Stunning photo samples from Sharp's "ultra" flagship show incredible bokeh13
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Aquos R6: The real 'Ultra' smartphone
Sharp took the stage to unveil the Aquos R6, back in May. The phone will be available from this month, but as of now it will be sold only domestically - in Japan. This doesn't stop us from admiring the incredible tech packed into it. Moreover, this is innovation which will certainly trickle down to other brands and flagships very soon.
The Aquos R6 boasts a 1-inch camera sensor, which is the biggest we've ever seen on a modern smartphone. This size of sensor is usual for compact cameras like the Sony-ZV1, for example. Therefore, it is truly exciting to have it on a smartphone.
Furthermore, the viewfinder for your photos and videos is arguably the most technically-impressive one we've heard of: a 240Hz display, with up to 2000 nits of brightness! For context, modern flagships barely break the 1500 nits barrier, and they often come with 120Hz screens (except for the iPhone 12).
The fingerprint sensors tech is also second to none - it covers 11 times more surface area than conventional fingerprint readers on other phones, which should make it much easier to use.
But! Let's get back to the main course! While the impressive screen and fingerprint reader are yet to be tested, we have some actual image samples you can see now!
We've gathered a bouquet of 50 photos taken by the Sharp Aquos R6's camera, and we hope you'll enjoy them as much as we did:
Sharp Aquos R6: Landscape photo samples
The first set of pictures features some beautiful landscape shots. The third image stands out with its extraordinary levels of background separation (bokeh). This doesn't use any special "portrait modes". The blur is achieved thanks to the huge sensor, and wide F1.9 aperture.
Sharp Aquos R6: Portrait photo samples
The second batch of photos shows how good the camera is with portraits of people and mixed-light environments. Again, the background separation without special modes is rather impressive on almost every sample (especially the ones where the camera is closer to the subject).
Sharp Aquos R6: Studio photo samples
This set of snaps takes us to a control environment - a studio. While here the camera gets the advantage of good lighting, we can't deny the vivid colors, and remarkable detail. Although, detail should be even greater on the uncompressed 20MP pictures.
Sharp Aquos R6: Monochrome photo samples
That's definitely a niche category, but the lack of colors certainly doesn't take away from the beauty of these photographs. The photos have great HDR, and they look dramatic - everything you want from a black & white photo. Of course, the pictures are taken with the main (and only) camera - not with a dedicated monochrome lens.
Bonus: Take a VR tour of the Sharp Aquos R6 gallery
If you thought those photos are worthy of their own gallery exhibition, Sharp would agree! The company has made that possible through an impressive VR tour, which you can enjoy even if you don't have a VR headset. If you do, then you can take a walk around the gallery and experience the images as it was originally intended. Browse away!