
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

 

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The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Preview + Tech Briefing

DJI just introduced the Mavic 2 Zoom – the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability. Let’s check out the tech briefing by DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On, and our hands-on preview of the new DJI Mavic 2 Zoom!

 

The Official DJI Mavic 2 Tech Briefing

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators who want a drone with optical zoom capability.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Zoom features a new gimbal-stabilized camera and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 Zoom offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

 

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.

Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.

4K HDR Videos With H.265 Encoding

The Mavic 2 Zoom captures 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops of dynamic range.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 Zoom offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 Zoom creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 Zoom can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 Zoom has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 Zoom has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 Zoom to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 Zoom houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 Zoom is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
  • Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

 

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The Official DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

DJI today introduced two additions Mavic drones – Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.

DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On flew in to give us a tech briefing on the new Mavic 2 drones. Check it out!

Updated @ 2018-09-17 : Added new US and Malaysian prices and purchase links.

Originally posted @ 2018-09-07


 

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

The Mavic 2 (Price Check) is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 features new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

DJI is offering two variants – the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro : Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad

Co-engineered with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone to feature a Hasselblad camera. The Hasselblad camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile that allows it to capture four times the colour levels per channel of the Mavic Pro camera.

Its camera can also capture 20 MP photos using Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11. It also records 4K HDR videos with 10-bit colour and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

We will have a preview of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro out shortly.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom : Optical and Digital Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.

Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.

For more information, catch take a look at our DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Preview!

 

DJI Mavic 2 Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is priced at RM 6,599 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,649. The package will consist of the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit : RM 6,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit (US Version) : $1,499
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,878
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo + DJU Care Refresh Bundle : $2,017
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
  • Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

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DJI Mavic 2 Common Key Features

Both Are Powerful Camera Options

Both cameras capture 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range, and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, both models have a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. Both models are compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

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Use Samsung Super Slow-mo To Add Drama To Any Video!

One of the key features that the Samsung Galaxy Note9 brings to the table is Super Slow-mo. It automatically adds drama to even the most mundane activity, and brings out the action when it matters the most!

In this article, we will explain how the Samsung Super Slow-mo mode works, and show you some examples of how Super Slow-mo makes our videos better!

 

Samsung Super Slow-mo

Super Slow-mo is a new video recording capability first introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. It allows you to record 720p video at an astounding 960 frames per second!

Here is a short video we created to showcase how easy it is to use Super Slow-mo to create really interesting and fun videos to share with your family and friends!

If that is not enough, you can check out the Super Slow-mo video we created using the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Price Check).

These Super Slow-mo videos can be instantly edited, with a random selection from preloaded choices. Or you can use your own music / songs. You can also create a GIF from the recorded video, with three style of looping – reverse, forward or swing.

There are some caveats though – Super Slow-mo is limited to 0.4 seconds of recording and 12 seconds of playback for single Super Slow-mo shots. If you opt for the multi-shot mode, each Super Slow-mo segment in that video is limited to 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback.

If you are interested to know how they accomplished this, read on further…

 

How Is Samsung Super Slow-mo Possible?

Super Slow-mo is only made possible by a new Samsung ISOCELL image sensor, and the very fast Samsung Exynos 9810 (or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the US) SoC. Hence, it is currently only available in the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App), the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Samsung ISOCELL Fast Image Sensor

Samsung used the new ISOCELL Fast SAK2L3 image sensor in the Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App). First introduced in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, it is a 12 MP sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels for excellent low-light performance.

The Fast designation means it comes with Dual Pixel and Super PD capabilities. It also boasts a 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) that allows high-speed capture of Full HD video.

The Dual Pixel technology is an autofocus technology that uses the dual photodiodes in every pixel on the image sensor for phase-detection autofocus. This allows for faster and more accurate focusing, because it uses the entire image sensor for autofocus, instead of just a few dedicated pixels (usually less than 5% of the total).

Flagship-Class Processor

When paired with the Samsung Exynos 9810, the new ISOCELL Fast image sensor is said to be fast enough to record slow-motion 1080p video at 960 fps / 4K video at 120 fps.

However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is not fast enough, so Samsung limited the Super Slow-mo capability to ensure a consistent experience worldwide.

So now you know why you are limited to 720p videos at 960 fps, and only for up to 0.4 seconds. Even so, the Super Slow-mo capability adds a new creative tool that was not available in many other flagship smartphones.

 

Where To Buy The Galaxy Note9

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Malaysia.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 128 GB storage : RM 3,699 (Web | App)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 with 512 GB storage : RM 4,599 (Web | App)

Here are some direct links to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in the US.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, International Unlocked) : $849
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (128 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, International Unlocked) : $1,214
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9 (512 GB, US Unlocked) : $999.99

For more details, read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Note9 review!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Low Light Performance Examined!

The new Samsung Galaxy Note9 features a unique dual aperture camera, with a mechanical aperture. It is said to deliver superior photos and videos in low-light conditions. Let’s put that claim to the test, and examine the Galaxy Note9 low light performance!

 

Dual Aperture Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 dual aperture camera first debuted in the rare and expensive Samsung W2018 smartphone (available only in China), before Samsung introduced it in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones.

This dual aperture camera has a mechanical aperture that lets you switch between an incredibly bright f/1.5 aperture, and the f/2.4 aperture for a deeper depth of field.

The f/1.5 aperture is the widest aperture so far in a smartphone, offering just over ⅓ stop more light than the f/1.7 aperture of the Samsung Galaxy S8‘s camera. This translates into better low-light photography with less noise.

Let’s put it to the test…

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Low Light Performance

There will be many examples of low-light conditions, so we attempted to try taking shots in near complete darkness.

In this test of the Galaxy Note9 low light performance, we took pictures of two Minions in almost complete darkness. On the left, you have a Minion in a black Darth Vader costume, and on the right, another Minion in a bright outfit.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Low Light Example

The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) did remarkably well. You can make out the helmet outline of the Darth Vader Minion, and the colour of its lightsaber.

Its white balance is also good. The white t-shirt of the Minion on the right actually appears white. And you can see that it’s holding a red ball.

H Brand Low Light Example

This is a smartphone with a 16 MP PDAF camera paired with f/2.2 lens.

You can make out the Darth Vader Minion’s lightsaber, but not its colour.

You can see the red ball in the other Minion’s hand, but its t-shirt is yellowish in colour.

X Brand Low Light Example

This is a smartphone with a 12 MP PDAF camera paired with a bright f/1.75 lens.

The Darth Vader Minion is hardly visible, and if you stare hard enough, you can barely make out its lightsaber.

The t-shirt of the Minion on the right appears whitish, but you can barely make out its right arm… and you certainly cannot see the red ball in its right hand.

Summary

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The.Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) low light performance is obviously superior to the two other smartphones we compared it with. It is not just about how much more light its f/1.5 lens allows in, it also has a superior image sensor and image processing capability.

Its picture sample is not just brighter, it actually delivers colours that are not visible in the samples from the other two smartphones. Impressively, it managed to deliver very accurate white balance in such low-light conditions.

But wait.. that’s not all…

 

Samsung Galaxy Note9 Low Light Video Recording Performance!

Here is an example of a night dancing session at the Curve. The singers are on a well-lit platform, but the dancers are not lit by street lights. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) was not mounted on any gimbal.

Despite the changing brightness of the scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note9 (US | MY Web | MY App) did a great job of instantly adjusting the brightness of the subjects. This is not an easy feat when we switched focus to the dancers, because the background is much brighter.

What we ended up with is a happy balance of reasonably bright subjects without overly bright backgrounds. In fact, you can see right into the restaurant behind the dancers!

 

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Introducing The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI Camera!

Sony just launched a new Cyber-shot RX100 compact camera model – the Sony RX100 VI (DSC-RX100M6). The new RX100 Mark 6, as it is known, packs an impressive ZEISS 24-200mm lens within its compact body! Let’s check it out, and see what else the Mark 6 brings to the table…

 

Introducing The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) is the first RX100 model to introduce a high magnification zoom lens. Packing the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200 mm F2.8 – F4.5 lens, it delivers a wide zoom range for both photos and videos in a compact camera body.

The ZEISS lens is paired with a 20.1 MP Sony Exmor RS CMOS sensor for incredibly high resolution photos. The sensor features a stacked DRAM chip, and together with an upgraded Sony BIONZ X image processor, allows for 24 fps high-speed photography as well as 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.

The RX100 VI (Price Check) also features a Fast Hybrid AF system, with 315-point phase-detection auto-focus points on the sensor. This allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds, which is a world record for a 1.0 inch sensor.

High Magnification 24-200 mm Zoom Lens

A first for the Sony RX100, the new ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmi F2.8 – F4.5 lens combines the zoom range of both 24-70mm and 70-200mm focal lengths into a compact design. This is achieved through a unique design featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements, as well as four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilisation

The relatively large aperture throughout the zoom range helps create better bokeh effect, while reducing motion blur. To help you take better handheld shots even in low-light conditions, the RX100 VI (Price Check) has built-in Optical SteadyShot that offers image stabilisation that is equivalent to 4-stop faster shutter speed.

Fast Hybrid AF System

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) features a Fast Hybrid AF system that allows the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. It combines 315-point focal-plane phase-detection AF points (that cover approximately 65% of the sensor), and contrast-detection AF.

The RX100 VI also includes Sony’s High-density Tracking AF technology, which concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.  The popular Eye AF technology is also available with approximately 2X the tracking performance of the RX100 Mark 5 model.

Furthermore, the RX100 VI now comes with LCD touch focusing and touchpad focus point control for users that would like to drag their fingers to ideal focus points of their choice.

High-Speed Photography

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The RX100 VI (Price Check) offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 233 images.  The display lag of the EVF has been substantially reduced compared to prior models.  Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The RX100 VI also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. It can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged.  A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

4K HDR Video Capability

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) boasts a full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that even the finest details in your 4K video are captured with minimal moire and “jaggies”.

And for the first time in an RX100 camera, the RX100 VI features 4K HDR capability with its new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile that offers an instant HDR workflow solution.

Other professional videography features include S-Log3 / S-Gamut3, proxy recording and more. It is also able to record super slow motion videos at either 240 fps, 480 fps or 960 fps!

Sony RX100 VI Price + Availability

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) will be available in Malaysia, starting 20 July 2018. It is priced at RM 4,899 / $1,198. Here are some purchase links :

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The Top 10 Rising Malaysian YouTubers In 2017 Revealed!

Kuala Lumpur, December 8, 2017 – YouTube Malaysia today released its leaderboard of 2017’s top rising YouTubers in Malaysia. This list presents the 10 local YouTube creators and channels that saw the largest spike in subscriber growth throughout the year and celebrates these mostly young and super talented individuals and groups that keep us entertained, informed and best of all — make us think.

 

The Top 10 Rising Malaysian YouTubers In 2017

The top three YouTubers share similarities in that they combine humour, excitement and almost everything else on their channels. Bryson Lew’s many daring experiments and hilarious challenges were the catalyst for his 19x growth over this calendar year, with scenarios such as eating rusted faucets and blowing up a giant bubble wrap whetting his viewers’ appetite.

HXA Entertainment, on the other hand, has their unique brand of pillow talk to thank for their 13x growth while couple Iven & Sandy’s 7x growth was driven by naughty pranks and entertaining vlogs.

The rest of the Top 10 mine a similar vein, offering a mix of horror, crafts and food to travel, how-tos and opinion videos from both individuals and groups that look to push creativity to the forefront and add a distinct Malaysian flavour to the online video platform.

The top rising Malaysian YouTubers of 2017 are:

YouTube creator Channel description Subscriber growth multiplier in 2017
Bryson Lew A blend of regularly scheduled vlogs, pranks and experiments. 18.96x growth with 310,000+ subs and counting
HXA Entertainment Pillow-talk mixed in with pranks and challenges. 12.99x growth with 155,000+ subs and counting
阿源与沙子 Iven&Sandy A couple-led channel with a unique take on pranks and challenges. 7.44x growth with 231,000+ subs and counting
Kupi Kupi GO Top 10 lists of facts, horror tales, and everything in between. 6.27x growth with 105,000+ subs and counting
CodyHongTV A mixed bag of vlogs, skits, pranks and challenges. 5.97x growth with 481,000+ subs and counting
Wong Pang Zhen Travel vlogs interspersed with gaming, challenges and dares. 5.81x growth with 75,000+ subs and counting
Skymagenta Craft A do-it-yourself channel for homemade craft. 5.68x growth with 81,000+ subs and counting
Zukiemohamad A jack of all trades famous for his comedic acts. 5.61x growth with 77,000+ subs and counting
JerryOppa Tempts fate with his comedic and paranormal-focused challenges. 5.57x growth with 95,000+ subs and counting
Findy Yong Showcases her musical talent and tackling trending challenges. 5.45x growth with 159,000+ subs and counting

“Our YouTubers offer a snapshot of just how original, creative and innovative Malaysians can get when provided with an effective platform and the right tools,” said Zeffri Yusof, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Malaysia. “Their channels reveal what Malaysians and their international subscribers want when they go to YouTube, and as a result we all get to enjoy a mixed bag that ranges from humour to horror and from rants to social commentary and almost everything in between.”

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Six Short Films Shot Entirely On Panasonic LUMIX GH5

To commemorate Malaysia’s 60th National Day, Panasonic Malaysia partnered with the HATCH YouTube channel to present HACTION! Shot on Lumix GH5” – a short film competition that brings together six Malaysian filmmakers to relive the journey of Malaysia’s achievements and national pride over the last six decades.

 

6 Decades, 6 Stories, 6 Filmmakers

With over 60 years of achievements, Malaysia has grown to be a worldwide example that showcases ethnic diversity, multiculturalism, and home to varied cuisines, culture and languages. To celebrate Malaysia’s 60thIndependence, HACTION! brings together six Malaysian filmmakers to capture Malaysia’s best moments through the lenses of their cameras.

Mr. Muto shared, “The digital camera has revolutionized photography, making it accessible to more people and creating more talents. As the industry reinvents progressively, mirrorless cameras is now a growing trend in Malaysia, with video production gaining its popularity and the standard for cinematography is getting higher as well. We saw this partnership as a good platform to nurture our local filmmakers in creating visually and engaging stories, while showcasing the capabilities of the LUMIX GH5 (Lowest Price).”

HACTION! shortlisted filmmakers representing different styles and genres where most of the works produced have been recognised from local and international industry leaders.

The panel of judges were made up of well-known industry thought leaders, like Ahmad Izham Omar, CEO of Primeworks Studios, Mr. Hiroyuki Muto, Deputy Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia, and Low Ngai Yuen, renowned film director and actress as the guest judge.

Each short film was judged based on 70% of judges’ vote including storytelling, editing and post production, and cinematography. The remaining 30% were contributed by public voting which was opened from 1-21 August 2017.

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Shot Entirely On LUMIX GH5

Each filmmaker were tasked to produce a maximum of 5-minutes video that highlights the beauty of Malaysia and the six decades of unity, peace and harmony. All six filmmakers were equipped with a Panasonic LUMIX GH5 (Lowest Price) for audio and visual recording, a fund of RM4,000 for production and 30-days to complete the filming and submission of their short film.

Mr. Hiroyuki Muto, Deputy Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia said, “With over 40 years of local presence in Malaysia, Panasonic is committed to the development of innovative digital cameras to provide a new photo culture in the digital era. Our partnership with Media Prima is a significant platform to be part of the journey in celebrating Malaysia’s 60th National Day by helping to develop local filmmakers and content creators, providing them with the opportunity to showcase the quality of Malaysian original content, powered by LUMIX GH5”.

Through this partnership, Panasonic is confident it will help to strengthen the brand’s presence in the digital single lens mirrorless cameras (DSLM) market and appeal to the wider millennial audiences.

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The DJI Spark Pocket Camera Drone Launched!

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 JULY 2017ECS ICT Berhad today unveiled the DJI Spark from DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology. The DJI Spark is the first pocket camera drone that users can control by using hand gestures alone, which successfully removes the barriers between the user on land and the camera in the sky.

Speaking at the launch event today, Chief Executive Officer of ECS, Mr. Soong Jan Hsung shared, “We are very pleased with our continued partnership with DJI in sharing their products, making it easily accessible to our local consumer market. This is a testament to the group’s established reputation as the leading ICT distributor in Malaysia.”

Within its ICT distribution portfolio, ECS already offers different products from DJI including the Phantom 4 Professional, Phantom 4 Advance, Phantom 4, Goggles, Mavic Pro, Phantom 3 Standard, Advaenced and Professional, Osmo +, Osmo pro, Osmo Raw, Osmo Mobile, Inspire 1 and Inspire 2, which have been well-received by local customers.

 

DJI Spark Price & Availability

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The DJI Spark drone will be available at authorised ECS Dealers across Malaysia for the retail price of RM2,288 (including GST) / ~US$ 539, and the “Spark Fly More Combo” will retail at RM3,188 (including GST) / ~US$ 759.

ECS is the authorised distributor for DJI products locally, and the Group’s resellers are primarily IT retailers, hobby shops, large format electronic channels, mobile stores, and also camera and photography equipment retail channels. ECS is also the authorised service centre for DJI products, and will offer both warranty and after-sales services.

“With this new compact and easy-to-command drone, now anyone can fly a drone even without prior experience as the only remote controller that you will need is your hand. We believe that the popularity for consumer drones will continue to experience rapid growth, and this will help to improve the Group’s sales and subsequently, contribute to improving the Group’s financial results for the second half of financial year 2017”, Mr. Soong added.

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