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iFixit teardown reveals OIS on all three cameras in the Huawei P20 Pro

Credit: iFixit

The team at iFixit has performed its usual teardown on the new Huawei P20 Pro triple-cam equipped smartphone to assess the device’s repairability. The score for the latter is 4/10—which means it’s probably advisable to leave repairs to trained service personnel—but far more interesting to us photographers is the detailed look iFixit got at the Huawei triple-camera setup.

You can see the full teardown here, but the main and most pleasant surprise is that Huawei actually built in more stabilization than their specs revealed.

In the official Huawei specifications, only the tele-lens with 80mm equivalent focal length is listed as optically stabilized, while the RGB main camera and the the monochrome secondary unit rely on the Kirin chipset’s neural processing unit for ensuring sharp images. However, according to the iFixit engineers, all three cameras come equipped with OIS hardware, which makes us wonder if there are plans to activate this hardware via a firmware update at some point in the future.

Credit: iFixit

The image above shows the triple-camera in all its glory. The primary RGB camera is placed at the center of the setup and uses a large 40MP 1/1.7 inch sensor with an F1.8 aperture and a maximum ISO setting of 102,400, on the left you can see the 20 MP monochrome camera with F/1.6 aperture, and the 8MP/F2.4 telephoto is on the right. Next to the triple-camera the engineers have placed the 24MP front unit.

For more information and images, as well a video showing the OIS hardware, check out the full report on ifixit.com.

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From:: DPreview

Gear Review: A Photographers Take Dell XPS 13 (9370) Quad-Core Laptop

By Colby Brown

When it comes to finding the perfect laptop as a photographer, we are often torn between the choice of getting something fast and powerful or lightweight and portable. While thin and light machines were typically underpowered but provided good battery life, the more powerful laptops were thicker and heavier, often weighing between two or threes times as much. But what happens if you want something that is both powerful and lightweight? Something that can handle those large MP images but that doesn’t weigh over 4lbs in the process? With the launch of the new 2018 XPS 13 (9370), Dell feels they have finally found that perfect balance.

While I have been a big fan of the popular Dell XPS 15 (9560) that I reviewed last year, I have been keeping my eye on the smaller and lighter XPS 13 series as well. With the brand new Intel 8th generation Quad Core CPUs hitting the market, I felt it was the perfect time to give the brand new XPS 13 a trial run. Fortunately, Dell was able to send me one before it was released so that I could take with me to Cuba, Iceland, and Norway while I taught a series of Photo Workshops. So how did it do? Let’s find out!

Specs

Like most laptops, the Dell XPS 13 (9370) comes in a variety of different customizable options at different price points. The one I tested was just about the highest end model you could buy with the following specs…

CPU – Intel 8th Generation Kaby Lake i7-8550U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4ghz)
Memory – 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Hard Drive512GB PCIe Solid State Drive
Video Card – Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Display – 13.3” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display
Wireless – Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 and Bluetooth
Ports – USB → continue…

From:: Colby Brown Photography