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Blackmagic Camera App Now on Android Devices



Big news for serious phone videographers on Android. The Blackmagic Camera App from Blackmagic Design is now available from the Google Play Store for free.

Since the app made its debut on the iPhone back in September 2023, pro shooters like myself have been using it regularly for pick up shots, even some A-camera content. It is by far the best app on the iPhone in my opinion. And now it’s on Android.


Blackmagic Camera for Android is compatible with Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, S23 Ultra or S24, S24 Plus, S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 7, 7a, 7 Pro, 8 and 8 Pro phones.

Although you won’t get ProRes you can shoot 8K on the Samsung phones.


It gives users the same controls (other than iris) as they would get on a real camera. You can adjust frame rate, shutter angle, white balance and ISO all in a single tap.

I’ll be shooting a lot of test video this week so I can compare it with the iPhone.

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Motorola Razr 50 Ultra: What’s new? 



Motorola has announced the motorola razr 50 ultra so what’s new? AI of course. The latest razr models are running Google’s Gemini AI which you can operate from the massive external screen while the phone is closed.


The new 4-inch external display is biggest in this category with a crisp resolution of 1272×1080 and a refresh rate of 165Hz. The screen is capable of HDR peak brightness of 2400 nits, has 10-bit colour with a 25% wider colour range thanks to HDR10+ certification and DCI-P3 support. It’s also usable in bright sunlight, with the external display reaching a maximum brightness levels of 1500 nits.

You could spend the whole day using the front screen alone. It’s pretty easy to navigate with one hand with unlock access via the side mounted fingerprint button. The speaker when closed is very loud but a bit lacking in bass.

Of course the best part of a foldable phone is actually opening it up to use the larger display. The flip open can be done with one hand if you have the skill. It reveals a 6.9″ pOLED main display with HDR10+ and HDR peak brightness of 3000 nits. Like the external screen you get a high brightness mode that automatically adjusts the display outdoors, reaching a maximum brightness of of 1500 nits. 

The inside display is good for gaming with a 165Hz refresh rate and when reading e-books it saves power by running at just 1Hz. 

The other advantage to foldable phones is better selfies. The best cameras and external screen combine to give you a better result. On standard phones the best cameras are on the back and that means using an inferior for selfies, mostly. I often turn my phone around and take a punt, with varied results. The camera embedded in the internal screen (selfie camera) is not that bad, it’s still 32MP and absolutely fine for most meeting applications like Zoom.

Motorola have updated main cameras to 50MP from the razr 40 ultra but have changed the ultrawide camera to a 2x optical zoom.

When it comes to toughness, there’s Gorilla Glass Victus and IPX8-rated underwater protection. That means it will survive a being dunked for 30 minutes at one metre.

There’s a 4000mAh battery on board with 45W charging possible via USB-C or 15W wireless.


1. The largest, most intelligent external display. Do it all without flipping open the phone, including using moto ai powered ways to interact, capture, and create. 

2. Iconic flip design, refined. Choose from on-trend colours in soft vegan leather in a durable, compact, and comfortable design. 

3. Endless ways to capture. Explore your creativity with Flex View, using the phone like a camcorder, stepping into a personal photo booth, and snapping hands-free selfies. 

4. New moto ai powered camera system. Effortlessly capture photos and videos with the 50MP camera system featuring a 2x telephoto lens, powered by moto ai. 

5. Snapdragon® 8s Gen 3 performance. Boost your capabilities with powerful AI engine processing, giving you speeds up to 3GHz for improved efficiency. 

6. All-day battery life2. Go a full day and night with a 4000mAh battery, and get power for the day in about 12 minutes using 45W TurboPowerTM charging. 


The motorola razr 50 ultra is available in Midnight Blue, Spring Green and Peach Fuzz. Pre-order from 2-16 July, on sale 17 July for RRP A$1,699.

Customers who pre-order or purchase a motorola razr 50 ultra from any retailer in Australia between 2 July and 16 July 2024 can redeem a bonus pair of moto buds+ featuring Sound by Bose, RRP A$249, in the Forest Grey colour. 

Customers can redeem their gift on or before 13 August 2024 with their handset IMEI number and proof of preorder.

Device Specifications

Device Specifications

Category Details
Operating System Android™ 14
Storage 512 GB built-in, UFS 4.0
Sensors Fingerprint reader, Proximity + light sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, eCompass, Hall sensor
Processor Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 Mobile Platform
Memory (RAM) 12 GB, LPDDR5X
Security Side fingerprint reader, Face unlock
Battery Size 4000 mAh non-removable
Charging 45W TurboPower™ charging support (68W In-box charger), 15W wireless charging support (charger sold separately), 5W reverse charging
Charger Type AU
Display Size Main display: 6.9″ FHD+ pOLED display, External display: 4.0″ pOLED display
Resolution Main display: FHD+ (2640 x 1080) | 413 ppi, External display: 1272 x 1080 | 417 ppi
Screen to Body Ratio Active Area-Body: 85.33%
Display Technology Main display: LTPO, Foldable AMOLED, HDR10+, 10-bit, 120% DCI-P3 colour gamut, Up to 165 Hz refresh rate, Touch rate: 240 Hz/360 Hz (game mode only), Peak Brightness: 3000nit
External display: LTPO, Flexible AMOLED, HDR10+, 10-bit, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, Up to 165 Hz refresh rate, Touch rate: 120 Hz/165 Hz (game mode only), Peak Brightness: 2400nit
Aspect Ratio Main display: 22:9
Dimensions Open: 73.99 x 171.42 x 7.09 mm, Closed: 73.99 x 88.09 x 15.32 mm
Body Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus on front, Vegan leather on rear, 6000 series high strength aluminium (frame)
Weight 189 g
Water Protection IPX8 Water-resistant design
Available Colours Midnight Blue, Spring Green, Peach Fuzz
Rear Camera Video Software Shooting modes: Night Vision, Timelapse (w/ Hyperlapse), Super Slow motion, Portrait, Dual Capture, Spot Colour, Auto Camcorder Mode, Adaptive Stabilisation
Other features: Auto Focus Tracking, Video Snapshot, Selfie Video Mirror, HDR, Audio Zoom, Selfie Stick Support
Front Camera Video Capture 32 MP selfie camera, 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps)
External display Main: 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps), Tele: Not supported
Rear Camera Software Rear main camera Shooting modes: Portrait (24 mm/35 mm/50 mm/85 mm), Long Exposure, Dual Capture, Ultra-Res, Night Vision, Tilt-Shift, Pro, Scan (powered by Adobe Scan), 360° Panorama, Spot Colour, 50 MP Ultra Resolution, Photo Booth
Artificial intelligence: Photo Enhancement Engine, Action Shot, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Capture, Google Lens™ integration, Colour Optimisation, Style Sync
Other features: Google Photos Auto Enhance, Ultra HDR (10-bit format), Burst Shot, Timer, Assistive Grid, Leveller, Metering Mode, Watermark, Live Filters, Selfie Photo Mirror, Selfie Stick Support, RAW Photo Output, QR/Barcode Scanner, Quick Capture
Rear Camera Video Capture Rear Main Camera: 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps)
4K UHD HDR10+ (30fps w/ EIS), FHD HDR10+ (30fps w/ EIS)
Slow motion: FHD (960/240/120 fps)
Rear Telephoto Camera: 4K UHD (60/30fps), FHD (60/30fps)
Front Camera Software Front 32 MP camera Shooting modes: Portrait, Photo Booth, Pro, Dual Capture, Spot Colour, Face Beauty, Live Filters
Artificial intelligence: Photo Enhancement Engine, Auto Night Vision, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Capture, Google Photos Auto Enhance
Other features: Burst Shot, Timer, Assistive Grid, Leveller, Google Lens, Selfie Photo Mirror, Selfie Stick Support, RAW Photo Output, Quick Capture (twist-twist), Tap anywhere to capture
Rear cameras on external display Rear main camera Shooting modes: Portrait, Photo Booth, Mirror Mode, Face Beauty, Live Filters
Artificial intelligence: Photo Enhancement Engine, Auto Night Vision, Auto Smile Capture, Gesture Capture, Google Photos Auto Enhance
Other features: Instant Review, Camera Cartoon, External Display Preview, Timer, Selfie Mirror, RAW Photo Output, Ultra HDR (10-bit format), Quick Capture (twist-twist), Tap anywhere to capture, Telephoto Mirror Mode
Front Camera Video Software 32 MP selfie camera Shooting modes: Portrait, Dual Capture, Timelapse (w/ Hyperlapse), Spot Colour, Adaptive Stabilisation, Face Beauty
Other features: Adaptive Stabilisation, Video Snapshot, Selfie Video Mirror
Rear cameras on external display Rear main camera Torch, Adaptive Stabilisation, Face Beauty, Tele Not supported
Camera 2 50 MP telephoto lens (f/2.0, 0.64 µm) or 12.6 MP (1.28 µm Quad Pixel) | 2x optical zoom
Flash Single LED flash
Main rear Camera 50 MP (f/1.7, 0.8 µm) or 12.6 MP (1.6 µm Quad Pixel) | OIS | Instant-all Pixel Focus
Front camera Main display: 32 MP (f/2.4, 0.7 µm) | 8 MP (f/2.4, 1.4 µm) Quad Pixel
External display Main: 12.6 MP (1.6 µm Quad Pixel) | OIS Tele: supports mirror mode only
Speakers Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos® featuring Spatial Sound, Qualcomm® Snapdragon Sound™
Headphone Jack No
Microphones 3 microphones
FM Radio No
Voice Control Gemini, moto ai agent
Networks + Bands 5G | 4G: LTE | 3G: UMTS / HSPA+ | 2G: GSM / EDGE
3G: GSM850/900/1800/1900; BC0; W1/2/4/5/8
4G: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/32/34/38/39/40/41/42/43/48/66/71
5G sub-6: N1/2/3/5/7/8/20/26/28/38/40/41/66/71/75/77/78
Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth® 5.4
Wi-Fi WiFi 5G, WiFi 6/6E, WiFi 7, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be, 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz & 6 GHz (specific regions only), Wi-Fi hotspot
Location Services GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPL, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou
SIM Card eSIM + physical SIM
In the Box
Device motorola razr 50 ultra
Components 68W TurboPower™ charger, USB Type-C cable, Guides, SIM tool, ESG protective case
Personalise Themes, Fonts, Colours, Icon shape, Lock screen, External Display, Display size and text, Layout, Sounds, Dark mode
Gestures Quick launch, Sidebar, Quick capture, Fast torch, Three-finger screenshot, Lift to unlock, Flip for DND, Pick up to silence, Swipe to split
Moto Secure Secure folder, Network protection, Phishing detection, Auto lock, Lock network and security, PIN pad scramble, Security & Privacy
Display Lock screen, Attentive display
Play Games, Dolby Atmos®, Media controls, Creator toolkit
Tips Razr basics, Personalize, Media, Call & replies, Camera, Unique features, Settings

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Back to School Phone Options: Advice for Parents



As the school year begins across the country, many parents are deciding whether their children should have a mobile phone. The decision is further complicated by schools cracking down on phones nationwide.

So my advice?

Don’t hand down your old Android phone because security updates might be a problem. Unless it’s very new. Get the latest model possible but don’t spend too much. Let’s face it .. kids won’t be able to use them as much due to the school bans.

On the iPhone side – get a refurbished model that is supported by iOS 17. The iPhone 8 and X are getting too old.

Here are some affordable options I’ve compiled for you but you need to act fast as most are on special.

Nokia 2660 Flip

Nokia 2660 Flip is HMD’s retro design with modern insides. Its long battery life and basic operation, makes it ideal for the youngest school kids. It flips open to reveal a big display and big buttons. The 2660 Flip also comes with Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) and emergency button that works while closed. There are other features like games, web browsing and camera. Although the camera is made in the modern day, the shots it takes are definitely from the early 2000s. Good choice for mostly phone calls and text messages.


Nokia G22

The Nokia G22 is the first phone in the HMD Nokia range to enable Quickfix repairability. As I tell Tim in the video above, if your kid breaks it, he or she can fix it. Pretty handy skill to learn. Together with ifixit, Nokia has created a self-repairable phone where aspects like dead batteries, broken screens and bent charging cables can be fixed at home by the phone user, without voiding the warranty. The Nokia G22 prioritises a longevity-first design with the self-repairability being supported by 3 years of warranty and updates as well as a 3-day battery life.



The A79 5G is the most expensive in this group but it’s definitely good value. It has all the best feature you’d expect from OPPO. The large display is incredibly bright. You can see in the demo video above just how bright it gets. Brilliant for outside use by kids. A hefty 5,000mAh battery can be charged to 100% in approx. 74 minutes. A 5-minute charge is enough for up to 2.6 hours of phone calls. Dual AI rear cameras are outstanding at this price.

OPPO A79 5G FOR $367

Motorola G54 5G

The moto g54 5G comes packed with Motorola’s usual features which include twist-to-launch-camera and shake-for-torch. It has an excellent 6.5” display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The rear 50MP camera system with OIS can capture outstanding images. Of course, it’s also 5G. At less than $250, the Moto G54 is amazing value.


iPhone SE – refurb

iPhone has a long support timeline but it’s not endless. So I would recommends parents look for a 2020 SE device. These refurbished phones are great for families that want to be all-in with Apple team. This is handy for easy sharing and tracking. Although you’ll see many iPhone 8 and X models around, I would skip these as they are at, or nearing the end of their support life from Apple. This is important for security updates. It’s also a good idea to underscore the importance of phone security with you children as it will help set them up in later life. I’m pleased to say my kids are always doing the right thing when it comes to security .. and they are in their twenties now.



In this week’s segment we also covered smartwatches at school. I found that rules vary on the use of these devices in different jurisdictions. Some won’t allow them, others will, if they are in flight mode or with notifications turned off. Of course, there are exemptions for medical reasons.

Watches are often used to track where children are during the day so another option might be AirTag for Apple users or SmartTag2 for Samsung owners. Tile will work for all. Just pop one in your kid’s bag and you’re good to go. Although two-way communication isn’t possible you could just make them beep remotely. That could signify you need to make contact.

Or you could just ring the school .. old skool.

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Make Your Dumb Car Smart with Laser’s $169 Touchscreen



Going handsfree has never been easier with Laser’s A$169 (just $148 here) CarPlay and Android Auto Wireless Touchscreen. Part of Laser’s Navig8r range, the screen is easily mounted on a dash of a car that doesn’t have a smart display.

It connects wirelessly to iOS and Android phones so drivers can use CarPlay or Android Auto. The unit is powered by a cigarette lighter adapter and connects to your in-car stereo via FM radio or 3.5mm audio cable (supplied).

Once paired, you can store your phone safely out of sight while driving.

It was very easy to setup and worked well with CarPlay. I’ll get to Android Auto later when I finish my full video review. I started with the 3.5mm stereo input but had a little hum coming through the speakers so I switched to the FM transmitter. It was perfect. The unit has a built-in speaker so if you don’t have a working stereo you can still listen through the device.

Despite its price, the Navig8r 7” Portable Wireless Touchscreen delivers some clever features, including the ability to add a reversing camera.

  • Navigation – Whether the user prefers Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, or another mapping product, latest maps can be integrated with real time features just as would be seen on your smartphone. The user can issue voice instructions to get directions while driving.
  • Music – stream, cast, or play favourite songs, playlists, and podcasts. Any app on the users smartphone such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and so on can be displayed on the touchscreen, and songs and actions undertaken with voice command.
  • Messaging – touchless and by voice. Whether using Whatsapp, SMS, WeChat or other messaging platforms, the user can have messages read aloud, or simply speak aloud speech to be converted to text ready to send.
  • Handsfree calling – Leave your phone in your pocket and dial numbers or contacts simply by talking. Use voice commands to check your calendar, play podcasts or engage in a team’s meeting.
  • AirPlay and MiraCast – cast content from your phone (or tablet) onto the screen. Kids can watch streaming services from your phone on the screen when used in the backseat. While this feature might be restricted in cars with CarPlay built-in, the Navig8r Portable Wireless Touchscreen has multiple uses even out of the car thanks to its portability.
  • Powered by USB – take it anywhere and keep it powered through any USB power source
  • 7″ LCD screen with IPS – Using a high quality In-Plane-Switching LCD panel, the 7″ screen offers improved colour accuracy and consistency as well as a wider viewing angle.
  • Bluetooth & Wifi – Wireless connection from your smartphone means the phone can be left in the users pocket, handbag or backpack. Once connected, the pairing is saved so that next time the user gets into the car their phone is automatically re-connected.
  • FM transmitter – with a choice of preset stations on the device, it can be simply tuned to FM radio to be enjoyed via the cars audio system or the device’s built-in speaker.
  • Extendable Windscreen mount – offers a variety of installation options from close to the driver to a central located position. The extendable windscreen mount is adaptable for all windscreen types.

Add-On Accessory Available – Navig8r Reverse Camera | RRP $29.95

Given the price of this display and its connectivity options, I’m impressed. Laser boss Chris Lau has done a great job offering such an affordable, yet capable handsfree device to Australian drivers. Just in time for Christmas.

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