OPPO has announced that they’ve gone into mass production on their new 10x zoom camera module for smartphones and will release a phone utilising it in the second quarter of 2019. It’s a three-camera system which OPPO says is “built to work in perfect harmony” and allows them to offer an equivalent focal length range of 16-160mm – hence, 10x zoom.
As phones increase in capability, so do their storage requirements. And as one of the world’s largest producers of smartphones and smartphone technology, Samsung has been working on bumping that up. Now they’ve announced that production has begun on the industry’s first 1 terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1 chip.
With microSD cards now hitting the 512GB mark, it’s no surprise that internal mobile storage needed to catch up quickly. Now it not only beats the capacity of the largest microSD cards, but Samsung says that it’s also capable of transfer speeds up to 1000MB/sec, significantly faster than any microSD card available today as well as many SSDs.
Just when you already think that three rear cameras in a phone is a bit excessive, Lenovo comes along and teases this. Oh yes, the Z5/S5 Pro will have four cameras. One 2x telephoto, one regular, and two unknowns. Maybe wide-angle, black & white, depth sensor or a telephoto with a longer reach, who knows?
But what we do know is that one of them is a 2x telephoto, and Lenovo has released a few sample photos shot with it. Officially, the phone’s name is the “S5 Pro”, but people are apparently also calling it the Z5 Pro? So, yeah, no idea.
I’ve been a fan of Cosyspeed’s bags for a while now. I own a couple of them myself. They’re very handy when you want to be able to keep both of your hands free, but still have quick and easy access to your camera while out and about. Cosyspeed has changed directions slightly with their new Phoneslinger bags, taking square aim at mobile smartphone photographers.
If someone told me fifteen years ago that smartphone cameras would be able to capture the Milky Way, I’d probably just scoff. However, smartphones have come a long way, and photographer Daniel Cheong used his Huawei P20 Pro to shoot a pretty epic photo of our galaxy. He shared some details with DIYP and told us how he shot and edited this photo.
Well, these comments made by German film director and photographer Wim Wenders are going to upset a few people. In a talk with the BBC, he says that he believes photography is dead. That it’s been killed by mobile phones. Well, I guess we should probably all just pack up and go home, then.
If you thought Google Glass was obnoxious and obvious, you’ve seen nothing yet. Meet OKO (yes, it’s on Kickstarter). Ok, maybe I’m being a little unfair. Actually, I quite like the concept of this, probably because I’ve been using my ZenFone 5 for more VR stuff lately, but it’s kind of a weird way to shoot photos with your phone.
The idea is that you basically hold the phone up to your eyes in this weird headset thing which somewhat resembles a regular mobile VR headset. You get to see your screen big with both eyes as if you were simply looking directly at the scene. But do you really want to be seen wandering around with this covering your face?
Almost a year later than originally scheduled, Godox has finally released an Android app for the Godox A1 mobile flash trigger. The A1 was launched in August last year. Originally it came with just an iOS app, and an Android app was to come in September 2017. Well, only 2 days away from August 2018, the Godox A1 finally works with Android.
There’s also a new firmware available for the Godox A1 to go along with it. But, there’s a catch. It only works on select Huawei and Samsung phones. Or at least, you only get complete functionality with some phones. Let me explain.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 family of phones have been rather popular since their release, particularly with regard to their cameras. But despite being near the top of their game, they’re not resting and waiting for the competition to catch up. Announced in 2013, Samsung’s mobile sensors today largely use their ISOCELL technology.
Now, thanks to new material developments from Fujifilm, Samsung have been able to improve this technology to offer more sharpness and colour accuracy, while improving low light performance. They say it will also lead to smaller and higher resolution sensors without any loss in performance.
If you take your craft seriously, the odds of having heard these words are quite high. Audiences associate good images with great cameras, and for the longest time, this (almost) accusation has bothered photographers who felt their skills were downplayed. The interesting bit is that we’re walking towards making the “great cameras = great photos” equation true! And they fit in your pocket.