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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Slow Motion Mode 1920fps Fake?

Xiaomi has surprised this year with now the Mi 11 Ultra phone which is a big step up from the Mi 11 released earlier this year. The huge difference lies in the size of the sensor which is close to a 1″ camera sensor like those found on the Sony RX camera series for example. The phone has two 48MP sensors and a main 50MP sensor for the main camera with a highly protruding camera bump that really screams for a case to be able to balance well on a flat surface.

The slow motion modes on the phone are rumored to be the garden variety with 120fps/240fps 1080p, 60fps 4k, and also a selfie camera that does 720p 120fps which is becoming commonplace. What is really peaking our interest is the 1920fps slow motion mode that is touted by some reviews. It is unclear what the phone is capable time-wise as the specs are still not all there. The samples we have seen show detail loss and the clear signs of interpolation. → Continue Reading Full Post ←

OnePlus 8 Pro the best slow motion phone today?

OnePlus 8 Pro the best slow motion

There has been an absence of real world samples of the OnePlus 8 in slow motion due to mainly of the hardware not reaching testers fast enough and the COVID 19 pandemic slowing things even further.  However, we have found a video that shows the OnePlus 8 Pro being compared to the Samsung S20 Ultra and the iPhone 11 Pro in the 240fps slow motion mode.

It is clear that the OnePlus 8 has a more processed image with higher saturation and apparent detail retention. It is also notable that dynamic range seems to be a winner in the OnePlus as well. The quality offered by the new handsets from the Chinese company is really astounding considering more expensive phones simply cannot seem to fully compete here. While more samples are needed the footage below shows a good enough view of what you can expect.

OnePlus 8 Pro the best slow motion phone or just barely?

It is critical to note that more samples are needed and that the OnePlus 8 offers a 480fps mode that is heavily pixelated at 720p and the S20 ultra offers one at 960fps 720p that is very soft but are not compared in this footage.  Once more samples of those modes are available we can revisit them.

Oneplus 8 pro | Samsung S20 Ultra | iPhone 11 pro Max | Slow motion | camera test by Mobizz Phobia:

On this excellent video comparison by Mobizz Phobia, In some instances the iPhone looks to have better detail and color but it is not clear cut. The Samsung in most of the tests at this 240fps 1080p frame rate is clearly the loser with the worst dynamic range and more heavily affected by the compression.

One Plus 8 Pro looks to be the winner at 240p 1080p from these three phones if you only look at this video and it is a tall order since the iPhone 11 has been the best 1080p 240fps phone since last year on our list.   We stress that more samples and direct comparisons must be made to warrant a final verdict.  OnePlus looks to have an excellent phone here but we are not happy about the lower quality 480p so if you want it only for the 240fps then you simply cannot go wrong here.

There are more cameras coming this year and Sony is going to announce on the 26th of May what may be a new RX camera which will make things interesting.  We will definitely update you on that front.  Stay safe out there and thanks for reading! -HSC

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OnePlus 8 Slow Motion is pegged at 480fps!

OnePlus 8 Slow Motion

The Chinese company from Shenzhen OnePlus has always been regarded as a pusher and advancer of cutting edge technology at a price that is more affordable than most premium brands. The good news has always been that the lower price has not really made it a premium-less experience, actually, many of their phones are so advanced and feature-rich than many flagships from Samsung and Apple have trouble catching up in features like the 120Hz display refresh of the 7T last year.

Since the OnePlus 6 and 6T slow motion in 2018 made inroads by allowing 480fps 720p recording for an unheard of in the phone space “3.75 sec” recording time it has been one of the best slow motion phones to own.  They repeated that feat with the OnePlus 7 and 7T in 2019. Now in 2020 after many pushed dates for announcement due to the pandemic situation they have now unveiled the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro flagship phones.  They are premium and advanced that compete head to head with the best out there. They also include 480fps and from the looks of the sample, it seems to be increased in quality with much less pixelation.

OnePlus 8 Pro Main Specifications:

Performance Specs:

  • Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android™ 10
  • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865
  • 5G Chipset: X55
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS3.0
  • Battery: 4510 mAh (non-removable)
  • Warp Charge 30T Fast Charging (5V/6A)
  • 30W Wireless Charging
Rear camera – Main
  • Sensor: Sony IMX689  (NEW SENSOR)
  • Megapixels: 48
  • Pixel Size: 1.12 µm/48M; 2.24 µm (4 in 1)/12M
  • Lens Quantity: 7P
  • OIS: Yes
  • EIS: Yes
  • Aperture: f/1.78
Telephoto Lens
  • Megapixels: 8
  • Pixel Size: 1.0µm
  • OIS: Yes
  • Aperture: f/2.44
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
  • Megapixels: 48
  • Aperture: f/2.2
  • Field of View: 120°
Front Camera
  • Sensor: Sony IMX471
  • Megapixels: 16
  • Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
  • EIS: Yes
  • Autofocus: Fixed Focus
  • Aperture: f/2.45
Video Front Cam
  • 1080p video at 30fps
  • Time-Lapse
Video Modes Main Camera:
  • 4K video at 30/60 fps
  • 1080P video at 30/60 fps
  • Super Slow Motion: 720p video at 480 fps, 1080p video at 240fps
  • Time-Lapse: 1080P 30fps, 4k 30fps
  • Video Editor

Oneplus 8 Pro Slow Motion Video Test by Camera Therapy:

So according to the sample above which was the only one we could find “If it is real”, it looks like the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have increased the slow motion quality resolution with much less jagged edges and line skipping. Now looks as good or better than some competitors like Huawei or Samsung.

However, you can see that the slow motion lasts only about 6 or 7 seconds in playback at 30p.  That means the camera can only record 720p 480fps for 0.43-0.47 seconds which may really be 0.4 seconds in rounded numbers which is 6.4 seconds playback of 192 frames captured.  That breaks with the 3.75-second capture which was a full minute “60sec 1800frames” playback at 30p and made previous OnePlus phones ideal for capturing a lot of slow motion duration.

So you get an increase in quality but now slow motion is on par with Samsung in recording time which is a huge trade-off.  Not only that, Huawei offers 1920fps at 720p for 1/2 a second and 960fps for 1 second recording which beats the OnePlus offering without breaking a sweat.

OnePlus 8 vs OnePlus 8 Pro – Which Is The Better Deal? by Unbox Therapy: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

P40 Pro Super Slow Motion extends Huawei’s reign!

P40 Pro Super Slow Motion

Last year the Huawei Mate 30 Pro was our slow motion phone of the year with its real 1920fps 720p with interpolated 4x mode to 7680fps and real 960fps at full 1080p. Now Huawei has again brought back the same performance with an even better optical system and what looks like better interpolation algorithms to the new P40 Pro and Pro Plus phones.

The phones have gathered little attention outside of China as Android cannot be updated and the Play Store is not accessible due to US restrictions on Huawei as a technology company that poses a risk to national security. Most of these phones are acquired by the use of importers or the pre-owned market and no US carriers offer them. Still, it is the amazing hardware design and the best slow motion performance on any phone to date that makes it impossible to ignore.

P40 Pro Plus Camera Specs:

Back Module Five on Plus

4x on Pro

50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 2.44µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS
Periscope 8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth)
Features Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], [email protected], HDR; gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Dual 32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF
IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Features HDR
Video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps

It is important to note that only The Pro and Pro Plus will have the full slow motion capability. The regular P40 has 3 camera modules and a top slow-mo spec of 960fps at 720p, missing the best features. The best value in our opinion will be the P40 Pro non-Plus version but if you can afford the Plus, by all means, it may be the phone to beat.

The Phone largest sensor is 50MP at 1/1.28 inches but that is reserved for stills and regular video. The sensor used for Ultra slow motion is the 40MP 1/1.54″ sensor which looks similar to that of previous phones.

We see improvements in processing and the AI interpolation is doing an incredible job of extrapolating 1920fps of real 720p data and slowing that by 4x to 7680fps. The end result has much fewer artifacts than the Mate 30 Pro especially in occultation background objects.  It is of course not flawless as interpolation as of now is no match to real captured frames.  Anything with a busy enough detailed background will create distortion and mush artifacts that are not valid for any scientific experimentation. You will have to cap the phone at 1920fps 720p or 960fps 1080p for real frame capture.

We were able to find very cool samples of the phone shooting slow motion below:

Huawei P40 Pro Slow Motion Video Initial  Samples:

Huawei P40 Pro Ultra Slow Motion – 7680 FPS Slow Motion by TheFonoGuy:

Huawei P40 Pro Plus Ultra Slow Motion – OMG 7680 FPS ULTRA SLOW MOTION IS SUPER by MKP Captain: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony PXW-Z150 has 120fps with Stacked Sensor!

PXWZ150

Announced just last week the Sony PXW-Z150 gets a lot of right for the low end pro video market.   It has 4k 4:2:0 as many in the competitive price range of $3,595 MSRP. It has 4:2:2 1080p 10 bit at 50mbit  which is a good surprise and it seems to be carried to the also included 120fps full HD 1080p slow motion mode.

The sensor is of the stacked kind and it is 1″ sized, the same as the ones in the RX100 IV and RX10 II from Sony which are really good at slow motion for a low price. However those full specs are not carried through in the high frame rate mode or HFR.  It maxes out at 120fps 1080p instead of 240fps on the RX series in the 1k range and the FS5 which is a tad more expensive than the Z150.

Sony PXW-Z150 Main Specs:
  • 4K and Full HD  Video Capture
  • 1.0 type 120 fps HFR HD stacked CMOS
  • Sony G 12x zoom lens
  • 4K QFHD Long GOP 4:2:0 8bit 100Mbps
  • Full HD Long GOP 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps
  • 12x Optical Zoom with servo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Super Slow Motion Function:

  • XAVC HD: Frame rate selectable 120 fps [NTSC]
  • XAVC HD: Frame rate selectable 100 fps [PAL]

Sensor specs:

1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor

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To deliver imaging performance previously impossible for a compact camcorder, Sony has developed the world’s first 1.0 type stacked CMOS image sensor for professional video applications. A 2x increase in read-out speed, compared to a conventional 1.0 type sensor, enables beautiful 5x slow motion image capture up to 120fps in Full HD and high resolution 4K recording with full pixel readout without binning at 10 bit 4:2:2.

PXW-Z150 High Q 4K and 120fps HD sample footage by Sony:

So in the end the camera is an event workhorse with 4k at 100Mbit and excellent 1080p with a slow motion 5x 120fps function.  It has 2 XLR audio inputs and Sony battery compatibility.  It has a full sensor read out with perfect per pixel quality at 1080p and that carries to the HFR 120fps mode which is ideal.   Does this package warrant a purchase or buying an RX10 II makes more sense?  There is no question that this camera will do better in terms of image quality but for less that 2k USD more you can get a Sony FS5 with a lot more features and slow motion modes, not to mention interchangeable lenses.   The camera is great for what it does and for small news outfits and wedding or event videographers this makes a lot of sense without hassle.

Adorama has the camera for pre order now with estimated shipping in April 2016:

SONY PXW-Z150 at New York Fashion Week : Adorama Exclusive: → Continue Reading Full Post ←