A few months back, there were some hints that Android users may see triple camera setup even in mid-range devices. And with the launch of Samsung Galaxy A7, it looks this is coming true. The A7 is Samsung’s first triple camera phone, and it packs pretty decent photography features into an otherwise average phone.
We released Halide 1.9 on Monday, with a powerful new feature called Technical Readout. Reviewers with advance access to the iPhone XS have been kind enough to share these readouts with us, detailing several camera hardware specs.
After some analysis, we can now give you an overview of what’s new in the iPhone XS camera hardware and its technical capabilities beyond what Apple stated at their keynote.
Note that these are the hardware specs — Apple focused strongly on software enhancements like Smart HDR and the new Portrait mode, which are not covered by the technical specifications.
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Smartphone cameras have come a long way. In the new Galaxy Note 9, Samsung has brought photography and AI together to alert you when you take a bad photo. The phone will warn you in various situations that there’s something you might fix in order to get a better image, so let’s see how AI will judge your photos if you buy this phone.
For the most part, phone camera resolutions seem to have been stuck between about 12-20MP for the last few years. But Sony plans to change that and make super high-resolution phones a thing, with the announcement of a new IMX586 stacked CMOS sensor. The new sensor packs a whopping 48MP and uses a new Quad Bayer array to maximise sensitivity and dynamic range.
Remember Light L16, a weird-looking camera with 16 lenses? The same company has recently revealed that they plan to develop a smartphone with nine cameras. Yup, you read it well – nine cameras. Just like their L16 camera, the smartphone will also stitch multiple photos into a single large one, producing a 64MP image.
It doesn’t seem so long ago when dual camera technology appeared and brought a revolution to mobile photography. Then Huawei P20 Plus came, with its triple camera. It was only a matter of time when someone will try to add more cameras to a phone, and according to the latest rumors: it’s gonna be LG. Their next phone will reportedly have not two, not three, but five cameras squeezed into a single smartphone.
At the high end, smartphone cameras get better and better with each new release. It’s almost as if every time a new one hits the streets, DxO Mark declares another new “World’s best” smartphone camera. So Marques Brownlee put five of the best head-to-head in this blind test, for us to determine the winner.
The phones compared in this video are the iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6, Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy S9+, all of which have very highly rated cameras. They’re tested in a bunch of different settings with different subjects.
We’ve seen all sorts of dual camera configurations in smartphones since they were first introduced a few years ago. Often times, various manufacturers would use the second lens for either optical zoom, or for creating bokeh shots. However, we’ve never heard of it being employed exclusively to shoot 4K video–that is of course until Sharp showed up with the new Aquos R2. The Japanese electronics company may not be known for smartphones, but their newest high-end offering might just have enough oomph to launch them into this competitive industry.
I saw this photo in one of the wedding photography forums I visit and got curious. I contacted Dor Sasson of Happy Days, the photographer and asked him how the shot was taken. It could not have bees simpler. The photo was taken with a “Real Camera”, but the scene and lighting were provide with everyday objects.