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Colin Kroll, Co-Founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, Dies at 35

Billboard.com - 29 min 59 sec ago
Colin Kroll, the co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, was found dead Sunday (Dec. 16) at his residence in New York City, The Hollywood Reporter has...
Categories: Music Industry

Offset Addresses Disastrous Public Apology to Cardi B at Rolling Loud

Billboard.com - 2 hours 7 min ago
Offset seems to be feeling the aftermath of his failed public apology to Cardi B on Saturday night (Dec. 15). The Migos rapper took to Twitter Sunday...
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Matty Healy Has Big Plans to Wrap The 1975's World Tour With a Bang

Billboard.com - 2 hours 29 min ago
The 1975 has some big plans for the end of their upcoming tour. On Sunday (Dec. 16), the British pop-rock band's frontman Matty Healy teased the...
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Rivers Cuomo Reacts to Weezer Sketch on 'SNL': 'I'm Actually Crying'

Billboard.com - 3 hours 46 min ago
Weezer can clearly take a joke. Members of the alternative rock band were thrilled over a recent Saturday Night Live sketch about a group of...
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Pete Davidson Briefly Appears on 'SNL' Following Disturbing Instagram Post

Billboard.com - 4 hours 35 min ago
Pete Davidson briefly appeared on the Dec. 15 episode of Saturday Night Live in the wake of posting a disturbing message on Instagram on Saturday (...
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Matt Damon Shares Sweet 'SNL' Memory in His Opening Monologue: Watch

Billboard.com - 4 hours 39 min ago
Matt Damon's opening monologue took a sweet, serious turn when he hosted Saturday Night Live on Dec. 15, and the emotional moment delivered a...
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'SNL' Imagines Life Without President Trump in 'It's a Wonderful Life' Spoof Cold Open

Billboard.com - 4 hours 58 min ago
In its cold open on Dec. 15, Saturday Night Live parodied the classic Christmas movie It’s A Wonderful Life with a black-and-white sketch...
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Watch Matt Damon & Leslie Jones Intensely Argue Over Weezer's Music on 'SNL'

Billboard.com - 5 hours 3 min ago
An argument over Weezer's music isn't something one might expect from a Saturday Night Live skit, but that's exactly what happened on the...
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Cardi B's Rolling Loud Set Interrupted By A Crashing, Flower-Wielding Offset

Billboard.com - 6 hours 38 min ago
Cardi B was in the middle of her headlining set at Rolling Loud in Los Angeles on Saturday night (Dec. 15) when her estranged husband,...
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Three is the magic number: LG V40 ThinQ sample gallery

DPReview.com - Latest News - 7 hours 16 min ago

When the V40 ThinQ was launched back in October it wasn't the first triple-camera phone (that honor goes to the Huawei P20 Pro which combines a main camera with a tele and monochrome sensor), but it was the first to offer three different focal lengths.

Since then more triple-focal-length phones have arrived on the scene, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei's 2018 flagship, the Mate 20 Pro, but you're still looking at a pretty exclusive list if you're after focal length flexibility.

LG V40 ThinQ sample gallery

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The V40 ThinQ's camera combines a primary 27mm equiv. module, a super-wide-angle with 16mm equivalent focal length and a 'tele' lens that offers a 52mm equivalent focal length.

So does the triple-cam really offer a noticeable advantage over a phone with one or two lenses? In my experience using the phone on a week-long hiking trip and a few other occasions, I indeed found the added flexibility in terms of focal length to be a real benefit.

Key specifications:

  • Triple camera
  • 16MP Super Wide (1/3.1"-type, F1.9 / 16mm equiv, no AF)
  • 12MP Standard (1/2.6"-type F1.5 / 27mm equiv, OIS, dual-pixal PDAF)
  • 12MP Telephoto (1/3.4"-type F2.4 / 52mm equiv, OIS, PDAF)
  • Dual front-camera with 8MP Standard (1/4"-type F1.9 / 26mm equiv) and
    5MP Wide (1/5"-type F2.2 / 22mm equiv)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display (3120 x 1440 pixels)
  • 6GB RAM / 64GB or 128GB internal memory / microSD slot
  • 3300mAh battery

Using the V40 ThinQ is not to dissimilar to shooting with a DSLR and three prime lenses, but without the bulk. It is possible to zoom to intermediate positions between the native focal lengths but image quality suffers as digital zoom is applied and it's simply more convenient to tap on the zoom icon of your choice than worry about pinch-zooming or using the zoom slider.

But even if you stick with the native equivalent focal lengths – 16, 27 and 52mm – they offer a higher level of creative freedom than we've ever seen on smartphones. At the press of a button you now have the ability to completely modify the way a scene is captured.

The three images below were captured from the same location, but the change in angle of view makes for very different image results between the three available focal lengths.

Landscape shot, 16mm equivalent
Landscape shot, 27mm equivalent
Landscape shot, 52mm equivalent

The ability to choose between focal lengths is also very useful when shooting portraits. In the past mobile photographers had to get used to being limited to wide-angle portraits when shooting people pictures.

With devices like the V40 ThinQ you now have the option to go super-wide and capture even more of the background and the subject-surrounding scenery, or use the phone's tele-lens and produce something more similar to a 'traditional' portrait.

Unfortunately even at the LG's longest focal length and relatively short subject distances there isn't much bokeh to speak of, though, and the background is still almost entirely in focus.

The background-blurring Portrait Mode can produce nice results with very good background-segmentation but it uses the main camera's 27mm equivalent focal length, so you can't combine the DSLR-like background blur with the camera's longest focal length. That's a shame, since it would arguably be the lens most suited to portrait photography.

Portrait, 16mm equivalent
Portrait, 52mm equivalent
Portrait, 27mm equivalent, Portrait Mode

In low light the usefulness of the triple-cam is unfortunately a little more limited than in bright conditions. In low light both the super-wide-angle and wide-angle show noise increases and the levels of detail are reduced. That's only really noticeable when zooming in to a 100% view, however. Color and exposure remain solid down to very low light levels. The 27mm equiv camera, with its bigger sensor and brighter aperture is the stronger option as the light levels drop.

The tele-lens on the other hand is completely deactivated in dim conditions. Instead, the camera uses the main sensor to capture the image and applies digital zoom to keep the exposure bright enough and control noise to some degree. The resulting images show very low levels of detail.

The LG is not the only device doing this – we've seen the same behavior on the first iPhones with tele-lens and some other Android devices. It means however that low-light tele shots are best avoided if you are planning to view or display them at larger sizes.

Night Shot, 16mm equivalent
Night shot, 27mm equivalent
Night shot, tele setting (shot with 27mm equivalent camera and with digital zoom)

The different image output sizes (16MP for the super-wide-angle, 12MP for the other two cameras) are slightly unusual but not really a problem. The same can be said for the fixed focus of the super-wide-angle camera. With virtually unlimited depth-of-field there isn't really a need for an autofocus system.

On all three cameras image detail capture is only average and many images show pretty strong chromatic aberration but again, these flaws are only visible at larger magnifications and most smartphone images are never viewed at full size. Other than that there isn't much to criticize about the V40 ThinQ's triple-cam general image quality. Color and exposure tend to be very good in most shooting conditions.

Conclusion

Did I like shooting with the LG V40 ThinQ triple-cam then? The answer is a resounding yes! The iPhone 7 Plus was my first tele-cam-equipped smartphone and I remember how incredibly useful I found that longer lens while shooting on a tourist trip to New York, despite its shortcomings in low light.

The LG V40 ThinQ takes things one step further by adding a super-wide-angle to the mix. Gone are the days of difficult decisions between longer reach or a wider angle of view when buying a new smartphone. Now you can have it all in one device that easily fits into your pocket, and also gives you the ability to instantly edit and share.

Triple-cam-smartphones really are the final nail in the compact camera's coffin

Is there still room for improvement? Of course there is. The tele-lens could perform better in low light and an even longer focal length would be nice (the Huawei Mate 20 Pro already offers a 3x optical zoom) but the additional creative freedom offered by the V40 ThinQ and similar devices is already a huge leap forward when compared to conventional single-lens smartphones.

If we still needed one, triple-cam-smartphones really are the final nail in the compact camera's coffin, and we can be pretty certain device manufacturers won't stop here. New hardware developments in combination with computational imaging techniques are likely to lead to even longer focal lengths and wider zoom ranges on smartphones in the very near future.

Gallery

There are 52 images in our LG V40 ThinQ sample gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution.

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Categories: Equipment

Video: Nigel Danson on his switch to mirrorless and the Nikon Z7

DPReview.com - Latest News - 8 hours 16 min ago

Renowned UK-based landscape photographer Nigel Danson has been using DSLRs for years. In this video, created exclusively for DPReview, Nigel discusses his experience using the Nikon Z7 and why he's excited about mirrorless cameras. (Spoiler... beautiful scenery ahead.)

If you enjoy this video, visit Nigel's YouTube channel where you'll find dozens more, including topics such as Master your telephoto lens photography and improve fast and Why you don’t need perfect light to shoot the best photo.

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Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson Take 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' and 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' to 'SNL'

Billboard.com - 15 hours 53 min ago
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson brought a hefty dose of twang and holiday cheer to Saturday Night Live, where they performed their new collaboration...
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GRiZ Celebrates a Merry 'GRiZMas' with a Funky Special Guest in Detroit

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 5:58pm
GRiZ gave his hometown fans in Detroit a present on Friday night (Dec. 14): a brand new song, and a surprise guest to go with it. Playing the first...
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Vladimir Putin Says Rap Should Be Controlled in Russia, Not Banned

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 5:49pm
Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling,...
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Tenba launches new Ridged Lens Capsule line, two new Gear Pouches

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 5:45pm

Tenba has announced the arrival of Ridged Lens Capsules, a collection of five individual lens cases designed to keep lenses safe and sound in storage and travel, as well as a pair of Gear Pouches, both of which feature a clear window on the front to identify what gear is stored inside.

Ridged Lens Capsules are available in five sizes, from compact pancake lenses, all the way up to a 200-400mm zoom. The Lens Capsules feature moulded tops and bottoms and include a dedicated secure loop strap that makes it easy to attach them to MOLLE webbing on backpacks or directly onto various belt systems. Each of the Lens Capsules feature an included microfiber cloth that's hidden inside a pocket on the lid.

Tenba uses YKK zippers, a padded interior, a soft lining and include a dedicated handle on the top for easy removal and transport. There's even an included microfiber cloth in a secure pocket on the lid of each Lens Capsule.

The various sizes of Ridged Lens Capsules are as follows:

9x9cm (3.5x3.5in) — £18 ($20.95 USD)
13x9cm (5x3.5in) — £20 ($22.95 USD)
15x11cm (6x4.5in) — £31 ($35.95 USD)
23x12cm (9x4.8in) — £32.50 ($37.95 USD)
30x13cm (12x5in) — £38.50 ($44.95 USD)

The two new gear pouches are small bags designed to hold anything from small lenses to cables and audio equipment. Both pouches feature a clear TPU window to make it easy to see what's packed inside.

The two Gear Pouches, which come in 19.05cm (7.5in) and 29.21cm (11.5in) sizes, are blue and sold in a set for £20 ($24.95 USD).

You can find the new products and more at Tenba's online shop.

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Nicki Minaj Calls for Empathy for Kanye West, Pete Davidson on Social Media: 'We Can Be So Insensitive'

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 5:08pm
Nicki Minaj is asking others to show empathy for Kanye West and Pete Davidson, who both spoke publicly about living with mental illness on...
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Bruce Springsteen Says Goodbye to His Broadway Run: 'More Adventures Await Down the Road'

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 4:46pm
Bruce Springsteen is about to turn in the key to his dressing room at New York's Walter Kerr Theatre, which has been the home of Springsteen on...
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Paul Williams on Creating the Music for 'Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas' as the Henson Special Moves to Theaters

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 3:34pm
A vintage holiday television program is getting the big screen treatment this Christmas season, as Fathom Events presents Emmet Otter's Jug-Band...
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Toby Keith Explains How Clint Eastwood Inspired 'Don't Let the Old Man In' for 'The Mule'

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 3:21pm
Toby Keith knows a good hook when he hears one. And no one weaves a tale quite like Clint Eastwood.  That the two were sharing a golf cart last...
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Snoop Dogg Criticizes Kanye West's Tweeting While Playing Drake: Watch

Billboard.com - Sat, 12/15/2018 - 2:43pm
Snoop Dogg has a message for Kanye West: stop tweeting. The Long Beach native posted a harsh video on Instagram Saturday (Dec. 15) criticizing West...
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