GoPro Hero 10 Black has 5.3K video recording, upgraded chipset and better video stabilization

The GoPro HERO 10 Black action camera comes with a 23.6MP sensor, an upgraded and faster chipset, 5.3K video support, and improved video stabilization.

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This is my favorite phone as a Photographer

For the past decade or so, my primary criteria for choosing a smartphone has been its camera capabilities. For numerous years after the Nokia Lumia 1020 was released, there was no innovation in smartphone camera capabilities. Happily we've finally reached a point where smartphone cameras are better than ever, and here's my current favorite.

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Samsung Galaxy S21+, Moto RAZR 5G and more on sale for Father’s Day

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Today’s best deals come from Amazon, Samsung, and Motorola, where we will find several Galaxy smartphones and more devices on sale

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Pocketnow Daily: WWDC Last Minute LEAKS, Galaxy Z Fold 3 Crazy Camera & more! (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the latest WWDC leaks, the new under-display camera in the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and more.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, AirPods Pro, and more are on sale today

If you were looking for the best moment to save some bucks on the latest Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, well, this is it. They are currently selling for just $170 over at Woot, which translates to $30 savings. However, this deal will only be good for today, and customers can only purchase up to 3 pairs of headphones.

If you’re more of an Apple fan, the AirPods Pro are now selling for $219, which isn’t the lowest we’ve seen them go, but at least they still offer $30 savings. And, if you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can grab a pair of Jabra Elite 75t for $140 after receiving a $40 discount. And while you’re at it, you can also get a new Stockwell II Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $170 with $30 savings, in case you want to share your tunes anywhere you go.

 

And since we’re talking audio, we must also mention a couple of condenser microphones that are on sale. We start with the Elgato Wave 3 that will be great for streaming, recording, or podcasting. It is currently getting a 13.56 discount, meaning you can grab yours for $146.43. The HyperX QuadCast condenser gaming microphone for PC, PS4, and Mac is a bit more affordable, as it’s selling for $128.69 with $11.30 savings. But if you’re looking for the most affordable option on sale, you must go for the TONOR Computer Condenser PC Gaming Mic that can be yours for $27 after receiving a $19 discount.

 

If we head over to B&H, we will find the Sony Alpha a7 III mirrorless digital camera body with an accessory kit getting a $345 discount, which means you can get yours for $1,698. This bundle will get you a 64GB memory card, a camera bag, and a spare battery. You can equip this camera with ULANZI’s VL49 RGB Video Light that comes with 60 light beads that will provide excellent lighting conditions for your videos or pictures for just $30 after receiving a $10 discount.

And since we’re already talking cameras, you can grab a new Victure 4K 50FPS Action Camera with EIS for $50 when you apply the on-page coupon. And for all of you looking to get a backup camera for your car, you can get the K7 Pro Digital Wireless Backup Camera for just $104.99 when you add the on-page coupon that will give you 10 percent savings and when you enter promo code R6ET8BLG at checkout to get extra savings.

 

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GoPro app gets a complete makeover with GoPro Quik

GoPro has launched a total refresh of their mobile app. The new app is named ‘GoPro Quik’. It introduces several new features including a ‘Mural’ feed that will act as your own private feed within the app. Further, you can share images that already exist in your phone’s camera roll, text threads or wherever your favorite images may be. Quik will automatically group together the images or videos you share at once. They will be grouped together as an event, and it will create a compilation highlight video beat-synced to music. You can easily adjust it your liking afterwards.

“Quik makes it simple and fun to finally make sense of the vast number of photos and videos we all have on our phones,” said GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman. “You don’t even have to open the Quik app to organize your images, simply share your favorite shots directly to Quik from your camera roll, text threads or wherever your best shots may be. We named it Quik because that’s what it is!”

GoPro's new app Quik is aptly named for its best quality -- how quick it is to learn and use, as well as store, edit and share photo and videos.
GoPro Quik

With GoPro Quik you can import photos and videos from any phone or camera, including GoPros and DSLRs. Further, every photo and video you post to your Quik mural feed will be backed up at its original quality. It allows you to create music-synced videos by simply selecting the photos and videos you want to include along with a song from the included library or your own. The app also includes the regular stuff from GoPro original music to editing tools to adjust exposure, contrast, color, vibrancy and more.

Quik is free to download and use on a trial basis. To unlock the app’s full capabilities, you’ll have to subscribe it for $1.99/month or $9.99/year. The subscription would include unlimited cloud backup of your imported photos and videos at their original quality when the backup feature is released later this year.

 

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Realme adds a 108MP camera to its upcoming mid-ranger with new tricks in tow

In the past couple of years, Oppo spin-off Realme has launched some competitively-priced phones across a wide spectrum, and has really taken the fight to Xiaomi when it comes to offering high-end features on a budget. Now, the company has announced that it will equip the upcoming Realme 8 Pro with a 108MP primary camera, which is quite an achievement considering the price segment it will fall under. In addition to the massive camera resolution bump, the company is also supporting it with neat photography tricks too.\

The 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor performs 9-in-1 Pixel binning

Starting with the hardware, Realme says it is going to use the 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 camera sensor with a 1/1.52-inch sensor which was launched in September last year. Armed with 0.7μm-sized pixels, this one employs Nonacell (9-in-1) pixel-binning, merging nine 0.7μm pixels into one large 2.1μm super-pixel to capture a brighter and more detailed image.

Realme 108MP

This sensor is also capable of combining three images taken at different exposure levels to produce mote detailed HDR images in real-time. It supports 4K video capture at 120FPS and even 8K video recording at a cinematic 24fps. While the camera sensor in itself is quite impressive, Realme is offering more tricks on top of it to make the budget Realme 8 Pro stand out for its photography prowess.

The company says that the Realme 8 Pro will be the first phone in the world to offer what it calls tilt-shift time-lapse photography on smartphones, complete with a 10x faster playback experience. The tilt-shift mode converts real-world scenes into what looks like a miniaturized landscape. The Starry Mode for night-time sky photography has also been upgraded, and it is now said to be capable of brightening the stars as well for a more crisp picture.

Realme 108MP announcement

Additionally, the 108MP camera on Realme 8 Pro will also introduce three new Portrait mode effects viz. Neo, Dynamic Bokeh, and AI Color portrait. Check out the camera samples in the tweet below to see what these new modes are all about. Looking over at the competition, rival-in-chief Xiaomi has also promised to launch a budget Redmi Note 10 series phone packing a 108MP camera later this week.

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13? More Like iPhone 12S! (New Leaks) (video)

Samsung Galaxy S21 series, Google Pixel 4a 5G and more on sale today

The latest iPad Pro, Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and more devices are on sale today

Great savings on Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and more are also available today

As expected, the official news begin with deals of things really do make a difference if you order early. As yes, the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced last week are still available for pre-orders, giving you some great perks. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $99, the Galaxy S21+ for $299 and the Galaxy S21 Ultra for $499, all with either $100, $150 or $200 in store credit respectively, plus a smart tag, and then 4 months of YouTube Premium and 6 months of Spotify Premium. Talk about a way to sweeten the pot. Also, if you’re looking for the best rugged case money can buy for the S21 Series, SUPCASE is our go to! We’ll be sure to have links for their cases both on Amazon, and also SUPCASE.com for you to use code POCKETNOW15 to get a 15% discount. And yes, and those other trade-in deals for devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at just $999 plus others are still available. Moving on to some Apple deals, the latest iPad is currently $30 off, leaving the entry level model for just $299. The iPad Pro is also $100 off, leaving entry level model for $999 on both Amazon and B&H. Finally, if you’re looking for a cheap gaming monitor, Amazon has Samsung’s 24in 144Hz monitor for $20 off, leaving it at $230. We have more deals on monitors, iPads, the Google Pixel and more.

LG contemplates smartphone market exit

Now, let’s talk about LG on more of a negative note sadly. We thought that the Explorer project meant more innovation for the future, but that’s if there is one. Last year the company was turning a lot of heads with the LG Wing, but it looks like it didn’t turn enough pockets. According to a report from the Korea Herald, “a change is coming”. According to them, LG is set to make a cold judgement, whether that is to sell, withdrawal or downsize their smartphone business. But don’t worry, regardless of the change in direction, the employment will be maintained. It is tipped that about 60% of their staff will be moved and reassigned into other business units within the company or their affiliates but, the future for the other 40% is not clear just yet. Now, this is not the first time we’ve heard this kind of rumors from LG as, the company has reportedly posted operating looses for 23 consecutive quarters which is, pretty crazy. On another note, a report from The Elec also claims that LG has stopped making LCD panels for iPhones as Apple is fully moving on to OLED and because they will reportedly move on from the smartphone market. At the moment, we’re expecting LG’s rollable smartphone which will reportedly bring a 7.4in display as part of their Explorer Project. Just not sure if consumers will want to adopt it if these rumors continue to evolve.

Asus ROG Phone 4 appears in a hands-on video flaunting its secondary rear screen

New ASUS ROG Phone 4 may arrive with a massive battery

Let’s move the spotlight on to ASUS as you can’t deny the company’s disruption in the gaming smartphone market, and the ROG Phone is due for a refresh. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been getting a couple of tidbits on what to expect but now we have some good information. First off, ASUS posted a poster of the phone on Weibo, showing the phone’s silhouette over the Aries constellation. Now, according to a tipster, the ASUS ROG Phone 4 will come in with a crazy, and I mean crazy 6000 mAh battery which will allegedly support 60 or 65W charging speeds. The phone recently went through Geekbench, revealing that it will be powered by the Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM and it will run Android 11 out of the box. Finally, a Chinese tipster posted an image of the actual device on to Weibo, showing off the back of the phone. It looks very ROG to say the least, with the camera module resembling its predecessor and a gray color variant with some accents for RGB lights, which were shown on a quick hands on video posted to YouTube. On that video you also get to see the phones display but it doesn’t really show anything. Judging by the poster and the constellation, we should expect this phone between March 21 and April 19 so, let’s see what we get. All that said, I’m seriously curious as to what you think, cause I have noticed a trend in drop in specs lately. Notice those RAM numbers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra might feature an under-display camera

Now let’s talk Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra.. I know, the phone that still doesn’t have a codename. Last year we had a ton of polarizing rumors when it came to the future of this lineup, saying that it would be discontinued in favor of foldables but then Samsung cleared out the air and said that they wouldn’t be discontinuing any products. Well, we have a new trademark application spotted by LetsGoDigital, made by Samsung display for an Under the Display Camera and, it includes a smartphone. According to them, this is a hint of the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra bringing the technology and if you think about it, that should be Samsung’s next major release as, the Z Fold 3 isn’t exactly average consumer friendly for the price. The camera is listed as a “UPC” which was actually showcased by Samsung in a video, showing their Blade Bezel laptop back at CES with the display being just 1mm thick and weighing in at 130 grams, and we’re reportedly getting this technology for the Galaxy Note 21 Ultra. Now, there is a possibility and there have been some rumors that we could get this technology on the Z Fold 3 in the second half of 2021 but, that’s not clear yet. We’ll see what happens as, this is the first thing we hear about the upcoming Note and it’s kinda vague so, let’s see what we get.

Story of the day:

Apple’s TouchID could return with the iPhone 13 lineup 

iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization might come to entire iPhone 13 family

And finally for the hottest news today, let’s move on to the iPhone 13 as, rumors keep ramping up but, and it looks like this will be more of an S year than anything. First off, we have even more confirmation on yesterday’s rumors from trusted tipsters. Someone just tweeted “need Touch ID on the iPhone again” with LoveToDream quoting the tweet and saying it’ll “be back soon”. Jon Prosser also replied to the original tweet saying “you’re getting it”. It is still unknown exactly how Apple will be bringing Touch ID back now that the home button is completely gone from the flagship line up, but the company has reportedly been testing under-the-display sensors, probably from Qualcomm. Then again, you have the iPad Air solution by placing it in the power button but we’ll see. Let’s move on to the cameras as, Apple introduced “Sensor-shift stabilization” with the iPhone 12 Pro Max but it looks like they want to expand. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple’s next generation iPhones will all come with sensor-shift stabilization technology. Another report from ETNews claimed that at least 2 models would bring the technology, with LG InnoTek supplying these components. Following on the IBIS we see in professional cameras, here what’s being stabilized is the sensor and not the lens, for better results, which you can definitely notice when it comes to video. DigiTimes also claims that the LiDAR is expanding to other models and that mmWave 5G will expand to models outside of the US as well. So yeah, it looks like this is a refinement year for the iPhones.

 

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