Adopting the same 5.2-inch HD (1080 x1920 pixel) screen and similar if slightly lighter and slimmer aluminum chassis, the waterproof Sony Xperia Z3+ Android-based smartphone boasts a more powerful 64-bit Octa-core Snapdragon processor and an improved front-facing camera, but the spec of the rear 20-Mpix camera looks unchanged. However, in our industry standard tests consisting of real-world use and lab tests, it notches up some impressive results, proving that you can’t judge performance from spec-sheets alone.
DxO, the same company behind DxOMark, has introduced DxO ONE, a new pocket-sized connected camera designed to capture images with a quality and caliber previously unobtainable in a one-inch sensor camera. The DxO ONE camera’s score of up to 85 puts it on par with many DSLR cameras, such as the Nikon D7200 and the Sony A7S (both with a score of 87), and is well above such Canon DSLRs as the EOS 5D Mark III (81) and the 7D Mark II (70). This score also places it in third among compact cameras, just behind the full-frame Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 and the DSC-RX1R, which score 93 and 91, respectively.
Concluding our roundup of test results for the latest Sony FE-mount lenses, we take a look at the FE 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS. A superzoom option that offers wide-angle through to long telephoto in a single lens, the FE 24-240mm is a versatile option for those occasions when changing lenses is going to be a pain. Good DxOMark scores are rare for superzooms, though, so let’s see how the Sony does.
Announced in March 2015, the One M9 is the latest update for the HTC One series, replacing the highly-respected One M8. It’s more evolutionary than revolutionary, though, with a design that looks very much like its predecessor. It does feature an updated camera module with a 20 megapixel resolution, so we’d hoped for an improved showing in our industry standard lab tests.
However, the One M9 achieved the same DxOMark Mobile score as the M8, putting it outside the top 20 in the rankings....
We continue our optical analysis of Sony’s latest FE-mount lenses, this time examining the performance of the $1598 Sony Carl Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA. A professional-grade “fast” aperture wide-angle prime, the new lens is specifically designed for use on Sony A7 hybrid cameras. Including three aspherical lens elements and Zeiss T* coatings for enhanced image quality, let's hope for great results as we run though our industry standard tests.
Last month’s launch of six new FE mount lenses is great news for Sony enthusiasts shooting with A7 cameras. With only a modest number of FE lenses available until now, the new lenses — including two wide-angle primes, two ultra-wide angle converters, a close-focus macro and versatile superzoom — open up more possibilities on Sony full-frame hybrids. They’ve kept us busy in the lab, too, and the scores are in and verified for the FE 28mm F2.
Achieving outstanding scores in DxOMark Mobile industry standard tests, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge becomes the new top-ranked device in our database. In fact, Samsung now occupies the top two spots for Mobile image quality with the Galaxy Note 4 also posting impressive results. We are publishing both the S6 Edge and Note 4 results simultaneously, so let’s start by analyzing the photographic strengths of Samsung’s flagship Smartphone.
Released back in September, 2014 the Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung’s Mobile/Tablet hybrid for consumers who can’t decide between the two. Physically bigger and with a larger screen than the S6 Edge, the Galaxy Note 4 features the same 2560x1440px resolution and 16Mp rear camera as its smartphone sibling. Notching up impressive stats in our industry-standard image quality tests, the Galaxy Note 4 a serious contender for mobile shooters.
Packing a 28.2Mp APS-C sensor, 4K-video and 15fps burst shooting, the new Samsung NX1 is hot news on the hybrid scene. For a full overview of features and specifications, check out our NX1 Preview. And now with the NX1’s sensor measurements in and verified, let’s see what Samsung’s latest NX hybrid camera has to offer.
Canon has launched an affordable under-$1,000 EF-mount standard zoom for enthusiasts stepping up to full-frame who can’t afford a pro lens. At just $599, the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM features image stabilization (IS) as well as Canon’s latest stepping autofocus motor (STM) for video. With results just in, let’s see how this “budget” EF-mount lens stacks up against the pricier competition.