Dark Sky is a popular weather app among astrophotographers, but it’s soon to become unavailable for Android. Apple has acquired Dark Sky and as of July this year, it will become available for iPhone users only.
So, I just read a post over on Digital Camera World stating that Samsung is reintroducing their NX mirrorless camera series. For those that hadn’t seen them, it was an Android-powered interchangeable lens mirrorless camera system that actually looked pretty good. In fact, it was probably a little ahead of its time back when they were still releasing them. Then, pretty much overnight Samsung pulled them.
Rumours of their resurrection pop up every now and again, but they invariably turn out to be false. DCW, however, seems to be reporting this latest story with some confidence, citing “reports” (that they don’t link to) claiming it will use the 108-megapixel sensor from the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Could it be happening, or is it all just an April Fool’s Joke?
Yongnuo’s YN450 was first teased at the end of 2018 and the specs were released a little while later. It was an odd, but interesting camera. An Android-powered mirrorless camera with a Micro Four Thirds sensor but, strangely, a Canon EF lens mount. Visitors to CP+ 2019 managed to see one in person early last year, and it was slated for an April release, but only in China.
Now, though, things have changed. Yongnuo has joined the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group (MFTSSG) and it looks like they’re releasing an update to the camera that’s a little less… Frankenstein. This time, according to images leaked on Photo Rumors, the Canon EF mount appears to have been replaced by a standard Micro Four Thirds mount to match the sensor.
Moment, the company behind the Pro Camera app, has just published some bad news for its Android users. Due to inconsistency in the OS, it has become too complicated to keep developing the app so that it works on different Android phones. Therefore, Moment has decided to ditch it completely and only keep the iOS version.
There’s been constant paranoia about the cameras in smartphones for as long as smartphones have had cameras. Can somebody hack into your phone, turn on your camera and watch? Or record? Well, it turns out that yes, they can. At least, they can if you’re one of the potentially “hundreds of millions” of Android users on a Google or Samsung smartphone.
The issue was first discovered (at least, publicly) by the security research team at Checkmarx. They say that after a detailed analysis of the Google Camera app in the Pixel 3, they found a way to manipulate certain code to take control of the camera to shoot photos or record videos, even when the phone was locked with the screen off, and without the user knowing.
As LED lights have gotten more powerful and colour accurate, they’ve pretty much become the new standard for continuous lighting, replacing the more traditional tungsten lights on-set. One of the things LED lights have now started to incorporate more often is DMX lighting control. Conceived in the 1980s, DMX allows the remote control of one or multiple lights from a single control base. Lighticians lets you do this, too, using existing DMX systems, all from the screen of your smartphone. We chatted with Lighticians at IBC 2019 to find out more.
The Accsoon CineEye has been out for a little while now, but it didn’t launch without issue. Accsoon has listened to user feedback, replaced the WiFi chip, updated some code, and essentially re-released it. We paid a visit to the Accsoon stand at IBC 2019 to find out all about it and how it works. It looks pretty impressive, though, taking a standard HDMI input from your camera and streaming it to a tablet or phone with many of the features you’d expect from an expensive field monitor.
There’s been a lot of talk about the Flip Camera on the ASUS ZenFone 6. It immediately jumped to the top of DxOMark’s “Selfie Camera” leaderboard, which isn’t really surprising given that its front camera is also its rear camera. But a lot of that talk has been about its potential durability. Well, Zack at JerryRigEverything decided to put the Flip Camera to the test to see just how tough it really is.
The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was named such because it could relatively easily fit in your pocket. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (we’ll just call it the Pocket 4K from here) might be a continuation of that series, but it certainly doesn’t fit into most pockets.
There is some hope, though. No, the camera hasn’t shrunk and pockets haven’t gotten bigger, but there is now a pocket-sized controller for it. A new app from SayEffect offers complete remote control of the Pocket 4K from your Android device. And it does it by offering touchscreen menus that are almost identical to the camera itself.
Maximising the front screen space on smartphones has been the goal of manufacturers for a while now. Starting with the iPhone X and its notch, other manufacturers followed suit. Hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Since then, manufacturers have been trying to come up with other ways to do it, ditching the notch completely.
The notch was almost a necessity, in a way, due to the front camera found in smartphones. The only real way to get rid of the notch is to get rid of the front camera, and that’s what ASUS has done with the newly announced ZenFone 6. It just has a 48-megapixel main camera and 13-megapixel secondary camera on the rear. You can still shoot selfies, though, because it flips up.