Technology Sony's dual camera Xperia XZ2 Premium takes ultra-low-light photos

15:42  16 april  2018
15:42  16 april  2018 Source:   Engadget

Sony announces smaller version of giant Digital Paper E Ink tablet

  Sony announces smaller version of giant Digital Paper E Ink tablet The selling point of Sony’s DPT-RP1 “Digital Paper” tablet is right there in the name — it’s basically a giant slab of E Ink the same size as a sheet of A4 paper, and it works with a stylus for document creation, PDF annotation, and so on. The 10.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1404 x 1872 at 224 dots per inch, and is capable of 16 levels of greyscale. The DPT-CP1 has 16GB of storage for PDF files, which can be shared with iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices through a companion app. It’s 5.9mm thick and weighs about half a pound, with Sony claiming it’ll last around a month on a single charge.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual smartphone with 6.00-inch 720x1280 display powered by 1.4GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM and 13-megapixel rear camera . Low decibel levels. Read detailed Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual review.

The Sony Xperia Z 2 has. one of the most feature-packed camera apps we’ve seen. There’ s an awful. It does this without masses of image noise too, by smoothing out anything it can. Xperia Z 2 ultra - low light treatment

a close up of electronics© Provided by Engadget Sony's regular Xperia XZ2 is, to put it mildly, underwhelming -- as capable as it is, there's little to recommend it over its rivals. You can't say that about the just-announced Xperia XZ2 Premium, though.

The new handset preserves the 4K HDR visuals of its predecessor (this time on a 5.8-inch screen that's 30 percent brighter), but the real centerpiece is the photography. Sony is hopping on the dual rear camera bandwagon with a focus on low light performance: it melds the input from a monochrome sensor (for contrast) and a regular color sensor to capture video at ISO 12,800 sensitivity, and photos at a whopping ISO 51,200. (Huawei's P20 Pro is also claiming similarly crazy high-level ISO options in a forthcoming software update -- we yet haven't tested that either.) We'd be skeptical of Sony's claim that the performance rivals pro cameras, but this might help you shoot with confidence in truly dark environments.

Sony's pro 4K camcorder has Netflix-friendly 'Instant HDR'

  Sony's pro 4K camcorder has Netflix-friendly 'Instant HDR' HDR has become just as important as 4K for streaming and Blu-Ray users who care about seeing films and series the way the creators intended. The FS5-II can handle 60 fps high-framerate 4K recording, shoot 4K 120 fps in four-second bursts, and output 240 fps 1080p for eight seconds. Internally, it can handle 8-bit 4K at 30fps, or HD at up to 120 fps. However, many production pros will probably attach an Atomos Ninja or other device and record RAW 4K using Apple's new ProRes RAW or regular ProRes recording formats. It also packs new color science that improves skin tones, a common complaint about the last model.

Sony Xperia Z 2 low light samples, Normal mode: flash off • flash on. LG has a simpler interface, but still offers the dual -shot mode. It does have the nifty magic focus feature that lets you choose an object to focus on after you take the picture.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium low - light samples (Intelligent Auto). Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Xperia XZs vs. Xperia XA1 in our photo compare tool.

The dual cams also enable the obligatory portrait mode (here called Bokeh) with soft-focus backgrounds, and you can snap shots with just the monochrome sensor if you're going for the classic look. Sony is also promising a better front camera -- you're now looking at a 13MP, 1/3.06in sensor that Sony says can take quality low-light selfies.

a close up of electronics© Sony Most of the other features are carryovers from the standard XZ2, although that's not entirely a bad thing. That means 4K HDR video recording (still a relative novelty), 960FPS slow-motion video capture at 1080p, stereo speakers and a Dynamic Vibration System that promises more than the usual buzzes from haptic feedback. The Premium is still running a Snapdragon 845 processor, but there's now 6GB of RAM (up from 4GB) to help with the extra performance demands.

Snap is working on a new set of Spectacles

  Snap is working on a new set of Spectacles An FCC filing hints at new frames, 802.11ac WiFi standard and electronic ID.The filing for a "wearable video camera" -- heavily redacted, of course -- doesn't reveal any meaty details about the potential device, but refers to it as "Model 002", indicating it's the second version of the product. According to the filing, it will support the 802.11ac WiFi standard, which means faster file transfers. The original Spectacles included a FCC ID label on the physical device, whereas the new version will come with an electronic ID label, accessible within the Snapchat app.

Photo quality, low light . Daylight photography is the easiest for cameras but shooting in poor lighting conditions is where some of the advanced features become We used the 8MP Superior Auto shots from the Sony Xperia Z 2 . It picked a brisk 1/32 s shutter speed so it had no issues with handshake.

Image quality. The photos taken with the Sony Xperia Z 2 look really good - especially under good light. Moving on to low light where the camera gets really noisy. Images come out very bright with a good level of detail, but also exhibit a lot of grainy noise.

Sony ships the new handset "globally" in the summer. There's no word on a US launch or pricing, although it's bound to be expensive when the garden variety XZ2 goes for $800 in the US (£699 in the UK). With that in mind, this could be the XZ2 variant to get. Its camera implementation and 4K HDR display help it stand out at a time when differences between phones are becoming indistinguishable.

Google Lens can identify dog and cat breeds .
Now that the Android-first Google Lens has finally rolled out to iOS devices, nearly all mobile users can appreciate its newest feature: Identifying pet breeds.  © Google You can also use Lens to comb through your photos searching by particular breed, species (including animals that aren't cats or dogs) or emoji. Which could be helpful if you want to find the latest pic of your sibling's pet but don't want to sift through your entire camera roll. The announcement came with a few reminders of what Google Lens could already do, like make photo books or videos of your favorite weird animals.


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