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Chasethebase

Welcome to the Neowin photo gallery! Here you can post your pictures and discuss your photography techniques.

Please be mindful of our members on dial-up and try to keep the dimensions of the pics and the size of the files to a respectable size for 1024 x 768 viewers. Please refrain from quoting images in your replies.

I will also ask that you link to images on your own space, as much as possible.

Try to put more details from your camera settings (EXIF) and also talk about what you have done with Photoshop (or similar).
There are a lot of photographers here that like your editing skills and would like to learn more.

The previous thread can be found here.

Posting your photos is made easier thanks to a member contribution! Argote created a Flickr to IPB webapp, thanks! [direct link to app

 

You can find the Neowin Flickr group here.

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Dot Matrix

Hmm, no replies to this? Ok, let me be the first. Caught a beautiful sun pillar this morning.

 

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Noxed
On 22 January 2016 at 11:01 PM, Dot Matrix said:

Hmm, no replies to this? Ok, let me be the first. Caught a beautiful sun pillar this morning.

Lovely! I have to say, I'm quite impressed by your Lumia, especially that pic you took of the moon is pretty awesome! :)

 

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Noxed

Wow, 2016 already huh? Well, time to start it with something easy on the eyes :)

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I took those a few months ago but I only uploaded them to Flickr just now. Almost forgot I had an account there xD

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Dot Matrix

Light at the end of the tunnel.

 

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Dot Matrix
2 hours ago, Noxed said:

Lovely! I have to say, I'm quite impressed by your Lumia, especially that pic you took of the moon is pretty awesome! :)

 

Thank you!

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Draconian Guppy

Love the lighting nox!

7 hours ago, Noxed said:

Lovely! I have to say, I'm quite impressed by your Lumia, especially that pic you took of the moon is pretty awesome! :)

 

Goes to show, photography is in the photographer, not teh gear!

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20 hours ago, Draconian Guppy said:

Love the lighting nox!

 

Thanks! :)

 

20 hours ago, Draconian Guppy said:

Goes to show, photography is in the photographer, not teh gear!

Definitely!

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Promesse di Milvio
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Date Taken: 2016-01-07 11:57:11
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100)
ISO: 2200

 

 

 

The blossoms went dry
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Date Taken: 2015-12-21 10:00:35
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250)
ISO: 200

 

Love this one...  can you spot it?

Faux reality
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ponte principe amedeo
Date Taken: 2016-01-07 11:52:55
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100)
ISO: 3200

 

Breakfast
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 07:54:18
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/800)
ISO: 100

 

 

Fade into the abyss
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 08:47:40
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
ISO: 280

 

 

Sunbathing
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 08:07:08
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 280

 

 

Curiosity
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 08:20:09
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/320)
ISO: 280

 

Love is in the air.
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Date Taken: 2016-01-06 08:10:55
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/400)
ISO: 200

 

The forest for the trees
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Gaudí
Date Taken: 2016-01-03 08:40:13
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.013 sec (1/80)
ISO: 800

 

Font màgica de Montjuïc
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Date Taken: 2016-01-02 12:00:30
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.02 sec (1/50)
ISO: 1600

 

 

 

 

 

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Light fields
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Date Taken: 2016-01-01 11:35:02
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
ISO: 3200

 

 

Font màgica de Montjuïc
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Date Taken: 2016-01-02 12:08:03
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.02 sec (1/50)
ISO: 1600

 

Behind the history 2
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Date Taken: 2016-01-01 11:14:08
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 0.013 sec (1/80)
ISO: 1600

 

Xray
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 09:57:38
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100)
ISO: 400

 

Encounter
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 08:51:56
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250)
ISO: 400

 

 

The look on his friends face
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 10:23:56
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250)
ISO: 400

 

Great white death
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Date Taken: 2015-12-25 10:14:27
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.01 sec (1/100)
ISO: 1600

 

History behind
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Date Taken: 2016-01-04 13:43:09
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
ISO: 3200

 

 

 

Edit: decided  to spam due to the lack of photos :p 

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Dot Matrix

A few shots from this past weekend. Still getting a hang of the Lumia 950 camera.

 

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GHB
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(Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:47:31
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
ISO: 280

 

Phobos
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Love his eyes
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:51:25
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 1/2500 sec
ISO: 280

 

Grandfather, father and son
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Date Taken: 2016-02-28 11:12:31
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 1/2500 sec
ISO: 280

 

GHB
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(Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:47:29
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/1250)
ISO: 280

 

 

I love this one, you can see the love in their eyes!

Father and son
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Phobos and GHB (Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:22:49
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/320)
ISO: 280

 

 

we playing

Father and son
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Phobos and GHB (Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:24:14
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
ISO: 280

 

 

Dad be like, watch yourself son, im still big kahuna here.

size=4]Father and son
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Phobos and GHB (Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:25:01
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
ISO: 280

 

 

Yeah ok, we share

 

Father and son
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Phobos and GHB (Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:22:56
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/400)
ISO: 280

 

Breath check pops

 

Father and son
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Phobos and GHB (Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:33:28
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/800)
ISO: 280

 

 

 

we play like cats!

 

Father and son
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Phobos and GHB (Gallileo Hashtag Bermita)
Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:16:12
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Manual
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250)
ISO: 560

 

 

Yes I can smile every now and then:

 

size=4]Phobos
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Date Taken: 2016-02-28 10:52:35
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 85.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 85 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure Time: 0.001 sec (1/1600)
ISO: 280

 

 

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wow! she can jump! Nice light !

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Kobe, Japan

 

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Rochester Skyline Revisited. Taken with my Lumia 950, zoomed in just a bit.

 

ISO: 50

Timer: 1 sec.

 

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DConnell

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Off our deck on vacation in Nags Head NC. Taken with my Lumia 1520.

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Eagle in flight - my cousin Beth attempts to get a kite to stay in the air. Nags Head NC, taken with my Lumia 1520

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Long weekend in Barcelona, what an amazing city

 

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Have a few more on my phone that I need to upload.

 

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This is a 9 photo stitch

 

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The moon with Jupiter, taken on Sunday with my Lumia 1520. I'm actually shocked at how well this turned out.

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Cannons
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Date Taken: 2016-04-19 20:27:24

 

Memorial
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Date Taken: 2016-04-19 20:50:33

 

Observation tower and farm
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Date Taken: 2016-04-19 20:36:48

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Draconian Guppy

Wow how this thread has died :/  5 months and barely one page.

 

 

Lago de Yojoa
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Date Taken: 2016-05-14 11:37:39
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

 

 

I personally love this photo, just for the fact how he loves water + the mountain on the right.

 

This is also mine
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A dog in the water or a water dog!
Date Taken: 2016-05-14 11:43:12
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

 

 

Phobos waterdog
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A dog in the water or a water dog!
Date Taken: 2016-05-14 11:43:17
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

 

Now my slaves, row!

You'll never be royal
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Those eyes
Date Taken: 2016-05-14 11:30:57
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

 

Happiness is...

Rawr
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Date Taken: 2016-05-14 11:43:22
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

 

El rey Phobos
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Date Taken: 2016-05-14 09:54:37
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

 

 

We kings are allowed to look derpy every now and then:

 

 

Happiness!
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Date Taken: 2016-05-14 11:43:28
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D600
Lens: 50.0 mm f/1.8
Focal Length: 50 mm
Mode: Aperture-priority AE
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: 140

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      iPhone 12 review: The real flagship
      by Rajesh Pandey

      It has been well over a decade since Apple launched the first iPhone but every time a new iPhone is launched, it sets the standard for other Android flagships to beat. This time around, Apple has launched four new iPhone models across its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lineup, and it's the iPhone 12 that's expected to be the most popular of the lot.

      The iPhone 12 is the one that receives the biggest upgrade from its predecessors with a new design, better display, improved cameras, and more. How good does that make the iPhone 12 then? Is it better than other Android flagships out there? Or has Apple missed the mark somehow this year? Read my review to find out.

      Specs
      CPU A14 Bionic, 5nm fab, 16-core Neural engine GPU 4-core Apple GPU, 50% faster than any other mobile GPU Display 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, 2532 x 1170 (460 ppi), Haptic Touch, HDR Display, True Tone Body 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm, 164g, IP68 certified Camera 12MP f/1.6 primary shooter, 1.4um large pixels and OIS, 7P lens + 12MP f/2.4, 119-degree ultra-wide, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3, Front - 12MP f/2.2 | Night mode, Portrait mode, Dolby Vision video recording support Video 4K - 60fps, 1080p - 60fps, Front - 1080p - 30fps, Dolby Vision HDR recording Memory 4GB Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Battery Up to 17 hours of video playback, 20W fast charging support, Qi wireless charging, MagSafe Other Features Face ID, Stereo speakers, IP68 certified up to 6m Connectivity 5G (mmWave support only in the U.S.)
      Gigabit LTE
      Dual-SIM with eSIM support
      GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
      Wi-Fi 6 with MIMO
      Bluetooth 5.0
      NFC with Reader mode
      Ultra-Wideband chip Colors Black, White, (Product)Red, Green, Blue Price $799



      Design


      The iPhone 12's design is a throwback to the iPhone 4s from 2011. It has a squarish chassis with flat glass panels at the front and rear. The squarish design means the iPhone 12 can stand upright on its top and bottom corners. The chassis is the only part of the iPhone 12 that has received a major redesign. Otherwise, the front and rear design of the device is similar to the iPhone 11, with Apple only offering new color shades to distinguish the iPhone 12 from its predecessor. This also means that the dreaded notch is still there at the top of the display, though this does not bother me much as it tends to blend into the peripheral vision. The bezels surrounding the display have been reduced as well, which has allowed Apple to make the device more compact.



      The button placement on the iPhone 12 is on point as they are all within easy reach. The side key is located on the right while the volume rockers and mute switch are located on the left edge. They are all easily clickable even with a case on and there's nothing to complain about them. The Lightning port is located at the bottom between the two speaker grilles. With almost every other device I own now using USB-C, I seriously wished Apple replaced Lightning with USB-C on its new iPhones as well.

      The entire iPhone 12 series uses a more durable Ceramic Shield glass for the display which Apple claims is up to 4x more durable. While I can't put that claim to test, glass is still glass and so I will still recommend putting a screen protector on the display if you want to keep it free from scratches. The rear still uses strengthened glass from Corning.



      The most surprising part of the iPhone 12 is its weight. I have used an iPhone 11 and when I picked up the iPhone 12, I was surprised at just how light it felt. The in-hand feel, while premium, is nothing exceptional, and the device feels more like a toy with such a lightweight design. The iPhone 12 Pro with its stainless steel chassis feels much better in hand.

      I would also like to touch on the missing earphones and power adapter with the iPhone 12. While the lack of earphones does not bother me, the missing power adapter is definitely an issue. While I have plenty of USB-C power adapters, none of them can support the USD-PD 3.0 2.2A/9v profile which is required to fast charge the iPhone 12 series.

      Display


      The iPhone 12 comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display. The display size is the same as the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR from the last two years, but Apple has switched to an OLED panel this time around. Apple tends to use the best displays on its devices and the iPhone 12's display is no exception. The Super Retina XDR display on the iPhone 12 has its brightness levels, contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy on point. The peak brightness of the display is slightly lower than what you get on the iPhone 12 Pro but I did not have any issues while using the device even under direct sunlight or when watching HDR content.

      There's no Always-on Display support on the iPhone 12 despite having an OLED panel. If this is a feature that you have gotten used to on your existing smartphone, you might be bummed about it missing from the iPhone.

      Yes, that massive notch is still there The only missing piece of the puzzle with the iPhone 12's Super Retina XDR display is that it still has a 60Hz refresh rate. Coming from the OnePlus 8T's 120Hz display, I did notice the difference in refresh rate immediately but got used to it after a few hours. Should Apple have shipped the iPhone 12 with a 120Hz display? I do wish so. Is it a deal-breaker? Definitely not.

      Camera
      The on-paper camera specifications of the iPhone 12 might not sound very impressive when compared to other Android flagships. Apple is basically sticking to the same camera sensor and setup as the iPhone 11 series from last year, with the only exception being a wider f/1.6 aperture and a new 7P lens. This means you still get a primary 12MP shooter along with a 12MP ultra-wide angle camera. Irrespective of what the specs suggest, the iPhone 12's camera game is on point. It can take great photos irrespective of the scenario and lightning conditions.

      The only two issues that I have repeatedly noticed are that some photos end up with a warm look particularly the ones that are taken indoors. Secondly, lens flare is actually a very common issue on the iPhone 12 and it showed up more frequently on it than on any other phone that I have used recently. The front 12MP camera can also take decent selfies and the addition of Night Mode and Deep Fusion greatly helps when taking selfies in dark conditions. There is also a big gap in image quality between the primary and the ultra-wide camera. Samsung and other Android OEMs have reduced this gap by a big margin and it would have been great to see Apple doing the same as well.

      Gallery: iPhone 12 camera samples
      Video recording is another highlight of the iPhone 12. Videos shot on the iPhone 12 look amazing and the stabilization is very impressive as well. And unlike my Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 Plus which tends to lag and stutter after taking a few shots, the iPhone 12 remains perfectly smooth even after recording 4K 30fps Dolby Vision videos.

      The iPhone 12 offers a true point-and-shoot experience that is going to please almost everyone. For power users though, there's no Pro mode here to control the ISO, exposure, or shutter speed in the stock camera app, though you can always download a third-party app from the App Store for this.

      Performance and Battery Life


      With an iPhone, performance is the last thing you need to be worried about. Apple claims the A14 Bionic chipset inside the iPhone 12 is 50% faster in both CPU and GPU department than any other mobile chipset out there. Considering that the A13 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 11 is still faster than any other mobile SoC out there, this is not a claim that needs much verification. Some Android devices might score higher than the iPhone 12 in benchmarks but they cannot offer sustained performance, something which the iPhone can do.

      Apps open fast, heavy games run smoothly, and the phone does not bog down even while recording 4K 30fps HDR videos that are over 5 minutes in length. There are no overheating issues here as well since the A14 Bionic is fabricated on the 5nm fab from TSMC making it more power-efficient. The benchmark scores below also show just how powerful the iPhone 12 is. Android flagships have gotten faster and even ship with high refresh rate displays, but the iPhone is still the one that's hard to beat in terms of performance and smoothness.



      One thing where the iPhone 12 lags behind its competition is in terms of RAM. Various teardowns have confirmed the iPhone 12 series ships with 4GB RAM while the iPhone 12 Pro series has 6GB RAM. In regular use, you are not going to have any issues with 4GB RAM. However, if you are a heavy multitasker that frequently switches between multiple apps on your Android device, you are going to notice app reloads more frequently on the iPhone 12. It's not a bummer as most apps retain their state even after being pushed out of memory and they reload fairly quickly as well but it's something that might affect a certain section of users. I did not really have any issues with the limited RAM on the iPhone 12 despite running multiple heavy apps and games and switching between them frequently.

      Apple hyped 5G a lot when it launched the new iPhones last month. However, 5G is still not available in most markets of the world including where I live. While 5G might be a big deal in the future, there's not just enough incentive right now to go and upgrade to a 5G iPhone right now.

      As for battery life, the iPhone 12 is not going to win any awards in this department that is until you consider its form factor. I was able to get a day of battery life from the phone with around 30% left in the tank, though my phone usage has gone down due to the pandemic. An hour or so of video calls throughout the day though and I had to plug the phone into a charger by around 9 pm. When you look at the iPhone 12's size though, you realize that the battery life it offers is actually quite impressive. There are barely any Android devices in this form factor and even flagship Android phones like the Galaxy S20 series cannot offer the same battery life as the iPhone 12 despite coming with bigger batteries.

      Software


      The iOS 14 experience on the iPhone 12 is going to be similar to any other iPhone that you have. With iOS 14, Apple has revamped the home screen experience by adding support for widgets. There's now also the option to change the default browser and mail app to a third-party one. And in typical Apple fashion, the company has further improved the privacy features and now there's even an option to grant an app with access to only selected photos from one's library. Picture-in-Picture mode has also finally made its way to iOS 14 which means you can finally watch Netflix while browsing the web or jot down notes while on a video call.



      iOS still has its own set of restrictions and issues like you cannot record calls, the Notification Center still requires work and is not as slick as that of Android, and more. However, if you can live in Apple's walled garden, iOS will reward you with high-quality apps and games.

      Conclusion


      If you are looking for a reasonably-sized flagship smartphone that ticks all the important boxes -- a great display and design, all-day battery life, great cameras, and smooth performance, the iPhone 12 is perhaps the only choice you have, and a great one at that. There's simply no Android device with the same form factor that can rival the iPhone 12. Plus, when you factor in that you can use the iPhone 12 for the next 4 years easily without any issues, it becomes an even better phone to own.

      If you already own an iPhone XS or an iPhone 11, I won't recommend upgrading to the iPhone 12. However, for iPhone X and older owners, the iPhone 12 is definitely going to be a worthy upgrade. And if you are frustrated with all the Android flagships out there for some reason or another, the iPhone 12 is the one to go for.

    • By Abhishek Baxi
      Qubo Baby Cam, a baby monitor with AI smarts and Alexa integration, launches in India
      by Abhishek Baxi



      Hero Electronix has launched a smart baby monitor in India with a kid-friendly design. The highlight of the Qubo Baby Cam is its AI-powered features like virtual cradle and baby cry monitor which have been tailored to address the specific needs of parents.

      Hero Electronix is a Hero Group company that forayed into the consumer technology market in 2019 with the launch of Qubo connected smart devices. The US$5 billion Hero Group is one of the top business houses of India.

      Qubo Baby Cam is designed to be an extra pair of eyes and ears to work on parents’ behalf. It is designed like a penguin to visually blend in any kid’s room due to its toy-like appearance. The baby cam offers 1080p Full HD video stream with night vision to monitor the baby from the companion Qubo app. Apart from real-time monitoring, the app also gives you a time-lapse video of the child’s activities through the day that you can save for memories or share with your friends and family. There’s also two-way talk with echo cancellation that lets parents connect with their children or babysitters.

      The AI features are what makes it different from any other smart security cameras. You can create a smart virtual cradle that ensures that your new-born is always in a designated safe zone. There’s ‘baby cry alert’ that is able to isolate the baby’s cries from surrounding noise and generate an instant alert on the app if the baby is upset. The baby cam can also play a customized lullaby in case the child tends to move or start crying.



      The Qubo Baby Cam works with Amazon Alexa devices with screens, like a TV with Fire TV Stick or an Amazon Echo Show. There’s no support for Google Assistant though. The entire Qubo portfolio as yet works only with Alexa.

      The Qubo Baby Cam is available at a price of ₹7,490 ($101) across leading online and offline stores in India. As per market estimates, the projected size of the smart home/security market in India is expected to touch $6 billion by 2022 and $53 billion globally.