If you want to capture 360-degree photos or videos without getting a dedicated 360-degree camera, PanoClip offers you a solution. This $50 lens is attached to your iPhone. It lets front and rear camera join forces to shoot and stitch 360-degree content.
Camera+ is one of my favourite iOS apps. It’s almost certainly the one I’ve used the most during the time that I owned iPhones. Whenever I got a new one, it was the first thing I’d install to replace the stock camera app that comes with iOS. It offers a level of control that the native app just can’t (or at least, doesn’t) offer while still offering “easy mode” options for when you want a quick snap.
Launched almost 8 years ago, it’s become one of the most popular 3rd party camera apps out there for iOS. Now they’ve launched a completely new and overhauled Camera+ 2. It’s been “reimagined and rewritten from the ground up” to help optimise efficiency and add new features. It offers improved dual camera support, built-in raw & depth editing, new sharing options and a “Smile Mode”.
Freefly is among the leading brands when it comes to camera stabilization. Unfortunately, their products are for professional use with prices regular folks simply can’t afford. But for the first time, the company is delving into the consumer market with the Freefly Movi. Their newest gimbal is compatible with smartphones, and it’s marketed specifically to you.
Not long ago, Huawei launched P20 Pro, the first smartphone with a triple camera (all three with optical image stabilization). For now, it’s also the only option, and in case you’re an iPhone user, you’ll need to wait for a setup like this for a while. According to the latest reports, Apple will be launching a triple-camera iPhone – but it won’t happen before the second half of 2019.
It’s 2018 and it blows my mind that we still have to choose between using a smartphone camera and a real camera.
Why hasn’t a single camera manufacturer added mobile data and standard smartphone apps to a real camera?
Why hasn’t a single smartphone manufacturer made a smartphone with a real camera attached to it?
How hard can this possibly be?
In this article, I will outline what I want in a smartphone/camera hybrid and why I think it would be an instant success.
Since I discovered photography, I have always had a camera nearby. Even if “the best camera is the one that’s with you”, I often have to think about what camera to carry. I don’t always need a professional body and lens to capture life around me. Ideally, the camera for everyday carry is small, lightweight, yet capable of shooting photos with great image quality.
I don’t claim to be the best iPhoneographer, nor do I want to anger the Android crowd, I’m sure the shooting experience would be similar to the latest flagship Android phone. I just never got to own one, sorry. This is my journey from the first iPhone to the latest iPhone X.
They say that the gear doesn’t matter, and to some degree that’s true. Sometimes, though, it absolutely does. Even if that gear isn’t very good. The intentional choice to use lower quality or old equipment is used to achieve a certain look, feel or effect. And this is what we see here from filmmaker Matteo Bertoli.
This short film was shot on an iPhone 3GS. Released in 2009 the iPhone 3GS is pretty ancient by today’s standards. Matteo says he picked it up on eBay for a mere $32. He basically just wanted to see if it could be done. The reason for choosing the iPhone 3GS was that it was the first iPhone capable of shooting video. It offers a measly 640×480 resolution. But in this film, it looks fantastic and tells a great story.
While DxOMark isn’t infallible, it does offer some great insight into overall trends as technology evolves. DxOMark have just posted a great report on how far phone camera technology has come in the last six years since DxOMark started testing them. It’s not surprising that their numbers seem to marry up with real world experience, but it’s interesting to see just how quickly it’s all happened.