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  • Tested: Apple’s Portrait Lighting feature is DEFINITELY in beta

    The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both step up the use of machine learning to improve photos. We saw these smarts used for portrait mode, but Apple has since turned its algorithms loose on 'Portrait Lighting'. The Cupertino company makes a point of slapping the beta tag on the feature -- at least on its website -- and it certainly shows. We took a few shots with our iPhone 8 Plus review unit, using all the Portrait Lighting options at our disposal (natural light, studio light, contour light, stage light and stage light mono). The results? Check my awkward mug out below (click on...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: check these photo samples

    We quite liked the Galaxy S7 Edge, producing some fantastic photos in all lighting conditions. So even though the Galaxy S8 has the same 12MP f/1.7 main camera, you really shouldn't be too disappointed in the first place. In fact, Samsung makes use of multi-frame image processing to reduce blur and produce a better photo. It's a similar idea behind Google's Pixel, which uses a near-identical camera but featured drastically improved HDR+ software smarts to spit out better results. Has Samsung improved matters with the Galaxy S8 in the same way? It's tough to say, but these snaps are definitely on...

  • Camera comparison: Huawei P10 Plus vs LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

    The 2017 smartphone war is heating up in South Africa, as the LG G6 (review) and Samsung Galaxy S8 recently launched in the country. Throw in this week's launch of the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, and consumers are really spoiled for choice. What about the cameras though? How do they fare? Well, the G6 is packing two 13MP cameras (one f/1.8 shooter and an f/2.4 wide angle camera), the S8 has a solitary 12MP f/1.7 camera and the P10 Plus packs two f/1.8 cameras (one being a 20MP monochrome camera, the other being a traditional 12MP shooter). It's all well...

  • Camera comparison: Lumia 950 vs Sony Xperia XZ

    We attended the Cape Town press event for the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphones this week. Now, the actual release information has been available for a while now, but the event did give us the opportunity to compare the camera to my personal Lumia 950. So then, does the Sony smartphone blow Microsoft's device out of the water? Well, check out the gallery for our very unscientific test. The Xperia XZ does have a higher resolution 23MP camera though, compared to the 950's 20-megapixel shooter. But it still makes for an interesting comparison. We disabled the 950's Rich Capture trickery and...

  • rAge 2016: 31 photographs from this year’s expo

    Taking place from 7 to 9 October 2016, rAge 2016 was one of the biggest editions in the event's history. Filled with new games, new hardware and a fresh focus on virtual reality, a slew of Johannesburgers and other gamers from across the country descended on The Dome to enjoy the festivities. What festivities, you ask? Well, beyond the news games and hardware on show, cosplay, board games, and professional eSports also featured. rAge 2016: who got their share of R1m for Telkom DGL? This past weekend saw the Masters Final of Telkom’s Digital Gaming League (DGL) take place at rAge 2016,...

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End looks simply stunning on the PlayStation 4

    Read our preview here: Uncharted 4 preview: the necessity of narrative, the bonus of beauty The third act is the hardest to follow, but it seems that Naughty Dog has at least done a successful job on the visuals front. That's right, we're talking about Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, arguably the biggest release on PlayStation 4 this year so far (and likely for the rest of the year). One impressive thing about the game is how it rings the neck of the PlayStation 4 hardware, without taking it to the point of nervous breakdown. In other words, it's a simply gorgeous...

  • 15 glamour shots of AG Mobile and Cassper Nyovest’s AG#HASHTAG [Gallery]

    After receiving the disappointing Ghost last year, we were hoping that AG Mobile could address the issues inherent in its then flagship. The AG#HASHTAG, for all intents and purposes, is the rebuffed Ghost in many ways, but carries a few new distinguishing features. For one, it's probably the reddest phone we've ever had at Gearburn. It's not all candy though. There's an interesting contrast of glossy, metallic rouges on the phone's rim, with a bright stop-sign red on the back. It's quite fetching. Related: Anthony Goodman: AG Mobile’s ‘born to look after the customer’ The phone is also designed in part by...

  • Huawei P9 vs LG G5 camera shootout: which mobile snapper is best?

    The Huawei P9 possesses quite possibly the most innovative camera setup on the market. Featuring dual 12MP cameras at the back, the Chinese company has certainly put the hype train in motion. So when we went hands-on with the device, courtesy of local tech writer Brendon Petersen, we decided to pit it against our LG G5 review unit. The LG G5 is no slouch either, packing a 16MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle camera on its back. We opted to only shoot with the 16MP camera. As for shooting conditions, we opted against changing any settings or enabling HDR, merely shooting with the...

  • LG G5 in pictures: the ‘world’s first’ modular phone [Gallery]

    The LG G5 is the company's refreshed take on the smartphone's future, and that future is largely of a modular nature. It makes sense, sure, but it's even more impressive in pictures. If you happened to miss the LG G5 announcement, catch our recap here detailing all of its specifications and features, but if you're interested in seeing the phone, and indeed the new LG Friends lineup in the flesh, have a look at the gallery with explainers below. Related: LG G5 announced with ‘LG Friends’ peripherals, bold new smartphone vision