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Huawei P10 Plus Review – new Leica rear cameras, QHD and more

The Huawei P10 Plus review comes courtesy of Vodafone UK. who provided the handset on loan for this review. My wife Ellie provided a lot of the content for this review, along with some additional input from myself.

Before I detail the key specifications of the Huawei P10 Plus, I thought it might be useful to illustrate the differences with the P10.

The Key Differences P10 vs P10 Plus

Below are they key differences between the P10 and P10 Plus. The Plus advancements over the P10 are significant from the rear cameras, screen and more.

-P10: 145.9 x 69.3 x 7mm
-P10 Plus: 153.5 x 74.2 x 7mm

-P10: 149g weight
-P10 Plus: 165g weight

-P10: 3,200mAh battery
-P10 Plus: 3,750mAh battery

-P10: Leica Dual Camera 2.0 with f/2.2 aperture Summarit lenses
-P10 Plus: Leica Dual Camera 2.0 Pro with f/1.8 aperture Summilux lenses

-P10: 5.1-inch 1,920 x 1,080 resolution IPS LCD 1080p
-P10 Plus: 5.5-inch 2,560 x 1,440 resolution IPS LCD QHD

-P10: 4GB RAM, 64GB storage
-P10 Plus: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage

-P10 Plus only: Infrared IR controller/blaster and stereo speakers

-P10 Plus only: 4×4 MIMO (up to 600Mbit download speeds)
-Both: 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi

As you can see there are some significant improvements over the P10 Plus over the P10 from screen, battery, cameras and connectivity.

The additional specifications of the P10 Plus are –

-OS Android 7.0 (Nougat)
-Processor HiSilicon Kirin 960,CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) GPU Mali-G71 MP8
– Rear Cameras Dual 20 MP + 12 MP, f/1.8, OIS, Leica optics, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,
– Front camera 8 MP, f/1.9
– Stereo speakers
– IR blaster
– Front fingerprint sensor with control functions
– Fast charging

Phone Basics

The phone looks good with its thin profile and cameras that do not protrude. Call quality and signal was excellent. WiFi and bluetooth worked well. Screen viewing angles were good. Battery life was 5-6 hours screen on time with a strong standby time. This was without using any of the extensive power saving options. The 6gb of ram made this phone feel really nimble with no slow downs coming from the Kirin 960 processor.

The phone comes with a pre fitted screen protector. If you remove this, you will discover the P10 Plus does not come with an oleophobic screen covering which reduces screen fingerprint smudges. In the box was a plastic clear case too.

The phone runs on EMUI 5.1 which is vastly improved over EMUI v4. There are options to tweak nearly every aspect of the phone too.

Camera and Audio

The camera continues Huawei’s tradition of providing a full featured camera app. Loads of different shooting modes including HDR, panoramic, night, light trails as well as a full features Pro mode which allows raw capture. The photo quality is excellent from the rear cameras too. New to the P10 Plus is a Portrait mode which works well capturing people portraits. Video is good too, but not as good as the iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to stabilisation. Also its 4K video resolution is filmed using the new codec H265 which saves a lot of storage space. To upload this to YouTube or Google Photos it is necessary to convert it first using a third party app. 1080p video does not need to be altered. Below are some photo samples.

A really lovely shot of the church. Shot in auto. All photos uploaded in full size too.

Monochrome mode. A bit different for sure.

And now in full colour and in auto mode.

Some macro shots, truly amazing too.

A tree stump.

Flag pole and another monochrome shot.

Panoramic Shot.

The P10 Plus loudspeaker goes relatively loud and clear. The headphone audio is good as well as bluetooth audio. It is not at the same quality as the LG G6 though.

Video Review

Now sit back and enjoy the second part of the Huawei P10 Plus review.

Conclusion

All things considered, the Huawei P10 Plus is a good phone. I personally enjoyed using it as it was quick to unlock and very nimble to navigate. The cameras are excellent and the included IR Blaster was an added bonus. However, the flagship fight at the top of the ladder is brutal but at least there is choice.

Useful Links

Vodafone Shop UK
Huawei pricing on Amazon

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LG G6 – Camera Showdown – Can the LG G6 beat the Samsung Galaxy S8+?

So today it is the time to show you some more photos from the LG G6. Seriously, I thought the S8+ photos were fantastic, but I think the LG G6 marginally improves over the S8+.

First shot is a panoramic shot. Looks good.

Below are some macro shots. The detail is fantastic.

I took the same macro shots with several phones, and IMO the G6 nailed these the best.

The macro below is wonderful.

The yellow is nicely captured here.

Now for some wide vs normal shots. Below the wide angle lens does it job really well.

Below, standing in the same position, but using the normal lens.

How about a panoramic shot using the wide angle lens. Yep, no problem. This was taken standing in the same spot as the panoramic photo at the start of this post.

Let’s not forget the action shot with George. Superb detail.

All in all the LG G6 not only takes great photos, but it is fun to use. It has a wealth of additional modes that use its wide angle lens too. One thing I have seen it just how close all the photos are from the different cameras.

The only difference really is if the phones have a second lens that adds some extra trick shots. Do you agree ?

Huawei Mate 9 – My review of the phablet flagship phone from Huawei

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Huawei Mate 9 review. Welcome to my review of the flagship phablet phone from Huawei.

The Key Features

– Leica Dual Camera – 12MP RGB Sensor and 20MP monochrome sensor
– Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.0
– Metallic uni-body design
– Superfast and secure 4 Level Fingerprint Sensor
– Latest Kirin 960 chipset
– Large 4000mAh battery
– 5.9” FHD display with 1080p resolution – great for viewing
– 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and up to 256GB SD card support
– FM Radio
– Infra Red Blaster
– Huawei VIP Service included

First Impressions

Main Review

Camera Showcase

Conclusion

An awesome phone in every way.

Useful Links

Huawei Mate 9 on Three UK – Click HERE.

Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Donations – https://www.paypal.me/gavinsgadgets

Huawei Mate 9 – Photos from the Weekend

I have been using the Huawei Mate 9 now for a few weeks and seem to be getting more and more great photos from its camera.

Below are a selection of the photos taken.

Remember #war #memorial #Princetown #huaweimate9 #OO

Midnight Calls #red #phonebox #Princetown #huaweimate9 #OO

Both of the above photos used the wide aperture mode from the Huawei Mate 9.

Devonport Leat at #Princetown #dartmoor #foggy #huaweimate9 #00

Can’t beat a bit of Dartmoor fog!

Silent Whispers #church #graveyard #dartmoor #huaweimate9 #00

Above, another use of wide aperture mode. I love this shot.

Frosty morning on Dartmoor #huaweimate9

Somerton Town Centre #somerset #huaweimate9

Superb colours from the camera on both the above photos.

Somerton Town Centre #somerset #huaweimate9

Street scenes around Bristol #huaweimate9

Some action shots below.

George, Fury & Tiggy on Dartmoor - shot using a #huaweimate9

George, Fury & Tiggy on Dartmoor - shot using a #huaweimate9

George, Fury & Tiggy on Dartmoor - shot using a #huaweimate9

There are 3 dogs in the big splash above.

George, Fury & Tiggy on Dartmoor - shot using a #huaweimate9

And there we have it, another round of impressive photos from the Huawei Mate 9.

Useful Links

Huawei Mate 9 on Three UK – Click HERE.

Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Donations – https://www.paypal.me/gavinsgadgets

Apple iPhone 7 Plus – Camera Review – Part 1

So how good is the camera on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus? Is it worth upgrading just for the camera on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus? What’s my view versus the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and Note 7? Read on for all the answers …

Firstly, let’s take a look at the photos I have snapped with the iPhone 7 Plus in a multitude of conditions. As before, if you want to view the original photo, click on it, select original or full size.

Low Light Conditions

Around Princetown at Night - Low Light Photography from the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Around Princetown at Night - Low Light Photography from the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Around Princetown at Night - Low Light Photography from the Apple iPhone 7 Plus

So the above 3 photos are a selection of photos testing the low light capabilities. The second shot uses the telephoto lens. Shortly after snapping the above church shots, darkness really started to set in. At this point, when I selected the 2x zoom for the telephoto lens, the iPhone actually decided to override my choice and used the wide angle lens. It did this as it knew the f/1.8 of the wide angle lens would produce a better result, even though it was using digital zoom. The results from the digitally zoomed photos were still excellent. At the end of the article is a link to the flickr album set where you can view more photos from all of the scenes shown.

Just to up the ante, I used a third party app, nightcap pro that allows awesome night shots, light trails, stars, meteors and more. This is the beauty of iOS with the wide selection of third party camera apps on offer that push the boundaries of what is possible with the camera. There are some exciting options in development too which I am testing.

The low light photos from the iPhone 7 Plus are excellent. When I tried this test with the Samsung S7, the white balance was all over the place. The S7/S7E/Note 7 can produce sharper shots in low light compared to the iPhone 7 and with less noise, but I actually prefer the iPhone photos as they are better balanced overall.

Daylight Conditions

Okehampton Castle ruins #iphone7plus

Okehampton Castle ruins #iphone7plus

The photos above are shot into the sun as is the photo below. The two photos above show the results with the wide angle lens and then the telephoto lens. The 2 x optical zoom on the telephoto lens makes a huge difference and I love the option to use this lens as the quality is so much better than using digital zoom.

Okehampton Castle ruins #iphone7plus

One of my favourite type of shots is shooting into the sun, with the sun caught between the tree branches. I was pleased with the result here.

All Saints Church #Okehampton #iphone7plus

Above is another great shot from the iPhone. Nicely balanced but based on my time with the S7/S7E/Note 7 I do think the dynamic range from these Samsung phones is better. However, the final post processed from the iPhone appears in my mind to be more realistic and natural. The Samsung post processing goes for a heavier saturated and contrasted shot.

Flowers & Close Up

Flowers & Fruit #iphone7plus using the wide and telephoto lenses

The above shot is just using the normal wide angle mode. The new portrait mode is in beta, so I won’t be testing this until it is out of beta. However, from results shown over the internet from other people, used correctly, the portrait mode is fantastic and makes the 7 Plus even more compelling.

Flowers & Fruit #iphone7plus using the wide and telephoto lenses

Now just be switching the the telephoto lens, the berries become even more appetising.

Flowers & Fruit #iphone7plus using the wide and telephoto lenses

Flowers & Fruit #iphone7plus using the wide and telephoto lenses

The above shots are with the wide and then the telephoto lens. Again you can see the difference the telephoto lens makes to getting closer to the flower.

Flowers & Fruit #iphone7plus using the wide and telephoto lenses

Above, another shot with the telephoto lens.

Action Shots

In the 3 shots below of my labradors, it is worth noting the weather conditions were not the best for this type of action shot. The UK weather at the moment is dreadful. After taking these photos, Dartmoor had 33.4mm of rain in 4 hours. So not only was it overcast when snapping these, there was also a light mist too.

Happy dogs playing on Dartmoor- George , Fury and Tiggy in hot pursuit #iphone7plus

Happy dogs playing on Dartmoor- George , Fury and Tiggy in hot pursuit #iphone7plus

Happy dogs playing on Dartmoor- George , Fury and Tiggy in hot pursuit #iphone7plus

What you will see from the above 3 photos, which have all been marginally cropped to a 16:9 format, are some good photos considering the weather conditions. The iPhone 7 Plus was able to capture my dogs running extremely fast.

Happy dogs playing on Dartmoor- George , Fury and Tiggy in hot pursuit #iphone7plus

The above shot if you look closely has spots of mud on the photo. This was caused my Fury (black labrador) running so fast through the mud, that she was kicking it up as she went along 🙂

So how do these action photos compare to the Samsung S7/S7E/Note 7? Well the Samsung phones have a slightly faster focus system, meaning more of the action sequences would have been snapped in focus. The Samsung faster focus system has benefits across all types of shooting photos as well. However, once again I prefer the post processing from the iPhone 7 Plus. It did a better job distinguishing my dogs and their 3 different colours, light, brown and black. Same story as all the other shots really, I prefer the post processing from Apple. But like everything in life, there are pros and cons with each choice of phone.

Shooting in RAW

I took several shots in RAW using ProCam 4 and Adobe Lightroom for iOS. Editing on the iPhone 7 Plus using snapseed and Lightroom showed how much more data the iPhone 7 Plus captured using RAW. For a special show I would always take on in RAW as well as using the standard camera app. There are 3 samples shots from RAW in my Flickr Album. Link at the bottom of the article.

Final Verdict

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera is a marked improvement from the iPhone 6 Plus. The 2 x optical zoom of the telephoto lens opens up many more options to photography without the need of carrying add on lenses. The new portrait mode is another benefit. Third party developers are already looking to add their software prowess to stretch the boundaries even further.

The telephoto lens is usable is all shooting modes too ie video, time lapse, panorama and more.

Compared to the Samsung S7/S7E/Note 7 it boils down to 2 key differences. Maybe 3. First is the fast focusing system from Samsung is faster than the iPhone 7 Plus. This will produce benefits in certain scenarios. The Samsung phones post processing leans more to a heavier saturated and contrasted shot. In certain scenarios these will make photos pop on the screen to stand out even more. However, so far I am preferring the more natural, realistic post processing coming out of the iPhone 7 Plus. This is a personal opinion/choice. Should you move from a Samsung S7/S7E/Note 7 to the iPhone 7 Plus? Personally, you really need to get a grip if you are even thinking about this! A phone is not just about the camera, it is about everything else. The phones are different, each has pros and cons. When it comes to very low light/night shots the Samsung phones have the slight edge using the default camera app. However, switch to a number of impressive iOS third party apps, and the advantage switches to iOS. Once again pros and cons.

Overall, I am very pleased with the camera results on the iPhone 7 Plus. Add this to everything else on offer and its a compelling device.

Part 2 will focus of video and will be live in due course.

Useful Links
My Apple iPhone 7 Plus Flickr Album
Apple iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Cases on Amazon
Apple iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Screen Protectors on Amazon

BlackBerry DTEK50 – BlackBerry’s Android Phone – The Camera – Be Amazed

I am in the process of putting the BlackBerry DTEK50 smartphone through its paces. The BlackBerry DTEK50 is available from Clove Technology and costs £264 and includes a free power bank.

The BlackBerry DTEK50 has been a joy to use, but I will cover all aspects of the phone off in my full review shortly.

In the meantime, I wanted to show you what the camera can achieve. The rear camera is 13mp, with a dual tone LED flash, phase detect auto focus (PDAF), fast focus lock, HDR, 6-element f2.0 lens, 4x digital zoom, continuous & touch to focus, face detection, image stabilisation, panorama, burst, live filters, multi-frame low light enhancement and 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps.

The front camera is 8mp, 8 f2.2, 1.125um pixel size, 84° wide angle/field of view lens, image & video stabilisation, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps, selfie flash and a wide selfie mode.

Let’s not beat around the bush. This is the best budget/mid range camera I have tested to date. It took great photos consistently and has a very clever screen that is 100% perfect in the sun for readability even with sunglasses. More of this in my main review.

All the original photos are in a special album on my flickr account – Click HERE.

All the shots below are unedited unless I mention otherwise, and on full auto.

First up is sunrise on Dartmoor. This shot made Flickr Explore. Superb photo.

Sunrise over Dartmoor #BlackBerry #DTEK50

A cropped photo, but otherwise unedited of George. Great detail.

Hypnotic Eyes - George poses for the camera Shot on a #BlackBerry #DTEK50

Some local cows grazing on Dartmoor. Good colours.

BlackBerry DTEK50 camera shots on Dartmoor

Foggintor Quarry. The DTEK50 did a fab job of this. Realistic colours.

BlackBerry DTEK50 camera shots on Dartmoor

My three dogs were running, but the DTEK50 did a good job capturing them. There is an option in the settings to focus before each shot before taking the photo.

BlackBerry DTEK50 camera shots on Dartmoor

The DTEK50 has manual controls. I used these to take this shot.

BlackBerry DTEK50 camera shots on Dartmoor

Now the below shot has been edited in snapseed using the HDR scape filter to show you what is possible. I love this version.

Inside Foggintor Quarry #dartmoor #blackberry #dtek50

If you look at my flickr album, there are 30 photos from the DTEK50 including the ones above. What I have found is the phone has consistently taken decent photos, way better than I expected. The front camera also takes good photos.

I will cover more off in my main review. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

My thanks to Clove Technology. Click HERE for more information and special deal.

HTC 10 – Just how good is the camera? – Shots from the Camera

HTC have just released the HTC 10, its new flagship. The main focus was world class cameras. Both the front and rear cameras have optical image stabilisation.

So what are the photos like? Well Grryo in conjunction with HTC, got a load of photographers to use the HTC 10 and snap a range of photos.

HTC 1

All the photos seem ok. Nothing dramatic but nothing wrong with them either.

HTC 2

Obviously pro photographers were used, so the shot should look good as well.

HTC 3

Low light is shown and again this looks reasonable.

HTC 4

I will be receiving my HTC 10 shortly so will put this through its paces. If you want to see more of these shots then head over to Grryo.

More Photos from the iPhone 6S Plus – plus opinions on the camera quality vs LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6

Well I have used the iPhone 6S Plus over the weekend and taken a number of photos now. Bit by bit I am beginning to see the strengths and weaknesses.

First the photos. Remember, clicking on each photo will bring you to my Flickr account. There you can view the full size.

Around the bottom of Cox Tor, Dartmoor

Goliath - The huge tors on Dartmoor

George and a Tor - scale, Dartmoor #iPhone6SPlus

Follow my leader - Cool waters on Dartmoor

The Chase - Tiggy & Fury dash through the water on Dartmoor

Stunning Panorama over Dartmoor #iPhone6SPlus

These all look amazing, except there are some limitations that I spotted. Despite near perfect weather, unless I got closer to my dogs, which in these shots I was unable, they are not as crystal clear, and cropping in closer does not help matters. The LG G4 would have nailed a shot like this and allowed me to crop in too without losing too much picture quality. However, the overall balance and picture reproduction is stunning. The panoramic shots are really impressive. The shutter speed of the 6S is super fast and even allows a burst of 999 shots. 4K video is better IMO than the LG G4 and just ahead of the S6. Lower light goes to the G4 and S6. The front selfie screen flash works very well. Live photos are superb. Just love the extra motion as I browse through the shots. Brings the moment back to life. The other aspect of the iPhone is reliability. It is so great at getting the shot correct first time every time.

Before I got this phone, IMO, the LG G4 had the best camera for stills. And I still believe it does with all the built in manual controls, RAW and its overall ability to find the light with its f/1.8 vs the iPhone 6S Plus f/2.2. However, the G4 loses out to video quality and other some other shots like panoramic. Of course, a phone is not always just about the camera!

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – camera review part 3

In this part I will look at the zoom aspect of the phone. If you are interested in the earlier parts, click here.

So below is a photo I took at the weekend, just in auto mode and without zoom.

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And now with a small amount of zoom, about 4 x zoom. This enabled me to zoom much closer to the tor in the middle of Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor.

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It was taken from a slightly different angle, but on the same walkway.

Its odd, but now I know I can zoom in and take good quality photos, I seem to be using the zoom function a lot more. In fact I would say at least 50% of my photos taken have some sort of zoom used. This was another example of the zoom, but this time at full 10 x zoom. This enabled me to lose some of the power lines on the right side.

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One last point, none of the S4 Zoom photos have been edited on my blog. They are as identical to how the phone shot them.

Nokia Lumia 925 – Review Part 3 – Camera Samples

Welcome to part 3. To read the previous parts click here.

I mentioned in part 1, the special Carl Zeiss optics, the low light capabilities and overall high quality camera module. What way to prove it, than with camera samples.

Close up of flower –
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To provide some idea of depth and shadows, shot of building –
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Landscape views –
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And another with some ponies in the foreground.
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I was viewing these on my PC and the quality of these shots are excellent. To see the full resolution versions of all the Nokia Lumia 925 photos taken so far, look at the set created on Flickr. Click here.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – camera review part 2

In the second part of the camera review, I am going to look at one of the multitude of preset modes available on the S4 Zoom. Today it is the turn of food mode. Food mode turns photos of food, into more vibrant, appealing and adds some zing. So first up is the plate of baked beans shot in auto mode.

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And now photographed in food mode. Don’t those baked beans and toast look so wow now 🙂

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Whether or not you prefer the food mode is personal choice, but if you were uploading to twitter or Instagram it would certainly help make your food shot stand out more. Just remember baked beans aren’t that much of a wow food!

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom – camera part 1

Over the next few weeks I am going to post daily shorts on camera sample modes.

First,  is a test of the camera optics using dark and light shadows and seeing how it copes.  HDR mode is not allowed for this test.

So here is the result.

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What do you think?

And this is using HDR mode.

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Very marginal differences. Overall the camera did a good job.

What’s your opinion?