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First Look: OPPO Find X3 Series is Super Slick

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OPPO’s new Find X3 series is slick and packed with features. There are three phones but the Pro model is probably the most eye catching smartphone I’ve seen for a while.

(Check out the Australian launch in the video above)

OPPO Australia Managing Director Michael Tran says “OPPO is known for developing and delivering innovative products and the new Find X3 Series pushes that to a whole new level. With the Find X3 Pro 5G, we wanted to help customers bring colour to life, giving them the tools to capture and see 1 billion colours on a device that not only performs but exudes style and elegance.”

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THE MODELS

   OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G – Gloss Black & Blue

o   Pre-order from: 1st April

o   RRP: $1,699

●      OPPO Find X3 Neo 5G – Starlight Black and Galactic Silver

o   Pre-order from: 1st April

o   RRP: $1,199

●      OPPO Find X3 Lite 5G – Astral Blue and Starry Black

o   Pre-order from: 1st April

o   RRP: $749

OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G:

OPPO says the Find X3 Pro 5G is the first smartphone to combine two primary 50MP cameras (wide-angle and ultra wide-angle) and it uses Sony’s IMX 766 imaging sensor.

The Find X3 Pro also delivers 10bit image and video processing. This is a big deal because it unlocks more colour and dynamic range.

Further taking advantage of its 10bit capabilities, under the Cinematic Mode, the Find X3 Pro comes with 4K imaging, a broad dynamic colour range and log format video recording. This offers full manual control over ISO, white balance, shutter speed and focus . Yes!

The Pro also carries an ultra wide-angle camera with a freeform surface lens that helps drastically reduce distortion around the edges of photos and videos.

Display and Design

The Find X3 Pro uses the 10-bit full-path Colour Management System to capture, store and display photos and videos up to 1 billion colours. So it’s a full 10bit beast with 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution.

The design is futuristic.

The camera module is encased in the back panel, blending with the clean and slim design.

It’s also IP68 dust and water resistant.

Processor

It has the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G under the hood.

Battery

4500mAh battery charged by 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge, and is the first Australian device compatible with OPPO’s 30W AirVOOC* Wireless Flash charge and reverse charging system. The 30W AirVOOC charges the smartphone from 0-100% in just 80 minutes.

OPPO Find X3 Neo 5G and Find X3 Lite 5G

Like the Pro model, the Find X3 Neo delivers a powerful quad camera using the same Sony imaging sensor on the main camera. With the use of both optical and electronic image stabilisation, the Find X3 Neo delivers amazingly crisp shots even if the subject is in low light or even moving.

It has a 90Hz AMOLED display, HDR10+ compatibility and 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge,.

The Find X3 Lite runs on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G Mobile Platform. Combined with a powerful quad camera, AI imaging and 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge the Lite still represents good value.

OPPO Find X3 Series Factsheet

OPPO Find X3 Pro 5G

OPPO Find X3 Neo 5G

OPPO Find X3 Lite 5G

1 Billion Colour Display Size: 6.7 inches (diagonal) Type: AMOLED (Soft/LTPO)

Size: 6.55 inches (diagonal) Type: OLED

Size: 6.4 inches (diagonal) Type: OLED

Display

Screen Ratio: 92.7%

Refresh Rate: Up to 120 Hz (Dynamic Refresh Rate)

Touch Sampling Rate: Up to 240Hz Resolution: 3216 x 1440 (QHD+)

Colour Gamut:

Vivid mode 97%NTSC/100% DCI-P3 Gentle mode 71%NTSC/100% sRGB Cinematic mode 97%NTSC/100% DCI-P3 Brilliant mode 104%NTSC/100% DCI-P3

Pixels Density: 525 PPI

Contrast Ratio: the highest 5000000:1 (static, typical) and 12000000:1 (dynamic, typical) Brightness: 500 nits (typical); with a maximum of 800 nits in sunlight (typical), and a local peak brightness of 1300 nits

HDR10+ Certified

Screen Ratio: 92.1% Refresh Rate: Up to 90 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate: Up to 180Hz Resolution: 2400 x 1080 (FHD+)

Colour Gamut:

Vivid mode 97% NTSC/100% DCI-P3 Gentle mode 71% NTSC/100% sRGB

Pixels Density: 402 PPI

Contrast Ratio: Static maximum 5000000:1 (typical)

Brightness: 500 nits (typical); with a maximum of 800 nits in sunlight (typical), and a local peak brightness of 1100 nits

HDR10+ Certified

Screen Ratio: 91.7% Refresh Rate: Up to 90 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate: Up to 180Hz Resolution: 2400 x 1080 (FHD+)

Colour Gamut:

Vivid mode 93.28% DCI-P3, 135.13% sRGB

Gentle mode 73.72% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB

Pixels Density: 410 PPI Contrast Ratio: Static maximum 1000000:1 (typical)

Brightness: 430 nits (typical); with a maximum of 600 nits in sunlight (typical), and a local peak brightness of 750 nits

[Rear Quad Camera]

[Rear Quad Camera]

[Rear Quad Camera]

50MP Wide Angle Camera Sony IMX 766 Sensor

1/1.56″ sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, All Pixel Omni-directional PDAF

50MP Wide Angle Camera Sony IMX 766 Sensor

1/1.56″ sensor size, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, All Pixel Omni-directional PDAF

64MP Main Camera: f/1.7; FOV 80°; closed loop focus motor

50MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera Sony IMX 766 Sensor

1/1.56″ sensor size, f/2.2 aperture All Pixel Omni-directional PDAF

16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera f/2.2 aperture

8MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera f/2.2 aperture

13MP Telephoto Camera f/2.4 aperture

5x hybrid zoom; 20x digital zoom

13MP Telephoto Camera f/2.4 aperture

5x hybrid zoom; 20x digital zoom

2MP Macro Camera f/2.4 aperture

Camera

3MP Microlens

f/3.0 aperture; fixed focus

2 MP Macro Camera f/2.4 aperture

2MP Mono Camera f/2.4 aperture

[Front camera] 32MP selfie camera

f/2.4 aperture

[Front camera] 32MP selfie camera

f/2.4 aperture

[Front camera] 32MP selfie camera

f/2.4 aperture

Image stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) + Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)

Image stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) + Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)

Image stabilization: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)

Shooting Mode:

Rear camera: 4K(60fps/30fps),1080P(60fps/30fps),720P(60f ps/30fps)

Video slo-mo:1080P(240fps),720P(480fps)

Shooting mode:

Rear camera: 4K(60fps/30fps),1080P(60fps/30fps),720P(60f ps/30fps)

Video slo-mo:1080P(240fps),720P(480fps)

Shooting Mode:

Rear camera: 4K(30fps),1080P(60fps/30fps),720P(60f

ps/30fps)

Video

slo-mo:1080P(120fps),720P(240fps)

Front camera: Front camera: 1080P/720P 30fps

Front camera: Front camera: 1080P/720P 30fps

Front camera: 1080P/720P 30fps

Size and Weight

Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.0 x 8.26mm Weight: about 193g

Dimensions: 159.9mm x 72.5mm x 7.99mm Weight: about 184g

Dimensions: 159.1mm x 73.4mm x 7.9mm

Weight: about 172g (Starry Black, Astral

Blue); about 180g (Galactic Silver)

Chipset

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 Mobile Platform

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Mobile Platform

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765G Mobile Platform

Memory

12GB RAM+256 GB ROM RAM: LPDDR5

ROM: UFS3.1

12GB RAM+ 256GB ROM RAM: LPDDR4

ROM: UFS3.0

8GB RAM + 128GB ROM RAM: LPDDR4

ROM: UFS2.1

The available internal storage may be smaller as part of the internal storage is occupied by software. Actual memory space may change due to application updates, user operations, and other related factors.

External Memory: Not supported

SIM Card

Dual-SIM

Nano-SIM /Nano-USIM

eSIM support depends on carriers

SA/NSA Dual mode

Dual-SIM

Nano-SIM /Nano-USIM

*SA/NSA Dual mode


Functions available on the live network depend on the situations of carrier’s network and related services deployment.

Battery and Charging

SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge Charging Power: Up to 65W

AirVOOC Wireless Flash Charge Charging Power: Up to 30W

Battery Capacity: 4500mAh (typical)

Battery Capacity: 4500mAh (typical)

Battery Capacity: 4300mAh (typical)

Typical value tested under third-party laboratory condition. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples tested.

Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.

OS

ColorOS 11.2, based on Android 11

ColorOS 11.1, based on Android 11

Network & Connectivi ty

WLAN: Support Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), 802.11a/b/g/n/.

WLAN 2.4G/WLAN 5.1G/WLAN 5.8G.

Support WLAN Display and WLAN network sharing. Support network overlay of Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 2×2 plus Wi-Fi 5GHz 2×2. Support Wi-Fi 5GHz 160M.

Support 2×2 MIMO and 8 Spatial-stream sounding MU-MIMO.

Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth v5.2 Bluetooth Audio Codec: SBC/AAC/aptX HD/LDAC/APTX/APTX TWS+/LHDC

USB Interface: Type-C Earphone Jack: Type-C

USB Version: USB 3.1 (A USB 3.1 data cable is not provided.)

NFC: Supports eSE/HCE/NFC-SIM;

WLAN: WLAN 2.4G/WLAN 5.1G/WLAN

5.8G/WLAN Display; 22 MIMO; Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and 802.11a/b/g/n are supported.

Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth v5.2 Bluetooth Audio Codec: SBC/AAC/APTX/APTX HD/LDAC HD audio

USB Interface: Type-C Earphone Jack: Type-C

NFC: Supports HCE, NFC-SIM, and Android Beam

WLAN: Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac),

802.11a/b/g/n/; WLAN 2.4G/WLAN 5.1G/WLAN 5.8G; Supports Wi-Fi Display and Wi-Fi tethering.

Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.1 Bluetooth Audio Codec: SBC/AAC/APTX/APTX HD/LDAC HD

audio

USB Interface: USB Type C Earphone Jack: 3.5mm

NFC: Supports Android Beam, HCE, and UICC

Sensors

Colour temperature sensor Accelerometer Geomagnetic sensor Ambient light sensor Proximity sensor

Gravity sensor Gyroscope

Pedometer

Colour temperature sensor Geomagnetic sensor Proximity sensor

Optical sensor Accelerometer Gravity sensor Gyroscope

Pedometer

Geomagnetic sensor Proximity sensor Optical sensor Accelerometer Gravity sensor Gyroscope Pedometer

Audio

Dolby Atmos®

Dual Stereo Speakers

Dolby Atmos®

Colour and Back

Material

Gloss Black (Glass) Blue (Glass)

Galactic Silver (Glass) Starlight Black (Glass)

Starry Black (Plate) Astral Blue (Plate)

Water, and Dust Resistant

IP68

N/A

Tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 in compliance with IEC 60529.

Splash, water, and dust resistance may decrease as a result of normal wear. Liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

In the Box

Phone x1 Earphones x1

USB data cable x 1 Charger x1

SIM ejector tool x1 Protective case x1

Safety Guide x1

*May vary in different markets. Subject to the actual product.

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit OPPO official website: https://www.oppo.com/en/

*Google, Android and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

*Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon is product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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Action

DJI OSMO ACTION 4: First Look at Adventure Combo Kit

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DJI’s latest OSMO Action 4 camera throws down a serious challenge to GoPro’s Hero 11 Black. In this first look video I was impressed by the larger sensor in the Action 4, colours and battery life. Before you buy your next action camera, you need to watch this and my follow up comparison video.

The Adventure Combo kit comes with three batteries and a streamlined charging case. Battery life is one of the key selling points of the OSMO Action 4 so to have a nicely packaged group of three batteries is outstanding.

That and a bigger sensor with 10-bit colour and you have yourself a great little action camera.

DJI OSMO ACTION 4 FEATURES

  • 1/1.3″ Sensor & Stunning Low-Light
  • 10-bit & D-Log M Color Performance
  • Deep-Freeze Resistant & Long-Lasting Battery operation time
  • -20°C Freeze Resistant, 160 minutes* battery operation time
  • Dual Full-Color Touchscreens
  • Featured functions
  • 4K/120fps & 155º Ultra-Wide FOV 
  • 360° HorizonSteady
  • Waterproof up to 18m without waterproof case, and 60m with waterproof case
  • Magnetic Quick Release & Native Vertical Video

*Measured at room temperature (25°C) and 1080p/24fps (16:9), with RockSteady on, Wi-Fi off and screen off.

Additional Features 

  • SnapShot Button & Quick Switch Button offers immediate recording and instant mode switching.
  • Quick Switching Between Five Custom Modes allows users to save their frequently used custom settings and switch between modes on the fly with the Quick Switch button and voice prompts.
  • Voice Prompt informs users of current modes without needing to unmount the camera. 
  • Voice Control recognises voice commands with a high recognition rate to control the camera when hands are busy.
  • Upgraded InvisiStick recognises and digitally hides the selfie stick and eliminates the selfie stick from your shots in a wider range of scenarios.
  • Digital Zoom of up to 2x can be adjusted while recording for better image composition.
  • DJI Mic Compatibility via the Type-C port, and external mics via 3.5mm to Type-C cable.

Image Quality

The Osmo Action 4 comes with an ungraded 1/1.3″ image sensor, wide f/2.8 aperture, and 2.4μm-equivalent pixel size. You can shoot 4K/120fps at 55° ultra-wide FOV.

The 10-bit D-Log M colour mode provides over one billion colours and a wider dynamic range, giving more flexibility for post-production. An advanced colour temperature sensor ensures true-to-life tones, whether you’re shooting outdoors, indoors, or underwater, resulting in vibrant colours that leap out of the camera.

The low light performance of this camera is actually pretty impressive. Action cameras are traditionally awful when it comes to low light. But I found that the Action 4 can deliver acceptable results.

When it comes to smooth video, the Action 4 has 360° HorizonSteady stabilisation modes, including RockSteady 3.0/3.0+ for FPV footage and HorizonBalancing /HorizonSteady for horizontal shots, Osmo Action 4 ensures stable and high-quality imagery in various sports and non-sporty scenarios.

It has three mics and advanced wind noise reduction software that enables recording with enhanced audio fidelity, even in windy or fast-moving scenarios. With Wi-Fi live streaming capability, you can easily connect with your audience using Wi-Fi or your phone’s hotspot, ensuring a seamless broadcasting experience. Use an external power supply to keep your action camera charged during longer streams to ensure an uninterrupted broadcast. 

Battery Life

I got well over an hour shooting time in 4K/50 with the Action 4 on the roof of my car. I could have gone a lot longer as the indicator was still showing around a third remaining. With its ultra-long battery life, you can film for over 2.5 hours – at lower resolution. When it’s time to recharge, the fast-charging capability ensures you’re ready to shoot quickly, needing just 18 minutes to bring the battery up to 80% charged. Additionally, Osmo Action 4’s battery is built to withstand low temperatures with a freeze-resistant design. With up to 150 minutes of recording time in temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F), you can confidently embark on your adventures without worrying about battery performance.

Displays

The dual water-stain-resistant touchscreens eliminate the need to struggle with the action camera when making parameter adjustments during selfies, mode switching, or video playback. Additionally, Osmo Action 4 offers customisable modes and a Quick Switch button for seamless transitions between shooting modes. Features like SnapShot ensure you never miss a memorable moment and you have the ability to save and access frequently used settings. Additionally, Osmo Action 4 is designed to withstand depths of up to 18 metres without a case, allowing you to dive in with confidence and enjoy easy operation even with wet hands.

AI Editing with the LightCut App

The LightCut app seamlessly connects wirelessly to Action 4 via Wi-Fi, allowing for quick previews and auto-editing without the need for transferring footage from the camera.

The app gives you access to a live feed of the camera and offers various story templates and accessible in-app editing tools. LightCut can recognise themes within the footage, recommend an ideal shot sequence and edit content automatically with just one tap, ensuring superb 4K/60fps videos effortlessly. It can intelligently match exclusive templates with various use scenarios, including biking, diving, surfing, skiing/snowboarding, camping, vlogging, travel, and more. 

Price and Availability

Osmo Action 4 is available now from https://store.dji.com/au and authorised retail partners in several configurations. 

The Osmo Action 4 Standard Combo retails for A$629 and includes Osmo Action 4, one Osmo Action Extreme Battery, the Osmo Action Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame, the Osmo Action Quick-Release Adapter Mount, the Osmo Action Curved Adhesive Base, an Osmo Locking Screw, a Type-C to Type-C PD Cable, an Osmo Action Lens Hood, and an Osmo Action Anti-Slip Pad.

The Osmo Action 4 Adventure Combo retails for A$819 and includes Osmo Action 4, three Osmo Action Extreme Batteries, the Osmo Action Horizontal-Vertical Protective Frame, an Osmo Action Quick-Release Adapter Mount, one mini Osmo Action Quick-Release Adapter Mount, one Osmo Action Curved Adhesive Base, two Osmo Locking Screws, a Type-C to Type-C PD Cable, the Osmo Action Multifunctional Battery Case, one Osmo 1.5m Extension Rod, one Osmo Action Lens Hood, and one Osmo Action Anti-Slip Pad. 

All this is shown in the video.

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Samsung S23 Ultra 200MP First Look – S23 Series Unpacked

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Here are my first impressions of the Samsung S23 series unpacked today. My focus is the Ultra and its insane 200MP main sensor. Samsung is taking Apple head on in the mobile video category. So far I’m impressed but in-depth testing will give us a better idea in a few weeks. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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GOPRO HERO11 BLACK REVIEW: Best Yet

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Take a first look at GoPro Hero 11 Black on Sydney Harbour as I test out the new 8:7 sensor and 10-bit upgrade. This really feels like a ‘pro’ action cam now that we have 10-bit recording and a sensor that supports multiple aspect ratios without sacrificing resolution. The new night effects are absolutely brilliant.

This camera is so much fun and despite the ‘pro’ name I’ve assigned to it, the Hero 11 Black has a simple menu option that make it easy for anyone to use. Let us know what you think about the GoPro Hero 11 Black and the Mini.

KEY FEATURES

●      Emmy Award®-winning HyperSmooth 5.0 technology with in-camera 360-degree Horizon Lock to keep your footage steady even if your camera rotates a full 360 degrees during capture.

●      New hyper-immersive HyperView digital lens delivers the widest angle 16:9 shot ever produced natively in a HERO camera. It’s for high-action point-of-view capture. Plus, GoPro’s signature SuperView is now available in 5.3K60 and 4K120.

●      Three new Night Effect Time Lapse presets that make capturing pro-quality Star Trails, Light Painting and Vehicle Light Trails easy.

●      TimeWarp 3.0 now captures at 5.3K, an impressive 91% leap in resolution from 4K, and an incredible 665% more than 1080p.

●      Simpler camera control with Easy and Pro modes. Easy Controls make it easier than ever to record in the best setting for any situation, while Pro Controls unlock every aspect of your HERO11 camera for maximum creative control.

●      Enduro Battery dramatically improves camera performance in cold and moderate temperatures, extending recording times up to 38% in HERO11 Black. Enduro comes in-box with HERO11 Black and HERO11 Black Creator Edition and as a built-in Enduro battery in HERO11 Black Mini.

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