Everyone has jumped on the AI bandwagon, and Samsung doesn’t want to be left behind. At the Samsung AI Forum 2023, the tech giant unveiled its own generative AI model, named Samsung Gauss. This model will do everything ChatGPT can: generate text, images, and code.
I recently made a ten-day timelapse video on two mobile phone cameras of my hometown of Manhattan Beach, California, for multiple sunsets, moonrises, flowing clouds and all sorts of stuff the naked eye rarely gets to see.
And since it launched on YouTube, I’ve received so many questions about how the video came to be, what accessories were needed and which phone produces better timelapses.
So let me fill you in.
Samsung’s no newcomer to the memory card market. They’ve been producing memory cards for years. Typically, however, they’ve never really been the go-to cards for photographers. Samsung’s cards were historically just too slow.
Now, though, Samsung’s launched its new Pro Ultimate series UHS-I SD and microSD cards (buy here). The company says they are designed for “professional content creators” with write speeds of up to 130MB/sec and read speeds of up to 200MB/sec.
In March, we reported that users saw blurry photos from their Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ smartphones. The issue seemed to stem from the rear camera module, with images being sharp at the centre and randomly getting blurry in in-focus areas as you moved out towards the edges before becoming sharp again. Sam Mobile reported that they were able to recreate the issue. However, there was no response from Samsung at the time.
Now, Samsung has issued a release (in Polish) on their EU website acknowledging the issue. It’s an issue that appears to be there in devices made in both Vietnam and India. The company says a fix is on the way in a future software update. But there have been no indications so far on how long that will take. They do offer some tips you can follow in the meantime, however, to help resolve the issue.
According to reports, the recently released Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ rear cameras are facing some issues. Specifically – and this is kind of a big deal in photography – it’s not keeping the entire frame sharp. Even with a subject that falls completely within the depth of focus, it appears that while it’s sharp at the centre, it blurs out pretty badly towards the edges before seemingly getting sharp again. And no, it’s not bokeh.
The issue was initially said to affect Galaxy S23 and S23+ units manufactured in Vietnam, although testing by Sam Mobile says that they were able to replicate the issue with photos of documents and text using their India-made devices. The Samsung Galaxy S23 did receive a new firmware recently that upgraded the camera, however, it appears that software might not be able to fix this one.
A Reddit user recently exposed Samsung for creating “fake moon photos” using AI instead of actual photography. It caused a lot of stir among netizens, and Samsung has decided to respond to the accusations. Well, sort of. The company published a blog post that pretty much says the same as the one published last year in Korean, and it confirms: yes, Samsung does use AI to recreate your Moon shots from blurry blobs.
Samsung recently got into the center of attention for all the wrong reasons. As it turns out, Samsung’s “space zoom” isn’t exactly a zoom feature. Instead, the Moon photos you can take with it are actually AI-enhanced photos of a blurry blob you could take with almost any phone. So, Samsung has been accused of faking the images and false advertising. Again.
Deepfakes have been a thing for a while now, and they’ve been used for fun, useful, but also malicious purposes. Samsung has now introduced yet another deepfake tool that turns a single still image into a creepily accurate video.
Samsung’s Megapixel portraits, or MegaPortraits, is able to create high-resolution human avatars. All it needs is a single portrait, and it doesn’t even have to be a photo – you can also turn paintings into moving portraits, for some extra creepiness.
There’s been a lot of hype about Samsung’s ridiculously high-resolution ISOCELL sensors, particularly their most recent 200-megapixel ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL HP3 sensors. While there have been at least one confirmed devices coming that contain the ISOCELL HP1, we haven’t seen any images shot with them yet.
Well, now that’s changed as Chen Jin, General Manager of Motorola China has posted a photo that he says was shot using the 200-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL HP1 found in the triple camera setup of the Moto Edge 30 Ultra. It’s not the full 200-megapixel resolution, though. It uses the 4-in-1 pixel binning mode to produce a 50-megapixel result, but that’s still pretty nuts for a smartphone.
Samsung has announced their new ISOCELL HP3 200-megapixel CMOS smartphone camera sensor. This isn’t the first 200-megapixel sensor Samsung has produced, having announced the ISOCELL HP1 200MP last September. This new sensor, though, is even smaller, bringing that 0.64μm pixel size down to a microscopic 0.56μm. Yes, μm. That means each individual pixel measures only 0.00056mm x 0.00056mm.
The new sensor is 1/1.14″ type, which is about 20% smaller than its 1/1.22″ predecessor but still packs a whopping 200 megapixels. Using 4:1 Quad-pixel merging gives us 50 megapixels with 1.12μm pixels and it even supports 16:1 merging, bringing that up to 2.24μm per pixel for a 12.5-megapixel final result. Naturally, it also shoots 8K video and gives us 4K at up to 120fps with “minimal loss in the field of view”.