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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Display review: Excellent touch

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Display review: Excellent touch

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro appeared on the market in August 2021 and is part of our Advanced ($200 to $300) segment. Come take a look at how it performed in our array of comprehensive display tests.

Key display specifications:

  • 6.7-inch OLED display
  • 163 x 76 x 8 mm (6.42 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 (385 ppi)
  • Aspect ratio: 19.5:9
  • Max refresh rate: 144 Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm)

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”)

Test summary

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Pros

  • Smooth when playing video games, browsing the web, and using the gallery app
  • Very good touch-to-display response time
  • Well suited brightness for low-light environments

Cons

  • Hard to read in outdoor conditions, especially under sunlight
  • Lack of color fidelity
  • Low brightness and lack of contrast when playing HDR10 content

Although it had some difficulties with color fidelity and video brightness, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro did extremely well in touch, rising to the top and tying with several other much more expensive devices. In our other test categories, it put in a largely respectable performance.

Brightness vs Contrast comparison (0 Lux)

Brightness vs Contrast comparison (30 000 Lux)

The Motorola Edge 20 Pro has good readability in low light and in indoor conditions:

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Readability indoors, from left to right: Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro, Sony Xperia 5 II, Asus Zenfone 8

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

Outdoors, the device is hard to read, especially under sunlight:

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Readability outdoors in sunlight, from left to right: Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro, Sony Xperia 5 II, Asus Zenfone 8

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

In terms of brightness and color uniformity, there is a visibly brighter area at the top of the device, and this also manifests as a color gradient that shifts from greenish in the brighter areas to reddish in the darker parts, as shown below:

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Brightness and color uniformity, from left to right: Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro, Sony Xperia 5 II, Asus Zenfone 8

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

Outdoors, the device shows a yellow-green cast in the shade and a reddish cast under sunlight.

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Color rendering under sunlight, (top from left to right): Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro; (above, left to right) Sony Xperia 5 II, Asus Zenfone 8

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

Though it turns slightly orange with the blue light filter on, the device remains readable.

The left-hand chart below indicates that the Motorola Edge 20 Pro struggles with color fidelity. The center of each circle is the target color; the further the tip of the arrow is outside of the circle, the more users will notice the difference between the color on the display and the original color of the source material. The scatter chart on the right shows the Motorola device’s shift toward green when viewed at an angle.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the P3 color space

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, scatter graph of white point on angle, P3 color space

Per the right-hand chart above and perceptual analysis, a noticeable green cast appears when the device is viewed at an angle.

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Color on axis (top) and on angle (above), left to right: Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro, Sony Xperia 5 II, Asus Zenfone 8

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The Motorola’s overall brightness is low and mid-tones lack contrast and appear slightly flat when watching HDR10 content, and dark details are missing when watching videos in low light.

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Video brightness, clockwise from top left: Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro, Asus Zenfone 8, Sony Xperia 5 II

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

A slight green cast is visible and colors lack saturation in HDR10 videos, including on skin tones.

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Video color, clockwise from top left: Motorola Edge 20 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro, Asus Zenfone 8, Sony Xperia 5 II

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The Edge 20 Pro shows several stutters at both 30 and 60 fps, and some frame drops are visible when playing video games. However, the device manages motion blur well and appears sharp. When jumping backwards or forwards in a video, a slight delay is sometimes noticeable before playback resumes.

The Motorola device put in a superlative performance for touch, with accurate zooming in the gallery app, responsive touch in the corners and along the edges of the screen, and great smoothness when browsing, swiping, or playing video games. We measured the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s touch-to-display response time as 58 ms (vs. the OnePlus 9 Pro’s time of 75 ms) per our test protocol.

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The touch-to-display response time refers to the time gap between a tap on the device’s screen and the visible reaction to that tap on the screen.
* Computed time from display refresh rate (Hz) and touch sampling rate (Hz) based on manufacturer specifications.

No judder is visible at 24, 30, or 60 fps on the Edge 20 Pro, but the device is too responsive to ghost touches, and aliasing is visible when gaming, as illustrated in the closeups below:

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Aliasing closeup, Motorola Edge 20 Pro

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Aliasing closeup, Motorola Edge 20 Pro

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Aliasing closeup, Motorola Edge 20 Pro

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

 

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Xiaomi 11T Pro Display review: Versatile device

Xiaomi 11T Pro Display review: Versatile device

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Indoors, high brightness: Xiaomi 11T Pro on the left, Xiaomi Mi 11 on the right. The tone mapping on the Xiaomi 11T Pro leads to unnatural rendering.

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

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Xiaomi 11T Pro, crop: Details are lost in the iris and in the eyebrows; eye color is unnatural.
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

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Xiaomi Mi 11, crop: Image shows better detail and color.
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

Under less challenging light conditions, here 1000 lux D65 illuminant, the Xiaomi 11T Pro has a very good color reproduction with an average 1.9 JNCD in the P3 color space, making color fidelity one of the device’s strong points. The center of each circle is the target color; the further the tip of the arrow is outside of the circle, the more users will notice the difference between the color on the display and the original color of the source material. As you can see all tested colors stays inside the acceptable range.
The scatter chart on the right shows the Xiaomi device’s strong shift toward green when holding it at different angles.

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Xiaomi 11T Pro, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the P3 color space

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Xiaomi 11T Pro, scatter graph of white point on angle

The second photo array below illustrates the findings shown in the right-hand chart above — that is, images on the Xiaomi 11T Pro take on a green cast when viewed at an angle; further, there is a loss of color saturation on angle as well.

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Brightness and color on axis (top) and on angle (bottom), from left to right: Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11, Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The Xiaomi 11T Pro’s video brightness is well adapted for watching HDR10 content, in comparison the other devices are all a bit dim which can be disturbing in such low light environment. On the other hand, the Xiaomi 11T Pro contrast is somewhat low on mid-tones and details are missing in dark content. The device also has a bit of a green cast that is noticeable on skin tones.

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Video color, clockwise from top left: Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11, Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

The Xiaomi 11T Pro device shows many frame drops at 30 fps, as shown below, but surprisingly only a few stutters at 60 fps; however, no frame drops are visible when playing games. When played back, the 11T Pro pauses before resuming on some of the tested videos.

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Xiaomi 11T Pro, frame drops at 30 fps

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Xiaomi 11T Pro, frame drops at 60 fps

While gaming, corners are touch-responsive and the device is fairly accurate. The device could be smoother when browsing, however, and a few frame duplications are visible when swiping in the gallery app.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is the best device in our database in terms of screen reflectance, reaching a 4.2%. It is particularly useful when under intense ambient lighting.

 

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The Xiaomi 11T Pro flickers at 486 Hz, which is a high frequency for OLED displays. Moreover, the device has a flicker-free feature that works very well.

Although the 11T Pro is too responsive to ghost touches, especially in the corners, this does not detract from the gaming experience, and the device manages aliasing well as you can see on the crops below.

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Xiaomi 11T Pro: Aliasing effects on the Asphalt 9 game.

(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

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 Edges show very little stairsteps.

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Overall, the 11T Pro reached a respectable Display score for its price segment. Its versatility will provide most users a satisfying experience.

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Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G Camera review: Good detail and focus

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G Camera review: Good detail and focus

The Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G is (in most regions) the top model in Oppo’s Reno6 series and comes with high-end specs in most areas. The Android operating system is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset and 12GB of RAM. Image and video files can be stored on 256GB of internal memory and pictures can be viewed on a 6,5-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution.

In the rear camera the primary module uses a 50 MP sensor that sits behind a stabilized lens. For zooming in or out, there are a 13 MP tele camera and a 16 MP ultra-wide. Video mode allows recording of 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second, and there is also a dedicated macro camera for close-ups that is not covered by our test protocol. Let’s see how the Reno6 Pro 5G does in our DXOMARK Camera tests.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50 MP sensor, f/1.8-aperture lens, AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 16 MP sensor, f/2.2-aperture, fixed focus
  • Tele: 13 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture, AF
  • Macro: 2 MP sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens, fixed focus
  • LED flash
  • Video: 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

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Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

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camera

Pros

  • Good detail in photo and video, especially in bright light and indoor conditions
  • Accurate and repeatable autofocus
  • Good exposure in bright light and indoor conditions for photo and video
  • Nice bokeh simulation effect
  • Stable video white balance
  • Video autofocus reacts and converges swiftly

Cons

  • Limited dynamic range for photo and video, exposure instabilities for photo
  • Image noise at all light levels for photo and video
  • Image artifacts, including ringing and ghosting
  • Noise and loss of fine detail at all tele photo settings
  • Ineffective video stabilization

With a DXOMARK Camera overall score of 121 the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G makes it into the upper regions of the Premium segment ($600-$799), sandwiched between the Google Pixel 5 and iPhone 12 mini. Overall camera performance is very close to the China-exclusive Reno6 Pro+ 5G, which has very similar hardware and which we tested previously.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, outdoor image

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Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, crop: good detail but slightly more noise than competitors, nice color

When shooting still images, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G usually delivers good exposures in bright light and under indoor conditions, but dynamic range can be limited, resulting in clipping of the brightest and/or darkest areas of the frame. The autofocus tends to work reliably, but depth of field is pretty narrow, so subjects in the background can be slightly out of focus in group images. When things are in focus, the level of detail is high, but on the downside, noise becomes a little intrusive in indoor shots and in low light.

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Night shot, flash-off, underexposed face, highlight clipping in background, noise

Our testers also found some image artifacts, including ringing and ghosting, and while the simulated bokeh effect in portrait mode is overall quite natural, some depth estimation artifacts are usually visible around the subject.

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Bokeh mode: natural bokeh effect but some artifacts around subject

The device drops off a little in the Zoom category. It’s by no means bad, but some competitors offer better results in this area. On the ultra-wide camera, our testers found some loss of detail, noise, and anamorphosis (perspective distortion towards the edges of the frame). The tele lens is capable of good exposures, but images lack detail, and noise is quite intrusive. Overall results are again very similar to the Oppo Reno6 Pro+ 5G.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, long range tele

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Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, crop: good exposure but loss of detail and strong noise

When recording video, the resulting clips show good exposure but, like for stills, dynamic range is limited and clipping can occur. We also often found hue shifts close to clipped areas, for example, blue skies turning cyan. The camera captures good detail as long as you don’t shoot in low light but noise is also quite intrusive. Clips show nice color with stable white balance and the autofocus performs fast and accurately in video mode. Stabilization has room for improvement, with camera shake quite noticeable when walking while recording.

The image stabilization system cannot eliminate all camera shake when walking while recording.

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Pixelmator Pro Update Adds AI-Powered Automatic Background Removal

Pixelmator Pro Update Adds AI-Powered Automatic Background Removal

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Pixelmator Pro has released a new update that adds several new features including an artificial intelligence-powered automatic background removal feature, automatic subject selection, and a new select and mask tool.

This update comes less than a month after the previous major update that added macOS Monterey support, M1 Max and Pro optimizaton, Split Comparison viewer, Bokeh Blur, and several other features.

Pixelmator says that these new features that are launching as part of its 2.3 update are the result of the last year of work, where the company has developed a set of machine learning algorithms that are capable of detecting, refining, and decontaminating the colors at the edges of objects.

The company is calling its background removal tool that is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) the “Magic Background Eraser.” With it, editors can remove the background from nearly any image with a single click. The company says that it has trained its convolutional neural network (which is actually a combination of three different machine learning models) to find the subject in pretty much any image and automatically isolate it from the background.

Pixelmator doesn’t just cut out a subject and leave it at that, though. When a subject is clipped from a surrounding image, it can often have traces of that previous background around its edges. Pixelmator’s AI-powered “Decontaminate Colors” feature automatically removes those so the clipped subject can be blended more seamlessly into a new background. The company says the feature is usually done automatically when it senses the need for it, but editors can also manually apply it to any layer, even those that have been cut out in other applications.

The company also added a new Select and Mask tool, which it says allows editors to make accurate selections of any object and is specifically aimed at making difficult selections like hair and fur or anything with complex edges much easier to tackle. As part of this addition, Pixelmator Pro has the Smart Refine and Refine Edge Brush. The Smart Refine option automatically makes a rough outline into a more accurate selection and the Refine Edge Brush is made to be used on what the company calls “tricky edge areas,” where it can create smart and accurate selections by brushing over the area.

Full patch notes for the 2.3 update can be found on Pixelmator’s website.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Camera review: Not quite flagship level

Motorola Edge 20 Pro Camera review: Not quite flagship level

The Edge 20 Pro is the current flagship device in Motorola’s Edge series, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset and 12GB of RAM. Images can be stored on 256GB of internal memory and viewed on a 6.7-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution.

In the camera module the Edge 20 Pro deploys a large 108 MP primary sensor and combines it with an 8 MP 5x tele (with folded optics) and a 16 MP ultra-wide for zooming in and out. In video mode the primary camera is capable of recording clip with up to 8K resolution at 24 frames per second. At 4K and FullHD resolutions you can pick between 30 and 60 fps.

This looks all good on paper, let’s see how the Motorola Edge 20 Pro performed in our lab and real-life testing.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 108 MP 1/1.52-inch sensor with 0.7µm pixel size, f/1.9-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 16 MP sensor with 1.0µm pixel size, 119° field of view, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Tele: 8 MP sensor with 1.0µm pixel size, 5x tele, f/3.4-aperture lens, OIS
  • Video: 8K at 24fps, 4K at 60/30 fps, 1080p at 60/30 fps (4K/30fps tested)

About DXOMARK Camera tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone camera reviews, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 3000 test images and more than 2.5 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. This article is designed to highlight the most important results of our testing. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera test protocol, click here. More details on how we score smartphone cameras are available here.

Test summary

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camera

Pros

  • Decent exposure in bright light and indoors for photo and video
  • Nice skin tones for photo and video
  • Good subject isolation in bokeh mode
  • Exposure in preview very similar to final capture
  • Pretty effective video stabilization when holding the camera still

Cons

  • Limited dynamic range and highlight clipping
  • Noise in indoor and low light
  • Unstable autofocus in low light
  • Image artifacts, including ghosting and hue shift
  • Noise and lack of detail on ultra-wide camera, especially in low light
  • Lack of detail on tele camera
  • Unstable video exposure and autofocus
  • Strong noise in low light video

Despite the impressive-looking camera spec sheet, the Motorola Edge 20 Pro only achieves a DXOMARK Camera score of 105. This puts it pretty close to the bottom of the Camera ranking for the Premium segment.

Across the Photo test categories performance is pretty mediocre for this class of device. Target exposure tends to be good unless you shoot in low light but a limited dynamic range is noticeable in challenging high-contrast scenes. The level of captured detail is generally low across all light levels. The Edge 20 Pro did pretty poorly in the Night category where flash-off images are strongly underexposed and noisy, but bokeh simulation images are pretty nice to look at, with good subject isolation.

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If contrast is not too high the Motorola Edge 20 Pro captures landscape images with good target exposure and a fairly wide dynamic range.

Pictures captured with the ultra-wide camera show low levels of detail and image noise. The field of view is also narrower than on many competitors in this segment. Thanks to the 5x tele lens with folded optics things look a little better at the tele end but the Motorola still lags behind the best in class, mainly due to a lack of detail at close and medium range tele settings.

Video performance is overall fairly poor for this class of device. The Motorola’s main problem for video is noise which becomes very intrusive in low light. In addition the autofocus and white balance systems show more instabilities than on the Edge 20 Pro’s direct competitors.

Photo

Motorola Edge 20 Pro achieves a Photo score of 109. In this section we take a closer look at each sub-attribute and compare image quality against competitors.

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Exposure and Contrast

Huawei P50 Pro

Best: Huawei P50 Pro (111)

In these tests we analyze target exposure, contrast, and dynamic range, along with repeatability across a series of images. Tests are undertaken in a wide range of light conditions, including backlit scenes and low light down to 1 lux. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s exposure performance in low light.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, strong highlight clipping

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OnePlus 9, crop: slight highlight clipping

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, slight highlight clipping

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Color

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (107)

In these tests we analyze color rendering, skin tones, white balance, and color shading, along with repeatability across a series of images. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s color performance in an indoor setting.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, accurate color, nice skin tones

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OnePlus 9, inaccurate color and skin tones, color cast

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, inaccurate color and skin tones, color cast

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Autofocus

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders

Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (109)

In these tests we analyze autofocus accuracy and shooting time as well as repeatability, in the lab. We test focus failures, depth of field, and tracking of moving subjects using perceptual analysis of real-life images.

This graph shows Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s autofocus performance in bright light (1000lux) .

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Autofocus comparison (1000lux, handheld, 7EV): the Edge 20 Pro often captures with a delay

This graph shows Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s autofocus performance in low light (5lux).

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Autofocus comparison (5lux, handheld): in low light the Edge 20 Pro autofocus fails frequently

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Texture

Xiaomi Mi 11

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 (111)

In these tests we analyze texture on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s texture performance in indoor conditions.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, indoor texture

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop; loss of detail

OnePlus 9, indoor texture

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OnePlus 9, crop: slight loss of texture

Vivo X60 Pro 5G, indoor texture

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, crop: slight loss of texture

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Noise

Huawei P50 Pro

Best: Huawei P50 Pro (99)

In these tests we analyze noise on faces and objects, including objects in motion, in a range of light conditions, using several lab test setups and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s noise performance in low light.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, low light noise

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop: strong noise

OnePlus 9, low light noise

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OnePlus 9, crop: some noise

Vivo X60 Pro 5G, low light noise

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, crop: slight noise

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Bokeh

Huawei P50 Pro

Best: Huawei P50 Pro (80)

For these tests we switch to the camera’s bokeh or portrait mode and analyze depth estimation, bokeh shape, blur gradient, and repeatability, as well as all other general image quality attributes mentioned above. The score is derived from perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s bokeh simulation outdoors.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, bokeh simulation

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop: good segmentation, few artifacts

OnePlus 9, bokeh simulation

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OnePlus 9, crop: good segmentation, some artifacts

Vivo X60 Pro 5G, bokeh simulation

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, crop: good segmentation, some artifacts

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Night

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

Best: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (82)

In these tests we shoot a selection of images in pitch-black darkness as well as with city lights in the background providing some illumination. We shoot sample images with the camera at default settings in both flash-auto and flash-off modes. We analyze all image quality attributes but we pay particular attention to exposure, autofocus, and color. We do not test night modes that have to be activated manually.

These samples show Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s night performance in flash-off mode.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, flash-off: extreme underexposure, image unusable

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OnePlus 9, flash-off: underexposed subject

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, flash-off: good target exposure on subject

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Artifacts

Google Pixel 4

Best: Google Pixel 4 (75)

In these tests, we check images for optical artifacts such as vignetting, flare, lens softness in the corners, distortion, and chromatic aberrations, as well as for processing artifacts such as ghosting and fusion errors, hue shift, and ringing.

This sample shows ghosting artifacts on a moving subject in a high-contrast scene.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, artifacts

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop; strong ghosting

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Preview

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (80)

In these tests we analyze the image quality of the preview image and the differences between preview images and captured images, particularly in terms of exposure, dynamic range, and bokeh effect. We also check the smoothness of the field-of-view changes in the preview image when zooming with both buttons or when using the pinch-zoom gesture.

These samples compare accuracy between the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s preview and final capture in indoor conditions.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, preview: good preview with similar exposure

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, capture: the final exposure is very similar to preview

Zoom

Motorola Edge 20 Pro achieves a Zoom score of 49. The Zoom score includes the tele and wide sub-scores. In this section, we take a closer look at how these sub-scores were achieved and compare zoom image quality against the competitors.

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Wide

Huawei P50 Pro

Best: Huawei P50 Pro (57)

In these tests we analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 to 20 mm. We look at all image quality attributes, but we pay particular attention to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion.

With a measured equivalent focal length of 16.75mm the Edge 20 Pro’s ultra-wide field of view is unusually narrow. These samples show the performance of the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s ultra-wide camera in outdoor conditions.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, low detail, slight corner softness, local noise

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OnePlus 9, ultra-wide, good detail, slight corner softness, slight local noise

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, ultra-wide, good detail, slight corner softness, color fringing
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Tele

Huawei P50 Pro

Best: Huawei P50 Pro (140)

In these tests we analyze all image quality attributes at focal lengths from approximately 40 to 300 mm, paying particular attention to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

These samples show Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s tele performance using a close-range zoom setting in bright light.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, close-range tele

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop: lack of detail at all tele settings

OnePlus 9, close-range tele

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OnePlus 9, crop: loss of fine detail

Vivo X60 Pro 5G, close-range tele

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, crop: good preservation of fine detail

Video

In our Video tests we analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, and noise, but we also include such temporal aspects as speed, smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.

NOTE: The sample video clips in this section are best viewed at the highest resolution available. 

Motorola Edge 20 Pro achieves a Video score of 96. A device’s overall Video score is derived from its performance and results across a range of attributes in the same way as the Photo score. In this section, we take a closer look at these sub-scores and compare video image quality against competitors.

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Exposure and Contrast

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (118)

These video stills show the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s video exposure performance indoors.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, very limited dynamic range

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OnePlus 9, limited dynamic range

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Vivo X60 Pro 5G, limited dynamic range

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Color

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (105)

This video clip shows the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s string white balance instabilities in low light.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, white balance instabilities in low light

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Autofocus

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (109)

This video clip shows the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s autofocus accuracy.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, autofocus instabilities are noticeable in most conditions

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Texture

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (97)

This graph shows the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s video texture measurements in the lab.

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Video texture comparison: the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s level of video detail is lower than the OnePlus 9 at all light levels, despite a similar resolution.

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Noise

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (105)

This graph shows the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s video noise performance under different lighting conditions in the lab.

These video stills show the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s high level of noise in low light.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, low light noise

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop: strong chroma noise

OnePlus 9, low light noise

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OnePlus 9, crop: coarse noise can be visible

Vivo X60 Pro 5G, low light noise

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Artifacts

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Best: Oppo Find X2 Pro (94)

For video artifacts, we check for the same kinds of artifacts mentioned in the Photo section, along with such video-specific artifacts as frame rate variation in different light conditions, judder effect, and moving artifacts (artifacts such as aliasing, color quantization, and flare can often be more intrusive when moving than in a still image).

This video clips shows the Motorola Edge 20 Pro’s judder effect when panning.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, judder effect

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Stabilization

Huawei P50 Pro

Best: Huawei P50 Pro (102)

In these tests, we analyze residual motion when handholding the camera during recording, as well as when walking and running with the camera. We also look for stabilization artifacts such as jello effect, sharpness differences between frames, and frame shift (abrupt changes of framing).

These two consecutive video frames show the sharpness differences between frames on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, video frame

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop: strong blur

Motorola Edge 20 Pro, video frame

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro, crop: no blur

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Audio review

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Audio review

The iPhone 13 Pro is the second model from the top of the top in Apple’s  2021 smartphone line-up.  The main difference to the top-of-the-line iPhone 13 Pro Max is the smaller 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, Both models are powered by the A15 Bionic chipset.

On the audio playback front, the iPhone 13 Pro shares the same audio specs as the other 13-series phones, including partnering with Dolby Labs to deliver an immersive stereo reproduction. As for recording, the audio zoom algorithm is still implemented when filming videos.

With the two devices sharing the same audio specs, one would expect the iPhone 13 Pro’s test results and scores to be identical to those of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. We have confirmed this by putting the iPhone 13 Pro through the DXOMARK Audio test suite.

Key audio specifications include:

  • Two speakers (up front-firing, and bottom side-firing)
  • Audio zoom
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum microphone modes (for calls)
  • User‑configurable maximum volume limit

Test summary

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audio

Playback

Pros

  • Very consistent performances among all attributes
  • Pleasant tonal balance, with added low mid warmth compared to previous iPhone generations
  • Precise localizability and very good wideness despite stereo being inverted

Cons

  • Stereo is still inverted in the Music app, as it is with all iPhones
  • Bass distortion at maximum volume

Recording

Pros

  • Natural Timbre, especially consistent in high-SPL scenarios
  • Accurate envelope rendition
  • Good localizability and impressive wideness even in portrait mode
  • Good recording loudness and excellent resilience to high pressure levels
  • Mostly artifacts-free

Cons

  • Dark Timbre, lacking brightness and clarity
  • Below average SNR and intelligibility
  • Impaired distance rendition

Given the identical results, we are posting only this short article on the iPhone 13 Pro. For the full set of measurements and the complete analysis, please click on the link below and read the full review of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Go to the audio review of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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Xiaomi 11T Pro Battery review: Outstanding charging

Xiaomi 11T Pro Battery review: Outstanding charging

The Xiaomi 11T Pro appeared on the European market in October 2021, and fits into our Premium ($600-$799) segment with such features as a 108 MP main camera and Dolby Vision. Let’s take a look at some of its key battery test results.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • 120W charger
  • 6.67-inch, 1080 x 2400, 120 Hz OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) chipset
  • Tested ROM / RAM combination: 256 GB + 12 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

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battery

Pros

  • Outstanding charging, reaching 80% in 18 minutes and full charge in 30 minutes
  • Quick boost provides 10.5 hours of additional autonomy
  • Best autonomy in its segment (56 hours of moderate use)

Cons

  • High residual power drain when the device is unplugged
  • High consumption when streaming music
  • Requires 3.5 minutes for the phone to start charging at full power
  • No wireless charger
  • Inaccurate battery gauge

Thanks to its big battery (5000 mAh) and its incredibly fast charger (120W), the Xiaomi 11T Pro achieves a score that places it in the top half of the DXOMARK Battery database and second place in its segment.

We compared the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s performance in several key categories with three other devices in our Premium segment, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, the OnePlus 9, and the Apple iPhone 13; battery capacity, tested charger, display type, and resolution, and processor specifications for the four devices are shown in the table below.

Xiaomi 11T ProOppo Reno6 Pro 5GOnePlus 9Apple iPhone 13
Battery (mAh)5000450045003227
Charger (W)

(wireless)

120W

no

65W

no

65W

15W

20W

15W

Display typeOLEDOLEDOLEDOLED
Resolution1080 x 24001080 x 24001080 x 24001170 x 2532
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 870 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 888 5GApple A15 Bionic

Autonomy (61)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity but also on other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios. 

Light Usage

81h

Light

Active: 2h30/day

Moderate Usage

57h

Moderate

Active: 4h/day

Intense Usage

35h

Intense

Active: 7h/day

The Xiaomi and Apple devices share the same Autonomy score of 61, even though the 11T Pro has a much bigger battery than the iPhone 13 (5000 mAh vs. 3227 mAh). However, the Oppo takes top honors in this category by one point.

The 11T Pro’s battery gauge is not accurate. When the UI shows 20% charge remaining, the true charge remaining is only 14.7%.

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Stationary

Vivo Y72 5G

Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

The Xiaomi 11T Pro racked up 61 hours 38 minutes in our TUS test, besting the other devices in this comparison.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

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On the go

Samsung Galaxy M51

Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

Another best of the batch performance in this category, thanks to the Xiaomi’s impressive performance in calls and social apps. But the iPhone did much better in navigation, and the OnePlus 9 Pro did better in camera.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

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Calibrated

Samsung Galaxy M51

Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro turned in a below-average performance in every category except for call and gaming, with a much lower performance in music streaming compared to its rivals.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (113)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from zero to 80% capacity and from 80 to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired

Wired

The Xiaomi 11T Pro’s charging performance was simply outstanding — it is the best device our experts have tested to date. With its 20W charger, the iPhone 13 lags far behind its rivals.

Unlike the OnePlus and Apple devices, neither the Xiaomi nor the Oppo offer wireless charging.

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

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Full charge

The Xiaomi shares the top score with the OnePlus 9 (thanks to the latter’s wireless charger, which earned it bonus points). The 11T Pro fully charges in 30 minutes and reaches 80% in only 18 minutes. Its only drawback with regard to wired charging is that when it begins charging at 0%, it takes 3.5 minutes to get out of slow charging mode and reach peak charging, which impacts the full charge duration. (Phones typically exit slow charging in a few seconds.)

The Xiaomi charger’s 120W peak lasts only 15 seconds, but the charger plateaus at 75W for 12 minutes, which is huge.

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Quick boost

The 11T Pro is far ahead of its competitors, providing on average 10 hours 30 minutes of use after charging for only 5 minutes. By comparison, the iPhone lasts on average only 2 hours 48 minutes following a 5-minute charge.

Xiaomi 11T ProOppo Reno6 Pro 5GOnePlus 9Apple iPhone 13
Autonomy boost (hh:mm)20%10:328:548:263:23
40%10:317:325:592:45
60%10:245:395:281:57
80%6:544:084:021:06
Percentage boost20%26 %23.8 %23 %9 %
40%25.9 %20.2 %16.3 %7.3 %
60%25.6 %15.1 %14.9 %5.2 %
80%17 %11.1 %11 %3 %
Energy consumed20%6276 mWh5042 mWh4923 mWh1747 mWh
40%6265 mWh4272 mWh3491 mWh1418 mWh
60%6194 mWh3206 mWh3188 mWh1007 mWh
80%4111 mWh2344 mWh2354 mWh572 mWh

Efficiency (65)

The DXOMARK power efficiency score consists of two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge rate, both of which combine data obtained during robot-based typical usage scenario testing, outdoor mobility testing, charging evaluation, and power measurements, and then take into consideration the device’s battery capacity.

The Xiaomi device comes in last for Efficiency among its rivals in this review.

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Charge up

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

Best: Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (84)

The Xiaomi bests the iPhone for charge-up efficiency (80.1% vs. 64.3%), but the Oppo and the OnePlus outperform the other two devices, with 82.2% and 81.3%, respectively.

The 11T Pro’s residual power drain when unplugged very high at 112 mW, whereas the iPhone’s is only 33 mW.

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Discharge

Apple iPhone 13

Best: Apple iPhone 13 (121)

Given the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s quite poor results in our calibrated tests, it is in last place here.

Conclusion

Despite efficiency results that point to the need for better optimizing and despite no wireless charging, the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s results for Autonomy and Charging add up to an impressive performance.

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We Review the Stella Pro Reflex S: AN Interesting Hybrid LED Flash for Photo and Video Creators

We Review the Stella Pro Reflex S: AN Interesting Hybrid LED Flash for Photo and Video Creators

When it comes to buying new lights, you first need to decide if you want a continuous light or flash, which can be a difficult decision if you shoot both photography and video work. But with the new Reflex S from Stella Pro, you no longer need to decide. 

What This Light Is

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This light is both continuous light and a flash in a single body. And although there are other lights that can make this claim, those lights are drastically underpowered in comparison to the Reflex, because the Reflex can go from 100 lumens all the way to 18,000 lumens. While this power rating is something noteworthy, it doesn’t stop there. When the light is set to burst mode, it can shoot at up to 20 frames per second with no refresh rate and no overheating. You can even fire this light in high-speed sync and never have to deal with waiting on recycle times and heating issues. This is something that no other light can do. In the example below, I was able to shoot 147 raw files at 10 frames per second with a 1/8,000th shutter speed, and the flash didn’t misfire or pause for a refresh a single time. In fact, the buffer on Sony a1 filled up before the light even warmed up.

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More Details 

One thing that I love about this light is its ability to quickly be added to your current kit. Instead of having to deal with added triggers, this light can be triggered from either an Elinchrom or Godox/Flashpoint trigger with the hopes to add Profoto support in the future. This means most people won’t need to purchase a trigger in addition to the light. You’ll also be able to trigger the Reflex alongside your current lights for situations where you need a multi-light setup. 

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As for ways to modify the light, there are two different ways to attach modifiers. The first way is the mini-Elinchrom mount. With this mount, you can attach various softboxes as well as adapters to get access to other mounting systems, such as Bowens, Profoto, etc. The second way to attach modifiers is with a sort of screw-on type system. This is where you can attach various lenses and diffusers to help shape the light. These lenses sort of act like a grid, but in a much more efficient way. Similar to how a magnifying glass is used to focus the sun to light a piece of paper on fire, these lenses are used to focus the light into a tighter beam of light that is more concentrated. So, while these lenses don’t add power to the LED, they do give you more usable power by giving you a more concentrated beam of light. 

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Aside from the one-of-a-kind functionalities of this light, the Reflex-S also features some of the industry’s best build qualities. It can be left out in the pouring rain without issue and also has a 1 m drop rating. The battery can also be detached from the head for a quick battery change when needed. This ability also gives you more options for mounting the light as well as more flexibility in packing it into a bag. The battery is also connected to the head via a USB-C cable. This makes it so you can charge the battery with a USB-C as well as run the head from a wall outlet with a USB-C cable without the need for the battery at all. 

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What This Light Is Not 

As good as everything sounds above, it’s important to know that this light will not completely replace your flashes. While 18,000 lumens is a huge amount of power in the world of constant lights, it simply can’t compete with the bang you get from the pop of a flash tube. The full power of the light is also limited to being plugged into a wall outlet or 100-watt power source. The light can still reach 6,000 lumens constant on the battery and 12,000 lumens in burst mode. 

In my rudimentary tests, I found that the Reflex at full power with the spot lens attached gave me the equivalent of a Godox V860 II with two MagMod grids attached set to 1/8th power. The reason for the two grids is because that is what was needed order to mimic the same beam angle provided by the spot lens. 

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More Thoughts 

After numerous times using this light, I found some things that may be worth noting. As of now, there is no way to control to power of the constant light from the trigger. You can control the power of the burst mode and you can even switch from burst to constant with the trigger. But I have not been able to actually adjust the power of the constant light from the trigger and instead have to make any adjustments on the light itself. 

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Another item worth mentioning is that this light will remember the set power of the constant light and the set power of the burst independently. This means if you set the constant power to 2,500 lumens, switch to burst and set the power to full, you can then go back and forth, and each setting will remain at the respective level you set it to. This is great for hybrid shooters doing photo and video work who may have different power needs for each form factor. But for me, I’d rather have the ability to set the power in constant mode and then have that same power applied when I switch to burst. Though I actually see the benefits to its current setup, I hope we may be given the option to choose which functionality we prefer via firmware update. 

The Good

The Bad

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Conclusion 

Without a doubt, this light is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It gives truly usable power in both constant and bust mode while eliminating things like recycle times and overheating (especially in terms of high-speed sync). While I wish the burst power was more in line with what’s possible with flash, this is an amazing way to start things off. Add in the ability to use your current triggers and the water- and drop-resistance, and you have a light that is worthy of being in any photo or video creator’s bag. 

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How to Reveal and Remove Dust Spots in Capture One Pro

How to Reveal and Remove Dust Spots in Capture One Pro

Before and after removing dust spots in Capture One Pro

Capture One was recently updated with a dedicated before and after tool, and new powerful heal and clone tools. Before this update, the healing and cloning tools were unusable to me, but now with this update, I can save the time of moving back and forth between Capture One and Photoshop.

As landscape photographers, we spend most of our time shooting in harsh conditions and changing lenses outdoors. Because of that, we get a lot of dust spots on our camera sensors, and the best way to get rid of them is by cleaning the sensor regularly. But if you forget to do that before a shoot, we can also remove them easily in post-processing.

Before removing the dust spots, we have to find them first. It can be difficult to spot them, especially in low contrast areas, and Capture One still doesn’t have a Visualize Spots mode like Lightroom. In this article, I will show you a trick that will allow you to see all the dust spots using a combination of contrast, clarity, and structure, and saturation.

Step 1: Create a New Heal or Clone Layer

We are going to use this layer to remove the dust spots.

A screenshot showing the process of creating a new heal layer in Capture One
Capture One’s layers tool

Step 2: Create a New Filled Adjustment Layer

This layer we will use as the dust spots finder.

A screenshot showing how to create a new filled adjustment layer in Capture One

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A screenshot showing dust finder and heal layers in Capture One

In this dust finder layer, we are going to lower the exposure slider a bit, and crank up the Contrast, Clarity, and Structure all the way. I also desaturate the image as Colors can be a distraction as well. The goal of those adjustments is to increase the contrast which will help reveal all the spots on the image.

A black and white photo of a winter forest landscape
Before. Photo Zoomed at 25% magnification, shot at f/25.
A color photo of a winter forest landscape
After.

After making these adjustments, we made the image look horrible, but now we can see all the dust spots clearly.

Step 3: Remove the Dust Spots

Now go back to the dust spot removal layer and select the healing brush tool you can also use the keyboard shortcut ‘Heal Brush’ (Q) and ‘Clone Brush’ (S).

A screenshot of Capture One

Healing

With the Heal brush tool selected, start clicking on the area you want to remove. Capture One will try to find the best suitable source point to heal the area you selected. Capture One will display the chosen source, so you can move the source point freely if you are not happy with what Capture One selected for you.

Sometimes Capture One will not display the Selected source because it thinks it has found the best source so you won’t be able to move it. If that happens, you can force Capture One to show the arrow by just holding down (Option/Alt) and clicking on your preferred source point.

To delete any healed area, just select the source point and hit the (backspace) key. Or you can use the Eraser brush. There is no limitation number on how many healing strokes you do on one layer.

A screenshot in Capture One showing dust spots being removed
Heal tool

Cloning

To use the clone brush tool, you need to set a source point that you are going to clone from first, set a source hold down (Option / ALT), and click on the source you want. Then start brushing. With the cloning tool, I recommend that you use a feathered edge brush (by lowering the hardness slider to the left) to make the cloned area blend seamlessly without noticeable cloning edges.

To delete a clone area, you need to select the source point then hit the (backspace) button. Also with the clone tool, there is no limiting how many cloning areas you can have on one layer.

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Clone tool

Heal and Clone Brush Settings

To invoke brush settings, you can click on the icon in the layers tool or right-click when the brush is selected.

Brush Size: To control how large the brush is, you can move the slider left or right. You can also use the keyboard shortcut, the square brackets (“[” and “]”). Use the left square bracket to make the brush smaller and the right square bracket to make the brush larger.

Brush Feather: With the hardness slider you can control how hard or soft the brush edges are. You can also use a key shortcut, the Shift + square brackets (“[” and “]”). Use the shift+[ to make the brush softer and shift+] to make the brush harder.

A screenshot of layers in Capture One

A screenshot of Brush Settings in Capture One

Here is the before and after removing the dust spots with heal and clone brush tools:

A winter forest landscape with dust spots
Spots
A photo with dust spots removed
No spots

Delete Selected Layer

After you have removed all the dust spots, now you can just delete the dust finder layer as we don’t need it anymore. Or you can save it a Capture One style so you don’t have to do those steps every time you need a dust spot finder layer.


About the author: Samir Zarrouk is a landscape and architecture photographer based in Finland. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Zarrouk’s work on his website, Twitter, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

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Xiaomi 11T Pro Audio review: A consistent recording device

Xiaomi 11T Pro Audio review: A consistent recording device

Successor to last year’s Mi 10T Pro, the Xiaomi 11T Pro features Qualcomm’s high-end chipset Snapdragon 888, a 6.67-inch AMOLED display, and up to 12GB RAM and 256GB of built-in storage. For its latest premium smartphone, Xiaomi renewed its successful partnership with Harman, promising an “unforgettable audio experience”, with dedicated dual speakers, and “quality 360° surround sound”. The 11T Pro also supports Dolby Atmos, and boasts a triple microphone array adding audio zoom to the phone’s acoustic abilities.

We put the Xiaomi 11T Pro through our rigorous DXOMARK Audio test suite to measure its performance both at playing audio back through its built-in speakers and at recording sound using its built-in microphones. In this review, we’ll break down how it fared in a variety of tests and in several common use cases.

Key audio specifications include:

  • Two speakers (bottom right and top right)

  • USB Type-C input for headphones (no 3.5mm jack)
  • Audio zoom
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Hi-Res certification


About DXOMARK Audio tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone audio reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests and undertake more than 20 hours of perceptual evaluation under controlled lab conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate both Playback and Recording using only the device’s built-in hardware and default apps.
(For more details about our Playback protocol, click here; for more details about our Recording protocol, click here.)


Test summary

Playback

Pros

  • Excellent volume performance overall
  • Very sharp attack, despite transients being occasionally too loud
  • Good spatial performance overall

Recording

Pros

  • Recordings’ tonal balance is good with nice treble presence and realistic midrange
  • Realistic envelope across all use cases, even when recordings at high SPL
  • Good SNR performance
  • Great wideness in life videos
  • Very few artifacts overall

Cons

  • Slight lack of low midrange in all use cases
  • Recording loudness with Camera app is quite low
  • Some distortion present in recordings made at high SPL

The Xiaomi 11T Pro’s overall score of 71 places it in the lead quarter of all the phones we have tested to date, alongside the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max but 5 points down from one of its predecessors, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.

In playback, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is highly suited for gaming, thanks to very good spatial attributes (wideness of the sound field, localizability of the sources within that field, left-right balance, and distance rendering), sharp and rather impactful dynamics, and excellent volume results overall, both at minimum and at maximum volumes. Except for synthetic signals, the speakers turn in mostly clean, artifacts-free audio, however, note that they are quite easy to occlude when handheld in landscape mode. Further, the 11T Pro’s prominent yet inconsistent midrange, its lack of bass and brightness and its occasional clipping make it less fitted for music or movie playback.

As a recording device, the Xiaomi 11T Pro offers a delightfully consistent performance across all use cases. Regardless of the scenario, recordings benefit from a harmonious tonal balance (good treble presence and faithful midrange in particular), realistic envelope capture, good signal-to-noise ratio, as well as relatively absent sonic artifacts overall. Videos recorded with the rear cameras, called life videos in our protocol, exhibit great wideness, as with most Xiaomi models. That said, while all recording configurations share most of the phone’s strengths, the same goes for weaknesses: a slight lack of low midrange is observable across all use cases, and occasional distortion is perceivable at high SPL. Further, note that loudness in videos recorded with the Camera app is a bit subpar.

Sub-scores explained

The DXOMARK Audio overall score of 71 for the Xiaomi 11T Pro is derived from its Playback and Recording scores and their respective sub-scores. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at these audio quality sub-scores and explain what they mean for the user.

Playback

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Timbre

Black Shark 4 Pro

Best: Black Shark 4 Pro (82)

Timbre tests measure how well a phone reproduces sound across the audible tonal range and takes into account bass, midrange, treble, tonal balance, and volume dependency.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro earns an average score for timbre due to a slightly underwhelming performance. Midrange is emphasized by a lack of low-end, and can sometimes sound canny or nasally. Further, it is rather weak and inconsistent, lacking low-midrange and exhibiting occasional resonances at maximum volume. Treble is decent, albeit lacking high-end extension and brightness, even at loud volumes.

That all said, timbre is globally satisfying at maximum volume. While bass is fairly absent at nominal volume, resulting in a thin sound, it does get better as the volume increases, reaching a satisfying presence at maximum volume.

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Dynamics

Black Shark 4 Pro

Best: Black Shark 4 Pro (81)

DXOMARK’s dynamics tests measure how well a device reproduces the energy level of a sound source, and how precisely it reproduces bass frequencies.

Dynamics certainly are one of the 11T Pro’s strong suits in playback, with a sub-score only seven points down from the title-holder in this category. Attack is very snappy, with such sharp transients that they can generate clipping at maximum volume! Additionally, despite the weak low-end energy, the phone manages to produce satisfactory bass precision and punch across all volumes.

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Spatial

Black Shark 4 Pro

Best: Black Shark 4 Pro (82)

The sub-attributes for perceptual spatial tests include localizability, balance, distance, and wideness.

Spatial attributes are all on target: the sound field spreads out pretty widely — albeit not as wide as the Mi 10 Pro or 10S —, and localizability of the various sources within that sound field is more than correct, except in our classical music evaluation where it was somewhat blurrier.

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The left and right channels are correctly balanced, which results in a well centered scene overall, and distance rendering is very realistic. However, in the Movie app, note that the stereo field doesn’t rotate when the phone is used in inverted landscape mode, which means the left and right channels are then swapped.

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Volume

Black Shark 4 Pro

Best: Black Shark 4 Pro (79)

Volume tests measure both the overall loudness a device is able to reproduce and how smoothly volume increases and decreases based on user input.

The 11T Pro provides a very satisfying loudness at maximum volume, a fairly natural distribution of volume steps overall (except for the first two), and ensures excellent intelligibility at minimum volume. Here are a few sound pressure levels (SPL) measured when playing our sample recordings of hip-hop and classical music at maximum volume:

Hip-HopClassical
Xiaomi 11T Pro73.4 dBA70.1 dBA
OnePlus 975.9 dBA72.4 dBA
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G72 dBA68.3 dBA
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Artifacts

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Best: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (96)

Artifacts tests measure how much source audio is distorted when played back through a device’s speakers. Distortion can occur both because of sound processing in the device and because of the quality of the speakers.

The 11T Pro’s below-average sub-score in this category is explained by its exhibiting quite a lot of sonic artifacts with synthetic signals (such as pure sine waves), including aliasing and distortion. Otherwise, with common audio, the phone ensures a fairly clean, artifacts-free playback. That said, note that the speakers are pretty sensitive to hand occlusions.

Recording

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Timbre

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders

Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (88)

In recording timbre, the Xiaomi 11T Pro receives a very good sub-score, only five points down from the best-scoring device in this category.

Recordings sound natural, with nice treble presence and realistic midrange. A slight lack of low midrange is noticeable though, with voices sounding a bit nasally and lacking fullness. Tonal balance is also correct in the Recorder app, however, it is somewhat hindered by a slightly limited high-end extension, and recessed low midrange.

Although they remain harmonious, recordings made in loud environments are a bit too focused on midrange, lacking both low- and high-end. In terms of use cases, videos, both selfie and life, fare best.

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Dynamics

OnePlus 8

Best: OnePlus 8 (78)

In this category too, the phone delivers a very satisfying performance. Recordings exhibit a good signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and a realistic envelope across all use cases, with precise and natural plosives, except in high-SPL scenarios, where slight compression is noticeable and plosives are occasionally crushed by distorsion. That said, dynamics remain overall very faithful, even in loud environments.

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Spatial

Black Shark 4 Pro

Best: Black Shark 4 Pro (78)

Spatial attributes are also up to par. As with most Xiaomi devices, life videos produce a great sense of wideness. However, in selfie videos, the stereo scene wideness is much more limited, resulting in a fairly narrow stereo scene.

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Regardless of the use case, localizability is precise, and thanks to the natural midrange, distance capture is realistic.

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Volume

Xiaomi Mi 10S

Best: Xiaomi Mi 10S (89)

Nominal loudness is good in the Recorder app, and only correct (albeit lower than with other Xiaomi phones) in the Camera app. Here are our test results, measured in LUFS (Loudness Unit Full Scale); as a reference, we expect loudness levels to be above -24 LUFS for recorded content:

MeetingLife VideoSelfie VideoMemo
Xiaomi 11T Pro-28.1 LUFS-26.3 LUFS-23.9 LUFS-22.4 LUFS
OnePlus 9-29.5 LUFS-20.6 LUFS-19.4 LUFS-19.4 LUFS
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G-26.1 LUFS-22.3 LUFS-20.8 LUFS-21.5 LUFS
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Artifacts

Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders

Best: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (90)

Audio recorded with the 11T Pro exhibits very few sonic artifacts overall. A subtle distortion is noticeable on loud noises (like shouting voices), but nothing too problematic. As for recordings made in loud environments, distortion can appear on vocal sibilances, but no temporal artifact is perceivable.

You can check for artifacts yourself in this sample domestic recording:

However, those good results have to be put in perspective: the Camera app’s recording level being sensibly lower compared to previous Xiaomi iterations, it is only logical that sonic artifacts should be less present.

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Background

Apple iPhone XS Max

Best: Apple iPhone XS Max (58)

Despite the lack of bass, background recordings sound realistic and fairly clean. The 11T Pro thus reaches a sub-score of 55, only three points down from the iPhone XS Max, best-scoring phone in this category.

Conclusion

Whether for recording a memo, making a selfie video or filming a concert, the 11T Pro is never struggling: as a recording device, Xiaomi’s latest premium smartphone is, first and foremost, a very reliable and consistent performer across all use cases. Sure, there are smartphones that will truly excel at each of those scenarios, but few devices are able to ensure such a good job across the board. As for playback, the timbre’s inconsistencies prevent it from being an ideal candidate for listening to music or watching movies, but thanks to strong dynamics, immersive spatial attributes and very good volume results, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is very well suited for gaming.

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