Two in one: LG G5 camera review

DP Review News - Fri, 06/05/2016 - 15:14

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

$(document).ready(function() { SampleGalleryV2({"containerId":"embeddedSampleGallery_4023333010","galleryId":"4023333010","isEmbeddedWidget":true,"standalone":false,"selectedImageIndex":0,"startInCommentsView":false,"isMobile":false}) });

The LG G5 succeeds last year's G4 and is the first LG smartphone with a dual-camera setup. With an F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization, the main 16MP module is very similar to the G4 in terms of specification and provides a 78-degree angle of view which is in line with most current high-end smartphone cameras.

But here's where things get interesting: the second lens comes with an F2.4 aperture and 8MP sensor and captures a 135-degree super wide-angle image. In the camera app you can switch between lenses via a button, and when using the digital zoom the camera switches seamlessly between the two modules. As before, the autofocus is assisted by a laser that measures the subject distance.  

There is also an optional camera grip that should make the G5 particularly appealing to mobile photographers. The G5's 2,800mAh battery is removable and slots into the device from the bottom. The latter clips away when a release button is pressed which allows you to attach a number of replaceable modules, one of which is the CAM Plus camera grip. It comes with an additional 1,200mAh of battery capacity and offers power, shutter, video and zoom buttons. It also lets you lock exposure and provides a more comfortable grip. We've put the G5 and the CAM Plus grip through its paces. Read our full review to find out how they performed.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications
  • 16MP main camera
  • F1.8 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 8MP secondary super wide angle camera with F2.4 aperture
  • 8MP, F2.0 front camera
  • 4K video
  • 120 fps 720p slow motion video
  • Optional camera grip with shutter button and control dial
Other Specifications
  • 5.3-inch 1440p display
  • Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD support
  • 2,800 mAh battery
Our 9-page review

We've considered every aspect of the LG G5 with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with the device's many special feature modes. Click any of the links below for more information of specific functions and continue to our conclusion for a final summary of our findings.

Categories: News

Unconquerable majesty: how I fell for America's national parks

For more than 100 years, tourists and photographers have flocked to America’s national parks. Tim Dowling salutes the spectacular lakes, canyons – and rangers

America’s national parks in pictures

Some years ago, my family and I paid a visit to the Rainbow Bridge national monument in Utah. It’s a natural stone arch, roughly the same height as the Statue of Liberty, and so remote that it wasn’t located by white people until 1909. It used to require a desert hike of several days to get to the bridge, but ever since the dam turned the Glen Canyon into Lake Powell, it’s only a two-mile stroll from a convenient landing dock. When we arrived, no one was around, apart from a park ranger stationed on the path, waiting for us, ready to answer any questions we might have, and to ask us to refrain from walking under the arch, because it is a site of tremendous religious significance for several Native American tribes.

This federal employee standing in the middle of the desert – engaging, articulate, genial – seemed as much a monument as the bridge itself. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who enjoyed his job so much. We took turns posing for photographs wearing his hat.

The photographers came first, dragging their heavy, wet-plate cameras into the wilderness

I found sharing the trail with strangers in flip-flops excruciating. 'Look out!' I wanted to shout. 'It’s a mile deep!'

Continue reading...
Categories: News

100 years of America’s national parks – in pictures

Photographers have been inspired by the majesty of America’s national parks since they were founded more than a century ago

Tim Dowling hits the road

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Photo highlights of the day: a giant panda cub and the Viking Sea

A selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the year’s first newborn giant panda and fireworks on the Thames

Continue reading...
Categories: News

She takes a good picture: six forgotten female pioneers of photography

With their artful shots of friends and family, early female photographers were acclaimed for their work – then disregarded. A new exhibition celebrates their groundbreaking work and acumen, often as sharp as their camera focus

It is a photograph that positively shimmers down the years. A girl gazing confidently at the camera, holding a bowl piled high with pomegranates, its delicate blue tones carefully controlled, the dappled light highlighted by the photographer’s careful removal of pigment from the print as the picture was developed.

The picture is one of the highlights of Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age, a new exhibition at Tate Britain, which looks at the relationship between painting and photography at the turn of the 20th century, when one art was old and established and the other was in its infancy. Decorative Study, a carbon print from 1906, is in the show because it reinterprets Rossetti’s famous Proserpine from 1874 – part of the conversation between painting and photography at the time.

Any woman with the money to buy the equipment could be a photographer. It was much more difficult to take up painting

Related: The lost women: forgotten female photographers brought to light – in pictures

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Flash flooding: Chinese cyclists caught in the rain – in pictures

In her series Short Flashes, Polish photographer Wiktoria Wojciechowska captures cyclists braving the rainy season in north-east China – and reflects her own loneliness in an unfamiliar country

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Henry Talbot's glamorous Melbourne in the 1960s – in pictures

A retrospective of fashion photographer Henry Talbot at the National Gallery of Victoria chronicles a 1960s fascination with airports, planes and shiny new cars and the emergence of Melbourne as an international city. NGV’s director, Tony Ellwood, said Talbot’s photography, which was regularly published in Australian Vogue, taps into the exuberance and changing times of a generation: ‘His modern photographs depict an emerging youth culture and offer an insider’s look into a thriving cultural scene during the 1960s.’ All images by Henry Talbot and courtesy of Lynette Anne Talbot and the NGV

Henry Talbot: 1960s Fashion Photographer is at NGV Australia, Melbourne, from 7 May to 21 August

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Ready for takeoff: GoPro records rocket trip into space

DP Review News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 20:39

While you're waiting for Space X to get you into orbit, there's an easier way to enjoy an otherworldly view. A GoPro HERO 4 camera was used to record a UP Aerospace Inc. SL-10 rocket's travel into space, showing the flight at speeds of up to Mach 5.5 from Earth to an altitude of 120,700m / 396,000ft and back again. The video was recorded on November 6, 2015 during a mission to deploy the Maraia Capsule designed by NASA, and was recently showcased by GoPro on its YouTube channel.

This isn’t the first time GoPro’s action cameras have been used to record space missions. In April 2015, for example, NASA published a pair of videos showing astronauts on a spacewalk, both of which were recorded using the small action cameras. A GoPro was also used to record Felix Baumartner’s ‘Red Bull Stratos,’ a space jump that took place 24 miles above Earth. 

Categories: News

No alias: Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift shows impressive early results

DP Review News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 20:23

It's been a long wait for the arrival of our Pentax K-1, but it finally is here. We wasted no time taking Ricoh's new flagship DSLR to our studio to see how the long-awaited full frame 36MP sensor stacks up to the competition. Huge thanks to LensRentals for renting us the lens for these tests.

$(document).ready(function() { ImageComparisonWidget({"containerId":"reviewImageComparisonWidget-49220169","widgetId":354,"initialStateId":2458}) }) Pixel Shift

It's worth calling out in particular one of the major highlights of the K-1: its Pixel Shift Resolution mode that debuted in the APS-C format K-3 II last spring. We're only showing you this mode at ISO 100 for the time being, but we'll be updating our widget with higher ISOs once ACR support is updated.

The K-1's Pixel Shift Resolution mode takes four consecutive shots and moves the sensor by a single pixel each time. This means that each of the original pixel positions gets sampled by a red, a blue and two green pixels. This has a few major benefits. First, it removes the need to demosaic: you don’t have to interpolate data from the surrounding area to build up color information, which leads to less color aliasing. It also brings a modest increase in resolution because you're sampling luminance information at every pixel position and not effectively blurring it by borrowing it from surrounding pixels. The increased resolution can easily be seen by looking at the color resolution targets, or looking at the text in the center of the studio scene, which shows no aliasing and can be read down to the very last line.

Another benefit to Pixel Shift is better noise performance: because you’re taking four shots, the camera essentially captures four times as much light, which decreases relative shot noise contributions. The decreased noise levels lead to better high ISO performance, and increased dynamic range.

There's yet another benefit to Pixel Shift: the camera locks up the mechanical shutter and mirror, and uses a fully electronic shutter instead. This removes any risk of vibrations that might be caused by the mechanical shutter. For example, there's a very tiny amount of blur in single shot mode at 1/40 sec, although it's near-imperceptible without a direct comparison to a sharper, Pixel Shift image.

Categories: News

Bottom's up: Emma Rice weaves A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe – in pictures

Emma Rice kicks off her Wonder season as the new artistic director of London’s Globe theatre with a gender-swapping take on Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy about the course of true love. Guardian photographer Sarah Lee was granted rare backstage access to see the show take shape.

‘It’s time for a big adventure’: Emma Rice on her opening Globe production

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, until 11 September 2016

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Salt of the Earth: a solo walking adventure in Bolivia

Mateusz Waligóra walked across the Salar de Uyuni in search of ‘undisturbed peace’

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Photo highlights of the day: elections and bubblegum

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including polling station scenes and the perils of bubblegum

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Writing on the wall: readers share their metro station art from around the world

Whether it’s artwork you walk past every day at your local underground station, or an interesting piece of art you’ve discovered on another metro system, we asked you for images of the most interesting underground art you have discovered

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Sport picture of the day: River Plate fans' star turn

At first glance this image resembles one taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, until you look closely and see the faces of the River Plate fans amid the flares and smoke at El Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires. Despite the home side dominating and winning their Copa Libertadores quarter-final second leg against Independiente del Valle 1-0, the defending champions were knocked out of the competition after failing to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg in Ecuador

Continue reading...
Categories: News

No vacancies: life in Mozambique's abandoned Grande Hotel – in pictures

When it opened in 1955, the Grande Hotel in the Indian Ocean city of Beira was one of the most luxurious in Africa. Photojournalist Fellipe Abreu documents the lives of the 3,500 people who now fill this long-closed hotel to capacity

Continue reading...
Categories: News

2016 National Geographic travel photographer of the year

National Geographic is inviting entries to its annual travel photographer of the year award. You can find details of how to enter here and the competition closes on 27 May 2016. Here is a small selection of photographs already submitted.

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Sydney from a blimp: a bird's eye view of Australia's harbour city

Shot from a blimp as it drifted above Sydney, these photos capture everything from the patterns in the sand created by everyday beach life to colourful piles of recycling; and from a lone golfer lining up a critical putt to the sprawl of suburbia

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Unconventional COVR Photo case launches for iPhone SE

DP Review News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 00:43
$(document).ready(function() { SampleGalleryV2({"containerId":"embeddedSampleGallery_3828535285","galleryId":"3828535285","isEmbeddedWidget":true,"standalone":false,"selectedImageIndex":0,"startInCommentsView":false,"isMobile":false}) });

The COVR Photo iPhone case promotes shooting from an unconventional angle. Rather than holding your phone with the screen facing toward you, a prism in the case redirects the camera's angle of view so the user can hold the phone as they would a remote control. Previously available for the iPhone 5/5S and 6/6S, it's been released for the iPhone SE.

The app that is used with the device has also been improved to allow control of contrast, brightness and manual focusing, as well as a square shooting option and a burst mode.

The guiding principle behind the device's design is that it allows more comfortable one-handed operation of the iPhone. Because the user points the ‘wrong’ part of the phone towards the subject, it isn’t obvious that a picture is being taken. The inventor, photo journalist Thomas Hurst, says that the design lets parents take more natural pictures of their children. He claims it is also useful for street photography and photo documentary work.

The device consists of a rigid case that snaps around the iPhone and a sliding prism with a lens unit that can be pushed over the phone’s camera unit or pulled back for 'normal' shooting. An app converts the image so that it doesn’t appear upside down on the screen.

The COVR Photo lens case for the iPhone SE costs $59.95 and comes in black, white, blue and purple. The case is also available for the iPhone 5/5S and 6/6S.

For more information visit the COVR Photo website.

Press release:

COVR Photo Releases App and New Case for iPhone SE

COVR the world with the only case that allows for one-handed iPhonography

As the only iPhone case with a built-in lens and custom app, COVR Photo is pleased to announce its case for the new iPhone SE. COVR Photo is the only case that allows users to take photos and videos while holding the phone one-handed and from a horizontal angle, like holding a TV remote.

"As a professional photographer for 20-years, I know how difficult it can be to capture a timeless moment,” said COVR Photo Founder, Thomas Hurst. "COVR came from a desire to help my wife easily capture the natural moments of our four children with the camera she always had with her – her smartphone.”

He adds, “COVR is the first smartphone case with a sliding lens built directly into it – so it’s always with you, at your fingertips, ready to help all of us capture the spontaneity of life with of our family, friends, and loved ones."

Accompanying the new iPhone SE case, COVR Photo has just launched an updated app. In addition to adding manual contrast and brightness adjustment, the new app also features a “burst” mode, improved social media sharing, square camera mode and manual focus abilities.

The iPhone SE COVR case is available online now in black for $29.95 and $24.95 for white, blue and purple. Along with the case for the new iPhone SE, COVR Photo also offers cases for the iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 6/6S.

Parents, grandparents, professionals, photo-enthusiasts and travelers around the world use COVR to take photos and videos from a unique angle to capture once-in-lifetime moments using just one hand.

The case features include:

  • Patented sliding feature– Allows users to shoot using the COVR case similar to a remote control, or slide the COVR lens back and take pictures or videos with the regular iPhone camera lens.
  • Built-in Lens– COVR Photo is the only iPhone case with a built-in lens.
  • Protective case– Shock absorbent rubber core and a hard outer shell provides durability and protection without the bulk and weight.
  • Mobile app– The free COVR Photo app complements the COVR case by redirecting pictures through the COVR Photo lens as well as allows users to adjust focus, exposure and formatting.

Based out of Renton, Wash., COVR Photo was founded in 2014 by award-winning photojournalist Thomas Hurst. Designed with a high-quality prism, COVR Photo sits at just under a half inch tall, fitting comfortably in most pockets.

About COVR Photo: Created by photographer, Thomas Hurst, COVR Photo produces revolutionary products to equip and inspire people to document the world around them through photographs and videos. To learn more, visit

Categories: News

A war photographer's image of hell – recreated in a play he can't bear to see

Paul Watson’s photo of a US soldier’s corpse being desecrated by a mob in Somalia won him the Pultizer – but resulted in decades of trauma explored in a new play called The Body of an American

Paul Watson has seen things few would ever want to see. As a photographer he did not divert his gaze and turn away, but rather devoured the bleakest obscenities of war with his camera. In Somalia, most famously, he risked his life to capture the image of an American soldier’s corpse being desecrated by a vengeful mob.

Yet at Theater J in Washington there is something that Watson cannot face. Since his story was turned into an award-winning stage play in 2012, he has not been able to bring himself to read it or see it. When he does venture into a theatre it is always after the final curtain to answer audience questions, unaware of precisely what they have just seen.

Continue reading...
Categories: News

Elinchrom launches new EL-Skyport Plus system to include hotshoe flashes in wireless lighting networks

DP Review News - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 20:23
$(document).ready(function() { SampleGalleryV2({"containerId":"embeddedSampleGallery_9814466852","galleryId":"9814466852","isEmbeddedWidget":true,"standalone":false,"selectedImageIndex":0,"startInCommentsView":false,"isMobile":false}) });

Swiss studio flash manufacturer Elinchrom has launched the next generation of its Skyport wireless triggering system that allows photographers to include hotshoe flash units in their lighting set-ups. The EL-Skyport Plus system includes a newly designed transmitter that has a swivelling head that the company says helps to optimize reception, while the new receiver features a hotshoe mount for triggering ‘almost any’ brand of hotshoe flash.

The units work via 2.4Ghz radio communications, have a range of 656ft/200m and offer 16 channels with four groups.

The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus costs $89.99 and the kit that includes the transmitter and the hotshoe receiver costs $139.99.

For more information visit the Elinchrom website.

Press release:

The Latest Evolution of the Skyport

Introducing the New EL-Skyport Plus System

The next generation Skyport is here and allows you to take full control of your flashes from the palm of your hands.

The EL-Skyport Plus follows the successful launch of the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon® and Nikon®, for those shooters requiring Hi-Sync. The new EL-Skyport Plus system is compact and robust, using readily available AA batteries. The Skyport Plus offers an extended range of up to 656 feet (200 m) and controls the power of all Skyport enabled Elinchrom flash units. With eight individual frequencies and the choice of standard and speed protocols, there are 16 frequency options, each with four groups. The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus is compatible with almost every camera. The transmitter head folds down for reduced profile and easier subject viewing while shooting.

Compatible with Most Flash Systems
The EL-Skyport Receiver Plus will trigger almost every flash system and features a built-in hot shoe to trigger speedlights, while enabling them to also be conveniently mounted onto a lighting stand.
When used in conjunction with a Skyport HS Plus Transmitter, most speedlights set at full power can also be incorporated into Hi-Sync applications (using high shutter sync speeds to freeze motion and control ambient light).

“Elinchrom has long prided itself on providing as much control as possible to its photographers. The new Skyport Plus continues that tradition by allowing shooters to take and maintain complete control no matter what they are shooting. When it comes to Living Light, no company does it better than Elinchrom.” said Jan Lederman, MAC Group President.

The Elinchrom Skyport Plus system is retro compatible with the existing Skyport Speed system, and forward compatible to the additional frequencies offered by the latest Elinchrom ELB and ELC units.

EL-Skyport Plus To Go Contents
* EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus contains:
* EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus
* 2.5 mm to PC sync cord
* Wrist strap
* 2-year warranty

EL-Skyport Universal Plus set contains:
* EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus
* EL-Skyport Receiver Plus
* 2.5 mm to PC sync cord
* 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm sync cord
* 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm adapter
* Wrist strap
* 2-year warranty

Categories: News
Syndicate content