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Smartphone Picture of the Week 16/10/21

Smartphone Picture of the Week 16/10/21

October 16, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Smartphone Picture of the Week, our online feature showcasing the best of your smartphone photography. Each week, we select and share favourite smartphone photograph taken by our online followers.


Fleur Schim

This week’s photograph is by Fleur Schim, using an iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Fleur Schim smartphone picture

“Photography and imagery has allowed me to escape from the overwhelming sensory overload of current events. This creative diversion presents an opportunity to not think about anything other than what is in front of me. I’ve given myself permission to refocus my priorities and be present with what makes me happy.

I carry my iPhone everywhere I walk. There are so many anticipated and unexpected views in the nearby canyon and trails. Early morning scenes of the sun cresting the hills, birds, flowers, decaying trees and plants are often inspiration for later artwork. Clouds remain a favorite capture as I pay attention to my surroundings.

The ocean is my happy place. I love the atmosphere and mood. Arriving at the beach after a prolonged mandated absence was a joyous moment. This shift of my sense of self was uplifting. I felt like my senses were reawakened. The atmospheric qualities of the ocean and beach are evocative. This reawakening has been transformational as a result. My art has become more interesting and emotive.

I love watching surfers and people walking along the shore. I watch and wait until “my actors” are in the best position on this stage. This experience is absolutely captivating. These excursions have improved the quality of my life and enhanced my mood.

Mobile photography and the creative process of imagery allows me to be present. I am being kind to myself by giving myself permission to forget the outside world. This is a time for me to not think about anything other than what is in front of me. This mindful process is a creative retreat. I get out of my head, and get myself outdoors and into inspirational and transformative scenes.

I have found that through sharing my artistic passion, moments such as this, can also bring people together and inspire creativity. We are creating something positive from the ruins of isolation. These new creative alignments are restorative. I’m enjoying my creative process more and pushing myself with greater expressive style.”

Find Fleur on social media:

Instagram: @fleurschim

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/169227457@N08

Facebook: Fleur Schim

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Fujifilm Introduces The Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer

Fujifilm Introduces The Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer

The Link Wide from Fujifilm creates prints in a large format, using Instax Wide instant film, a first for the brand’s smartphone printer category.

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Link Wide

 

Fujifilm has updated its line-up of instant printing devices with a printer that will produce large format instant prints and is designed to sit alongside the Instax Mini Link smartphone printer introduced in 2019.

Link Wide creates instant prints from the photo roll on a smartphone via the Instax Link Wide App which can be downloaded for free. Plus, it’s also compatible with the Fujifilm  X-S10 mirrorless digital camera.

The Link Wide transfers an image and starts the print in about 12 seconds, supports continuous printing, and is capable of generating about 100 Instax instant prints per battery charge. Two printing modes are available:  Instax Rich and Instax Natural along with 30 filters, collage options, a cropping tool, the ability to add text, frames and in-app stickers. 

 

Link Wide

 

Pricing And Availability

The Instax Link Wide smartphone printer is available in two colours, Ash White and Mocha Gray, and is available for purchase on 22 October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £129.99.

Instax Wide Black instant film, which has a black border instead of the usual white frame, will be available for purchase in late October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £9.99.

Visit the Instax website for more information. 


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Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer Announced

Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer Announced

October 13, 2021

Fujifilm has announced the new Instax Link WIDE smartphone printer, a wireless Bluetooth printer that prints onto Instax WIDE film, the same film used by the Fujifilm Instax Wide camera. It will also support printing from the Fujifilm X-S10.

Fujifilm has also announced a new film pack with black background, priced at just £9.99 for a film pack.

The Instax Link Wide will be available from the 22nd October, priced at £129.99

Instax Link Wide in Hand

From Fujifilm:  Taking Smartphone Image Printing to New Widths

Fujifilm Introduces the instax Link WIDE Smartphone Printer

FUJIFILM Corporation announces the much-anticipated launch of its instax Link WIDE smartphone printer (Link WIDE), the latest in the instax line-up of instant printing devices. Built to complement the successful instax mini Link smartphone printer introduced in 2019, Link WIDE creates the ability to print images in a large format, on instax WIDE instant film, a first for the brand’s smartphone printer category.

“This product came to life thanks in part to tremendous positive feedback from our instax and photographer communities,” said Toshi Ida, President FUJIFILM Europe. “After enjoying all the image printing capabilities available from the instax mini Link, so many of our consumers reached out, enthusiastically requesting an instax WIDE photo printer option as well, in order to print their smartphone or digital camera images on a larger scale. With its updated features and ease-of-use, we’re confident that Link WIDE will delight our consumer base while satisfying their desire for a wide option for printing images taken on smartphones or digital cameras.”

Link WIDE creates high-quality, wide instax instant prints from the photo roll on a smartphone via the free instax Link WIDE App (required for full functionality)*1, connecting with the printer via Bluetooth*2. The App provides users with a variety of fun and creative features and options in printing their smartphone images, and Bluetooth allows a quick and seamless transfer from the phone to the Link WIDE printer.

In addition to smartphone compatibility, Link WIDE is also compatible with the FUJIFILM X-S10 mirrorless digital camera, allowing photographers to send their images directly from the camera to the Link WIDE printer.

Instax Link Wide QR Print

The main features of Link WIDE include:  

Lightweight design built for portability and speed

Surpassing the functionality offered by other smartphone printers in its class, the lightweight, handheld Link WIDE transfers an image and starts the print in about 12 seconds, supports continuous printing, and is capable of generating about 100 instax instant prints per battery charge. Link WIDE provides two printing modes; instax Rich, accentuating deep, warm colors, and instax Natural, which emphasizes the inherent tones of the image.

 

Dedicated Link WIDE app designed for intuitive operability

The Link WIDE App has been designed for ease-of-use with a variety of useful image printing options. The App features editing tools including cropping, approximately 30 filters, collage capabilities, adding text to the printed image, as well as in-app stickers and frame templates. Additional App features include:

  • Sketch, Edit & Print – import sketches and handwritten text, add them to photos, add sticker icons, and print.
  • Printing photos from videos – select a frame within a video and print it.
  • QR Print Mode: add a QR code to scan with a Smartphone to your photo, with the ability to:
    • Record sound
    • Link to a website
    • Tag your location on the print
    • Record a hidden message

 

Instax Wide Film Black Frame

New film variety available

Also accompanying the launch of Link WIDE is the new instax WIDE Black instant film, a new contrast on the traditional white-bordered look. The stylish black border provides eye-catching contrast against the printed images. instax WIDE Black instant film will be available in a single pack with 10 exposures.

New instax WIDE accessories available

The instax Link WIDE will be complemented by a number of snappy accessories to help users share their favourite instax photos in creative ways.

Whether you want to keep things cool with printable instax WIDE Magnets for your fridge, celebrate special occasions with unique and personalised instax WIDE Greetings Cards, or create beautiful collections of up to 40 photos with the instax Peel & Stick WIDE Album, there’s a host of options to help you share your most treasured memories with your nearest and dearest in a fun and inventive way. 

Instax Link Wide in different colours

Pricing and availability

instax Link WIDE smartphone printer

The instax Link WIDE smartphone printer is available in two colors, Ash White and Mocha Gray, and is expected to be available for pre-order on 13th October 2021, and for purchase on 22nd October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £129.99. instax WIDE Black instant film will be available for purchase in late October 2021 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £9.99.

instax Link WIDE accessories

  • instax WIDE magnets / pack of 10 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £8.99
  • instax WIDE Cards / pack of 10 has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £8.99
  • instax Peel & Stick Album / holds up to 40 WIDE photos has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of £17.99

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New gear: Fujifilm Instax Wide smartphone printer

The new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone printer.

Fujifilm’s new smartphone-friendly Instax printer—the Instax Link Wide—has officially landed. As the name suggests, it makes use of the brand’s largest format instant film, Instax Wide, and is the first Fujifilm printer to do so. It’s designed to be complementary to 2019’s Instax Mini Link, and so many of the specs are the same, just bigger.   

Instax Link Wide Key Features

The Instax Link Wide smartphone printer makes prints in approximately 12 seconds and can generate about 100 prints per charge. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and within its dedicated “Instax Link Wide” app, you can choose a variety of printing options. Options include access to editing tools and 30 different filters. You can also use the app to choose and print still frames from a video and/or add text or a QR code to an image.  

The new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone printer.
The new Instax Link Wide printer is a little bigger than a standard portable hard drive. Fujifilm

Additionally, it allows users to choose between two printing modes: “Instax Rich,” which boosts deep, warm colors, or “Instax Natural,” which emphasizes the image’s natural tones.

Although it’s bigger than the original Instax Mini Link, it’s still compact and lightweight enough to make it easy to travel with. At 5.5 inches by 5 inches by 1.3 inches, the printer it’s only slightly larger than a portable hard drive and comes with a convenient stand for your desk. 

First Impressions

A sample print from the new Instax Link Wide printer
We’re big fans of the “Instax Rich” printing mode, which boosts warm tones. Jeanette D. Moses

Prior to launch, we got our hands on an Instax Link Wide and so far we’re impressed. The “Instax Rich” printing mode makes the colors on the final prints pop considerably. And the ability to print larger (than Instax Mini) gives users more flexibility when collaging images together or adding text elements (see below).

The premade editable templates within the app make it easy to create elegant-looking prints that could easily double as thank you cards, wedding announcements or holiday cards. And if you are design-savvy, you can import your own text elements. Although the collage modes and ability to add text to the images is fun, where the Instax Link Wide really shines is in simple print mode. 

A sample print from the new Instax Link Wide printer
The dedicated app offers a lot of creative freedom to create collages and/or trick out your prints with text and more. Jeanette D. Moses

In terms of operation, the Instax Link Wide is incredibly easy to use. You load the film in through the back of the printer, charge via USB and press the large button on the top of the printer to turn it on. Everything else is done through the app which has intuitive edit modes and shows you how many pieces of film are left in the printer, as well as how much battery is left.

Within the app’s menus, you will also find options for selecting print modes and Bluetooth settings. There’s also the option to create and print QR codes onto your images. These can link to a Website, location tag or audio recording.

Instax Wide cost per print

Expect to pay about $1 per print with the Instax Link Wide printer. Color film packs contain ten shots and film tends to be sold in a 2-pack (20 shots) for $20. However, there are deals to be had on bulk pack purchases. Black-and-white Instax Wide tends to be a bit pricier at $15 for a single pack (10 shots).

The new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone printer.
Choose betweenAsh White (shown) or Mocha Grey for $149.95. Fujifilm

Instax Link Wide price and availability

There’s a lot to love about the Instax Link Wide and we suspect this smartphone printer will be highly sought after this holiday season. It comes in Ash White or Mocha Grey and will be available by the end of the month for $149.95.

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Fujifilm Unveils the Instax Link Wide Portable Smartphone Photo Printer

Fujifilm Unveils the Instax Link Wide Portable Smartphone Photo Printer

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Fujifilm has announced the Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer. The Link Wide prints images in a larger format, specifically on Instax Wide instant film, a first for the company’s smartphone printer lineup.

Fujifilm says the Link Wide will create high-quality, wide photo prints using images from a smartphone camera roll, transferred to the printer via the Instax Link Wide App. The printer connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection.

In addition to smartphone compatibility, the Link Wide is also usable with the X-S10 and will allow photographers to send images directly from the camera to be printed on the Link Wide printer.

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Fujifilm says that the main features of the Link Wide printer hinge on its lightweight design which it says is built for portability and speed. The company also says that it surpasses the functionality of other smartphone printers “in its class” and is able to transfer an image and start a print in about 12 seconds. It also supports continuous printing and is capable of generating around 100 Instax instant prints per battery charge.

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The Link Wide has two print modes: Instax Rich and Instax Natural. Rich is touted as accentuating deep, warm colors while Fujifilm says that Natural emphasizes the inherent tones in the image.

Fujifilm says that in addition to providing printer functionality, the app — which is required in order to fully take advantage of the printer — also has a variety of “fun and creative” features and options. It has some editing tools including cropping, about 30 filters, collage creation capabilities, offers the ability to add text to a printed image, and also has digital stickers and frame templates. It additionally allows users to import sketches and handwritten text and add them to photos before printing. The app also allows users to select a frame within a video file and print it as if it were a still photo.

Prints can also be embedded with a QR code that, when scanned, links to a website where a recorded sound, tagged location, and message can be shared.

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Also accompanying the launch of Link Wide is the new Instax Wide Black instant film that Fujifilm says is a new contrast on the traditional white-bordered look and provides more contrast against printed images. The Instax Wide Black instant film will be available in a single pack with 10 exposures for $22.

Fujifilm Unveils the Instax Link Wide Portable Smartphone Photo Printer 7

The Link Wide Smartphone Printer is available in Ash White or Mocha Gray and is expected to be available for purchase in late October for $150.

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Smartphone Picture of the Week 09/10/2021

Smartphone Picture of the Week 09/10/2021

October 9, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Smartphone Picture of the Week, our online feature showcasing the best of your smartphone photography. Each week, we select and share favourite smartphone photograph taken by our online followers.


Kai Seminuk

This week’s photograph is by Kai Seminuk, using a Samsung S21 Ultra.

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“I took this picture in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA . I wanted to actually get the picture of sunset with the sunflowers in foreground but it was late in the season and they were all pointing down as they had got too heavy. So I set up my tripod and took pictures of the wildflowers with my Nikon D850 and decided to snap a picture with my phone and that is what I had captured. I did edit it with Lightroom mobile but it was indeed captured with my Samsung S21 Ultra.

I had gotten into photography shortly after my father passed to keep my mind off of things.  Slowly I improved,  I force myself to shoot in manual mode so I have to think about the shot instead of the camera doing it for me. Now 8 years later I believe I am a little better.  Although many submissions to different photography groups, just never yielded any response until today.

I took this picture because I love landscape photography!  I love the colors and different compositions as they remind me of what beauty is around me that often people just walk past and forget about on their daily grind. It keeps me humble.”

You can find Kai on social media:

Facebook: Kaisphuckaroundphotos

Instagram: @kais0201

Website: https://kaiseminuk.picfair.com

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Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone Review

Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone Review

P1010020 | 1/125 sec | f/3.5 | 17.0 mm | ISO 200
 

 

Quick Verdict

The Sony Xperia 5 III smartphone shares some of the excellent features found on the more expensive Sony Xperia 1 III but in a smaller, easier to hold body that’s also got a better price tag. The camera is great, taking true-to-life photos and if you have the patience to learn how to use the Pro Mode then you’ll capture even better shots. If you can get on with the unusual dimensions and want a smartphone with premium tech that’s not priced at over £1000, the Xperia 5 III could be for you. 

+ Pros

  • Good screen 
  • Good image quality 
  • A useful line-up of cameras 
  • Compact shape
  • Excellent battery life 

– Cons

  • Still quite expensive
  • No wireless charging
  • The design won’t be for everyone

 

 

The Sony Xperia 5 III updates the Sony Xperia 5 II and as its predecessor did with the Sony Xperia 1 II, The Sony Xperia 5 III shares quite a few of the specs found on the Sony Xperia 1 III but as a price point more of us can afford.  

It’s priced at around £899 which is still quite expensive and £100 more than the Sony Xperia 5 II was priced at launch so we’re going to be taking a close look at this new smartphone to find out if the price equates to good value for money or if your cash will be better spent elsewhere. 

 

Sony Xperia 5 III Features

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The Sony Xperia 5 III features the same cameras as the Xperia 1 III but there’s no time-of-flight sensor for judging depth and it has a 6.1-inch screen as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. A new 30W charger is included in the box of the Xperia 5 III, too. 

As for the cameras, you get a 16mm ultra-wide, 24mm wide and a 70-105mm telephoto lens (all 12MP) with 20fps continuous shooting on offer as well as Sony’s Dual PDAF technology. There’s a 6.1-inch, tall and long 21:9 ratio screen (a USP of Sony smartphones), a 3.5mm stereo jack and a 4500mAh battery (improved over the Xperia 5 II). You also get 4K video, a Pro video mode, two memory options that are expandable with a MicroSD, water/dust resistance and an 8MP 24mm selfie camera. 

If it’s all sounding a bit familiar, that’s because quite a few of the specs are shared with the Xperia 5 II:

 

SpecsSony Xperia 5 IIISony Xperia 5 II
Rear Camera12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide) with Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.3, 70mm – 105mm f/2.8 (telephoto) with Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4,4x optical zoom, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide) with Dual Pixel PDAF12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide) with Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto) with PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide) with Dual Pixel PDAF
Front Camera8MP f/2.0 24mm Wide Angle Lens8MP f/2.0 24mm Wide Angle Lens
Display6.1″ OLED display6.1″ OLED display 
Video4K, FullHD (5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS)4K, FullHD (5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS)
USBUSB-CUSB-C
Battery4500mAh (no wireless charging)4000mAh (no wireless charging)
Weight168g163g
Dimensions157 x 68 x 8.2mm158 x 68 x 8mm
Memory128GB/8GB RAM or 256GB/8GB RAM (microSDXC slot for expanded storage)128GB/8GB RAM or 256GB/8GB RAM (microSDXC slot for expanded storage)

 

Sony Xperia 5 III Key Features:

  • Triple Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide) with Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.3, 70mm – 105mm f/2.8 (telephoto) with Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4,4x optical zoom, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide) with Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0 24mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Display: 6.1″ OLED display
  • Zoom: 3X-.4X optical zoom (telephoto lens)
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Phase-Detection Autofocus
  • Pro video and camera modes 
  • Video: 4K 24/25/30/60/120fps and HDR,1080p (5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Type-C USB
  • 4500mAh battery with fast charging but no wireless charging
  • 128GB/8GB RAM or 256GB/8GB RAM (microSDXC slot for expanded storage)
  • Dimensions: 157 x 68 x 8.2mm
  • Weight: 168g

 

Sony Xperia 5 III Handling

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As mentioned, if you’ve read our review of the Sony Xperia 5 II or have held it in your own hands, you may be experiencing some deja vu as they are very similar in looks and specs. In fact, the Sony USP of a 21:9 aspect ratio display has been around for some time now which means you get a narrow smartphone with a big screen but the dimensions still won’t suit everyone. It does fit well in the hand, though, and you can easily control the smartphone one-handed. It’s also easier to hold and use than the Xperia 1 III it it shares specs with. 

The rounded edges/corners remain which makes the smartphone comfortable to hold and there’s still a chin as well as a slight bezel where the selfie camera sits at the top but along the sides, it’s pretty thin. 

On the right side of the smartphone, there are volume controls, a Google Assistant button and a shutter button for when you’re taking photos in a landscape orientation. There’s also a fingerprint sensor sandwiched in between these buttons as there’s not one built into the screen.

Turn your attention to the bottom of the Xperia 5 III and you find a USB-C port and on top is a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can charge your smartphone and use your headphones at the same time. 

On the back sits the triple camera housing which sits pretty flush to surfaces so there’s no rocking when it’s placed down but the back is a magnet for fingerprints (it doesn’t have the lovely matt finish the Xperia 1 III has) and its slipperiness means it has a habit of sliding so we recommend popping a case on it for added protection. 

 

P1010014 | 1/100 sec | f/3.2 | 26.0 mm | ISO 200
 

As for the display, it’s covered in Gorilla Glass 6 so it’ll be slightly more prone to scratches/cracks than the Xperia 1 III which has Gorilla Glass Victus but brightness levels are good and colours are accurate. There’s also a 120Hz refresh rate available for selection in the settings which will improve your viewing experience. For those creating visual content, there’s a Creator mode that will provide even better colour reproduction. 

It’s good to see an official IP rating which means the smartphone will survive a dunking up to 1.5m for 30 minutes and the 4,500mAh battery is impressive, providing plenty of power for a day’s use and improving on the 4000mAh battery found in the Xperia 5 II but it’s a shame wireless charging is still missing from a device at this price level. 

The camera set-up is similar to that on the Xperia 1 III with just the time-of-flight sensor which is used for judging depth missing but this didn’t cause any problems. However, as we’ve come to expect from Sony, you get some nice camera features built-in including Phase Detection Auto Focus, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), ZEISS optics and eye-tracking. 

Sony Xperia 5 III Camera Features:

  • 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide) with Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.3, 70mm and f/1.8 105mm (telephoto) with PDAF, 3x-4.4x optical zoom, OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide) with Dual Pixel PDAF
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0 24mm Wide Angle Lens
  • Zoom: 3X and 4.4Xoptical zoom (telephoto lens)
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • Phase-Detection Autofocus
  • 20fps burst mode
  • Pro video and camera modes 

 

The camera app is very similar to other camera apps you’ll have used with basic modes such as panorama, selfie assistance and creative filters built-in. There are also round buttons to switch to the different lenses, modes found across the top of the screen and a big shutter button. You can click the screen to focus and adjust the exposure of an image, too. You’ll occasionally see a symbol pop up which is the AI looking at the scene in front and ensuring the optimal settings are selected to capture the best photo. 

To access the many Pro modes that are built-in you have to click the ‘basic’ wording that’s found top right. When you do, a wheel with various options such as P, S, M and Auto will appear along with explanations of what they’re used for. The tools on offer are in abundance and it can take some time to get used to how they all work but if you have the patience to harness their power, your photos will improve. The only mode you can’t access is aperture priority (there isn’t one) and you won’t find a dedicated night mode either. 

The two zoom lenses on the telephoto sensor is a different approach but there’s no real difference in speed when you compare with other smartphones that have separate telephoto cameras. 

 

P1010025 | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 17.0 mm | ISO 200
 

Video is captured in 4K at 24/25/30/60/120fps and HDR,1080p with 5-axis gyro-EIS and OIS to keep footage steady and you get access to a Pro video mode should you want more control over the settings used. 

Some will be impressed with the Pro modes on offer and use them all of the time but for most, the normal auto mode will be their go-to choice as it’s simpler to use and produces great results without too much effort. 

Battery life – The 4500mAh battery is really great and you’ll easily get a full day’s use out of the smartphone. It does support fast charging but not wireless. 

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Smartphone Picture of the Week 02/10/2021

Smartphone Picture of the Week 02/10/2021

October 2, 2021

Welcome to this week’s Smartphone Picture of the Week, our online feature showcasing the best of your smartphone photography. Each week, we select and share favourite smartphone photograph taken by our online followers.


Jasna Lukic

This week’s photograph is by Jasna Lukic, using an iPhone 11 Plus.

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Jasna says “I am an amateur photographer and have been taking photos for a good part of my life, at least 40 years, and have had different SLRs. But I have been so pleased with the picture quality you get from the iPhone, I have become too lazy to carry heavy cameras.

I live in Sitges, near Barcelona, and this is the train I often take to go to Barcelona. This photo was taken a week ago in an almost empty train. You have amazing sea views as the rail tracks follow the coast line.”

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Vivo Designs Detachable, Double-Sided Pop-Up Smartphone Camera

Vivo Designs Detachable, Double-Sided Pop-Up Smartphone Camera

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Vivo has designed a detachable pop-up camera system that consists of three total cameras and two flashes and runs on its own built-in battery.

Detachable smartphone cameras are not a new concept, at least in the design phase. For example, Vivo itself explored the idea of a small detachable phone camera with its own touch-display earlier this month, which was built upon a 2020 prototype that showed a smartphone design with a detachable front camera.

This time, Vivo designed a double-sided pop-up camera that may be the most advanced and practical design yet. The patent — as found and illustrated by LetsGoDigital — shows a Vivo smartphone with a full-screen design and a pop-up camera situated in the top right corner.

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The system can be used for selfies and video calls and has a dual-camera integrated onto the back of the pop-up system. This acts as the main camera, giving users a total of three cameras and two flashes.

The pop-up camera can be fully removed and fixed at different angles thanks to a hinge. Users can make the most of the camera by placing it on a flat surface to take photos from a distance — similar to using a camera with a remote shutter — or by holding it in hand as a selfie stick.

This detachable camera system has a built-in battery which means it can be used independently from the smartphone. If the battery runs low, users can attach it back onto the smartphone to charge it from the main body’s battery. This is done using a sliding rail, with additional magnets to prevent the camera from accidentally detaching.

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As it’s a double-sided camera, the system detects which side the user is on. This design also gives Vivo the option to add a Dual-View video function in the future.

LetsGoDigital explains that the patent doesn’t mention what type of cameras are to be used with this design but instead it is stated that the camera will have different apertures “for all-round photography possibilities.”

With numerous detachable camera system patents under its belt, it is seemingly increasingly likely that Vivo will at some point manufacture a finished smartphone that tries it, though it’s unclear how successful such a design would be. There are no doubt practical applications that a removable module would certainly make easier, but the increased possibility of losing those critical parts may outweigh the benefits.

Vivo isn’t the only one who is testing the design waters with a removable camera system. Oppo has also patented a detachable camera module design, although it is considerably bulkier in comparison to Vivo’s. Samsung has considered integrating a smartphone camera into its S Pen.

The full patent application can be viewed on LetsGoDigital.

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How to Do Street Photography with a Smartphone

How to Do Street Photography with a Smartphone

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Street photography might be one of the easiest genres of photography to slide into — it’s just you, a camera, and more or less walking around documenting humankind with an artistic flare — yet it can be quite difficult to progress beyond snapshot-looking images. This article will explore tips for improving your street photography using nothing more than a smartphone.

To demonstrate, I am using a vivo X60 Pro+ device, which sports an imaging system co-engineered with ZEISS.

Full disclosure: This article was brought to you by vivo.

Why Use a Smartphone?

We’ve all heard the phrase “the best camera is the one you have with you,” which is true, but a similar approach would be that the best camera is the one you are most familiar with. I’m willing to bet most people reading this use their phones far more than any other electronic device in their daily lives. We know how it feels, we know exactly where the buttons are and how to tap around all the functions, and we even use the camera app a ton whether we’re taking “serious” photos or not.

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Photo shot on the X60 Pro+. Photo by Ted Kritsonis.

For street photography, the smartphone blends in better than any dedicated camera could, it’s pocketable, and yes, it’s always with you. All of the above are big bonuses when it comes to the genre grounded in spontaneity and finding genuinely unique moments.

In the case of the vivo X60 Pro+ that I’ll be using throughout this article, it even has four optical focal lengths for immediate lens switching (14mm, 23mm, 50mm, and 125mm), a ZEISS co-engineered camera system, takes high-quality images up to 50 megapixels in standard shooting mode and 100 megapixels in high-resolution mode, and has some of the best low-light capabilities I’ve seen from a smartphone.

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Photo was taken with the ultra-wide camera in night mode on the X60 Pro+.
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Shot on vivo X60 Pro+ by Alen Palander.

Previsualize Your Shots

Some of the best street photography is from split-second instances that can’t be entirely pre-planned, but that does not mean you can’t be ready for them. One of the best ways to improve street photography today is by breaking down a shot into steps.

Even though you don’t know what exactly will happen within the photo yet, you can still find the right framing before it happens. Within a city, there are countless leading lines from manmade architecture, elongated shadows and light being controlled from standing structures, and new colors on every block.

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Photo shot on the X60 Pro+. Photo by Ted Kritsonis.

By observing these details, you can begin building on them by adding the spontaneous elements that fit into your vision. The leading lines you found can converge on a subject that happens to walk into the frame. The elongated shadows can fill the frame but when someone steps into the light, they strikingly stand out in contrast. The bright yellow wall you found is now the perfect backdrop of color needed to accentuate the red raincoat and umbrella of the person walking in front of it.

You can’t predict the missing details of a street photo, but you can observe your surroundings and come up with a plan for what would work best when it does happen.

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Photo was taken with 5x optical zoom on the X60 Pro+.

In the photo above, I had thought about this composition well before there were any people in the frame. I liked the simple, strong graphical elements given to me by using the X60 Pro+ 5x zoom camera, but it was missing a true subject to it all. I waited to see what would unfold if I stood there for a few minutes, and sure enough, I got this. The man is assisting the woman down a large step, but it almost looks like they are dancing too. Either way, it was pleasantly posed for a split second but I was ready for it due to previsualizing the scene and what I wanted out of it.

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Photo shot on the X60 Pro+. Photo by Ted Kritsonis.

Photograph the Story (or Make One Up)

The most important aspect of good street photography is that other people recognize why the photo was taken. It might sound silly, but think of how many photos seem to be snapshots showing something in the frame but don’t actually say or mean anything. Photos need a story just as much as a novel does.

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Photo shot on the X60 Pro+. Photo by Ted Kritsonis.

There’s a difference in story between getting close and photographing a pair of nice heels behind the window display outside a store and photographing them with the reflection of a person glancing at them in the glass. The first photo is lacking a reason to exist, whereas the second one can lead a person to all sorts of imaginative backstories on that person’s life and desires. This is just one cliche example, but the point is that you don’t want to fall into the trap of photographing “things.” Try and find a story about your thing or make one up (that person glancing yearningly over at the shoes was probably just checking that the hat they were wearing wasn’t crooked in the reflection).

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Photo was taken with 2x optical zoom on the X60 Pro+.
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Photo taken with the ultra-wide gimbal camera on the X60 Pro+.

Take the Shot

Honing in on your intuition is one of the best skills to have as a street photographer. For a genre based in capturing authentic moments in time, being able to take an image before your consciousness has time to reason with why can be an asset. Not to be confused with the “spray and pray” method, what I mean is that the visual world around you feeds you with information that your gut instinct understands before you have time to mentally process it.

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Photo shot on the X60 Pro+. Photo by Ted Kritsonis.

With one glance you can tell when a location is photogenic with symmetry or contrasting colors, and normally you would then take it to the next step of finding a composition that shows it off best, as I discussed earlier. With street photography, it’s good practice to shoot now and afterward work out those ideas more if you need to. More importantly, however, you never want to miss the shot that you instinctively knew was there the moment you saw it.

The yellow taxi parked during a rainy blue day in the city could drive off any second if you put more thought into what you immediately saw as a beautiful frame. Photographing on the streets is ever-changing and never exactly the same twice, so don’t let your mind get in the way of a great photo.

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Photo was taken with the ultra-wide gimbal camera on the X60 Pro+.
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Photo shot on the X60 Pro+. Photo by Ted Kritsonis.
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This 100-megapixel photo was taken in high-resolution mode on the X60 Pro+.

Submit Your Best Work to vivo VISION Plus Photo Awards

Took any street photos you are especially proud of? The vivo VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2021 call for entries is open until September 30th, 2021. The competition features 33 awards in different groups and categories, including Portraits, Night, Sports, Nature, Life, and Places.

To learn more about VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2021 and to participate in the competition, visit the official website here.


Image credits: Photographs by Ryan Mense, unless otherwise noted.

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