There’s more to the “best smartphone camera” than you think | Pocketnow Weekly 167

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Only in the midst of iPhone-and-Nexus season could a week with three reviews, a new smartwatch, and looming launches from huge OEMs be called a “lull.” But we’ll take the breathers where we can get ’em. On the heels of our Huawei Watch review, a new Pebble joins the fray; on the eve of our OnePlus 2 review, LG teases a weird phone with a weirder video; and as Android Pay finally starts rolling out to US smartphones, Samsung’s competitor isn’t far behind.

We’ll talk about all that, plus get a lesson in smartphone optics and tackle your listener mail in episode 167 of the Pocketnow Weekly. Watch the video broadcast from 1:00pm Eastern on September 24 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version the Monday after we broadcast. And don’t forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air!

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Smartphone cameras: they’ve all but replaced the point-and-shoots in the pockets of the everyperson, and they’ve gotten so good that each successive generation seems to bring only moderate improvement. With a new generation of iPhones hitting the streets, a new wave of reviews has arrived, many of them touting Apple’s camera as the “best smartphone camera.” TJ Donegan, Editor-in-Chief of and camera expert, joins us in this segment to dispel some of the myths surrounding the “best” smartphone cameras out there, while giving us a refresher on the basics of smartphone photography in the process.

Check out TJ’s “Best Smartphone Cameras of 2015” post at here.






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Microsoft Lumia 950XL render drops with callouts for features

LG teases V10 in weird video

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!