Meeting Owl robotic video offers 360-degree views of conferences

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 21:31

Owl Labs, a startup backed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has launched a new camera called the Meeting Owl. This 360-degree camera is designed specifically for companies and groups, enabling them to hold video conferences without the burden of manually operating the cameras. The Owl does the hard work itself, automatically focusing the video feed on the person who is talking. Oh, and guess what it looks like? Yep, an adorable, productivity-increasing owl.

The device features a 360-degree camera on the top of its cylindrical body, as well as a total of 8 omnidirectional beam-forming microphones for capturing audio from all directions. The combination of the two enables Owl to capture everyone around a table at the same time, presenting viewers with a full view of the conference room. The camera shifts focus onto whomever is speaking, and presents split-views if multiple people are engaging in a conversation. The microphones isolate important noise from unwanted ambient sounds.

Owl Labs has designed its conferencing camera to work with major video conferencing platforms, including Slack, Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and GoToMeeting; the camera is plug-and-play via a USB cable. According to the company's website, 'limited quantities' of the Meeting Owl are available at this time, with shipping starting within the next four weeks. The camera is priced at $799.

Via: The Verge

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Video: mesmerizing stop motion film of raw wood being shaved away layer-by-layer

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 20:35

Photographer and animator Brett Foxwell teamed up with friend and musician Conor Grebel to create something awesome. Together, they painstakingly milled their way through several pieces of wood, layer by layer, capturing one frame of video at a time to create a stop motion film they're calling WoodSwimmer.

As you can imagine, the process of actually capturing this film was incredibly time-consuming, and at times grueling.

'[The final video] involved endless hours of shooting, cutting, and prepping for each frame,' Brett tells DPReview. 'Which involved either clearing all the wood chips away or keeping them looking consistent and pretty, and finally applying wood oil to the sample for each frame.'

You can see the mess this process created in some behind the scenes images Brett shared with us. Unfortunately, he only captured a couple of these BTS shots, because, in his words, 'It was just such a grueling process that I never got around to getting proper documentation of the process.'

Regarding gear, Brett tells us he used a Canon EOS 60D with Tamron 90mm macro lens attached. This setup was tethered to DragonFrame, a stop-motion capture software that Brett says is "a great tethering application even if you're not shooting specifically stop-motion."

Tons of work and a nightmare to clean up, but well worth it when you get a load of the final product. Here are a couple of stills Brett sent our way:

Several stills from WoodSwimmer are available as prints from Brett's website, and you can see more of his stop motion, nature photography, and other artistic work by following him on Instagram.

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The Photographer's Emphemeris will launch a 3D app for iOS on June 27

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 19:52

The Photographer's Ephemeris, a tool that helps photographer's plan landscape photos by providing lighting information about locations, will soon receive a new 3D upgrade. Over the weekend, the company announced plans to launch a new product called the Photographer's Ephemeris 3D for iOS, a 'visualize tool' that allows users to view the effects of sunlight on a landscape anywhere in the world using 3D topographical models.

According to the Photographer's Ephemeris, the new 3D iOS app enables users to simulate the presence of the sun, moon, and Milky Way in any given landscape during a certain period of time. The simulation presents 'actual topography' that shows how the sun's light will look spread across the land, as well as where the moon and Milky Way will be located for nighttime photography. The simulations are available in time frames ranging from days to years in the future.

The 3D iOS app launched in New Zealand and Ireland yesterday, but won't arrive for everyone else until June 27. The application can be used on any device running iOS 10, though more powerful devices will show greater detail in the simulations. The app will be priced at $19.99, $30.99 AUD, €21,99 EURO and £19.99 GBP. The company says it plans to offer a pro subscription in the future with, among other things, full offline support. It is unclear whether the company plans to launch an Android version.

Via: Photographer's Ephemeris

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You can now share live video replays to Instagram Stories

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 19:24

In November last year Instagram introduced a live streaming feature. Since then it has been used by millions, but unlike on Facebook live stream videos could not be archived for watching at a later stage. Now, Instagram is introducing the option to share a replay of your live video to Instagram Stories.

When a broadcast has ended, users will be able to tap 'Share' at the bottom of the screen to add the replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. Alternatively you can tap the toggle and choose 'Discard' to make the live video disappear from the app as before.

If a user you are following shares a replay, a play button will appear under their profile photo in the stories bar. A tap on the icon will start playback of the video and lets you see comments and likes from the original broadcast. Tapping the right or left side of the screen lets you go forward or back in 15 second jumps. When watching your own replay, the displayed number of viewers includes everyone who saw it live and in stories.

The update is available as part of Instagram version 10.26 for iOS and Android. More information is available in the Instagram Help Center.

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Professional portraits shot using a water drop for a lens

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 18:32
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Part gimmick, part interesting photo experiment, photographer Robin de Puy's latest creation is truly impressive. By combining the science of fluid dynamics, electricity and optics, she was able to take a set of professional portraits using a water droplet as a lens.

De Puy embarked on this project for SPA, a Belgian bottled water company that wanted to illustrate how pure its water was by creating the so-called 'purest picture' for its latest online marketing campaign. But marketing dream only became photographic reality with help from a group of scientists who custom-built the special 'water drop' camera you see below, and came up with a way to 'focus' water.

The custom-built 'camera' used to take these portraits. It consists of a mirror, a diaphragm, a drop of water (the 'lens'), and a sensor mounted on top of each other.

The 'camera' consists of a glass plate with a water-repellent coating, sitting atop a diaphragm, which is in turn sitting atop an image sensor.

The water-repellent coating ensures the droplet stays spherical. Then, by electrifying the plate, de Puy is able to take advantage of the Electrowetting effect to shape the drop and, by adjusting the voltage, bring her subject into focus.

You can watch the whole ad below:

And here is a technical breakdown that explains how they were able to control the water drop lens:

The results are surprisingly good – slightly soft, black and white portraits that ooze a Fine Art character, if you're into that sort of thing.

'Taking the portraits was a big challenge for me. I have to admit I had gotten quite spoiled working with the newest cameras, being used to the speed and convenience. For this project I had to start at the base again: a mirror, a diaphragm, a lens (the Spa droplet) and a sensor mounted on top of each other,' says de Puy. 'After that I tried to find interesting characters to portray. It was a challenge but I think I managed to capture them.'

We think so too. Check out the full gallery for yourself at the top of this article.

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International Yoga Day - in pictures

Yoga enthusiasts bend, twist, stretch and pose for the annual event celebrating the practice. In India, its country of origin, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, joined thousands of others for a mass session in the northern city of Lucknow. Similar yoga displays were organised in villages, towns and cities across India, and in many other countries around the world

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Adobe achieves record revenue

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 15:38

Software maker Adobe has today published its financial results for the second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, and the company reports a record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion. At the same time operating income was increased by 46 percent and net income by 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis.

“Digital transformation continues to be the burning agenda for creative professionals, enterprises, governments and educational institutions,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “Adobe is the go-to company for creating world-class digital customer journeys from design to delivery to measurement and monetization.”

Other highlights of the financial results include the following:

  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.75 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.02 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.21 billion, with Creative revenue growing to a record $1.01 billion.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption and retention drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.56 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $312 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved record revenue of $495 million, which represents 29 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 46 percent and net income grew 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 42 percent and net income grew 43 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $645 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.07 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2 million shares during the quarter, returning $266 million of cash to stockholders.

More information and detailed figures are available on the Adobe website.

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Zeiss launches Milvus 1.4/35 full-frame lens for Canon and Nikon

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 14:12

Zeiss has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLRs with Canon and Nikon mount, the Milvus 1.4/35. The new model is the tenth lens in the Milvus series and according to Zeiss, thanks to its fast aperture, particularly suited for portrait photography. That said, its 35mm focal length also makes it a good all-rounder and useful in landscape photography and even filming.

"The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur," says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at Zeiss.

Like all lenses in the Milvus line the 1.4/35 comes with a robust metal barrel and is protected against dust and splashes and therefore suitable for working in adverse weather conditions. Zeiss says a new optical design with aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction means photos taken with the Milvus are practically free from chromatic aberrations. The Zeiss Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is 1,999 Euros ($2,228). More information is available on the Zeiss website.

Press Release:

ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 Camera Lens for DSLR Cameras The tenth lens in the ZEISS Milvus series for DSLR cameras already shows its many benefits at full aperture

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-06-21.

ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon1 and Nikon2 on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35. Now the tenth lens in the Milvus family, the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its speed. "The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur," says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. "The manual focus enables very exact focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look. And even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.” The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also perfectly at home in landscape photography: "The 35-millimeter focal length is a genuine all-rounder." Like all lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, it is protected against dust and splashes and, according to Casenave, even bad weather is no problem. The metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character.

Practically no chromatic aberrations thanks to a new optical design

With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, ZEISS has given the lens a completely new optical design. “This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations," says Casenave. Thanks to their excellent edge-to-edge imagery the ZEISS Milvus lenses are designed for high-performance digital cameras. "The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly becoming higher, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For ZEISS Milvus lenses this is no problem. They are a solid investment in the future."

Also suitable for filming The ten lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, ranging between 15 and 135 millimeters, are also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a ZEISS Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon3 cameras. A further benefit for filming: ZEISS has matched the color characteristics of the ten lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform color look. "This facilitates editing enormously," says Casenave.
Price and availability The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is 1,999 euros.

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Best photos of the day: a Seattle vigil and a dust shower

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of highlights from around the world, including a vigil for a woman killed by police, and a dust shower in Krefeld’s zoo

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The Kennel Club 2017 photo contest winners are cute as h*ck

DP Review News - Wed, 21/06/2017 - 11:00
The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

The Kennel Club has announced the 2017 winners of its annual 'Dog Photographer of the Year' photo contest. Now in its 12th year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from 74 countries around the world, and was sponsored by SmugMug and Nikon School. As the internet would say, that's a lot of h*ckin' good puppers.

We present the 1st place winners from each of the ten categories in the competition. To see all the winners in each category, head over to the Dog Photographer of the Year website.


Overall winner and 'Man's Best Friend' category winner: Maria Davison Ramos (Portugal)

About the photo: For me, capturing real and candid moments is what photography is all about. This is one of those moments. My friend had just adopted Yzma and while we were chatting in the kitchen I was taking some photographs. The location and the light were far from perfect, but I ended taking one of the photos I’m most proud of.

About the dog(s): The dog's name is Yzma and she's a Golden Retriever cross. She was adopted by one of the photographer’s closest friends.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

'Assistance Dogs' category winner: Alasdair Macleod (Ayrshire, Scotland)

About the photo: Megan was photographed during her weekly visit to South Beach Care home in Saltcoats, with one of the residents, 95 year old RAF veteran Mr Duncan Currie (a pilot for the Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, Dam Busters) who has Dementia.

About the dog(s): Megan is a rescued Greyhound and was the top Therapet for 2016.

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'Dogs at Play' category winner: Kalyee Greer (United States)

About the photo: Petey and I stood there together on the water’s edge in awe as the day bowed out to the night and the sun slipped its yellow head behind the horizon. Pastel colours painted themselves across the Summer sky above our shoulders in stripes of pink and cobalt blue as we quietly revelled in that perfect, endless moment. Then, just as suddenly as the sky had lit itself on fire, Petey clumsily jumped into the water with a joyful little sparkle in his eye, beckoning me to come along. I followed him in and giggled until my sides hurt as he would push his paw down into the warm, salty water, sending little crystal droplets flying through the air all around him. With each happy splash came the realization of the perfection in those tiny moments, and of the unmatched purity of the canine heart.

About the dog(s): The dog in the photo is named Petey. A cuddly and endlessly sweet Wheaten Terrier who belongs to a previous client of Kaylee’s.

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'Rescue Dog' category winner: Alexandra Robins (Wiltshire, England)

About the photo: When I went to Bath Cats and Dogs home to photograph some of their animals, Chloe and Tess were the first on my list. We took them out to one of the large, grassy paddocks for them to have a run around. Both dogs flew across the field together, I managed to get some fun action shots of them playing. However, it was this image of Chloe looking up at her carer that has always been my favourite. Chloe was a little timid towards strangers; she was probably looking for reassurance with a strange photographer present!

About the dog(s): Chloe came to Bath Cats and Dogs home with her friends, Tess and Diego, when their owner died. Chloe the brindle greyhound was a timid dog and used to hide away from strangers but was gentle and caring to her friends. All three dogs found loving homes.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

'Dogs at Work' category winner: Sarah Caldecott (Yorkshire, England)

About the photo: The photograph of Rita was taken during a training day in February this year on the moors in County Durham the weather hadn't been kind and the light was fading fast.

About the dog(s): The dog in the photograph is a pointer called Rita owned by a friend who Sarah met during training sessions with her dog.

The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year

'Puppy' category winner: Mirjam Schreurs (Netherlands)

About the dog(s): Mirjam placed a call out on Facebook for dogs to photograph and the owner of Tyson the Boxer puppy responded to it. Mirjam photographed Tyson when he was 14 weeks.

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'I Love Dogs Because...' category winner: Julian Gottfried (Chicago, US)

About the photo: I especially enjoy this photo because it exemplifies what I love about my dog. In the image you can easily see his cuteness, personality, and playful manner. Combined with the snow, they create a truly lively photo.

About the dog(s): Pippin, a terrier-mix. Julian’s family adopted him on Valentine's Day in 2010. He and his brother had been wanting a dog for a really long time, and their parents finally decided to adopt one. Pippin had been found wandering around Missouri with his mother in a poor state, and was staying at a shelter. He was only seven pounds, but the most adorable dog there, and he has since become an integral part of the family.

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'Oldies' category winner: John Liot (St. Helier, Jersey)

About the photo: This image was taken as part of a commissioned shoot with three rescue dogs. It was a beautiful and bright November day and the Sun was creating an intense light through the windows, warming the client’s house. Kelly, an apprehensive 12 year-old collie-cross, found her spot in the God rays heating up the arm of a sofa and had a nap. She was a cautious girl with a sad backstory and had challenging behavioural issues prior to being adopted. Happily though, she has found rejuvenated life with her new family in Jersey who are giving her all the love and attention she sorely missed in her younger years.

About the dog(s): Kelly is rescue and her breed is unknown. She was 12 when the photo was taken. She was adopted by Bex D., a worker at Jersey's animal shelter, who has two other rescue dogs that she's also adopted from the JSPCA.

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'Young Pup Photographer' category winner: Dylan Jenkins (Swansea)

About the photo: I took this photo in my garden. We had some cake and Mosey came to sniff it. I took about twenty photos and this was the best and the funniest.

About the dog(s): Mosey is the older of our two hounds. She'll be 10 in October. She has had some scent training (truffles!) and has appeared in a few dog shows but is happiest as a pet/companion dog She is incredibly gentle and sweet-natured and hilariously funny. Mosey and Dylan have an incredible bond.

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'Dog Portrait' category winner: Anastasia Vetkovskaya (Russia)

About the photo: This magnificent Afghan was incredibly nice to shoot - he is very expressive and emotional.

About the dog(s): SISLEY- SHOU GERAT GRANT AHTIAR AK JAR, Afghan Hound

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The great Gaspé: life on Canada's edge – in pictures

Intrigued by a place described to her simply as ‘wilder’, French photographer Claudia Imbert took up residency in Petite-Vallée, on the tip of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, to create theatrical portraits of everyday people

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Invasion of the sofa sculptures: Willi Dorner's dancing human furniture

They squeeze into alcoves, pile up by litter trays and pose for family photos with chairs on their heads. Meet the dance troupe making no living room safe

I walk through the front door to find two human sculptures in the stairwell. I don’t mean the kind you might find sprayed silver and staring at tourists, though. These ones are having their limbs orchestrated into abstract art by Willi Dorner.

The Austrian choreographer has form when it comes to putting bodies in strange places and making people look twice at seemingly forgettable spaces. He’s best known for his Bodies in Urban Spaces series, last seen in the UK in 2013, in which dancers are squeezed into the nooks and crannies of urban architecture – folded into a phonebox, for example, or neatly piled in doorways and alcoves.

Related: Bodies in Urban Spaces by Willi Dorner

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Videre 35mm is a build-it-yourself cardboard pinhole camera

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 22:42

In an era where everyone has a camera in their pocket, incredibly, cardboard analog cameras are having a moment. It's easy to see the charms of Videre 35mm, an adorable, assemble-it-yourself pinhole camera that's seeking funding as part of Kickstarter's Gold program right now.

It's a re-tooled version of the medium-format Videre, which was fully funded on Kickstarter in 2013 by creator Kelly Angood. Her second project, a smaller version called Viddy which took 35mm and medium-format film, was successfully crowdfunded a year later.

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Videre 35mm is smaller and easier to assemble than its medium-format predecessor, offering a tripod mount, redesigned film mechanism and a sturdier shutter. Angood claims that the whole thing can be assembled in about an hour, and shipping is anticipated for December 2017 – provided its $10,000 funding goal is reached. With 40 days to go the project has reached close to $4,000.

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Tony Northrup wants to help you pass the FAA's drone test

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 20:43

Tony Northrup has published a video detailing the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 sUAS Test that drone operators must pass in order to fly for commercial purposes. The video is nearly two hours long and details a number of topics related to the FAA's test, including information on radio frequencies, restricted areas, drone laws, runway markings and patterns, management, and more.

The FAA requires any drone operator intending to fly a drone for commercial purposes to take and pass this test; the Administration includes for-profit drone photography under its 'commercial purposes' umbrella. So if you want that aerial photo of the wedding party on the beach, you'll need to start studying.

In addition to third-party guides such as this video, the FAA itself offers educational and study materials, including an aeronautical knowledge handbook, test guide and more. That material is available for free here.

Via: PetaPixel

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Video: Canon lens cut in half with a 60,000 PSI water jet

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 20:02

Lens lovers look away, this one is going to hurt. Six months after cutting an SLR in half with their 60,000 PSI water jet, the folks at the aptly named Waterjet Channel are destroying even more camera gear. This time, their victim is a Canon 17-85mm F4-5.6.

Fortunately for optical enthusiasts, this isn't exactly an expensive or much sought after lens. And while we can never countenance the destruction of camera gear just because it's 'cool,' we have to admit the results are pretty... well... cool.

Unlike the previous SLR video, the Waterjet guys were able to keep the lens mostly intact, slicing it so cleanly it almost looks like one of those display case units you see at photography trade shows:

Check out the gruesome footage for yourself up top. And if you're really brave, you'll stick around until the end and stomach some grade-A trolling in the form of a photography 'lesson' that starts around the 2 minute mark.

Can you believe this lens contains a memory card, pentaprism, and room for either a digital sensor or film!? Yeah, neither can we.

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Find out what it's like to be an AP photographer in Washington DC

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 19:47

Andrew Harnik says he probably waited a few years longer than he should have to apply for his dream job, but can you blame him? As a Washington DC native, he grew up with the Washington Post at the breakfast table. And when he began a career in photojournalism, the photos that the Post published became a professional benchmark for him.

He was initially intimidated by reaching out for a long-standing goal, but eventually went on to work for the Post. Now, he's a photographer with the Associated Press, and in this recent feature produced by InFrame, discusses the challenges of his role at the AP compared to a newspaper. 'An event that we cover here also has to be helpful for a newspaper in Israel or London,' says Harnik. It's an interesting look into a photojournalist's world in the fast-moving scene that is the US's capitol city.

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Saramonic unveils VMic series of high-end shotgun microphones for DSLRs

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 18:50

Microphone maker Saramonic has launched the VMic series of high-end shotgun microphones for DSLRs. The top-of-the-range Saramonic VMic Pro is a super directional shotgun microphone that mounts directly onto your camera's hotshoe. It comes with an integrated shock mount system that features an all-metal construction.

There is a 150 Hz low cut filter and a high frequency boost (+6dB) feature that can be controlled independently. The VMic Pro also comes with three position level control (-10dB, 0dB, +20dB), a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring, and a low battery LED indicator. The microphone's frequency response is 35 Hz ~ 20 kHz, signal-to-noise ratio is 75dB, and the microphone has a dynamic range of 120dB. Power is supplied by two AA batteries and the package includes a foam windshield as well as a detachable 3.5mm cable to connect to the camera.

The VMic Recorder model features an integrated flash recorder that can store 16-bit / 48 kHz WAV audio files to a Micro SDHC memory card up to 32GB capacity. It also comes with an LCD monitor and a single-button recording function. The standard VMic model comes with similar specifications to the Pro variant but has to make do with a slightly reduced feature set. It will set you back $119.95; the Recorder is $199.95. No US pricing has been released yet for the VMiv Pro yet which in the UK will cost you £199.14.

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OnePlus 5 camera sample gallery

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 17:46

Today OnePlus has launched its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5, which comes with a dual-camera setup that combines a main camera with a 1/2.8" 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor and F1.7 aperture with a 2x tele-lens that captures images on a 20MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 350 sensor features an F2.6 aperture.

We already have our hands on a production unit and our full camera review will be available in the near future. To shorten the wait until then we have posted a selection of sample images that were taken with both wide angle and tele lens in a variety of lighting situations in the gallery below.

Sample Gallery

There are 17 images in our OnePlus 5 samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution.

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OnePlus 5 launches with current highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone

DP Review News - Tue, 20/06/2017 - 17:45

OnePlus today introduced its latest flagship smartphone OnePlus 5 and it is pretty obvious that the Chinese manufacturer has put a lot of emphasis on the device's camera design. The OnePlus 5 comes with the currently highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone. The main camera comes with a 1/2.8" 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor with a 1.12 um pixel size and a fast F1.7 aperture. It is supported by a 2x tele-module featuring a 20MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 350 sensor with 1.0um pixel size and F2.6 aperture.

The OnePlus dual-camera design allows for an iPhone 7 Plus-like background-blurring portrait mode and the Smart Capture feature combines optical zoom with multi-
frame technology for improved zoom quality. The OnePlus 5 camera also comes with 4K video, a 720p/120fps slow-motion mode and a dual-LED flash. The camera app's new Pro mode provides manual control over the most important shooting parameters and DNG Raw capture.

In the processor department the OnePlus 5 features Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset and 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage or 6GB RAM/64 GB storage options are available. The 3,300mAh battery supports the OnePlus Dash Charge quick charging system which can provide enough power for the day in only a half-hour charge. OnePlus also says the OnePlus 5 battery lasts up to 20 percent longer than the OnePlus 3T.

All the high-end components are wrapped up in a 7.25mm thin aluminum unibody that is available in Midnight Black and Slate Gray colors. The OnePlus 5 will be available in an early drop sale on immediately after the keynote launch event on June 20 for customers using a special code that will be announced during the keynote. You will also be able to get your hands on the new model at one-day pop-up stores in New York on June 20 and in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Copenhagen on June 21. Open sales on begin on June 27. The The Midnight Black version which comes with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage will set you back $539, the Slate Gray variant with 6 GB RAM and 64GB storage is a little more affordable at $479.

We are already working on our full review of the OnePus 5 camera which will be available in the near future. For now you can have a look at the OnePlus 5 image output in our sample gallery.

Key specifications:
  • Dual-camera
  • 16MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 398 sensor and F1.7
  • 20MP 1/2.8" Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video
  • 720p/120fps slow-motion
  • Portrait Mode
  • Manual controls
  • DNG-Raw support
  • 16MP / F2.0 front camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 6GB RAM/64GB storage or 8GB RAM/128GB storage
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint reader3.5mm audio jack
  • 3,300 mAh battery with Dash Charge

Press Release:

Say Hello to the OnePlus 5 – Dual Camera. Clearer Photos. World’s Highest Resolution Dual Camera, Up to 8 GB RAM and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Processor Deliver Professional-level Photography and Smooth Performance in Sleek Flagship Smartphone

NEW YORK – June 20, 2017 – OnePlus today introduced the OnePlus 5, the latest in its lineup of premium flagship smartphones. With this new device, OnePlus is further demonstrating its mission to share the best technology with the world.

The OnePlus 5 features the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today for clearer photos than ever before. Dash Charge, OnePlus’ industry-leading charging technology, gives users a day's power in half an hour. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 platform, coupled with up to 8 GB of RAM, provides a smooth user experience at a lower power consumption rate. The OnePlus 5 also supports 34 GSM network bands, keeping users connected around the world.

“The OnePlus 5 showcases our obsessive attention to detail and our focus on delivering the best user experience possible,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “We have applied this approach to all aspects of the OnePlus 5. For example, the dual camera provides some of the clearest photos on the smartphone market today and gives users more control to take stunning photos in all conditions.”

Attention to Design Detail
At 7.25 mm, the OnePlus 5, available in Midnight Black and Slate Gray colors, is the thinnest OnePlus flagship ever. The aluminum unibody features a continuous hard line around the edge of the phone. The Horizon Line, a key element of OnePlus design, casts one half of the phone in light and the other in shadow, offering an elegant, streamlined appearance. The minimalistic design is further reinforced by a new crescent-shaped antenna that blends seamlessly into the top and bottom edges of the phone. Rounded corners and edges makes the OnePlus 5 feel more comfortable in the hand.

Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.
The OnePlus 5 features the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today. A tailor-made 16 MP sensor is supported by a 20 MP sensor with a telephoto lens to accurately determine the distance between the sensor and objects in the environment. A large f/1.7 aperture allows for faster snaps and helps compensate for stuttering to improve image stabilization.

In Portrait Mode, the two sensors work together to create a focal separation between faces and backgrounds, while a custom software algorithm makes your subject clear and well-lit. This results in a professional depth-of-field (bokeh) effect that keeps faces sharp in front of a blurred backdrop. Smart Capture combines optical zoom with multi-
frame technology to let you zoom in with greater clarity, while Fast AF uses the dual-camera system to more accurately calculate depth to speed up auto-focus by up to 40 percent.

The all-new Pro Mode gives smartphone users powerful DSLR features such as ISO, white balance, shutter-speed, focus and exposure modification, as well as an on-screen histogram and RAW image file support for complete control of post-shot editing.

A Day’s Power in Half an Hour
First introduced with the OnePlus 3, Dash Charge is the fastest charging solution on the global market. A quick half-hour charge gives the OnePlus 5 enough power for the day. By carrying more current and shifting the power management from the handset to the adapter to keep the phone cooler during charging, Dash Charge can continue to fast charge the OnePlus 5 even when using GPS or playing graphically intensive games. The 3,300 mAh battery also lasts up to 20 percent longer than the OnePlus 3T.

Smooth Experience
Through a combination of powerful hardware and intelligent software, the OnePlus 5 provides a truly seamless smartphone experience.
The OnePlus 5 takes advantage of the top-of-the-line Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 platform that provides powerful performance while drawing up to 40 percent less power. With up to 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, the OnePlus 5 can run a large number of apps in the background without a single second of lag. The combination of UFS 2.1 and a new two-lane ROM results in 26 percent faster storage performance in everything from installations to loading apps and games.

OnePlus’ custom operating system, OxygenOS, is designed to refine stock Android’s core functionalities with features and optimizations that add value to the user experience. New updates to the OnePlus 5 include Reading Mode, which utilizes an ambient sensor and gray-scale mapping to make reading as comfortable as reading an actual book. Gaming Do Not Disturb Mode allows users to play their favorite games without being disrupted by notifications or accidental hardware button presses. With App Priority, the OnePlus 5 loads your most-used apps more quickly to further improve performance.

Pricing and Availability
The OnePlus 5 will be available in an early drop sale on immediately after the keynote launch event on June 20 for customers using a special code that will be announced during the keynote. The OnePlus 5 will first be available for direct purchase at one-day pop-up stores in New York on June 20 and in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Copenhagen on June 21. Open sales on begin on June 27.
The Midnight Black version (8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage) will sell for USD 539 / EUR 559 / GBP 499 / CAD 719. The Slate Gray version (6 GB RAM / 64GB storage) is USD 479 / EUR 499 / GBP 449 / CAD 649.

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