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Firmware updates for Nikon Z50, Z5, Z6 and Z7 cameras improve autofocus performance

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Nikon has released firmware updates for almost the entire line of Z-mount mirrorless cameras. The Nikon Z6 and Z7 have version 3.40, while the Z5 and Z50 have version 1.20 and 2.20 respectively.

The updates improve the capabilities of the auto focus system in all directions, but in the case of the Z5 and Z50, the improvements are not as significant as in the Z6 and Z7. Nikon says the Z5 and Z50 have improved AF modes with face and eye detection when using flash. The Z6 and Z7 cameras also receive this improvement, plus improved eye detection performance when shooting in Auto-area AF and Wide-area AF (L) modes. In addition, the refresh rate of the focus point displayed in the electronic viewfinder has been increased when using subject tracking or face detection AF modes.

The 3.40 update for the Z6 and Z7 also reduces the likelihood of display flickering when shooting video in N-Log or RAW with external recorders via HDMI in low light conditions. In addition, two bugs have been fixed. One was that the camera sometimes stopped responding when the Set Picture Control in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU was set to Auto, and the other was that the camera sometimes exceeded the maximum ISO sensitivity selected in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.

Finally, all updates add support for the Nikon FTZ II adapter and the Nikkor Z 24-120mm f / 4 S lens.

Updates are already available for download.

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“Hopefully we see better performance out of the box,” PCMag compares Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to Apple A14 Bionic and Apple A15 Bionic

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PCMag had the opportunity to test the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and compare it with the Apple A14 Bionic and Apple A15 Bionic.

Based on the test results, PCMag concluded that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is indeed better than its predecessor, but still loses to Apple’s latest SoC. The tests themselves were carried out on a prototype that the chipmaker showed off at the Snapdragon Summit booth. The prototype received a FullHD + display with a frequency of 144 Hz, 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.1 flash memory.

In terms of processor performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is on par with the Apple A14 Bionic found in the iPhone 12 and is inferior to the Apple A15 Bionic. Compared to its predecessor, the new platform shows an increase of about 15%, but not 20%, as stated by Qualcomm.

The prototype worked well in the Basemark web browser, but it is far from the iPhone 13 in terms of performance. Where Qualcomm’s flagship SoCs have always done well is the graphics power. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is no exception: according to the results of the GFXBench 5 test, the new Adreno video accelerator confidently outperforms all competitors, including the Apple A15 Bionic.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 also looks decent in PCMark Work 3.0. At the same time, testers note that the prototype with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 often worked incorrectly, some applications crashed. Therefore, it is too early to draw final conclusions. Already, there are concerns that the new chipset generates a lot of heat and overheats.

The prototype was buggy and unoptimized (Android’s multitasking button often didn’t work and Basemark Web crashed several times). Hopefully we will see better performance from off-the-shelf products like the Samsung Galaxy S22 and OnePlus 10.

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The most productive Android flagships around the world. A promising newcomer burst into the Top 3 of the Antutu ranking

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The team of the popular AnTuTu benchmark has published a fresh ranking of the most productive smartphones based on the Android operating system in the international market. It differs markedly from the ranking compiled by AnTuTu in China.

And if models based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ have finally reigned in the Chinese AnTuTu ranking, a smartphone based on this SoC first appeared in the international ranking in November.

This smartphone was the Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro, which debuted in Europe in November and took second place in the Antutu ranking, gaining 845,326 points. But he has not yet been able to get around the leader of the rating – the first place is still held by Nubia Red Magic 6 Pro with 860 400 points. Asus ROG Phone 5 with 824 940 points dropped to third place from the second.

The most productive Android flagships around the world.  A promising newcomer burst into the Top 3 of the Antutu ranking

Then there are Realme GT (815 738), iQOO 7 (811 593), Sony Xperia 1 III 5G (795 105), OnePlus 9 Pro (792 261), Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (785 673), Asus Zenfone 8 Mini (783 885 ), Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (782 652).

Statistics collected from November 1 to November 30, 2021. The AnTuTu rankings use average, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.

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The smartphone with the largest battery of all Vivo phones, a 50-megapixel camera and a 3.5 mm jack is presented

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Vivo has officially unveiled the Vivo Y55s 5G smartphone, which is equipped with the largest battery among all the manufacturer’s phones. Its capacity is 6000 mAh.

The phone features a 6.58-inch Full HD + LCD with waterdrop notch for the 8-megapixel camera. Vivo Y55s 5G is built on the basis of the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC, which works in conjunction with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of non-volatile flash memory.

The main 50-megapixel camera has an F / 1.8 aperture lens. Additionally, a 2-megapixel depth sensor is installed. The phone runs the OriginOS 1.0 shell, installed on top of the Android 11 operating system. The smartphone supports 18-watt fast charging, it has USB-C and 3.5mm connectors.

The price of new items is $ 265.

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