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OnePlus 6 Review including Camera Showcase & My Top 8 Highlights

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Review. My review includes my top 8 highlights along with a camera showcase. If you are uncertain whether you wish to buy the OnePlus 6, hopefully my review will help you make an informed decision.

The OnePlus 6 starts at £470 for the 64gb version and also comes in 128gb and 256gb storage. The remainder of the specifications include –

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 155.7×75.4×7.75 mm
– Weight 177g
– Operating System – OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo
– CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE, GPU Adreno 630
– RAM 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
– Storage UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
– Sensors Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Core
– Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
– Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5 mm audio jack
– Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)
– Audio Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound®,Dirac Power Sound®
– LTE/LTE-A – DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
– Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support
– Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
– Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD, NFC enabled, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
– Display Size: 6.28 inches, Resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels,Aspect Ratio: 19:9
– Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
– Rear Camera – Main,Sensor: Sony IMX 519, Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.22 µm,OIS, EIS, Autofocus: DCAF,Aperture: f/1.7
– Rear Camera – Secondary, Sensor: Sony IMX 376K, Megapixels: 20, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm, Autofocus: PDAF, Aperture: f/1.7 , Dual LED Flash
– Video, 4K resolution video at 30/60 fps, 1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor
– Front Camera, Sensor: Sony IMX 371,Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm,EIS: Yes,Autofocus: Fixed Focus, Aperture: f/2.0, Video 1080P resolution video at 30 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Time-Lapse
– Audio Supported Formats – Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
– Video Supported Formats – Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Recording: MP4

So as you can see, the specifications for the OnePlus 6 are pretty impressive. So now lets take a closer look and see if its all specs and no substance, and just how good is the camera!

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OnePlus 6 – Just how good is the camera for taking photos?

The OnePlus 6 is a top specified phone, but its cameras have never been its highlight. With the OnePlus 6 can OnePlus have something to shout about.

Video. My first impressions of using the camera for video were extremely disappointing. The electronic video stabilisation would not work and the footage looked wobbly as hell. If you encounter this, just turn the phone off and on again. This was the fix required. Now video looks excellent and is super stabilised.

With photos, the camera was having trouble on and off with focusing. At this point, I was ready to return the phone. However, I had managed a few reasonable shots as below.

Scenes of Bristol shot on the #OnePlus6

Scenes of Bristol shot on the #OnePlus6

Dartmoor Visitor Centre #OnePlus6

Pony Life #dartmoor #oneplus6

Scenes around Two Bridges & Princetown #dartmoor #oneplus6

Since my first impression of using the phone for video and photos, a new firmware update landed, oxygen os 5.1.6. Apart from adding new functionality, the camera quality and camera focusing was vastly improved. So below are a few shots using the new firmware.

Foggintor Quarry and scenes around Dartmoor #oneplus6

Foggintor Quarry and scenes around Dartmoor #oneplus6

With difficult light due to the overcast and misty conditions, the OnePlus 6 was performing much better than expected.

With the dog shots, they were running, so good job by the phone to freeze the shots.

George, Fury, Tiggy & Sophie enjoying their walk on Dartmoor #oneplus6

George, Fury, Tiggy & Sophie enjoying their walk on Dartmoor #oneplus6

So following this firmware update, the camera is performing well. It will be interesting to see just how much more OnePlus can improve this phone!

OnePlus 6 – Video Stabilisation Test whilst driving & over speed bumps!

OnePlus 6 – Stabilisation Test – Driving & Speed Bumps
— Read on

This is all about the OnePlus 6 video stabilisation and to test it more vigorously, the OnePlus 6 is attached to a car phone holder and driven over 3 speed ramps.

If for any reason video stabilisation is not working, just turn your phone off and then on again. This issue has affected several people.

OnePlus 6 Audio Review – Bluetooth, Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack vs The Top Flagships

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Audio review, covering the bluetooth, speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack. I also discuss how it compares to other flagships phones like the Honor 10, Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9+, iPhone X and more.

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OnePlus 6 vs Honor 10 vs Huawei P20 Pro – Camera Comparison – Photo & Video – A Winner is Picked!

Welcome to my camera review and comparison of the OnePlus 6 pitted against the Honor 10 and Huawei P20 Pro.

It is worth noting that the OnePlus 6 in 128gb storage is £519, the Honor 10 also with 128gb storage is £399 and the Huawei P20 Pro is £799. Whilst some deals might be available on these phones, the Honor 10 is £120 cheaper than OnePlus 6, and the Huawei P20 Pro is £180 more expensive than the OP6.

So take a look at the photos and vides, covering many modes. I have scored each shot with 3 points to the winner, 2 points for second and 1 points for last place. At the end, I total up and present the final scores and winner. What scores did you give each phone?

Below is some bonus footage from all 3 phones rear cameras!

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OnePlus 6 Unboxing & First Impressions incl Camera

Welcome to my OnePlus 6 Unboxing, First Impressions including camera along with a few tips and tricks.

Coming soon with be my detailed audio review (encompassing the 3.5mm headphone jack, bluetooth and speaker) and camera review.

I will be comparing the OnePlus 6 against the Honor 10 and Huawei P20 Pro as well.

Key Specifications

– Dimensions 155.7×75.4×7.75 mm
– Weight 177g
– Operating System – OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo
– CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE, GPU Adreno 630
– RAM 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
– Storage UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
– Sensors Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Core
– Ports USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
– Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5 mm audio jack
– Battery 3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)
– Audio Bottom-facing speaker, Noise cancellation support, Dirac HD Sound®,Dirac Power Sound®
– LTE/LTE-A – DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
– Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support
– Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
– Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD, NFC enabled, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
– Display Size: 6.28 inches, Resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels,Aspect Ratio: 19:9
– Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
– Rear Camera – Main,Sensor: Sony IMX 519, Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.22 µm,OIS, EIS, Autofocus: DCAF,Aperture: f/1.7
– Rear Camera – Secondary, Sensor: Sony IMX 376K, Megapixels: 20, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm, Autofocus: PDAF, Aperture: f/1.7 , Dual LED Flash
– Video, 4K resolution video at 30/60 fps, 1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor
– Front Camera, Sensor: Sony IMX 371,Megapixels: 16, Pixel Size: 1.0 µm,EIS: Yes,Autofocus: Fixed Focus, Aperture: f/2.0, Video 1080P resolution video at 30 fps, 720P resolution video at 30 fps, Time-Lapse
– Audio Supported Formats – Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
– Video Supported Formats – Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Recording: MP4

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Honor 10 Camera & Editing App Tutorials + 90 Photos Camera Showcase #Honor10 #BeautyInAI

Welcome to my tutorial video, showing how to use the Honor 10 Camera app and all its modes. The video features a number of tips and tricks. Then I take a look at the Honor photo editing app, which is part of the Gallery app.

Then as requested, I have included a camera showcase with over 90 photos that I have snapped with the Honor 10. All of these photos are in Auto with AI left on!

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Honor 10 Audio Review – Everything Audio tested from Bluetooth, 3.5mm Headphone Jack & Speaker #Honor10 #BeautyInAI

Welcome to my Honor 10 Audio Review. In this review I run through bluetooth, the 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker. Many headphones are used to test the Honor 10 too.

The Honor 10 is a superb phone. It has the following specifications –

– Android 8.1 (Oreo)
– Processor Kirin 970
– CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
– GPU Mali-G72 MP12
– AI
– Display 5.84 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
– Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio 432ppi
– Dimensions 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm
– Weight 153g
– SIM Dual SIM
– 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM storage
– Rear Cameras – Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP B/W with AI v2
– Front 24 MP, f/2.0 with AI v2
– Front Fingerprint sensor

The cameras on the Honor 10 are great too but whilst all the focus is on these, the audio side of the phone reveals some hidden secrets.

So find out more with my Honor 10 Audio Review.

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Honor 10 Camera Review – The AI Camera

Honor launched the Honor 10 yesterday along with version 2 of their AI Camera.

The Honor 10 features a 24MP + 16MP rear camera.
· The dual rear AI camera recognises 500+ scenarios in 22 categories in real time.
· It can pinpoint the outlines of various surrounding objects, like the sky, plants, people or even a waterfall, and identify their locations instantly
· This feature is supported by industry-first Semantic Image Segmentation technology, which allows the Honor 10 to identify multiple objects in one single image. These industry-first Honor 10 features apply scene-specific parameters to each photo in real time when taking a picture, making every photo you take a professional shot with just one click

· The Honor 10’s 24MP front camera is your intelligent selfie companion. It supports 3D face recognition, optimises facial details and detects over a hundred facial points to pixel-level accuracy
· The Honor 10 front camera also supports studio lighting effects with a range of lighting conditions
· The advanced and precise facial recognition ensures an accurate bokeh, and captures subtle features of everyone’s face, even in a ‘groufie’ shot

Below are some camera samples taken from the Honor 10.

The first shot above has extra saturation. Its too much for my liking, but its easily removed at a touch of the AI toggle.

The above flower shot is superb.

And finally, the colour reproduction is excellent on the above photo.

Now let’s take a more in depth look at the camera app options, AI in action and more video and photo samples with my feedback.

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Huawei P20 Pro Review after 6 weeks – using new firmware + 300+ Photos Camera Showcase

I have now had the Huawei P20 Pro for nearly 6 weeks and have used it every day as my main device. I have waited patiently before completing this review to make sure I covered off everything I could along with any tips and tricks along the way.

In the box you get the following –

– The phone itself, the Huawei P20 Pro
– The battery is built in, all 4,000mAh
– High current charger for super fast charging
– USB Type-CTM digital headset
– Warranty card
– Quick start guide
– A protective case – ideal so you don’t scratch phone within minutes of opening box by accident
– USB Type-CTM to 3.5mm headphone adapter
– Eject tool

The Huawei P20 Pro rear cameras feature a co-engineered Leica Triple Camera New AI-assisted camera system. The 3 lenses are as follows. A 40mp RGB sensor. a 20mp monochrome sensor and a 8mp zoom sensor. The P20 Pro can do 3 x optical zoom and up to 5 x lossless zoom.

– The front camera is 24mp.
– A huge 4,000mAh battery.
– 6gb ram & 128gb storage
– 6.1 inch full vision OLED display.
– Bluetooth codecs APTX, APTX HD , LDAC , HWA

As you will from my main video review below, I comment on audio, bluetooth, camera, speakers, more tips and tricks, new changes with the firmware and include a 300 plus photos camera showcase, in date order including photos from the new firmware.

DxOmark scored the Huawei P20 Pro and overall score of 109 points, which is 10 points clear of any other current flagship phone. And in my testing the versatility and quality of the final product confirms this point. It is also going to be exciting to see what future firmware updates can do to improve the camera quality.

Main Review

Additional Huawei P20 Pro content.

In addition to my main review, I have posted the following articles and videos.

Huawei P20 Pro – Shooting at Night – Its a Beast – Auto vs Night vs Pro mode

Huawei P20 Pro – How to increase the front camera video from 720p to 1080p

Huawei P20 Pro – first analysis of camera plus Adobe Lightroom edited versions

Huawei P20 Pro – What’s in the box? Details of everything included

Huawei P20 Pro – The Photographers Dream Smartphone

Views from the Summit of Staple Tor

Exeter Guildhall – The Medieval Grade 1 Building

Exeter Cathedral – The Architectural Gothic Masterpiece

Bristol City Centre in monochrome and colour

Landhydrock House – One of National’s Trust Best Houses

Below are all the Huawei P20 Pro videos

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Latest pricing on Huawei P20 Pro, cases & accessories on Amazon UK

Fiio F9 Hybrid 3 Way Balanced IEMs Review after 4 months

Welcome to my review of the Fiio F9 Hybrid 3 Way Balanced IEMs Review after 4 months.

Key Features

– Detachable MMCX connector
– Comes standard with a 3.5mm single-ended audio cable
– Customised hybrid 3-way (2 BA + 1 Dynamic)
– Comes with in-line control and a 2.5mm TRRS balanced cable

Video Review

For more info and latest pricing on Amazon for the Fiio F9 Hybrid , click HERE.

iPad Pro 10.5 vs Amazon Fire HD 10 – Is the iPad worth 6 times the price?

The iPad Pro 10.5 costs six times the cost of the Amazon Fire HD 10. Is it worth the extra cost. Let’s take a closer look!

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Latest price & more info on Amazon for the iPad Pro
More info and latest price for the Amazon Fire HD 10 with Alexa
Moku Case for Amazon Fire HD 10

Huawei P20 Pro – All 16 Articles published in one post from camera, audio, first impressions and a lot more

In about a weeks time, my main review of the Huawei P20 Pro will be live. In the meantime, catch up on all the information I have published on the P20 Pro along with some incredible photos.

Huawei P20 Pro First Impressions Camera and Audio plus my Top 10 Tips and Tricks

Huawei P20 Pro – Shooting at Night – Its a Beast – Auto vs Night vs Pro mode

Huawei P20 Pro Camera Review – Every mode tested

Huawei P20 Pro Audio Review & comparison with Samsung S9+, iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL

Huawei P20 Pro – Top Cases Reviewed

Huawei P20 Pro – How to increase the front camera video from 720p to 1080p

Huawei P20 Pro – first analysis of camera plus Adobe Lightroom edited versions

Huawei P20 Pro – What’s in the box? Details of everything included

Huawei P20 Pro – The Photographers Dream Smartphone

Huawei P20 Pro Camera Showcases

Epic Camera Showcase featuring over 190 photos from major tourist attractions

Views from the Summit of Staple Tor

Spring Flowers shot using AI – Spectacular!

Exeter Guildhall – The Medieval Grade 1 Building

Exeter Cathedral – The Architectural Gothic Masterpiece

Bristol City Centre in monochrome and colour

Landhydrock House – One of National’s Trust Best Houses

Fotopro UFO2 Flexible Tripod Review vs Joby & Aukey Tripods

The Fotopro UFO2 flexible tripod review.

Key Features

– The Fotopro is a flexible tripod made with high-density rubber-coated robust legs which makes it more sturdy, more durable and better the skid resitance and allowing the phone to be angular in every position. You can wrap it anywhere you want
– The desk tripod stand weighs only 0.28kg and is 28cm tall.
– The smartphone tripod with ball head ensures a 360 ° shooting perspective allowing you to capture the perfect shot. You can simply take horizontal or vertical photos by rotating the phone clamp and selecting the cellular mode
– The Tripod Stick is suitable for Android and iOS devices up to 3.5 inches
– The tripod comes with with 1/4” screw is fully compatible with most devices

Video Review and Comparison

For more info on Amazon as well as the latest pricing, for the Fotopro UFO2 click HERE.

Fiio Q1 MK II Portable Headphone DAC Amp Review after 4 months

Welcome to my Fiio Q1 MK II Portable Headphone DAC Amp Review after 4 months.

Key Features

– Supports up to 384kHz/32bit for PCM format, and native DSD up to DSD256
– MFI certified, compatible with iPods, iPhones and iPads.
– Native DSD decoding
– AK4452 DAC chip, and supports up to 384kHz/32bit for PCM format, and native DSD up to DSD256.
– Hi-Res Audio Certified
– Dual crystal oscillators for faithful audio decoding as well as dual headphone outputs, which both support standard 3.5mm and balanced 2.5mm headphones.

Video Review

For more info and the latest pricing on Amazon for the Fiio Q1 MKII , click HERE.