Pansonic’s powerful Lumix S5 II is $800 off with a prime lens

Pansonic’s powerful Lumix S5 II is $800 off with a prime lens

Panasonic’s powerful full-frame mirrorless camera, the S5 II, is on sale at Amazon and B&H Photo Video at the lowest price we’ve seen yet. You can grab one with an 85mm f/1.8 prime lens for as little as $1,796, a savings of $800 over buying both separately — effectively giving you a discount on the camera and a free lens to boot.

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Panasonic’s S5 II mirrorless camera is down to an all-time low price with an 85mm lens.

$1,798 at Amazon

As I wrote in my review, the 24-megapixel S5 II was already a great value at $2,000 thanks mainly to its strength as a vlogging camera. It’s the company’s first model with a phase-detect autofocus system that eliminates the wobble and other issues of past models.

Panasonic also brought over its new, more powerful stabilization system from the GH6. And it has the video features you’d expect on a Panasonic camera, like 10-bit log capture up to 6K, monitoring tools and advanced audio features. With the generous manual controls and excellent ergonomics, it’s an easy camera to use. It also comes with a nice 3.68-million dot EVF and sharp rear display that full articulates for vlogging.

For photos, it’s reasonably fast and great in low light, thanks to the dual native ISO system. Other features include dual high-speed SD card slots and solid battery life, particularly for video. The main downside is noticeable rolling shutter, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for most users — particularly at that price.

Ring Stick Up Cam Pro vs. Canary Pro | Digital Trends

Ring Stick Up Cam Pro vs. Canary Pro | Digital Trends

When it comes to premium indoor security cameras, few are as popular as the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro. Available in both wired and battery-powered formats, it’s a versatile camera that’s well-suited for most home security systems. However, the lesser-known Canary Pro offers many of the same features as the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro — yet is often on sale for a much lower price.

But is the Canary Pro better than the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro? Or should you just buy the popular Ring product? And, more importantly, what sort of ongoing monthly fees are required for these cameras? Here’s a look at everything you need to know.

Pricing and monthly fees

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The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro costs $180 for both the battery-powered model and the plug-in model. A monthly plan isn’t required to use the product, but you’ll miss out on key features like video history and smart alerts without one. That means most users will want to sign up for Ring Protect Basic, which will cost $5 per month starting on March 11, 2024.

Here are some of the standout features offered with Ring Protect Basic:

  • Video history for up to 180 days
  • Snapshot capture
  • Person and package alerts
  • Rich notifications

The Canary Pro costs $169, but is often on sale for much less. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see it discounted to as little as $90. That immediately makes it more appealing than the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro — but its sticker price doesn’t tell the full story.

Like Ring’s camera, the Canary Pro works best with a monthly subscription plan. In this case, you’ll be looking at Canary Premium. Without Canary Premium, you’ll only be able to receive motion alerts, check your live feed, activate two-way audio, and a few other basic features. Canary Premium costs $13 per month. Here’s a look at a few of its standout features:

  • Person detection
  • Video clips
  • Video history
  • Custom activity zones
  • Desktop streaming
  • Upgraded customer support

That’s eerily similar to everything offered by Ring Protect Basic, yet it’s nearly three times as expensive. So while you might save a few bucks upfront with the Canary Pro, anyone planning to use the device over several years will quickly recoup their losses when purchasing a Ring Stick Up Pro.

Winner: Ring Stick Up Cam Pro

Design and installation

The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro on display the 2023 Amazon Fall Devices and Services event.
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The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro is a good-looking, but rather bulky device. It features a black faceplate that holds the camera unit and speakers, and is surrounded by a white chassis. Standing over six inches tall, it’s easy to spot when placed on a countertop or table. Aside from resting it on a flat surface, Ring allows for the unit to be mounted on a wall.

Getting the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro working is a breeze. The battery-powered model is arguably the easiest to install, as you won’t have to worry about any wires. Regardless of which model you pick, after getting it powered up, you’ll need to sync it with your mobile app and Wi-Fi network. And since it supports dual-band 5GHz, you shouldn’t run into any compatibility issues. Once that’s done, you’re ready to start using the camera.

The Canary Pro is only sold as a wired unit. It’s unfortunate that it needs to be tethered to an outlet, as the battery-powered option available with the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro gives you the freedom to place it virtually anywhere in your home. Canary designed the unit to look sleek, and it’s arguably better-looking than Ring’s product (though it’s just as large at six inches tall). Setting up and installing the Canary Pro is rather simple, though it only works with 2.4GHz networks — which could pose issues during setup depending on your network.

Winner: Ring Stick Up Cam Pro

Resolution and night vision

The Canary Pro on a table.
Canary

The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro films in 1080p and supports HDR for enhanced colors. When operating in the dark, it supports color night vision. The unit also films in a generous 155-degree viewing angle, allowing it to capture large portions of your property.

The Canary Pro films in 1080p, though it uses black-and-white night vision when filming in the dark. Its viewing angle isn’t quite as generous as Ring’s, maxing out at 147 degrees. It still captures a significant chunk of your home, but can’t quite compete with the 155-degree diagonal view offered by Ring.

Winner: Ring

Features and spec list

The Canary Pro on a shelf.
Canary

The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro is strictly a security camera. It offers impressive video capture, a great viewing angle, a simple installation, and a robust smartphone app that lets you customize nearly all aspects of its performance.

By contrast, the Canary Pro does a little bit of everything. It’s billed as a monitor that provides “total home security and intelligence,” as it does more than just capture motion events. Beyond filming, the Canary Pro will also monitor air quality, ambient temperature, and humidity. That makes it a compelling purchase for homes seeking a “do-it-all” device that doesn’t break the bank.

Winner: Canary Pro

Which is the better security camera?

The Ring Stick Up Cam Pro is the best option if you’re looking for a security camera. Not only does it offer a better viewing angle and vibrant HDR video, it’s available as both a battery-powered unit and a wired unit — giving you the flexibility that makes it easy to fit into your home. Toss in the robust Ring app for easy customization, and it’s one of the best security cameras you can buy. You can also operate it without a Ring subscription, though its functionality will be limited. Consider picking up the Basic plan to get the most out of your system.

The Canary Pro is no slouch, but its hefty monthly fees and slightly worse video quality make it less appealing than the Ring Stick Up Cam Pro. However, homes that would benefit from an air quality monitor should give it a closer look. It’s not quite as robust as a standalone air quality monitor (and it’s not an air purifier), but it has some unique capabilities that make it a great purchase for the right smart home.

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This is the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

This is the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

Nothing Community

A series of images showing what’s claimed to be the Nothing Phone 2a have been published on the Nothing Community website, with the title “Phone 2a official renders.” Showing both a white and a black version of a smartphone with a unique design, yet with recognizable Nothing-style design elements, they have a very official look to them. But do these images really show the Nothing Phone 2a?

It has been confirmed to Digital Trends by an anonymous source that this is the Nothing Phone 2a, giving us our full first look at the phone Nothing will officially reveal on March 5. It’s a considerable departure from the design used for the Nothing Phone 1 and the Nothing Phone 2, with its dual camera set in the center of the top third of the rear panel. Look closely, and you can also spot what appear to be lines of LED lights around it, likely ready for use by the brand’s signature Glyph lighting system.

Leaked renders of the Nothing Phone 2a's design.
Nothing Community

A recent official Nothing YouTube video included a conversation with the company’s designer, who confirmed the Glyph lights would be part of the Nothing Phone 2a, but in a different way than on previous devices. In the images of the black version, we can see three separate lights surrounding the camera module. It’s a smaller array than on the Phone 1 and Phone 2, and we don’t know how they will function. Hopefully, they will include most (or all) of the functions we’ve already enjoyed.

We recently had a conversation with Nothing’s CEO Carl Pei, where it was revealed that the phone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip, and we had an exclusive look inside the phone, too. We can now see where the camera lenses sit on the back of the phone in relation to the phone’s internals. We also discovered that the Nothing Phone 2a will have a RAM Booster feature capable of adding up to 8GB of virtual RAM to the standard 12GB of RAM.

Image showing the internal structure of the Nothing Phone 2a, provided by Nothing to Digital Trends
EXCLUSIVE: Nothing Phone (2a) internal layout showing MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip Nothing

The renders, confirmed as showing the Nothing Phone 2a, along with a growing list of the specifications and a view of the phone’s internals, mean we have a fairly full overview of what to expect on March 5. However, knowing Nothing’s love of quirky products, we’re sure there’s still plenty to discover about this exciting smartphone.

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The Google Pixel Fold 2 just leaked. Here’s everything that’s new | Digital Trends

The Google Pixel Fold 2 just leaked. Here’s everything that’s new | Digital Trends

Google’s next foldable phone is going to be a screamer, and not solely for good reasons, if the latest leaks are to be believed. SmartPrix (via OnLeaks) has shared alleged renders depicting the Google Pixel Fold 2, and it looks like a mixed bag of regressive design and positive developments.

The biggest change compared to the first-gen Google Pixel Fold is a camera bump that ditches the stretched bar look on the current-gen Pixel smartphones. Instead, we now have a rectangular design with two rows of pill-shaped black outlines, hosting three camera lenses and a bunch of other sensors.

It’s a stark departure from the mainstream Pixel camera bar, and it revives a look that was last seen on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 series phones. Looks aside, the side placement also means the phone will keep wobbling if you place it on a flat surface. I’m not exactly a fan of this approach, to be honest.

Google Pixel 2 leaked render.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

Another notable change is the side profile. The curved edges of the Pixel Fold have been flattened, a look that will also appear on the Google Pixel 9 series phones, according to leaked renders.

But if you look closely and ignore the ugly camera hump shape, the Pixel Fold 2 looks identical to the OnePlus Open in its leathery black trim. The side rails, those curved bezels, and the front camera placement are all identical.

Even the ridge seems to have been lifted straight from the OnePlus Open, down to its polished metal aesthetics. It’s not a bad thing, as the OnePlus Open is one of the best-built phones I’ve ever used, and the form factor is an absolute joy to handle.

The most progressive change happens once the phone is opened. The thick bezels are gone, and what we see on the Pixel Fold 2 renders are uniformly thin bezels on all sides, a trend that we first noticed on the foldable phones offered by Oppo.

Leaked alleged render of Google Pixel 2.
OnLeaks / SmartPrix

The front display reportedly measures 6.4 inches, while the inner foldable panel relies on a 7.9-inch flexible OLED screen. It seems shaving off the bezels naturally allowed Google to add some valuable screen real estate.

As far as the internals go, rumors suggest the fourth-gen Tensor silicon and up to 16GB of RAM. Those two are big upgrades, but it’s the in-hand profile that might surprise buyers in a pleasant fashion. The Pixel Fold 2’s thickness will reportedly come in at just 10.54mm, which, if true, would make it one of the thinnest foldable phones out there.

Overall, the Pixel Fold 2 is shaping up to be a massive overhaul in every aspect. If only Google could have shown the same love to the camera hump aesthetics, I would have already started saving for this one.

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Reolink Duo 3 PoE security camera sets the bar high | Digital Trends

Reolink Duo 3 PoE security camera sets the bar high | Digital Trends

Reolink

Reolink is one of those brands that continues to astonish us every time they come to the table with new tech. More recently, its 4K solar-powered cameras were certainly an impressive debut, and this time they’re showing off a camera that sets the bar even higher. In due time, when you see the specs and features, we think you’ll come to agree. As part of the Reolink 16-megapixel camera series, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE security camera offers a unique motion tracking feature, which we’ll explore more of below. That alone doesn’t get the blood pumping, but the 16-megapixel UHD-quality video, dual-image stitching algorithms, color night vision with smart detection, power over Ethernet, and multiple storage options just might.

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High resolution all the way

Reolink Duo 3 PoE security camera mounted to wall
Reolink

Many will agree that security cameras, although convenient, don’t always capture what you need them to capture. This can be for several reasons. Either the viewing angles and coverage are not great, the storage isn’t available to save the videos, or the quality of the stream is poor. Reolink’s Duo 3 takes care of all that and more. It utilizes two built-in lenses, and the images captured by them are seamlessly stitched together via the AI algorithm. So, when you look, you get the full 180-degree panoramic image. It’s in ultra HD quality and, as an industry-first, boasts 16 million pixels. There’s no distortion, image, or picture quality loss, and you can always see clearly what’s happening on the other side of the lens or feed. Videos are captured with high, vivid details, so you can tell the identities of unwanted visitors, read license plates, or ensure your packages are delivered safely.

Where you would have to place two or three cameras to get a full, panoramic view, now you can install just one. The larger coverage area also ensures you don’t miss out on anything important that’s happening.

You can watch the live stream anytime via your phone, connecting through the Reolink app. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be watching the feed 24/7, which is hugely important. The feature Motion Track offers full motion tracking with smart detection for people, pets, and vehicles. You’ll get a notification anytime something strange enters the frame, including objects. Then, you can check out the live view, and if you need to, you can even talk to anyone on the other side — thanks to two-way audio. Color night vision gives you a full-color picture in the dead of night.

The motion tracking is interesting and is an entirely new technology and works by overlaying multiple movement tracks and positions of people, vehicles, or animals over a time period and displaying them all within a single picture. It removes hurdles you might otherwise experience with security cameras, like video buffering delays or forcing you to skim through multiple footage streams to confirm someone or something’s activity. Instead, you can see it all in one easy-to-view shot.

Better yet, footage can be stored in several ways. Videos can be saved to a MicroSD card, plugged right into the camera, or via Reolink’s NVR or FTP server systems. One app or client is available for all cameras you have installed, even some of the other Reolink models. That means no managing extra software or apps, it’s all in one place.

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Customize your home or business security

The Reolink Duo 3 PoE security camera is just one of many in an excellent lineup of smart home security products. Two others are being released soon – with the launch date to be announced later – for a total of three cameras, including the Duo 3T PoE and the Duo 3V PoE. These cameras make up Reolink’s 16-megapixel camera series. The biggest difference between the three cameras is their appearance or rather aesthetic styles, from dome-shaped and low-profile to a vandal-proof and secure cover.

You could effectively mix and match to create the perfect system covering your home or business properties. The best part is that all of those innovative features, including multiple storage options, are available at no extra cost — they’re included with your cameras. That’s a big deal in a market where many competitors are choosing to lock these features behind a premium subscription.

From February 21 to February 29, Digital Trends’ readers can get 20% off when using the code PR16MP10 at checkout. That drops the price of the Duo 3 PoE camera from $190 down to $152, and it’s an early deal you don’t want to miss. The promo code works on both the Reolink website and Amazon.

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Fujifilm finally unveils successor to the popular X100V | Digital Trends

Fujifilm finally unveils successor to the popular X100V | Digital Trends

FUJIFILM X100VI Promotional Video/ FUJIFILM

Fujifilm’s successor to the wildly popular X100V has just landed.

The X100VI (or “6” … more on the messy naming system later) is the first new X100 camera in four years and the sixth in the series, and for many (especially those who’ve been trying to get hold of the X100V) it can’t come soon enough.

While the body of the new X100VI is pretty much identical to its predecessor (the new model is a tiny bit thicker) and therefore looking as stylish as ever, there are still a few changes for folks to get excited about.

Headline features include a larger 40 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor (also in Fujifilm’s X-H2 and X-T5 cameras), and in-body image stabilization (for the first time) that offers up to six stops of compensation — great for low-light shooting when slower shutter speeds are more likely.

The X100VI supports the HEIF file format for higher bit depth and better compression efficiency than JPEG, and comes with 20 Fujifilm film simulations that now include Reala ACE, which debuted with Fujifilm’s GFX 100 II.

For those who need it, the camera’s video capabilities have been given a boost, too, but honestly, the X100 series has always been about shooting stills, not movies.

The camera, which is now manufactured in China instead of Japan, still retains the excellent 28mm lens (35mm equivalent), the flip-out display that first appeared with the X100V though now with a little more tilt and pull, and the same battery, which is rated to provide 450 shots per charge.

The Fujifilm X100VI starts shipping next month and costs $1,599, marking an increase of $200 over its predecessor.

Those with the X100V probably won’t see enough compelling reasons to upgrade, but those with an older X100, or anyone just looking for a great compact mirrorless camera, will want to take a closer look.

A word about the camera’s nomenclature. It’s a bit muddled, truth be told. The company started with the X100 in 2011 before replacing it with the X100s, with the “s” standing for “second.” Yes, that worked just fine. The next iteration was called the X100T for … that’s right, “third.” Following that was the X100F, for “fourth.” It was when the fifth model arrived that the Fujifilm team had a head-scratching moment. It couldn’t use F twice, so it switched to Roman numerals and named it the X100V. And everyone called it the “V” as in “vee”, not the “5.” And now we have the “X100VI.” No, “vee-eye” doesn’t really roll off the tongue, so Fujifilm is saying “VI” as “6.” It doesn’t really matter, but it’s interesting how companies can sometimes get in a a bit of a tangle when it comes to the naming system of a successful product.

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Fujifilm’s X100VI is a big step forward for the TikTok-famous compact camera

Fujifilm’s X100VI is a big step forward for the TikTok-famous compact camera

Fujifilm’s X100V was the toy to have over the last couple of years (thanks, TikTok) and the company has now released its successor, the 40.2-megapixel X100 VI, with large improvements across the board. While keeping the same retro form, it offers much faster shooting speeds, in-body stabilization, 6.2K 30p video and more.

The X100VI looks identical to the previous model, with the same styling and control positions. The series was conceived as a street photography camera, borrowing a lot of styling cues from Leica’s famous rangefinder cameras. As such, it doesn’t have the world’s great ergonomics, but is light at 521 grams, discreet for shooting and can slide into a jacket pocket.

Fujifilm

Fujifilm elected to go with the same 40.2-megapixel (MP) APS-C sensor as the much bigger X-H2, significantly boosting resolution over the X100V. I think that’s a wise choice as it gives the camera — which has a wide-angle fixed 23mmm f/2.0 lens (35mm full-frame equivalent) — more cropping options. The price for that is likely a small drop in low-light sensitivity.

Another big new feature on the X100VI is built-in 5-axis stabilization with up to 6 stops of shake reduction. Given the X100VI’s small body, it’s an unexpected but welcome feature, and will be a big help to street photographers taking candid shots on the fly.

The X100V keeps the same 3.69-million dot hybrid optical viewfinder and 1.62-million dot LCD display, but the latter now tilts downward an extra 15 degrees to make shooting from above easier. It retains the same battery as before (CIPA rated for 300 shots), and unfortunately, the same slow UHS-I card slot.

Fujifilm renews a cult classic with the speedier $1,600 X100VI compact camera

Fujifilm

The X100VI still shoots at 11fps with the mechanical shutter and 20fps in electronic mode, but autofocus is quicker and more capable, according to Fujifilm. It now offers the company’s latest tracking and face/eye detection, along with animal/vehicle and other types of subject detection.

Image quality should be improved as well with the extra resolution and a lower native 125 ISO. And since a lot of the newfound social media popularity of this camera is based on the film simulation modes, the camera comes with 20 built-in, including a new one called Reala Ace, designed to offer “faithful color reproduction and contrast tonality.”

Fujifilm renews a cult classic with the speedier $1,600 X100VI compact camera

Fujifilm

Finally, one usually doesn’t think of video when it comes to this series, but the X100VI is surprisingly capable for a tiny compact. It can shoot 6.2K video at up to 30fps, 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240fps. You also get 10-bit F-log and F-Log2 recording, shockingly good for a small, photo-centric camera with a fixed lens. The only downside is relatively low data rates (200Mbps max) due to the slow cards, but you can capture ProRes to an external recorder.

Fujifilm’s X100VI is now on pre-order for $1,600 in silver or black, with shipping slated for early March 2024. The company is also offering a special edition version “engraved with the corporate brand logo from Fujifilm’s founding in 1934” for $2,000. It has vowed to reduce the long lead times of the previous model by manufacturing it in China like other recent models.

EXCLUSIVE: Nothing told us some big secrets about the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

EXCLUSIVE: Nothing told us some big secrets about the Nothing Phone 2a | Digital Trends

Nothing CEO Carl Pei Nothing

“The Nothing Phone 2a targets people less concerned about the latest specs, and more about core functionalities matched with great performance and Nothing’s signature design both inside and out.”

That’s how Carl Pei, CEO of Nothing, described the forthcoming Nothing Phone 2a in an exclusive Q&A with Digital Trends via email ahead of the phone’s launch. While he didn’t give everything away about the Nothing Phone 2a, there’s plenty here to leave us very excited about the brand’s next device.

The first Nothing Phone powered by MediaTek

Image showing the internal structure of the Nothing Phone 2a, provided by Nothing to Digital Trends
EXCLUSIVE: The Nothing Phone 2a internal layout showing the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip. Nothing

Nothing provided Digital Trends with an exclusive image of the Nothing Phone 2a’s insides, revealing the phone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro processor. This is the first time Nothing has worked with MediaTek, as it chose Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for the Nothing Phone 1 and the Nothing Phone 2. Pei explained the thinking behind the decision:

“In the early stages of Phone 2a’s development, and understanding our desire to introduce it to a new market segment, performance was an area we knew we needed to nail. The question we needed to answer was, how could we ensure a strong balance between power efficiency and speed? Ultimately, working with MediaTek became that answer.”

Pei called MediaTek “the right partner to help us achieve our overall goals,” but it didn’t just choose an off-the-shelf chip for the Nothing Phone 2a. If you’re familiar with MediaTek’s chip range, the Dimensity 7200 Pro may not be one you recognize, and that’s because it has been exclusively designed by the two companies for the 2a.

“Co-engineered with MediaTek, the custom Dimensity 7200 Pro processor elevates Phone 2a by delivering the best performance with optimal power consumption,” Pei said. “Built on TSMC’s latest second-generation 4nm process technology, it effortlessly powers through any task with unparalleled power efficiency and blazing speed. Together, we have brought optimizations such as Smart Clean (+200% UFS read/write speed over prolonged usage) and Adaptive NTFS (+100% file transfer speeds with Windows computers, as our internal research shows this platform is important to our target user base), and have been able to reduce power consumption of specific components by up to 10%.”

Smooth collaborator

Nothing CEO Carl Pei.
Nothing CEO Carl Pei Nothing

MediaTek has a long history of working closely with brands to ensure the chosen processor performs best in the areas most important to the manufacturer, something it has done in the past for Pei’s previous company, OnePlus, and its close relation Oppo, among others. Pei made it clear working with MediaTek has been a great experience.

“From the very beginning, MediaTek understood what we are looking to achieve with Phone 2a, which gave us great confidence in co-engineering a custom chipset with them. Overall, it was a smooth process and true collaboration  — you will see results for yourself when you start using the phone.”

MediaTek echoed Pei’s words, with MediaTek’s Corporate Senior Vice President JC Hsu also telling Digital Trends, “We value the collaboration we have with Nothing, and co-working with their team to bring the advanced MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro to the Nothing Phone 2a has been a fantastic experience — one that we are looking forward to expanding in the near future.”

Great expectations

A person holding the Nothing Phone 2, showing the back panel.
Nothing Phone 2 Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

“We knew performance would be a crucial element, and we needed a partner that would work closely with us to achieve our goals,” Pei continued, saying the Nothing Phone 2a will “deliver core functionalities,” with the “unique and innovative hardware and software design” many love about the brand. When asked for more details on the performance, Pei made an interesting comparison:

“The Phone 2a is a clear upgrade from Phone 1, particularly in terms of performance. Phone 2a is 18% more powerful than Phone 1 and 16% more efficient in terms of battery consumption compared to Phone 1.”

With no mention of the Nothing Phone 2 — and the Nothing Phone 1 still available to buy through Nothing’s online store — Pei’s words suggest the Nothing Phone 2a should replace the brand’s first model in its range rather than live alongside it or be considered a lesser Nothing Phone 2. When pressed about the Nothing Phone 2a’s place in the range, Pei said the phone was made for those less interested in the latest specs and more in performance and Nothing’s design.

“This year, we will be widening our product portfolio, leveraging our strong product capabilities we’ve built across the years to enter new product segments and categories in order to increase Nothing’s footprint and further scaling, which is key to exist as a company in this industry and keep driving innovation,” he added.

Will this include an even higher-spec Nothing Phone, perhaps a Pro or an Ultra, to join the new a-series? Pei wasn’t going to be drawn into revealing more company secrets.

“Only time will tell,” he said about other, future Nothing Phone models. “For now, we are focused on our latest device, Phone 2a, and bringing it to market. We are really excited about this device and can’t wait to hear our users’ feedback on it!”

Nothing Phone 2a design secrets

Image showing the internal structure of the Nothing Phone 2a, provided by Nothing to Digital Trends
EXCLUSIVE: The internal layout of the Nothing Phone (2a). Nothing

What else have we learned? Our first image shows the top of the Nothing Phone 2a revealed in all its naked glory, and while our eyes are naturally drawn to the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro, the 12GB of RAM, and the RAM Booster features — Pei confirmed you can pick between two, four, and 8GB of RAM using the Booster, subject to storage capacity — there’s also quite a bit more to the image than what’s visible at first glance.

For example, in another image provided to Digital Trends by Nothing, a single camera lens is clearly visible in the middle of what we assume is the top third of the phone, alongside what appears to be the edge of another camera. The Phone 1 and Phone 2’s cameras are set in the top corner, meaning the Phone 2a has a very different design and is unlikely to match one of the earlier debunked design leaks. There’s also an unusual lens-like component near the top of the phone and no obvious integration of Nothing’s famous Glyph lighting structure.

Some rumors suggested the Glyph lights may not be a part of the Phone 2a, but in a recent Nothing Community update video, Nothing designer Chris Weightman said that “the function [Glyph] provides is really important. We definitely didn’t want to lose that, but with the overall kind of design of the phone being quite different to the Phone 2, we had to work a little bit to figure out exactly where the Glyphs fit in this time.”

Using what we can see in the image of the Nothing Phone 2a’s internal layout, Weightman’s words confirming the Glyph lights will be part of the phone (but in a new way), and even the leaked renders from last year with the “see the world through fresh eyes” tagline for the phone, it seems like the new MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro chip is only the start of what will make the Phone 2a worth our attention. What did Pei have to say about all our questions and speculation about the design, what the image of the internals (almost) shows us, and the various leaked renders?

“Don’t believe everything you read!” he told us, adding, “Tune in on March 5 to find out more.”

We’ll be doing exactly that. The Nothing Phone 2a will be announced on March 5, but it won’t see a wide release in the U.S. However, dedicated fans may find a way to still get one.

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Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. Pixel 8 Pro camera test: it’s not close | Digital Trends

Galaxy S24 Ultra vs. Pixel 8 Pro camera test: it’s not close | Digital Trends

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra (left) and Google Pixel 8 Pro Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

When you want an excellent camera on your new smartphone, choosing the Google Pixel 8 Pro is a wise and safe choice, but what about the big, expensive Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra? After all, it’s Samsung’s top camera phone, and it has features that make it unique among the competition.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra worth paying $300 more than you would for the Google Pixel 8 Pro, if the camera is the top reason you’re shopping for a new phone? I took many photos with them both over a series of different days to find out.

The cameras

A person holding the Google Pixel 8 Pro.
Google Pixel 8 Pro Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

There are quite a few technical details that differ between the Pixel 8 Pro and the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s camera, so it’s important to go through those first before looking at the photos. The Pixel 8 Pro has a 50-megapixel main camera with a 1/1.31-inch sensor size and an f/1.68 aperture, along with a 48MP wide-angle camera with a 125.5-degree field-of-view.

The 48MP telephoto camera takes 5x optical zoom photos, and has a Super Res zoom to 30x. Optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS) are on the wide and telephoto cameras, plus there’s laser autofocus and a spectral sensor for greater color accuracy.

A person holding the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

On the back of the Galaxy S24 Ultra is a 200MP, f/1.7 aperture main camera, a 50MP telephoto camera for 5x optical zoom photos, a 10MP camera for 3x optical zoom photos, and a 12MP wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field-of-view. The main, wide, and telephoto cameras have OIS, plus there’s laser autofocus too. Samsung claims “optical quality” zoom levels at 2x and 10x zoom.

On the front of the Pixel 8 Pro is a 10.5MP selfie camera with autofocus, while the Galaxy S24 Ultra has a 12MP camera with autofocus. Both have comprehensive video capabilities, but we have not compared them in this test. All photos were shot in auto mode, compared on a color-calibrated monitor, and have been resized for friendlier online viewing.

Main camera

The specifications of the two main cameras are quite different from each other, and unsurprisingly, there are quite a few differences in the photos they take, too. The first photo sets the tone for the rest of the test, as it illustrates Samsung’s continued willingness to boost colors and contrast for a brighter, more vibrant image. Google tones things down for a more natural look that’s closer to how things are in real life.

One thing to note is with the close-up images, the S24 Ultra often automatically switches to the Focus Enhancer, which removes any natural background blur. The above photo was taken with the feature deactivated, so it matches the Pixel 8 Pro’s image. Detail and focus are similar, and which you prefer will come down to how vibrant you like your photos.

The second photo of the bridge shows how contrast and exposure differ. The S24 Ultra’s treatment results in the immediately noticeable moodier sky, which is a tiny bit noisier than the Pixel 8 Pro’s, but look closely and you can see how the S24 Ultra keeps the entire scene in focus, while the Pixel 8 Pro concentrates on the foreground.

While the punchier colors of the S24 Ultra can sometimes work really well, they don’t in all situations, with the coffee and toast in this photo appearing unnatural compared to the Pixel 8 Pro’s spot-on colors and white balance.

There’s also evidence of edge enhancement in the S24 Ultra’s photos when bold colors meet, and the Pixel 8 Pro’s better balance creates not only a more natural-looking photo, but a more realistic one too. You can see this in the photo of the trees, where the blue sky isn’t separated effectively enough from the greenery in the S24 Ultra’s photo.

Our final photo shows many of the differences between these two cameras in one shot. The S24’s moody sky, deeper colors, stronger contrast levels, and greater level of detail are clear. The Pixel 8 Pro better captures the way the scene looked in real life, but the harsher tones and exposure rob it of some vibrancy. The Pixel 8 Pro’s consistency throughout gives it the win in this category, but it hasn’t been a runaway victory.

Winner: Google Pixel 8 Pro

Wide-angle camera

There’s more of the same from the S24 Ultra’s wide-angle camera, as the first photo of the church shows, but this time the Pixel 8 Pro can’t quite keep up. Exposure differences result in a more washed-out image, and even if the S24 Ultra does go overboard with saturation a little, the punchier look is preferable to the Pixel 8 Pro’s subdued tone.

The S24 Ultra’s wide-angle camera is better demonstrated in the second photo of the pond, where the trees and foliage have more life in the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s photo. It’s a close thing, and while I appreciate the consistency of look from both cameras, Samsung’s treatment gives wide-angle shots greater presence and drama, which I think is important.

Again, this is apparent in the last photo, showing pebbles in front of a lake. From the reflection in the water to the color of the pebbles, the S24 Ultra’s photo is more appealing, less cold, and the image I’d be more likely to share. The Pixel 8 Pro’s wide-angle camera is good, but the S24 Ultra nails the tone here. It’s a very close category, and while neither always gets the photo right, the Galaxy S24 Ultra seems to succeed more often.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Telephoto 5x optical zoom

Both cameras can take 5x optical zoom photos, but the results are quite different, and the Galaxy S24 Ultra really shows off its telephoto prowess here. In the first photo of the sheep through the gate, the S24 Ultra’s photo is packed with detail and pin-sharp, while the Pixel 8 Pro’s photo isn’t as well-focused and lacks the same level of detail.

It’s harder to spot the differences in the second photo, but they are there. Look at the floating duck house. Again, it’s sharp and defined in the S24 Ultra’s photo, but far less so in the Pixel 8 Pro’s photo. The colors are slightly more attractive in the Pixel’s photo, but that’s easily fixed in the S24 Ultra’s image, while the Pixel’s lack of definition is not.

In the final image, the S24 Ultra’s photo is clear and shows off the texture of the walls and stone, and while it’s closely matched by the Pixel 8 Pro’s image, the latter just isn’t quite as sharp. This slight haziness puts the Pixel 8 Pro’s optical zoom behind the S24 Ultra’s, which is absolutely the winner in this category.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Telephoto 10x zoom

Neither camera takes 10x optical zoom images, but both promise strong results due to clever software and the use of hardware. The photo of the pigeon was shot through a window, and here, the S24 Ultra captures colors and texture better than the Pixel 8 Pro, which continues to have problems with sharpness. The S24 Ultra’s photo could pass for an optical zoom photo, while the Pixel 8 Pro’s could not.

Once again, in the second photo, the Galaxy S24 Ultra washes out the image slightly, but it’s much sharper and more defined than the Pixel 8 Pro’s photo. The text is more readable, and the edges are less jagged. Just as it did when I compared the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 10x zoom with the S24 Ultra’s 10x zoom, it really impresses for an “optical quality” mode, and it beats the Pixel 8 Pro without a problem.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Night mode

The Pixel 8 Pro excels at balancing the dark of the night sky with exposure in lit areas, as the first photo shows. The blue tint of the night sky in the S24 Ultra’s photo is distracting, but the camera takes photos that continue to be sharper and more detailed than those taken with the Pixel 8 Pro. Look at the bricks for evidence, as well as the detail on the path in front of the shop.

In the second photo, the S24 Ultra avoids the ugly smoothing on the roof of the building that’s visible in the Pixel 8 Pro’s photo and keeps the image sharp and in focus. There’s less noise in the sky, too, making for a much better, more stable image all around. It doesn’t always go the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s way, though.

The final photo was taken at 10x zoom, and the Pixel 8 Pro successfully captures the photo I wanted to take and is actually slightly more representative of the scene than the S24 Ultra’s image. However, the difference in detail is still considerable, with the Samsung camera taking a more detailed, less noisy, and better-balanced photo entirely. It’s another big win for the Galaxy S24 Ultra.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

Selfie camera

Samsung’s selfie camera usually failed to get the colors right in its photos, while the Pixel 8 Pro succeeded in creating a far more realistic image, with more natural skin tones too. The Portrait effect in both is good, but the S24 Ultra does edge ahead of the Pixel 8 Pro slightly here, with fewer blurred sections where it can’t work out what’s supposed to be going on. I don’t mind either image, and while the S24 Ultra’s colors and skin tones aren’t that accurate, I prefer the exposure and contrast to the Pixel 8 Pro’s. This one is a draw.

Winner: Draw

A shocking win for Samsung?

The back of the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.
Google Pixel 8 Pro (left) and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

The Google Pixel 8 Pro succeeded in winning the main camera section, but lost four other sections to the Galaxy S24 Ultra and only managed a draw with the selfie camera. For a camera most (rightly) consider one of the best in the business, it hasn’t really impressed next to the latest Samsung Ultra phone.

Samsung really pulled ahead with its excellent telephoto camera, which despite not using a 10x optical zoom this time around, still managed to take superior photos to the Pixel 8 Pro at both 5x and 10x. It did the same when it was up against the Galaxy S23 Ultra too, but it was never a forgone conclusion it would manage the same thing against Google’s software expertise.

The Pixel 8 Pro’s camera is very good, but it has met its match with the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, which is proving to be one of the very best smartphone cameras we’ve ever used.


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