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Nokia 7.2 front camera scores in mid-range

The Nokia 7.2’s front camera scored fairly well in the latest DxOMark Selfie test, with a good exposure in bright light and under indoor conditions, and a wide dynamic range when HDR mode triggers.

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DxOMark tested the Nokia 7.2, a mid-range model in the Finnish manufacturer’s smartphone lineup, featuring a large 6.3-inch IPS display with FHD+ resolution and a triple main camera. The Android 9 mobile operating system is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset. The front selfie camera, which is the subject of this review, combines a 20MP image sensor with an f/2.0-aperturefixed-focus lens and is capable of recording 1080p Full-HD video at 30 frames per second.

Key front camera specifications:

• 20MP sensor
• f/2.0-aperture lens
• 1080p/30fps video

DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for smartphone and digital camera tests and ratings. It performs scientific tests to evaluate image and audio quality from an end-user perspective.

DxOMark provided the following analysis:

With a DxOMark Selfie score of 78, the Nokia 7.2 is in the bottom half of its current front camera ranking, on a similar level to the Sony Xperia 1 or to an older device like the Google Pixel 2. The Nokia device scores 81 for Photo and overall is capable of achieving decent results in good conditions. However, there’s also plenty of room for improvement, especially in terms of exposure, stability, flash performance, and bokeh mode.

The Nokia 7.2 usually delivers good exposure in bright light, but colors often look washed out.

Target exposure tends to be accurate until light levels get too low; and the Nokia’s front camera images also show decent dynamic range with good highlight and shadow detail when HDR mode kicks in. Detail is good in bright light and under typical indoor conditions. However, exposure instabilities are noticeable between shots and color is desaturated on many images, making for a slightly dull look.

Noise is also visible in pretty much all shooting conditions, and a narrow depth of field means background objects and subjects at the back of a group shot won’t be in focus. Subjects are soft even at typical selfie-stick shooting distances. Our testers also found a variety of unwanted artifacts in our test samples, including ghosting, halos, and hue shift on faces.

Nokia 7.2, crop, limited depth of field 

The Nokia’s flash function is best reserved for emergencies, as flash images show strong color and exposure instabilities, heavy noise, and low levels of detail, resulting in one of the lowest flash scores to date. The Nokia also scores low for its bokeh simulation. Bokeh images have no blur gradient, resulting in an unnatural look, and also show strong halo artifacts as well as unnaturally rendered spotlights in the background.

The Nokia 7.2 front camera’s performance in video mode earns it a Video score of 74. The 1080p video footage shows good texture and detail as well as accurate target exposure when recording outdoors in bright light and indoors. Image stabilization is fairly effective at counteracting camera shake as well, but exposure and white balance instabilities can make some clips difficult to use. DxOMark also observed some inaccurate color rendering and noise that tends to be strongest on the first frames of the video and then decreases—but remains visible. The narrow depth of field has the same effects in video mode as it has for stills and image quality is further reduced by such artifacts as color quantization and hue shift on skin tones.

Conclusion

The Nokia 7.2 is a fairly affordable mid-ranger, so you would not expect flagship front camera performance, but better options are available even at its price point. The Nokia is capable of decent image and video results in good conditions, but quality drops off in low light, and there are too many issues overall, including exposure and color instabilities as well as a range of artifacts, to merit recommending the 7.2 to any passionate selfie shooter.

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Leak reveals Huawei P40 Pro

A high-resolution render of the Huawei P40 Pro, released by Evan ‘Evleaks’ Blass, shows that it will probably include five rear lenses, two front lenses, and a ceramic build. BRYAN TURNER investigates

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The highly-anticipated Huawei P40 Pro is set to be unveiled in Paris in late-March. Many rumours surround its hardware build as well as its software capabilities since Huawei lost the rights to preload Google Apps on the phone.

From the leak, it seems the P40 Pro will feature a near-bezelless screen, like the Mate 30 Pro, which debuted late last year. The screen drops the notch, in favour of a dual-camera cut-out, similar to the Samsung Note 10+. The leak also shows there are small buttons on the side of the device for volume control and locking the device. This is an interesting step back from the buttonless Mate 30 Pro.

The most impressive aspect is the seven cameras which this device will house, five on the back and two on the front. The rear camera system seems to showcase a slight bump, and features a new type of periscope-style telephoto camera. This is expected to provide an 18-240mm equivalence between ultrawide and telephoto. The device is also expected to provide a whopping 13x optical zoom, thanks to the periscope camera.

The build is expected to be glass on the front and back, both of which are curved for ergonomics. From the render, it showcases classy design using ceramics. On the bottom, there’s a USB Type-C port with a speaker grill. And there’s no surprises about the absence of a headphone jack, which hasn’t featured for a while now.

The only real question-mark hanging over this device is: what about Google apps? Huawei is currently touring Europe, showing off the power its smartphones still have without having Google apps installed. Hopefully, they will fill that education gap before the release date of the P40 Pro, less than two months away.

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Canon announces Robotic Camera System

True remote control photography is now possible, thanks to a Canon Robotic Camera System called the CR-S700R.

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Canon has announced a remote control system for still image shooting, to be available in February 2020. Sports photography and news media use remote photography extensively to capture still images from various viewpoints or angles that cannot be achieved with conventional photography methods. The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R is a release driven by the needs of professional photographers to operate cameras remotely for still images.

The system revolves around a remote pan head that can be used to remotely control and shoot still images using an EOS camera. The system includes a small and lightweight gateway box, an IP camera controller called the CR-G100.

The Camera Remote Application CR-A100 (not included in the package) enables users to control multiple cameras from a PC, display live view images, and remotely trigger a camera or simultaneously shoot with multiple cameras.

The remote pan head uses a centre-type rotational axis that makes the optical axis of the camera perpendicular to the rotational axis of the remote pan head, enabling smooth remote operations like zooming, panning, tilting, and rolling. Ideally suited to follow subjects that move at high speed during sporting events, the remote pan head benefits from a compact design with a turning radius of approximately 260mm, and can be used upright or underslung.

The IP camera controller CR-G100 is a gateway device to connect the camera and the remote pan head. It connects to a PC for remote operation using a wired LAN (Ethernet) cable. The extremely compact and lightweight design has been developed specifically for still image shooting. Various terminals (digital terminal, Ethernet terminal, remote control terminal, among others) necessary for connecting to cameras and pan heads are grouped together to organise previously complicated and bulky wired connection.

The Camera Remote Application CR-A100 software controls the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and cameras via a PC. It displays live view images from multiple cameras using the IP camera controller CR-G100 and can control a single camera or simultaneous shoot using multiple specified cameras, streamlining the workflow of still image shooting at the news site.

The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and the Camera Remote Application CR-A100 will be available from mid-February 2020.

For more information and details on product specifications, visit: https://www.canon-europe.com/pro/remote_ptz/CR-S700R

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