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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Huawei P20 Pro: Which is best?

It’s that time of the year again, the time when we get to compare the latest flagship from the big names… before the iPhone arrives and the catch-up and leapfrog cycle starts all over again. Currently in the ring? Samsung’s jumbo Note 9 and Huawei’s triple-threat P20 Pro. Samsung’s S Pen-packing super phone features a larger screen, improved cameras, and other upgrade...[Read More]

Facial biometrics: how smartphones can recognise us

Welcome to the new era: that of facial biometrics. The launch of the iPhone X, a smartphone featuring Face ID facial recognition, demonstrated that this technology has now reached full maturity. This became possible with the introduction of miniature 3D sensors with high-level computing power, combined with extremely efficient learning algorithms such as deep learning. But what is facial recogniti...[Read More]

Fujifilm South Africa launches rent-to-own programme

Upgrading from a phone to a “real camera” is a dream for many, but with the price of camera bodies and the lenses to go with them, it’s out of the realm of the possible for many. To address this, Fujifilm South Africa has launched a rent-to-own programme, which is available to customers online or in bricks-and-mortar stores. As it says on the box, you pay a monthly rental fee for...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs the S9+ – the weigh-in

When the Galaxy Note 9 ships, Samsung will have two very large 2018 flagships on offer, since the Galaxy S9+ released earlier this year. And they’re very similar in many ways, especially design — but Samsung has pulled out a few tricks with their most recent Note edition. Both sport great screens, sleek glass-and-aluminum bodies, plenty of power and perks, but they also vary in some wa...[Read More]

The Nokia 3.1 budget smartphone is available in South Africa now

The Nokia 3.1 is, for lack of better words, a ‘real’ Nokia. It looks and feels like the Nokias of old… although we’d need to test if it could survive a tumble down a flight of stairs to be sure, otherwise is it really worthy of the Nokia name? Now owned by a company called HMD Global, Nokia’s back on its smartphone game with the likes of the Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 6.1, and the br...[Read More]

Light is prototyping a smartphone with 9 camera sensors

When one isn’t enough, we want two, and when that’s not enough — three should do the job, but after that we will only be satisfied by nine. Because nine camera sensors sounds exactly like something our overeager world is destined to have in the not-too distant future.   Light, the company behind the wild L16 camera that featured an array of seemingly randomly placed camera sensors, is now bu...[Read More]

A Samsung Galaxy S10 rumour round-up already? You betcha.

Around this time of the year, rumours start trickling in little by little, and we’re already receiving some juicy ones about the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S10. We already know the Note 9 will be announced on 9 August in New York (we’ve collected all the rumours on that over here). Now, with the S10 on its way (it’ll probably only actually arrive in early 2019), the beauti...[Read More]

LG G7 ThinQ: An underdog that looks and feels like a flagship

Is it an iPhone X? Is it a Galaxy S9? No! It’s the new flagship in a series that you didn’t expect would make it this far. It’s the LG G7 ThinQ, set to come to South African shores in June. For the last several years LG has produced some adequate smartphones, but its smartphone portfolio has flown under most consumers’ radars.They cannot compete in the big leagues with Apple and Samsung (and...[Read More]

This 12K resolution flyover of New York is the thing high-res screens were made for

You’re familiar with 4K video, but there are already moves towards 12K — as this stunning footage of New York City, shot by a helicopter, shows. The video is the creation of cinematographer Phil Holland, who used a helicopter and a very impressive camera rig to get his shoot on. The New York flyover was done with a rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead, a chopper-mounted setup that inc...[Read More]

70 years of instant photos, thanks to inventor Edwin Land’s Polaroid camera

It probably happens every minute of the day: A little girl demands to see the photo her parent has just taken of her. Today, thanks to smartphones and other digital cameras, we can see snapshots immediately, whether we want to or not. But in 1944 when 3-year-old Jennifer Land asked to see the family vacation photo that her dad had just taken, the technology didn’t exist. So her dad, Edwin Land, in...[Read More]

Here is Fujifilm’s mirrorless, leather accented, 4K-shooting X-A5

If you’re in the market for a new entry-level APS-C mirrorless camera then Fuji’s newly-announced X-A5, an addition to the company’s X Series of shooters — replacing the X-A3, a camera that we haven’t seen a whole lot of here in South Africa. The Fuji X-A5 has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor using a more conventional Bayer colour filter array — rather than Fujifilm’...[Read More]

Nikon D850 – This speedy DSLR also has a serious eye for detail

The perfect heavyweight boxer is one who marries power with lightning speed. Of course, the laws of physics mean that very few are blessed with both, but occasionally a Tyson all-rounder emerges to baffle their rivals. Well, the Nikon D850 is promising to be that freak specimen for DSLRs. Following the much-loved D810, it claims to marry extremely high resolution 45.4MP photos with the speedy burs...[Read More]

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