Category Archives: Photography

The Barbican, Plymouth – Historic Harbour shot on the Honor View 20

The Barbican in Plymouth was one of the few parts of the city that survived the second World War blitz. Most of the historic building in the city of Plymouth got destroyed. Two or three streets still retain some of the architecture of an historic fishing port. The Barbican has the largest concentration of cobbled streets in Britain, and contains 100 listed buildings.

The first shot above is actually a long exposure of 7 seconds. This was achieved by using the Silky Water Mode in the camera app of the Honor View 20. It is actually my favourite shot.

Next up is a simple auto shot at 12mp with AI left on. Equally as beautiful.

Now there is an option to use the full 48mp on the Honor View 20. So for the last shot, this was using the 48mp AI Clarity mode. This allows for some serious levels of detail and zooming in if required.

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Portishead Quay Marina at Night – Stunning Long Exposure Photos taken on the Honor View 20

The Honor View 20 has a great auto mode, but it also has a wealth of other modes built into the camera app. One of which is Night mode. This allows for hand held 5 second exposures without a tripod. However, with a tripod, the phone detects it is securely clamped and allows for an even longer Night mode photo of up to 32 seconds.

The results are stunning.

The above shot is of the boats in the marina. And below is a photo of the restaurants.

Impressive!

Trip to London – Shots of Hyde Park snapped on the Honor View 20

Yesterday, I did a day trip to London to visit family.

I took a number of photos on the Honor View 20 and the results are excellent. The first shot above is of London Paddington station.

The next few shots are taken at Hyde Park near the Italian Gardens. The swan was moving all the time.

Hyde Park is great to visit and also is a neat shortcut to walk from one side of London to another. Why take the Underground, when you can walk.

Some of the buildings and features are fabulous.

The above shot snapped straight into the sun! Notice the heron?

Above shot using 2 x zoom. Detail is good too.

All these shots were in auto mode which does a great job every time.

Honor View 20 – Long Exposure Night Mode – secret second Night Mode discovered with spectacular results

The Honor View 20 has many camera modes in the in built app. Scroll back to see my full camera review to learn about them all with samples.

However, there are 2 night modes. There is a 5 sec long exposure night mode that is hand held without a tripod. This in itself is pretty cool.

However, there is another night mode that kicks in automatically when the phone detects the following. First it realises the phone is in a tripod and also the tripod isn’t moving, that is its completely still. Then it will automatically carry out a longer exposure of up to 30 seconds. This is different from using Pro mode for 30 seconds as its undertaking multi framing and only keeping the best parts of each different shot.

The result. Below is a night mode shot, on auto settings, with the phone on a tripod. The phone picked a 25 second exposure. Where I was standing was pitch black. The photo below is spectacular.

I also experimented with raw images but none of the raw images could compete with the above quality using this longer exposure night mode.

DJI Osmo Pocket Review – with nearly 13 mins footage from the Osmo Pocket

Welcome to my review of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3-axis gimbal.

Key Features

– the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed
– Osmo Pocket snaps photos in stunning detail, thanks to a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture. It can also shoot 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm
– In real time, it precisely adjusts for your movements
– A sandstone handle is non-slip and sweat-proof, offering a comfortable grip. The built-in touchscreen and buttons provide a quick, single-handed user experience, letting you choose modes and adjust settings in a few swipes and taps.
– Intelligent functions include ActiveTrack, NightShot,Motionlapse, and Panorama.
– DJI Mimo, a dedicated app with editing tools with exclusively-designed filters and soundtracks give a unique finish to your footage. Mimo is the companion to let you point, shoot, edit, and share amazing moments. My Story lets you set the tone of your video with templates, filters, music, and watermark stickers with a single tap.

The Review

The DJI Osmo Pocket is available from Amazon UK.

DJI Osmo Pocket First Impressions with new firmware plus detailed look at functions and app

Welcome to my first impressions of the DJI Osmo Pocket 3-axis gimbal.

Key Features

– the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed
– Osmo Pocket snaps photos in stunning detail, thanks to a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV, and f/2.0 aperture. It can also shoot 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm
– In real time, it precisely adjusts for your movements
– A sandstone handle is non-slip and sweat-proof, offering a comfortable grip. The built-in touchscreen and buttons provide a quick, single-handed user experience, letting you choose modes and adjust settings in a few swipes and taps.
– Intelligent functions include ActiveTrack, NightShot,Motionlapse, and Panorama.
– DJI Mimo, a dedicated app with editing tools with exclusively-designed filters and soundtracks give a unique finish to your footage. Mimo is the companion to let you point, shoot, edit, and share amazing moments. My Story lets you set the tone of your video with templates, filters, music, and watermark stickers with a single tap.

Useful Links

DJI Osmo Pocket on Amazon UK
Samsung EVO U3 High Speed Micro SD Cards

Shot on the Pixel 3 – My Top 10 Photos – So What do you think of the Shots?

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is renowned for having a very good camera for photography. Unlike many other phones, it only has one rear lens which relies heavily on Google’s AI and software computational expertise.

So below are my top 20 shots taken with the Pixel 3 so far.

Above, stunning shot of autumn leaves on a tree. The colours were extremely accurate.

Taken at night, in the rain and fog. The complex lighting was handled well by the Pixel 3.

A classic Dartmoor landscape shot.

A lovely sunset shot looking over Tavistock, Devon, UK.

The above two shots were taken using the new night mode on the Pixel 3. The night mode works really well. Low noise in the photos and fantastic dynamic range.

The Pixel 3 camera has no issues focusing on close up flowers or insects.

The Pixel 3 camera has a particular feel and look. It is also reliable and is just as good with the front selfies cameras, as it is with the rear camera.

So what do you think of these photos?

Pixel 3 Camera Review with 40 amazing photos!

Welcome to my Pixel 3 Camera Review.

For this review I have focused on the photo quality as this is the Pixel 3 forte.

The Pixel 3 or 3 XL feature a camera that in auto mode delivers a good photo pretty much every time. Video quality is good but Google decided not to include 4K 60fps. Also the video audio quality is sub par compared to its major competitors like the iPhone Xs, Samsung Note 9 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

The Pixel 3 manages to use its single rear lens to great effect but ultimately the super res zoom cannot compensate for proper optical zoom. It also is competing in a world where phones are having 3 or more lenses on the rear which translates into extreme flexibility.

Despite this, for portrait/people shots it really performs exceptional well. Take a look at the video review. There is a front camera shot at night. The level of detail was astonishing. The front cameras include a normal and wide lens to allow you to get more people or more of the background in the shot.

The Pixel 3 Camera also takes shots with fantastic detail and dynamic range. The new night sight mode turns darkness into daylight.

Pixel 3 Camera Review

Conclusion

If you predominantly take photos, you cannot go wrong with the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.

Pixel 3 / 3 XL cases on Amazon UK

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Review – all modes photos & videos

Welcome to my Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera Review. In this review I have tested all the photo and video modes, explained the camera app interface and UI, sort of a mini tutorial, plus you get to see what the max resolutions are per mode.

So what lenses does the Mate 20 Pro have? 4 in total. 3 rear lenses, a 40mp main sensor, a 20mp ultra wide and a 8mp telephoto lens. The front camera is 24mp. The camera system is co-engineered with Leica.

Below are some photos from the camera.

A very windy day, but I still managed a close up of a bee feeding.

With the sun behind the church entrance, the ultra wide lens created a lovely effect.

My camera review includes shots of the moon, high action, pitch black, low light, all video modes, Video AI, stabilisation tests, zoom tests and much much more, plus my honest verdict on the whole phone from just a camera point of view, and then compared to the iPhone Xs Max and Note 9.

Of course, the Mate 20 Pro has many other unique or great features, like fast wireless charge, reverse wireless charging and did you know the bottom speaker is integrated into the USB C port!

The Main Event

Get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and all accessories on Amazon UK.

Shot on the iPhone Xs Max – My Top 15 Photos from the camera

After a few weeks, below are my favourite and top photos that I have taken with the iPhone Xs Max.

Apple released the iPhone Xs Max a few weeks ago. Smart HDR was one of the new camera features introduced which takes multiple shots and merges the best components of each, to create one amazing shot.

Then there is the new A12 Bionic processor that helps with the computational photography aspects.

The results from the Xs Max have really surprised me. The quality leap forward from previous iPhones in very noticeable. Even from the iPhone X.

The Smart HDR even allows shooting into the sun and producing a decent result.

The Xs Max have larger pixels than the X at 1.4 microns on the main sensor. This helps with low light and detail.

Another aspect of the iPhone Xs Max Camera that I have noticed is it’s speed to take a shot. It’s instant.

Talking of speed, holding the shutter button activates burst mode. Did you know you can take 999 shots in a single burst.

With each burst, I noticed how every shot was in focus and perfectly exposed as well.

Portrait mode has improved too.

Of course, portrait mode can be used in many different scenarios.

With the Xs Max, the telephoto lens can help get some great macros.

And even without the telephoto you can get some great close up pics.

I really love how the camera captures sunsets and sunrises.

In addition, if you edit the photos in the iOS Photos app, there are some lovely filters available.

Video has also been improved on the Xs Max. The iPhone Xs Max is one amazing camera. And so easy to use and reliable.

iPhone Xs Max Camera Review & Showcase

Imagine taking just your iPhone Xs Max with you, filming video and taking lots of photos.

Then using all the video and photos and being able to create, edit and upload a video without ever using another device.

Well what you are about to watch was produced completely on the iPhone Xs Max, edited, and then uploaded.

For video editing, Luma Fusion app was used.

Headphones are recommended.

Nokia 5 – Check out the Camera Samples from the 13mp camera

The Nokia 5 is made from a solid piece of 6000 series alumimium. It runs on a near stock version of android, called android one and it is a joy to use. My full review will be up this weekend, along with some tips and tricks. This is sat squarely in the budget category too, with 2gb ram and 16gb storage which is expandable with a micro SD card. You can buy this from Amazon UK for just over £110.

So what can the 13mp rear camera achieve when it comes to taking photos?

Let’s take a look.

The Dominos sign is looking crispy. Nothing wrong with this shot.

Again, another good shot. Maybe could do with a little brightening up, but overall pretty reasonable.

Above is the front facing 8mp camera, taken indoors. My face is a little pale as it hasn’t exposed perfectly for the light that is streaming through the glass window.

A couple of sheep on Dartmoor that were moving fairly quickly. Again, quite a fairly reasonable shot.

Before the storm. My village. Quite like this shot.

So what happens when we take the above shot, edit it in Snapseed using the HDRscape filter. A more dramatic shot!

Above, post box. This is the snapseed edit. Camera was aimed towards the sun, so the original shot was a little too dark, but snapseed helped make the shot a little bit more interesting.

I will talk more about my conclusion on the Nokia 5 camera and the rest of the phone in my main review. So stay tuned.

If you fancy buying one of the budget gems, you can pick one up from Amazon now.

Planes & Landing at Exeter Airport – filmed in 60fps, 240fps & 960fps

What do you do while you are waiting for your plance at an airport. Naturally film somes planes. Flybe use the above plane for short haul UK flights and they are pretty bumpy when landing, albeit enjoyable.

So with the Samsung Galaxy S9, I took some video using 60fps, 240fps and 960fps. 960fps were tricky as the planes speed often meant you missed the action. But I did get some footage.

Anyway, enjoy.

Sunset on Dartmoor National Park in 4K 60FPS – Filmed with a Samsung Galaxy S9

Out of all of the phones I have used in 2017 and 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is still the king when it comes to video recording. The video quality is excellent and the microphones record top notch audio. The phone itself still has a headphone jack and the best display of any phone. The Samsung Galaxy S9 (not plus) is a great sized phone too. Fits nicely in the hand with a superb body to screen ratio.

I went out last night and ended up with a short video capturing some of the scenes around sunset on Dartmoor National Park, along with a short time-lapse.

Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S9 I also used a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 . If you are into video, you should not be without this stabiliser. It’s cheap yet brilliant at the same time.

It just so happens that Amazon are selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 in the dual sim version at a discounted price of £619, and including a Samsung LEVEL Bluetooth speaker and a pair of AKG Y50BT Bluetooth Headphonesat no extra charge (all products must be added to basket, discount applied at checkout). – Learn more, click HERE.

When you watch the video below, make sure to change the video quality to 4K.

Useful Links

Samsung Galaxy S9 Dual Sim + Promotion on Amazon UK
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 on Amazon UK
Samsung HyperKnit case for the S9 – lovely case

BlackBerry Key2 – Camera Showcase – Vote now on the camera quality!

In my BlackBerry Key2 review I was extremely critical of the phone’s cameras. So I decided to create a camera showcase of over 50 photos.

The BlackBerry Key2 features a dual rear camera setup, with 2 x 12mp lenses, dual tone LED flash. The rear camera can record 4K video at 30fps. The main 12mp lens has a field of view of 79.3 degrees, with a pixel size of 1.28um, F/1.8 and with dual phase detection auto focus. The second 12mp lens is for 2 x optical zoom, has a field of view of 50 degrees, a pixel size of 1.0um, F/2.6 and phase detect auto focus.

The front camera is 8MP and fixed focus, with a selfie flash using LCD. 1080p video recording at 30 fps is possible too.

So just as some context, the photos were shot in auto and portrait mode. The low light indoor church shot was in manual. 90% of the photos have been edited on the device to bring the best out of each shot.

But what do you honestly think? Vote “thumbs up” for its a good camera, or “thumbs down” for its sub par. Also feel free to add a comment as well. Now for even more clarity, I have a Key2 Flickr Album where you can browse

So sit back and look carefully at the photos and then vote afterwards or leave a comment.

Useful Links

BlackBerry on Amazon UK