OnePlus 8T camera takes on Edinburgh’s fall colors

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The OnePlus 8T comes with a slew of great features including 5G, superfast charging and a lovely display. But it’s the cameras on the back that I’m most interested in, so I was excited to get the phone in my hand and take it on a walk through the orange leaves of Edinburgh in the fall. 

The 8T has four cameras: a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel super wide angle, a 5-megapixel macro camera for close up shots, and an additional monochrome sensor for black and white photos. TL;DR: It can take great shots with the main and wide camera modes, but the black and white sensor is pointless and macro images don’t look good. Read on for more information and to see my test images. 

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OnePlus 8T outdoor camera test


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OnePlus 8T outdoor camera test


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OnePlus 8T outdoor camera test


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Using the standard camera lens in its default mode, I’m impressed by the phone’s ability to balance bright highlights and shadows (the auto-HDR mode is helpful, apparently). Colors are rich and vibrant and the images are packed with detail. 

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OnePlus 8T outdoor camera test, wide-angle lens.


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OnePlus 8T outdoor camera test, wide-angle lens.


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Switching to the wide-angle lens, I’m again pleased to see a good handle on exposure. While I think the colors look more muted than with the normal lens, the white balance has shifted. It’s a wide view that makes it easy to capture a huge amount of the scene in front of you. 

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One of the new additions to the 8T’s camera setup is a monochrome sensor. Interestingly, the image is still taken

The iPhone 12 Pro Max could be Apple’s biggest camera jump in years

Apple has announced its iPhone 12 lineup, and as ever, the phones’ camera systems were the focus of much of the company’s presentation. This year, though, there’s more to differentiate each model than ever before. The iPhone range is getting improvements across the board, but Apple appears to be reserving the biggest advances for its biggest phone. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max has some serious hardware improvements that set its camera apart from every other iPhone.



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Hardware-wise, there doesn’t appear to be much difference between the iPhone 12, 12 mini, and 12 Pro when compared to the 11 and 11 Pro. All of these phones use the same-sized 12 megapixel sensors for wide, ultrawide, and the Pro model’s telephoto cameras, and the shape and size of the camera bump remains essentially the same.

The biggest hardware change is a new seven-element f/1.6 lens for the primary wide camera. That’s a modest aperture increase on the iPhone 11’s six-element f/1.8 lens; Apple says it improves the lens’ light-gathering ability by 27 percent, which should enable slightly faster shutter speeds or less grainy ISO settings in low light. There are often compromises to sharpness and performance when designing lenses with larger apertures, but the new seven-element structure will “maintain sharp detail in your photo from edge to edge,” according to Apple.

New glass is always nice, but the bigger improvements are likely to be in how Apple’s software makes use of the new A14 Bionic processor. The iPhone 12 cameras use Smart HDR 3, the latest generation of Apple’s computational photography pipeline; it’s previously identified and optimized for people’s faces, but now it uses machine learning to apply adjustments to a wider variety of elements in a scene. Apple is also claiming improved performance in night mode, which can now

Canon PowerShot ZOOM adds a monocular telephoto camera to the portfolio

It might not be an opportune time to be out and about but Canon thinks people will, at one point in time, want to escape the monotony of the new normal and go outdoors. Some might even take to nature and to the night skies for a bit of reprieve. Those are pretty much the situations where Canon’s newest PowerShot ZOOM camera might be of use, helping people get close to the action even while staying far, far away.

Canon’s PowerShot line is designed for ease of use and you probably can’t get any simpler than this. Coming in a form reminiscent of camcorders, the PowerShot ZOOM is a compact monocular camera that does just one thing and that is to take you closer to your subject matter as quickly and as easily as possible.

To that end, the PowerShot ZOOM offers three telephoto lengths of 100mm, 400mm, and 800mm, all accessible via a single zoom button. There aren’t that many controls there, actually, just a power button to get you started and a menu that hides everything else.

The camera’s specs are pretty modest, revealing its entry-level purpose. You have a 12 megapixel sensor capable of Full HD 30p recording, OIS and face-tracking AF, and a small 0.39-inch EVF. Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allows users to easily transfer photos and videos to a compatible smart device via the Canon Camera Connect app.

For its size and simplicity, it’s no surprise that the Canon PowerShot ZOOM compact telephoto costs only $299.99 when it launches in November. It might have some difficulty convincing owners of high-end smartphones to invest in a separate gadget just for telephoto shots and the device they already own might do just as well.

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Official render reveals the Huawei Mate 40 series’ unique camera array

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  • An official render of a Huawei Mate 40 series phone has surfaced online.
  • The render suggests at least one of the phones in the series will sport an octagonal camera array.
  • It seems the phone will also sport physical volume buttons.

Growing tired of the all-too-common rectangle camera arrays on flagships? The Huawei Mate 40 series may represent something of a break. According to a teaser (via GSMArena) posted to Weibo by Huawei’s head of mobile product, He Gang, at least one of the phones in the range will sport an octagonal camera array.

Judging by the render, the six-sided array will occupy a large portion of the phone’s upper third. It’s a stark departure from previous non-official renders portraying the Mate 40 with a circular camera array. The render doesn’t give us much info on the actual sensor arrangement or how many shooters will be present. Huawei fans will likely be hoping for the P40 Pro Plus‘ excellent penta-camera setup.

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Other design info we can glean includes the welcome return of a physical volume rocker and power button. This should make the Mate 40 considerably more usable than the Huawei Mate 30 Pro with its quirky touch controls. The teaser reveals little about the phone’s internals or specs, but we do know for sure this will be the last Mate series with flagship Kirin silicon.

We don’t have to wait long for an official announcement, though. Huawei will debut the Mate 40 series on October 22 in China. You may have to wait a little longer for availability in other global markets, though.

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