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Determined to watch streaming video with the maximum color range possible? You now have your chance. As promised, Amazon Prime Instant Video is now offering high dynamic range (HDR) videos to American customers. Watch the first season of Mozart in the Jungle on the right TV (currently, that means...

June 24th 2015 at 11:42am 0 Comments
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After Blu-ray and HD DVD ushered in the age of HD and 1080p movies for the masses, discs were beaten to 4K by streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. While the internet is still doing most of the heavy lifting for 4K, the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification is finally complete which means...

May 12th 2015 at 11:26pm 0 Comments
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A year after Sony's 4K TV launch, the company is detailing the US launch of a revamped collection with HDR-compatible sets. You can now pre-order six models in Sony's new Ultra HD lineup, with deliveries arriving in May. The line starts off with a 43-inch TV that costs $1,300, and goes up to a 75-...

April 19th 2015 at 2:08pm 0 Comments
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When it comes to the living room, Netflix has a problem. Sure, it's ridiculously simple to get Netflix on your TV: Virtually every smart set offers the service, as do games consoles, streaming boxes and even some DVRs. But as users power on their TV, they're not powering on Netflix. Instead, they'...

January 5th 2015 at 7:18pm 0 Comments
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Disney Research has found a way to preserve the awesome quality of high-dynamic range or HDR videos when they're shown on consumer-level TVs and displays. See, HDR videos can show shadows and light better than footage taken by conventional equipment can -- in fact, the setting's purpose is to reco...

December 5th 2014 at 9:14am 0 Comments
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Apple's new Time Lapse feature in iOS 8 has spawned several apps that want to improve on the basic time lapse capability. That brings us to the aptly named Time Lapse with HDR app (US$1.99) from Lucky Clan. It's an additional feature for the company's Time Lapse app which I reviewed this summer. Th...

November 20th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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While there's speculation that multi-sensor phone cameras are the next big thing, Sony has just launched a sensor that will likely make its smartphone cameras better soon. The latest Exmor RS IMX230 is a so-called stacked CMOS sensor that squeezes an effective 21-megapixels into a 1/2.4-inch sized...

November 17th 2014 at 8:59am 0 Comments
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I reviewed Pro HDR many years ago when it was among the first High Dynamic Range apps and best of the camera apps for the iPhone. In short order, Apple added HDR capability to its own software, but in general the third-party apps do a better job. Pro HDR X (US$1.99) is a new app that has evolved...

October 19th 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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True HDR (U.S. $1.99) has always been one of the best third party HDR (High Dynamic Range) apps for iOS. Apple includes an HDR feature with the built-in Camera app, but it really doesn't measure up to dedicated apps. The new version 3 of True HDR takes and analyzes three exposures rather than two...

October 1st 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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One of the nice things iOS 8 brought to camera apps is the ability to manually adjust your photos before you shoot them, meaning that photographers get the kind of control normally associated with a DSLR. Things like ISO, shutter speed and exposure can be adjusted to create just the right mood in...

September 28th 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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Disney Research has done an awful lot of neat stuff in the past, but it hasn't really approached Walt's bread and butter before: video. Instead of going with animation, though, the team is using some pretty slick camera tricks to tell a live-action story about unconditional love and a mother attai...

June 19th 2014 at 8:42pm 0 Comments