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GadgetSnaps: Huawei P50 Pro in Zambales

From dusk ’til dawn, the P50 Pro has produced great-looking beach photos

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With several new smartphones on the horizon, can the Huawei P50 Pro still keep up with the smartphone photography competition? After reviewing the Huawei P50 Pro back in January, this is the best time for a follow-up — specifically about its camera performance.

For the curious ones, here are the specifics of its camera hardware:

  • 50MP f/1.8 wide (PDAF, Laser AF, OIS)
  • 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
  • 64MP f/3.5 periscope telephoto (PDAF + OIS)
    • 3.5x optical zoom
    • 100x digital zoom
  • 40MP f/1.6 B&W sensor
  • 13MP f/2.4 front camera

98 percent of the shots were taken using Auto Mode while some are indicated that they were shot in Pro Mode. Meanwhile, other photos were post-processed using VSCO — a photo-editing app I always use.

Day I

Patungo sa Kagubatan (Into the Woods)

From the Greater Manila Area, it took us five hours of driving (plus stopovers and pee breaks) before we’ve reached our destination. To be specific, we’re at the ever-popular Liwliwa Beach in San Felipe, Zambales.

Seeing the cottages inside and out for the first time made me realize to use the ultra-wide lens of the P50 Pro. Unlike other ultra-wide lenses of other phones, I like this because it’s actually the “wider” 120-degree lens.

After roaming around, I found a nearby forest area just beside the resort we’re staying at. Me and my friend took some #OOTD shots against the naturesque side of San Felipe.

Takipsilim (Sunset)

We arrived just in time for the Golden Hour!

We took this mandatory groufie first before taking shots of ourselves against that blistering ball of fire.

I then framed each of my friends in the scene. Believe it or not, these photos were taken candidly.

Several minutes passed, the sun continued setting. This gave a better orange-y effect on two of my friends. The glimmering sea waves is something I never expected to be in the shot since P50 Pro’s viewfinder doesn’t display the final photo output — especially when HDR and AI are both turned on.

Post-processed using VSCO

It won’t be complete without me and my shots in the set. Here, I just love how I processed these shots more than what the P50 Pro actually took through Auto Mode. The color-grading technique I used evokes more warmth — at least in my feeling.

Liwanag sa Dilim (Light in darkness)

We’re all tired from the trip but we need something to eat. Red hotdogs (whether fried or grilled) are essential for every beach trip. They taste better when you use your hands after dipping in salty seawater 🥴

After some time of them grilling and cooking, we finally get to eat! Even if we’re all mad hungry, I still tried to persuade them to take an ultra-wide night time groufie as a receipt of hard work.

Pro Mode

Since the proprietary Night Mode of P50 Pro doesn’t do much on such a dark scenery of the beach at night, I tried switching to Pro Mode and adjusted settings including Focus Area, ISO Sensitivity around 3200 to 4000, and Shutter Speed around one to two seconds.

P.S: I was able to produce these shots despite the absence of a tripod.

Portrait Mode (1x)

A wild Pokémon has appeared! My friend wanted some night-time beach photos against these bright lights. Instead of using Auto Mode, I opted for Portrait Mode to imitate a professional camera-like Depth-of-Field (blur).

Portrait Mode (2x)

As the night got colder, these two love birds made the night hotter 🔥🥵  I used the same mode except that I zoomed in further to 2x — and it’s evident in the night balls behind them.

Meanwhile, these shots were taken using Night Mode and Auto Mode with AI ON respectively. As long as there’s a fair amount of light source, the P50 Pro could simply do its magic on low-light photos above.

Day II

Bukang-liwayway (daybreak)

Most of my friends were fast asleep, but three of us were wide awake and stayed up all night just to see the sunrise.

This was also the time I argued that Zambales (just like La Union, Batangas, Quezon, Palawan, and Boracay) will never see the sun rise because it’s facing the West (as sun rises in the East).

Surprisingly, just after a 30-minute interval, the 5AM sky turned into this delightful morning photo showing these rays of sunlight.

My friends even enjoyed the moment by taking photos of the melancholic sky all before one went around to take another photo of the sunrise at the other part of the beach.

While HDR didn’t do much for the subject, I like how the sun rays behind her actually imitated a crown-like pattern #Queendom👑.

Umagang kay ganda (a beautiful morning)

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An hour has passed, people started swarming the beach. Most of them were there either to take an early splash, a morning walk, or just to witness the gradient morning sky.

While I started to feel a li’l bit sleepy, some of those asleep started waking up one-by-one. I went with them to wake myself up and take a swim right before the sun gets harsher on the skin.

Wide (1x)

3.5x Zoom

3.5x Zoom

These two best friends started posing for the Huawei P50 Pro. The candidness of the two paired with the motion of sea waves gives the photos above a sense of dynamism.

Wide | 3.5x Zoom

Another lovey-dovey couple has appeared. Just like the other photos taken prior, the P50 Pro perfectly captured their sudden smiles in accordance to the slumps of sea waves.

10x Zoom | 3.5x Zoom

Right before my other friend did her usual beach poses for her usual Instagram posting, I actually tested the 10x digital zoom of the P50 Pro. To my surprise, it’s clear enough even if it lacks a dedicated 10x telephoto lens that my friend even loved the shot more than the others.

And as a pet lover, it would be a miss not to take photos of this chomky doggo (chunky dog) by the beach and the floofy puppi (fluffy puppy) at the other side of the town. More of that in the next section.

Karurukan, kapatagan, at kalaliman (peak, flatness, and depth)

As spontaneous as it sounds, two of my friends actually enticed us to go to a nearby “river” that’s only known to the residents of the town. After several discussions between us and the locals, we’ve decided to take a short trip in the neighboring municipality of Cabangan, just north of San Felipe.

3.5x Zoom

Wide | Ultra-wide

After 40 minutes of van ride and 2 hours of walking under the scorching afternoon heat, we finally reached Agbobotilya River.

Ultra-wide | Wide

The river is composed of small to humongous rocks where we can walk and sit.

Ultra-wide | Wide | Zoom

While others were already swimming and dipping on the other side of the river together with other locals, I decided to take photos for souvenir instead.

I already sound like a corrupted audio CD but I love how the P50 Pro captures my friend above. The river flow and splashes against her movement and the breezy wind actually looked like the time stopped just for the subject, foreground, and background to freeze.

Wide | 3.5x Zoom

After more than an hour of picture-taking and splashing by the rocky river, we finally decided to go back. Instead of having another round of walking for two hours, good locals of the province of Zambales offered us an exhilarating ride through a six-wheel truck. That shortened the trip to just thirty (30) minutes.

Unfortunately, I used my friend’s iPhone 13 Pro Max instead of the P50 Pro when that particular scenario happened.

Finally, a group photo to keep after that endless walking and bumpy truck ride journey.

Ang tunog ng dagat (Sound of the sea)

We finally went back to the beach resort! Some of us decided to splurge into the waves before the sun actually sets.

Despite having a strong light source, the P50 Pro was still able to expose my friend with HDR and AI turned on.

After I turned 180 degrees from my last position, I switched to Portrait Mode to take the photos of my other friend. Whether using wide or zoom, you’ll get desirable shots with the right amount of blur behind.

Another friend then requested for “sunkissed” photos of her. I went back to using Auto Mode and it was still able to produce great-looking portraits.

You can never go wrong using Auto Mode for most scenarios since it still makes the right amount of segmentation between the foreground, subject, and background.

Post-processed using VSCO

As we’re all pumped up after that tiring walk, I’m summing up this day with two sunset shots. The first one was taken using an ultra-wide lens while the other was screen-captured while taking a 4K video of the sunset itself.

Day III

Sukdulan ng init (extreme heat)

Unlike the other day, most of us went by the beach as early as 9 in the morning — which is already harsh for our skin.

Wide (1x) | Ultra-wide | 3.5x Zoom

After eating my breakfast, I immediately went out from our cottage to the beachside. My friend asked me to take her new beach photos in her third opposing bikini pair.

Wide (1x) | Ultra-wide

Some of us then decided to find a nearby coffee shop. We instead found a better wooded area than the one aforementioned at the first part of this article.

Wide (1x) | Ultra-wide

I took some photos of my friend and she did the same for me. Due to the P50 Pro’s ultra-wide lens, I suddenly grew to 7-foot-tall from 5’7″ 🤩  No need for height-boosting supplements I guess?

Tabing-dagat (Beach)

I used the P50 Pro’s ultra-wide and wide lenses respectively to take photos of this beach resort one last time.

Post-processed using VSCO

I thank the thinness and lightness of the P50 Pro for cooperating with my broken phone mount in taking these amazing group photos using the wide (1x) and ultra-wide rear cameras with a 5-second interval.

Wide (1x) | 3.5x Zoom

The flexibility of P50 Pro’s cameras actually make way for more creative-looking shots.

3.5x Zoom | Wide (1x)

While sometimes focusing is an issue when zooming in, I still see it as a good thing when it fits a certain photograph vibe I’m looking for.

And sometimes, using the wide sensor is enough for taking great photos for social media (or even for print).

Ultra-wide selfie | Ultra-wide rear

In tight situations, ultra-wide (whether front or rear) saves the day in making your group photos look less tight and suffocating.

These are the last shots of my friend and myself sitting on a wooden beach chair against those traditionally-styled nipa hut cottage at the back. This three-day beach trip was fun and memorable — and the P50 Pro’s camera prowess made every bit of it better.

Great for GadgetSnaps?

Just like what I said in my review article, the Huawei P50 Pro is no slouch. The five cameras are topnotch with little to no adjustments after being captured. The consistency between the ultra-wide, wide, and its 3.5x zoom lenses (plus the fast and consistent autofocus) contribute to why this smartphone is a must-have if you’re into mobile photography.

It still is a bold statement but it can compete with the likes of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22+, and even the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Even if there was an obvious disappearance of an essential feature that is in the heart of non-Huawei Android devices, Huawei’s camera capabilities hasn’t faded at all.

And even if this phone lacks 5G connectivity and GMS (Google Mobile Services), I still enjoyed using it a lot not just as an all-day multimedia device, but also my main device when taking photos (and some videos).

SEE ALSO: GadgetSnaps: Samsung Galaxy S22+ in Singapore

 

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Apple M2 MacBook Pro Unboxing and Review

More Important Than You Think!

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During WWDC 2022, Apple announced the newest 2022 M2 MacBook Air with a major redesign — making it the instant star of the show.

But for others, the M2 MacBook Pro is what they’re aiming for.

It might still be the same with its classic aluminum unibody design, 13.3″ Retina Display, and a Touch Bar from 2016 — but inside it’s even more powerful.

Also equipped with the new generation of Apple’s Silicon Chip dubbed ‘M2’, it surely knows how to make professionals drool.

But is it worth the money? Or should you just get the M2 MacBook Air instead?

Or what about getting the more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro chip?

Watch our unboxing and full review on the M2 MacBook Pro now to find out more!

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The best gifts for any father figure in your life

Celebrate those who became a ‘daddy’ to you

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Father’s Day can be quite celebratory if your family’s complete. For those struggling with an absent or problematic father, the holiday can be gloomy, most especially if you didn’t have any father growing up.

But the holiday wasn’t meant for fathers alone. Surely, there are father figures around you while you were growing up. Whether it’s your uncle, a mentor, or simply anyone who you look up to.

For the times they have guided you in this world, it’s only right to celebrate them in any way you can. Father’s Day or not, here are timeless gifts your father figures deserve to have, most of which are stuff they didn’t know they needed.

Hand tools

For when things break at home, our father figures are always there to the rescue. Give them a gift that will make their hands happy as they do the work for the people they love.

Take a trusted brand like the Bosch GSB 13 RE. Shop here.

Dash camera

Give the gift of peace of mind while on the road. A dash camera can be helpful to review incidents happening on the road, especially against corrupt road officers.

Shop a reliable camera like the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S for their vehicles!

Blue-light blocking glasses

Help them maintain a clear vision through these stylish, blue-light-blocking eyeglasses from Shigetsu. They’re cheap, yet they’re effective in blocking radiation and UV rays.

Protect the eyes and get blue-light blocking glasses like the CHIBA RadPro Eyewear.

Set of underwear

Comfort is key when it’s something related to our bodies. Forget the usual cotton underwear, keep them cool with a quick-drying fabric that’s perfect for their on-the-go lifestyle. Trust us, they probably haven’t bought any set of underwear ever since they got one a few Christmases ago.

Get Huga’s Tech Series underwear.

Flashlight

We still don’t know the reason, but every dad seems to love and own a flashlight. Perhaps, it’s a boy scout thing. We’ll probably know when we become dads someday.

Pick this Forclaz Torch from Decathlon!

Massage gun

Forget massage parlors and spas. Break up those muscle knots and help them relax through an accessible massager that they can bring and store anywhere.

The Xiaomi Fascia Mini Gun Massager may be small, but it packs in power. Shop here.

Vape

For those trying to stop buying a pack of cigarettes, vaping might be the next best alternative. Get them a subtle, plug-and-play stick like the RELX Infinity.

Shop here.

Key holder

Say goodbye to those bulky keychains! The KeySmart Flex can hold up to eight keys so your father figures can easily organize their essentials.

It’s the perfect present for any occasion: Father’s Day, Birthday, Christmas, or just whenever you feel like it! Shop here.

Footwear

Oh, you can never go wrong with Birkenstock. That timeless design? Its cult-lovin’ comfort factor? And a super skin-friendly material? Your father figures will love wearing the Birkenstock Arizona Birko, for sure!

Get it here.

Belt

Ah, belts. An essential to any man’s wardrobe. If you haven’t noticed, some of your father figure’s belts have shown their wear and tear. Some needed replacing, but it’s not their priority.

Give them a sturdy, versatile belt like the Pierre Cardin Cow Leather Belt that they can wear for any occasion with its timeless yet modern design. Shop here.

RFID wallet

Give the gift of protection with a wallet that’s not just stylish, but also keeps their cards safe and secure.

Get the Herschel Andy RFID here.

Electric shaver

Help them put their best self forward and give them an electric shaver to help them trim or shave their facial hair. Here in GadgetMatch, we believe that men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.

Get the Philips Electric Shaver PQ206/18.

Wireless earbuds

For when they want to listen to music without being held back, give them the gift of liberty through a pair of wireless earbuds.

The UGREEN HiTune X6 has active-noise cancellation features that will certainly help them block off the noise so they can enjoy a bit of alone time in their little world. Shop here.

Bluetooth speaker

Let them bring the party wherever they go. The Soundcore Mini 3 by Anker is so compact, that it can be tugged along into the bathroom, hanging by the bags, or just basically everywhere you want it to be.

It’s small, but it’s loud — kind of like a chihuahua. Shop here.

In-Ear headphones — JBL C50HI in-Ear Headphones with Mic

Yes, we know. There are the old-school types who clearly don’t want to let go of wired earphones. And even if they prefer what’s familiar, they deserve something that allows them to enjoy their preference and the music they want to listen to.

Get reliable in-ear headphones like the JBL C50HI.

Smartwatch — Huawei Watch GT 3  Pro

Move over, analog watches. It’s time for stylish, smart timepieces to take over. With a smartwatch, your father figures can get a glimpse of their health.

Hopefully, they can move and change their lifestyle to make sure they live longer to see you grow into the person you want to be. Get the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro here.

Gaming accessory

For gamer dads, a wired controller and cooler in one can deliver a console-like experience. Let them get serious in their mobile gaming.

Get the GameSir X3.

Computer accessory

Sometimes, all we need is space. Either from people or through storage. For our dads, it’s the latter. Give them the space they need, so they can always be cool and chill.

Shop the Seagate FireCuda 530 SSD.

Water Bottle — Klean Kanteen 320z TKWide

Drink your water, babes! And urge your daddies to do so. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated water bottle is perfect for sports, hydration, and for the outdoors. Shop here.

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Lenovo Yoga 9i: Luxe entertainment notebook

Is this the best entertainment notebook so far?

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Lenovo Yoga 9i

Laptops aren’t made for work alone. Nowadays, these portable machines allow us to pursue what we want in life.

For the most part, most people just want to relax in their bed, watching films on their notebooks. But not all laptops are made equal, and some of them don’t bring an exquisite experience when it comes to entertainment.

The exception? The Lenovo Yoga 9i.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Coated in champagne-like luxury

The Lenovo Yoga 9i carries its lineup’s signature design — a versatile 360-degree form factor.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

With the oatmeal colorway, the machine looks like it’s painted in champagne giving that luxe, polished vibe with its new Comfort Edge design with rounded and smooth edges. It speaks premium in the way it was finished.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

Despite being light and thin, the Yoga 9i didn’t forsake ports. On the left, you can find a USB-A port and two (2) Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

On the right, there’s an extra Type-C port situated between a 3.5mm audio jack and the power button.

Convenient functions designed for you

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The way the Yoga 9i was designed, it was meant to make the user experience convenient. The space’s bigger with its edge-to-edge keyboard and larger trackpad.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

One-click function keys are put in place to make the experience seamless and smooth. And with Windows 11, you can bring balance to your device. Organize windows, optimize screen space, and maximize your productivity with just a snap.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It has a Full-HD IR camera supported by Lenovo’s AI Engine+ that lets the user enhance camera effects to improve personal appearance, as well as to detect the presence so the face is easily recognized.

There’s also full control when it comes to privacy and security. With the TrueBlock privacy shutter, you can cover the webcam lens directly by sliding the tab to the left.

An exquisite portable cinema

The Yoga 9i prides itself on having a PureSight OLED touchscreen. The display delivers vibrant imagery that lets you enjoy a cinematic appeal even when watching on a laptop.

It also supports Dolby Vision, making films such as Don’t Look Up look fantastic when played on the screen.

Lay it flat

With a rotating soundbar hinge, you can lay the Yoga 9i flat on a surface.

Lenovo Yoga 9i

It’s an ideal form factor when presenting or sharing your screen with anyone, without having to move your laptop all the time.

That familiar, rotating soundbar

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Yoga lineup is prominently known for its rotating hinge, but this time around, Lenovo revamped it. The Yoga 9i carries the world’s first Bowers & Wilkins rotating soundbar, with quad speakers and Dolby Atmos.

Since its speakers face outwards, no matter what form factor you choose — the sound is always clear and immersive.

Tent or tablet?

For an enveloping experience, the tent mode lets the tablet stand on its own while giving you uninterrupted playback.

But if Tent mode isn’t your thing, you can fold the laptop and turn it into a tablet. There’s a stylus for simpler navigation, and its lightweight design makes it easy for you to carry the device.

An exquisite performance

The Lenovo Yoga 9i, despite having a thin and light design, delivers when it comes to performance. With an Intel Core i7-1260P CPU, Windows 11, a 16GB DDR5 RAM, and a 1TB SSD, you can ensure seamless everyday use.

It also lasts up to 14 hours — enough to do a full shift at work and a few hours for leisure.

Is the Lenovo Yoga 9i your GadgetMatch?

Lenovo Yoga 9i

The Lenovo Yoga 9i delivers what you expect out of a premium, versatile notebook. It performs whether you use it as a regular laptop, in tent mode, or as a tablet.

It provides average performance for everyday users, but when it comes to entertainment experience — it’s gold-class. Combine the vivid, exquisite display together with its immersive and impressive sound quality, along with its convertible form factor and you’ll get a one-of-a-kind entertainment machine.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i retails for PhP 109,999.


Experience the latest generation of Yoga devices powered by 12th Generation Intel Core processors and Windows 11. Get it from Yoga Stores at SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia or at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Follow Legion Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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