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Singaporean photographer wins #ShotOniPhone challenge

One of ten total winners

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Throughout the years, Apple’s iPhone has been proven as one of the major leaders when it comes to mobile photography. As fans became so loyal to their iPhones, they’ve shown how happy they are with its image processing and quality by using the hashtag #ShotOniPhone, which has become rampant, especially when posting photos on Instagram.

For the same reason, Apple also announced their #ShotOniPhone contest that’s open for everyone. Fans all around the world have participated to submit the best shots they have in their camera roll. Out of all the entries from several countries, winners have been selected by 11 notable judges in the field of photography and photojournalism. Darren Soh, a Singaporean photographer focusing on architectural visuals, talks to GadgetMatch about how honored he is being triumphant in said photo-centric competition.

With him being a proud Singaporean, he loves to show what the country has to offer through concrete slabs and aging rocks. Singapore, believe it or not, has become one of the most popular Asian tourist destinations and for him, the essence of capturing known landmarks such as the Marina Bay Sands and showing it to people is nowhere near as unique and breathtaking as capturing the puddle reflection of a public housing in the heartlands of the city.

Getting specific about his winning entry, he told us the photograph took place in Potong Pasir, a public housing estate well known for its architectural landscape, including “ski-slope roofs” on top of its buildings. Right after the basketball court got cleaned up, the perfect combination of the puddle and the housing’s recognizable outer structure made him grab his phone, experiment with the angles, and shoot as many photos as he could.

In an instantaneous moment, a crow suddenly appeared on the upper-right part of the photograph. Out of all the shots he took, the crow only appeared on one image, making it a picture-perfect shot with great composition and timing. Fair enough, the photo was captured using the iPhone XS Max, which is considered today as one of the most popular camera smartphones for professional mobile photography. It may not be on par with most professional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but it got the job done — a perfect fit for this year’s billboards and Apple store backdrops.

Behind his photo conveys a deeper message: “Singapore is a country that is changing so rapidly. We cannot save every old building but we can try our best to photograph them all,” Soh said.

With the continuous growth of the country, paired with the recent technological advancements and innovations, the cityscape and its cultural heritage are getting less preserved and appreciated. Soh’s appreciation for architecture through photographs is one clever way to preserve the time and overall look of Singapore’s dynamic growth and ever-changing skyline.

His entry, along with the other nine selected winners, will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores, and across the web.

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realme shows off the realme 8’s 108MP camera

It has a lot of “firsts”

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The race for megapixels is on and realme in no mood of missing out. The phone maker has showed-off its 108-megapixel camera setup, which will be found on the upcoming realme 8 Pro.

The massive sensor not only produces a sharper image, but also brings the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video, and new portrait filters. realme is confident the camera will be able to outmatch the competition. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Mi 10T series have a 108-megapixel camera, but the two sensors are different.

realme has opted for Samsung’s HM2 sensor for the primary camera and it features a larger sensor with a size of 1/1.52″. The larger pixel size ensures better image quality and it supports 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. The brand has shown off a few images that were clicked with the sensor.

For zooming, it supports 3x in-sensor zoom, which processes a 12-megapixel image in the end. Essentially, the sensor will compress the image but retain details that are necessary for the picture. In turn, the algorithm improves accuracy, colors, as well as contrast.

A Starry Mode is also showed-off and it can shoot a video timelapse, using a time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. The camera clicks 30 pictures in 480 seconds and compiles that into a one-second video.

There’s also a tilt-shift mode that’ll let you adjust the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. Along with this, there are three portrait filters — Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait.

The company hasn’t announced the launch date of the realme 8 series. But we know it’ll be coming first to India in March 2021. Finally, realme has reiterated that its “realme number series” naming format for smartphones shall continue focusing on camera-centric innovations.

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag

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Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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realme Smart TV: Price and availability in the Philippines

Real picture, real sound

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Homes are indeed getting smarter, and realme joins in the fray, bringing the Smart TV to the Philippines.

The realme Smart TV comes in two sizes: a 32-inch with HD resolution and a 43-inch model with Full HD resolution. Both models have LED panels for their display, equipped with a MediaTek processor, 24W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support, and Android TV out of the box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps.

Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available with its remote control having a dedicated button for the first three platforms mentioned.

The Smart TV boasts its Chroma Boost technology, which optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for a top-notch viewing experience. Moreover, it sports several port options such as a couple of USB ports, HDMI, AV, and digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The 32-inch realme Smart TV retails for PhP 11,990 while the 43-inch model is available for PhP 18,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Smart TV will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Both models will get PhP 3,000 off; the 32-inch model with an SRP of PhP 11,990 will be available for PhP 8,990 while the 43-inch model with an SRP of PhP 18,990 will be available for PhP 15,990.

Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out. On another note, ten lucky buyers of the realme Smart TV will get a free realme Soundbar. Meanwhile, first-batch buyers of the TV will get free 12 months extended warranty worth PhP 3,990.

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