• December 3, 2017

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Video Editing: All You Should Know (December 2017)

If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose a Monitor for Photo Editing with care.

Monitor for Photo Editing

This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.

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nilesh
nilesh

thanks very useful details
JD
JD

Hi Dan, I too have been looking at the Viewsonic VP2468. I have 4 Viewsonics and they have all…
Andre B
Andre B

Very informative article, thank you. I found this BenQ BL2420U UHD Designer monitor. Has anyone used it and if…
Jeff
Jeff

I was looking at getting the LG 31MU97, but now the new LG 32UD99 that was at CES this year…
Stephanie
Stephanie

Hi all, I'm hoping someone can lend some insight on the following. I should start by admitting I know…

  • November 27, 2017

Panasonic Lumix G9: a twin of the GH5 for professionals

Panasonic Lumix G9This year at the “Salon de la Photo 2017”, Panasonic was the only manufacturer showcasing a world’s first: its latest high-end hybrid, the Panasonic Lumix G9. Largely inspired by the GH5, this Lumix is geared towards photography and is equipped with a 20.3-megapixel micro 4/3 CMOS sensor, Pixel Shift for 80 Mpx images, 60 FPS 4K UHD video, and ergonomics similar to those of a reflex camera and with a control display on its "shoulder".

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  • November 24, 2017

Best Monitor for macbook Pro and Mac Mini/Air 2017

Because of the Apple PC’s excellent screen, the presentation of color gradation, hue, and contrast is much better than that of traditional PC computers. Thus it is the main choice for many professional video and photograph editors. In particular, the recent launch of the Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Mini with retina screens further established that Apple has the professional user in mind. The only drawback is that MacBook Pro’s 13 or 15.4-inch screen is too small. In fact the MacBook Air only has an 11.6-inch screen. If you usually use your Mac only to browse the web, screen size it is not so important. But for those who run complex software (such as Xcode or Photoshop), the MacBook’s screen cannot cope with all the windows. Users will need to keep pressing Option-Tab to switch between windows. An external monitor does allow you to have more display space, and helps you get the job done more efficiently.

macbook Pro

It is worth mentioning that not only does an external monitor offer a larger display space, but there is also some software optimized for multi-display software (such as Aperture and iMovie) that offers more convenience. For example, if you use iMovie to edit video on a single display, the movie preview windows will be pushed to the upper-right corner of the screen by other windows. If you have two monitors, you can use one screen exclusively for the movie preview and put the other windows on the second monitor.

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Nancy Nafziger
Nancy Nafziger

Thanks for the info. It's the best info I could find on the web! I have a…
Jill
Jill

What is the best 27 " monitor for photo editing I have a Mac Book Pro 10.6
Denise
Denise

Hi I have a macbook pro 13 inch with retina but want a larger screen for desk about 23 no…
Cheryl Martens
Cheryl Martens

Thank-you for the review. I have a few questions concerning monitor quality. I have a macbook pro 13" and I…
Haaspeni
Haaspeni

Thank you for very good review. I have two question. Is BenQ SW 2700PT a good choise for both Mac…

  • October 20, 2017

Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs LG V30 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8: clash of the 2017 phablets

At the end of 2017, the smartphone war is being waged between large phablets. In the absence of the Pixel 2 XL, the war will be waged between the three heavyweight contenders: the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30.

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 Huawei Mate 10 ProLG V30Samsung Galaxy Note 8
OS Version Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat
Interface Emotion UI LG UX 6.0 Samsung Experience
Screen size6 inches6 inches6 .3 inches
Resolution2160 x 10802880 × 1440 2960 x 1440
Pixel density402 ppp 537 ppp 522 ppp
SoCKirin 970 at 2.36 GHz Snapdragon 835 at 2,45GHz Exynos 8895 at 2,3GHz
Processor (CPU)ARMv8ARMv8ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU) Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 540 Mali-G71
RAM6 GB4 GB6 GB
ROM64/128GB64/128GB64 GB
MicroSDYesYesYes
Video recording4K4K4K
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth4.2 + LE + EDR 5.0 + ADP + aptX + LE 5.0 + A2DP + LE
NetworksLTE, HSPA, GSM LTE, HSPA, GSM LTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands2100 MHz, 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2600 MHz, 700 MHz 2100 MHz, 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2600 MHz, 700 MHz 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2600 MHz, 700 MHz
SIM 2x nano SIM nano SIM nano SIM
Ports (Inputs / Outputs) USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C
GeolocationYesYesYes
Battery 4000 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh
Dimensions154,2 x 74,5 x 7,9 mm 151,7 x 75,4 x 7,4 mm 162,5 x 74,8 x 8,6 mm
Weight178 grams158 grams195 grams
ColorsBlue, Gray, Brown, GoldPink, Blue, Black, SilverBlue, Black, Silver, Gold
PriceAround $900Around 800$929$

Different approaches to being “borderless”

2017 represents a departure from conventional smartphone design since the major high-end devices have transitioned towards a “borderless” design. Following the trend set by the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 at the beginning of the year, the LG V30, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have all decided to adopt this type of design.

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  • October 20, 2017

Huawei Mate 10: true Artificial Intelligence?

The Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro have finally been formalized and are being presented as the first smartphones to be equipped with a chip dedicated to artificial intelligence. Do these phones actually introduce any useful new features or are they just overstating the importance of what are ultimately small and natural improvements to already existing features?

Huawei Mate 10

AI: from science-fiction to reality

The concept of artificial intelligence has been on the minds of all smartphone manufacturers this year. AI sells since it has become associated with Hollywood science fiction movies such as Steven Spielberg’s “AI”, Skynet in “Terminator”, the Nexus in “Blade Runner”, Samantha in “Her”, the androids in “Alien” and “Prometheus”, etc… Google and Microsoft have both announced that AI is the next step in mobile technology. However, Microsoft has not exactly been the most successful company in the mobile technology industry.

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  • October 6, 2017

iOS 11: 15 hidden expert functions

Available since the 19th of September, iOS 11 has introduced quite a few innovations for the iPhone and has radically changed the iPad user-experience. While Apple has put the emphasis on augmented reality, its new control center and the iPad user-experience – now similar to that of a Mac, iOS 11 has also introduced other innovations. PCGAMER presents 15 hidden functions that will give you better control over the latest Apple update.

Screen capture as a video

Requested for years by its users, the possibility of recording the screen’s content as a video is now possible with iOS 11. Once enabled within the new control center, it activates quickly and is even able to record the sounds emitted by the device. It can also record sound from the microphone on demand.

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  • September 29, 2017

Best Instant Cameras and Films 2018

In the last few years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of instant photography (Polaroid, Instax or other devices that allow instant printing of photos). This type of camera has been around since the end of the 1940s, but the market is currently undergoing expansion and attracting a growing number of consumers – both professionals and people who have never owned a camera before. Young people are also interested in this return to film photography in its most basic expression.

We were able to test quite a few of the available options – both different types of cameras and films. Here is our instant photography buyer’s guide which we hope will help you make the best choice with respect to your needs and budget.

Why buy an instant camera?

instant camera

Having an instant camera allows you to quickly share your photos with someone as well as to keep a "tangible" memento of an experience. With instant photos, you could easily illustrate a personal travel log or quickly give someone a photograph you have taken of them, etc.

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  • September 27, 2017

Photo lab – The Nikon D850 vs.the D810 vs. Sony A7R II vs. Canon EOS 5DsR, which is better?

It’s brand new, it’s beautiful, and above all, it has arrived at our photo lab: the Nikon D850. And what a joy it is! It’s enough to make us happy to have returned from holidays. And we are full of energy and motivation as well as curiosity: so, how does its 45.7 megapixel BSI CMOS 45,7 sensor stack up against the current kings of high definition?

It was not difficult to make a selection of cameras able to compete with the Nikon D850 as its only serious competitors are: its predecessor – the D810, the Sony Alpha 7R II and the Canon EOS 5Ds R. In order to avoid favoritism, for the purposes of this test, all of these cameras will be mounted with a Sigma Art 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens (one with a Nikon F mount and one with a Canon EF mount). The two questions we will be asking are: what can Imatest tell us about the resolving power of the Nikon D850? And, how does the camera behave at high ISO sensitivity values?

Imatest: a well-designed 45.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor

The Imatest software, in association with SFRplus chart, is able to measure the resolving power of a given lens relative to a given sensor. In other words, while using the same lens, this test will determine a camera’s ability to distinguish very fine details in three distinct zones: the center, periphery, and edges of the frame. The graphs it produces are very easy to read: the higher the curves, the better (as far as resolving power is concerned), and the closer the three curves are to each other, the better (in terms of the lens’s homogeneity at a given aperture opening). You can click on the images below to enlarge them.

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Nikon D850 vs.the D810

Compared to the D810, the D850 is more precise at wider aperture, despite being equivalent at f/8. However, the D850’s increased definition makes it more susceptible to diffraction effects. If you commonly operate at f/11 and beyond, the D810 would probably be better suited to your needs.

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  • September 23, 2017

iPhone X, this is how the best Apple phone to date looks like

The new iPhone already has a name: it is the iPhone X and it is the best Apple phone that has ever existed to date. It is the highest-end model of the three phones that have just been launched by the company in its new Steve Jobs theater at the Apple Park (the other two are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus) and the most striking feature of its design is the introduction of a screen format that goes from edge to edge. However, this is only one of the novelties brought by this 10th-anniversary launch.

iPhone X

The iPhone X coincides with a very special moment for the company: the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which explains Apple’s decision of giving its new phone this curious name (the ‘X’ stands for ten in the Roman numeric system) in an unprecedented change of strategy. It all started with the original iPhone that was launched back in 2007, but ten years have passed since then and with this new model we find an absolute renewal over the latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

What has changed in Apple’s new iPhone? Out of all the novelties, the most striking one is that the new iPhone 8’s best model sports a screen that virtually covers the phone’s entire front. As we have already seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG V30 and many others, bezel-less displays are now the hot new thing that is featured on high-end phones, and Apple also wanted to take on this new trend. Let’s take a closer look at all of the iPhone’s novelties.

The new iPhone X changes everything for Apple

After years of being faithful to a design that has undergone few modifications as the years have gone by, Apple has decided to shake things up with the iPhone X: bid farewell to the screen bezels, to the dual-camera horizontal layout and to Touch ID. With what we have seen from the iPhone 6 onwards, those looking for similarities in terms of design will not find a significant resemblance.

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  • September 17, 2017

iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: which should you buy?

Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X specs, pricing, release dates, and we got to try them out. But which of these three phones is right for you? It depends on your hobbies and daily activities, of course, but I’ve broken it down to what’s most worth it depending on what you’re looking for. If you are in desperate need of a phone immediately, it’s important to note that the iPhone X won’t be out until November 3rd, and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus come out September 22nd, so you might settle for an iPhone 8 or have to tide yourself over with a cheaper iPhone 7 Plus in the meantime.

iPhone X

First, let’s consider the iPhone 8 compared to its predecessor. The iPhone 8 offers some improvements to the iPhone 7, but if you just bought an iPhone 7 last year, I recommend skipping the 8 this time. It has an all-new glass design, wireless charging capabilities, and an A11 Bionic chip, with faster cores. The battery life in both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus remains the same as the 7 and 7 Plus, too, but this year’s phones have True Tone display, which changes the screen to look better to your eyes based on ambient light around you.

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