Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review One Week Later – shot entirely on the S9+

Welcome to my review of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ one week later. The entire video was shot using the front and rear cameras of the S9+, outdoor at the start of the second snow blizzard that was just returning on Dartmoor National Park.

I have also discussed my views on the audio and some comparisons as well. New camera samples are included, previously not seen before or shared by me.

Video Review

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Review – All Modes & Comparisons

Welcome to my Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Review. In this review all modes of the camera are tested and commented on including –

– Video at 4K 60fps – The S9+ creates super crispy footage with decent audio too.

– Slow Motion comparison between 960fps and 240fps – whilst 960fps is fun to create with Samsung’s auto detect motion and has a super easy editing software to frame your super slow motion perfectly with some fun music too, slow motion at 240fps is far better quality, but not as fun. To find slow motion at 240fps you will need to activate the mode in the camera settings.

– Variety of Super Slow Motion Clips at 60fps – I tried to pick 6 different scenarios. I loved the effect.

– f/1.5 vs f/2.4 – see the differences possible. f/1.5 really does turn dark scenes into daylight as well.

– Selection of Photos – the photo quality is excellent. In fact video quality is great too.

– Low Light Shots – a champ. Natural looking photos. It does help to drop the exposure down, although none of the shots shown had this adjustments.

– Panoramic – File sizes around 60mb and truly amazing outputs.

– Live Focus vs normal selfie – just use rear camera with a f/1.5 for a natural bokeh. Not my favourite mode. Front camera for photos is the S9+’s weakness. Front video manages QHD and is good with auto focus as well.


The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a very competent shooter. The output from video to photo quality is excellent and always nails the shot first time every time.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ – Camera samples comparing the 2 aperture modes of f/1.5 and f/2.4

So the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and S9 camera is the first to have 2 aperture settings. Either a f/1.5 or f/2.4. In auto mode it decides which aperture to use, but switching to Pro mode and you can choose yourself.

So lets take a look at some examples. I have uploaded the full size versions in this post, so click each photo for more options.

Both the photo above and below were shot in f/1.5. This was inside a church which had no lights on. See other shots further down. Going in close at f/1.5 allows for some great natural bokeh. No need for fake portrait modes, even though the S9 camera does have one!

The level of detail in the shot above is excellent. Blown up on a big screen, the photo looks superb.

Above is using the f/2.4 aperture. A much darker shot and some of the detail has been lost. However, a longer shutter speed of 1/4 second would compensate a little. The S9’s OIS is able to hold the image still for a 1/4 second with ease.

Above is f/1.5 on the fake flower. You can create a great bokeh in this setting.

But shooting at f/2.4 as above, creates a sharper crispier image. It’s handy to have the choice to decide.

Above is shot at f/2.4 and is an actual indication of the true light levels inside the church. This is what all the photos in this post had available for natural light.

Now moving to f/1.5 and what a difference.

So there you have it. Photos of the same scene shot in the different aperture options, allowing some creative control. Or just shoot in auto, and let the S9+ make the call.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ – Low Light Camera Test in Brutal Weather Conditions

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera is meant to shine in low light conditions. Fortunately, the UK is in the middle of heavy rainfall, fog and generally miserable conditions. The below photos were shot in very heavy rain and fog.

The photos are the full size uploaded, so you should be able to download these and pixel peep. The above shot looks as clear as day, with very little noise. Slightly softer on the edges but that’s to be expected with a f/1.5. But what to you think.

Shot once again in very heavy rain and this time the fog has increased. In auto again, but this time I wanted to see what would happen if I dropped the exposure down a little. Another clear , low noise and realistic photo.

The last photo was in auto, but this time the exposure was left untouched. It was actually semi dark outside but look at the light levels here. The shot above is a more accurate rendition of the level of darkness.

So what do you think?

Ancient Mystic Trees of Dartmoor National Park – Shot on an iPhone X

Wandering around Dartmoor National Park reveals many glorious sites and depending on the time of day, can completely alter the colours of the landscape.

The trees often have a mystic quality about them. Below are a few photos from the iPhone X. Enjoy.

I really like the natural colours of the trees and growth at ground level.

Switching to HDR black and white created a whole new look.

Sometimes it is just nice to take a pano of the scene.

Even the bridges are pretty old now.

And if you visit Dartmoor National Park, keep a look out for the local security guards 🙂

Samsung Galaxy S9+ – First Thoughts and More

Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ just over a week ago now and since that time I have been evaluating the new flagship.

Quite a fair amount of content has been shared by major websites, and whilst some of that, not all, is either biased or non committal it still is possible to read thru the lines and makes some assumptions. However, I will be putting my own S9+ thru its paces when it arrives later this week, with particular focus on the following :-

– overall user experience

-the audio capabilities from the loudspeaker, bluetooth and wired headphones with a very large selection of headphones tested

– the camera – from auto mode to pro mode and then taking it to the extreme

– Comparisons with other phones like the iPhone X, Mate 10 Pro, Pixel 2, Huawei P20 Pro, Note 8, S8, S8+ and more

So my first thoughts are that Samsung has refined the S8+ and Note 8 to produce the S9+. Undoubtedly, it will be a fine phone, but I still have questions over whether the camera is that much improved and whether the user experience will be hampered by Samsung including double of everything eg voice assistants.

So if you have any particular questions you would like answered, let me know.

Shot and Edited on an Apple iPhone X – Snow Drifts & Blizzards – The Beast from the East

My village on Dartmoor National Park was late receiving the snow. It first arrived on 1st March and continued on the 2nd. Last night late into the night, more snow fell. In terms of temperatures, we average minus 15 degrees centigrade at night for a week. (wind chill temp).

However, this morning, its all thawing out. Before we get to the video, here are some photos of my village, Princetown.

The below video was filmed using the default camera app on the iPhone X, then edited using iMovie and Luma Fusion apps on the iPhone.


Sound & Vision The Bristol Show 2018 Highlights – Over 200 Brands under one roof!

The Sound & Vision Bristol Show, organised by Audio T in association with What Hi-Fi, was held over 3 days from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February 2018 at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel.

The Sound & Vision Bristol Show 2018 is the UK’s largest and longest running show. Over 200 brands were on display allowing you to experience the latest Hi-Fi and talk to the the manufacturers. In addition the show featured exclusive product launches, competitions, deals, special offers and free headphones for students.

Below is my video highlight of the show. I got there early to record the show and speak to the various manufacturers. The Show was an incredible mix of gear, from budget to high end gear. Vinyl was everywhere and some of the turntables were a work of art.

The show highlights was the amalgamation of 4 hours filming, which produced 80 videos. These were edited down into a 8 mins and 43 seconds. So sit back and enjoy. Don’t forget to watch in full 1080p 60fps.

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Apple HomePod – 2 weeks later – Wood Staining Update & Final Verdict

Welcome back everyone. I thought I would give an update on hows I have been getting on with the Apple HomePod.

I have had my HomePod on a wooden piece of furniture and I decided to have another look to see if any damage had occurred.

Plus my final verdict.

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Apple iPhone X – 3 months later + What’s on my X + What Games work fullscreen on my X + Camera Showcase

So something strange happened. The HomePod has caused me to drift over to an iPhone X. But just how am I getting on with it?

What apps and games are on my X? Which games work full screen on the X and how much has the camera improved since release.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Review – DJI’s updated gimbal that’s over 50% cheaper than the original

Welcome to my review of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. I owned and reviewed the original Osmo Mobile, so I was quite keen to see how this improved upon the original, also considering the original cost £299 whereas the updated version is only £139.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 295 × 113 × 72mm
– Weight 485g
– Model OM170

– Consumption 1.2 W -Under ideal conditions with the gimbal fully balanced.
– Controllable Range Pan: ±160°
– Tilt:±155° (landscape orientation)
Mechanical Range Pan:±170°
– Roll:-90° to +70°
– Tilt:±170°
– Max Controllable Speed 120°/s
– Width of Compatible Phones 58.6 – 85mm
– Battery Type 18650 LiPo,Capacity 2600 mAh,Energy 18 Wh,Voltage 7.2 V
-Operating Time 15 hrs – Under ideal conditions with the gimbal fully balanced.
– Charging Time 2 hrs
– Bluetooth LE 4.0


I reviewed the original Osmo Mobile, link at end to review which includes sample footage to some of the modes in the DJI app, which cost £299. On top of the £299, you had to buy so many accessories from a tripod attachment mount and more which added another £70 plus to the cost. With the new version, DJI lowered the price to £139. And you don’t need any accessories for it either. Why? Firstly by making the battery integrated, it added a tripod mount. Plus the integrated battery lasts up to 15 hours which is a vast improvement over the original.

The new version is also much lighter which makes it easier to hold for longer. Plus the new version allows you to charge your phone on the go when using the gimbal, or just acting as a power bank. You can’t charge both at same time though.

The DJI app is available on iOS and android. And just as iOS and android have differences, so does the app depending on the platform. See video review for differences.

As a gimbal, the Osmo Mobile 2 is fantastic. The new phone grip holds much bigger phones , although you might still need to take your phone case off. See video again which illustrates this. Using the gimbal you get smoother video footage. You can also take perfect panoramic shots , and a range of time lapses, motion time lapses and hyper time lapses. You can also shoot long exposures hand held!


It is incredible to think DJI not only reduced the price by over 50%, they actually made it much better than the original too. If you want a gimbal, this is the one to get.

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Apple HomePod Review – An Audiophile Dream Speaker

Welcome to my review of the Apple HomePod. I must admit when I first read all about this new speaker from Apple I was skeptical.

First, lets take a look at the key specs.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions:172 mm high x 142 mm wide
– Weight 2.5 kg
– Colour Space Grey or White

Audio Technology

– High-excursion woofer with custom amplifier
– Array of seven horn-loaded tweeters, each with its own custom amplifier
– Six-microphone array for far-field Siri
– Internal low-frequency calibration microphone for automatic bass correction
– Direct and ambient audio beam forming
– Transparent studio-level dynamic processing

Audio Sources

– Apple Music
– iTunes music purchases
– iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
– Beats 1
– Apple Podcasts
– AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Mac

Audio Formats

– HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV and FLAC

Touch Surface

– Tap or hold + or – for volume up/down
– Touch and hold for Siri
– Tap to play/pause music or Siri
– Double-tap to skip
– Triple-tap to skip back

So as I mentioned, I was skeptical to say the least. So unboxing the HomePod is like any other Apple product. A wonderful experience including the setup. The other thing I noticed is how damn heavy the HomePod was for its size.

Apple make technology simple at times, and setting this up was a breeze. See video below. When the HomePod powers on, you hear a thud. That is the first time you realise this little speaker is capable of delivering some deep bass.

If you read the specification above, there are lots of fancy words used. However, what matters is how good does it sound and does Siri actually work. I am astonished at how good the sound is for such a small speaker. Even listening at low volumes, it is a treat. Jazz is delightful. The room is filled with wonderful vocals and instruments. In fact, I tried lots of different genres and all were great. Sometimes, the mids got lost, but honestly you cannot go wrong with this. Siri works well and pretty quickly too.

I don’t have an Apple Music subscription, but as a back up, I do have iTunes Match subscription on top of my Google Play Music. This means all my 10,000 songs can be accessed instantly. Using Airplay, I can listen to any other music source from my iPad. I can even ask Siri to move to the next track on my iPad.

Of course, the HomePod nows works with HomeKit. Now lets take a look at the video review.

Video Review


If you have an Apple TV, iPad or iPhone then this is for you! If you also have an Apple TV music or iTunes Match subscription then this is a no brainer. The HomePod is so much better than I ever thought. Amazing!

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TIBO Sphere 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker Review

Welcome to my review of the TIBO Sphere 2 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker which retails for around £199 and is available in several colours black, white, green, red and orange.

Key Specifications

– 30W RMS, Portable Speaker
– Direct pre-sets for internet radio
– Bluetooth & Wi-Fi streaming
– Up to 8 hours battery playback

The 30 Watt Sphere 2 is a Multi-Room Wi-Fi Bluetooth speaker, which allows Hi Res audio Playback. The Sphere 2’s High Resolution audio is delivered by 30W of RMS power supplied by a class D Amp 4 Ohms at 88 dB 60Hz-20KHz.

You can have 5 direct presets for streaming thousands of internet radio stations and playlists. The built in lithium rechargeable battery allows a minimum of 8 hours playback. The sphere 2 allows playback in single, stereo or group mode. Comes with wireless or LAN connections and has USB for charging you mobile devices. The speaker is controlled and initially setup by the free Tibo App. The video review has more details on the app. Within the app you can setup Spotify Connect, Tidal, Tunein radio and more services. You can also play locally stored music, connect to it via bluetooth or even use the aux input. The key here is versatility.

Video Review


A great sounding portable speaker, with lots of versatility. Recommended.

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TIBO Kameleon Touch Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker with Amazon Alexa Review

Welcome to my review of the TIBO Kameleon Touch Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Room Speaker with Amazon Alexa. The TIBO Kameleon retails for around £149.

The Key Specifications

– 30W RMS, Tap to talk – Multi-play speaker
– Direct pre-sets for internet radio
– Bluetooth & Wi-Fi streaming
– Amazon Alexa near field VAS built-in
– 3 changeable sides: Walnut, White, Grey

The TIBO Kameleon Touch is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Multi-Room speaker with Amazon Alexa built in. With Amazon Alexa the speaker takes on a whole range of smarts. It is also able to link with ease to other TIBO Smart Audio products.

The Smart Audio capability is controlled by the free TIBO App. Setting up the speaker using the app was a breeze. The app then allows you to link other TIBO Smart Audio speakers and the various music streaming services from Spotify connect, Tunein Radio, Tidal and others. Refer to video review for more details. You can also stream music stored locally on your phone. Versatility is the name of the game here. The Kameleon Touch can be used to playback audio in single, stereo or group mode at the touch of a button. High Resolution audio streaming via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth makes music from a wide range of sources immediately available. Plus, the speaker has five pre-sets which can be toggled through for thousands of internet radio stations and playlists. This saves a lot of time and to also include an aux in is another nice touch.

Amazon Alexa is available at a touch of a dedicated button. For styling purposes the speaker comes with 3 sets of interchangeable panels, white, dark grey and walnut, which is a neat touch.

Video Review


A very versatile and great sounding speaker, recommended.

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