Google has launched its latest flagship phone, Pixel 5a. Once again, it focuses largely on camera capabilities and packs two rear cameras and a bunch of features for making your photos look as good as possible. It’s capable of shooting 4K at 30 and 60fps – at least on paper. In real-life conditions, it may suffer from an overheating problem after a few minutes of video shooting.
Contrary to another photographer’s opinion (one that is held by many others), there seems to be this doomsday cult that believes camera phones are going to make DSLR and mirrorless cameras extinct.
And it’s certainly an opinion that has a semblance of logic behind it, given that there are far more photos being taken by phones today than DSLR and mirrorless cameras combined.
Yet the idea of shooting primarily on an iPhone doesn’t sit right with myself, and that of my clients who would sack me from the job if I had to shoot it on an iPhone!
Google introduced the astrophotography mode in its Pixel 4 phone launched last year. The same feature was added to Pixel 5 and 4a a year later. However, Google has quietly removed the feature from these phones’ ultra-wide camera. No one knows why, but the assumption is that it just performed poorly.
Google has just announced Pixel 5, its latest flagship phone. This announcement came along with Pixel 4a, which is more or less its cheaper version. Just like before, the company relies a lot on computational photography in both models. But the new phones come with some new camera features, so let’s see what they offer. [Read More…]
Whenever a new phone is released, a whole battery of non-scientific tests are performed for the benefit if YouTube viewers. One such test is the drop test. But drop tests get pretty boring, especially once the phone is in the hands of the masses. We see our friends drop them, or we drop them ourselves, and see what happens first hand. So then came the extreme drop tests.
I haven’t seen any that are quite as extreme as this one, though. Tennessee resident, Blake Henderson was flying in a plane shooting video of another plane with his phone. Suddenly it was pulled from his grip, and sucked out of the window. After surviving its plummet to the ground, it carried on filming, where it was discovered by a rather perplexed gentleman on the ground.
If you’re a photography business owner, you know the feeling:
Your phone rings, you drop everything and rush to grab your phone to take the call…”Hello, can I speak to the person in charge of finances…your website…purchasing…advertising?”
At that moment, I would like nothing more than to reach through my phone and strangle the a$$hat on the other end.
So, I thought I’d explain why I don’t answer my phone anymore, and why I cancelled voice mail.