The winners of Mobile Photography Awards 2023 have just been announced. Just like last year, it showcases some brilliant images photographers took with their smartphones. But the 12th annual competition includes a new category that the new era has brought us: artificial intelligence.
Samsung responds to “fake Moon” accusations. Sort of
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 fakes its zoomed phone photos of Moon using AI
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.
DIYP Quiz: Phone or a camera?
The debate about whether smartphones can replace dedicated cameras is as old as… Well, the first decent camera phone. Some of us still argue that there’s no way we would switch to phones, while others already have, at least occasionally. And to be honest, it’s becoming harder and harder to figure out which photos have been taken on a camera and which are phone shots.
This is why we decided to make a quiz and ask you if you can tell them apart. Out of these 19 photos, can you tell for sure which ones were shot on a phone and for which I used my DSLR? Answer the questions and let us know how you did!
Use these four tricks to take stellar product photos with your phone
Hi guys, my name is Chris; I am a photographer and a filmmaker. Like many of you, I also often use my phone to take photos and videos. So, today, I want to share with you four little tricks to improve shooting on your mobile phone – but you can also use them when shooting with your camera.
The Vivo X90 and X90 Pro smartphones with Zeiss 50MP 1-Inch camera launch globally
Vivo’s X90 and X90 Pro have been out in China for a little while now, but today sees their global international launch. Both smartphones feature Zeiss cameras, with the X90 Pro sporting a large 1-inch sensor. Both smartphones feature 50-megapixel Zeiss camera modules, with the non-Pro model also sporting 12-megapixel telephoto and wide-angle cameras. The X90 Pro, on the other hand, features 50-megapixel wide and 12-megapixel telephoto cameras.
With Zeiss optics in both devices, featuring Zeiss’s T* lens coatings, pixel shift, dual-tone LED flash, HDR and panorama modes, the expectations are high for this one. The X90’s 50-megapixel 1/1.49″ sensor offers 4K video at up to 60fps, while the X90 Pro’s 50-megapixel 1-inch sensor lets you record up to 8K at 60fps. Both devices also include a 32-megapixel selfie camera that shoots up to 4K 30p.
The LEDCard is a pocket-sized DIY macro ringlight for your smartphone
This looks like a fun little project for the electronics-inclined. It’s called the LEDCard, and it’s a credit card-sized macro ring light for your phone that wraps around your smartphone camera’s lens. And if you don’t have a smartphone capable of macro-focusing, don’t worry! LEDCard’s creator, MisterHW, has thought of you, too, with a recess to insert a moulded acrylic lens to help you focus closer.
The whole thing lives on a single PCB and uses rechargeable LIR2430 Lithium-Ion cells, which charge up over USB. Upon charging, the LEDCard requires no wires or cables. It’s turned on or off by the simple push of a button, and an LM3410 LED driver IC lights up all of the SMD LEDs, illuminating the view around your lens for close-up subjects.
It’s not just you, your iPhone camera is getting worse with each new generation
This is an interesting video from tech YouTuber and smartphone aficionado Marques Brownlee that talks about the iPhone’s camera system and why it appears to be getting worse than the competition with each new generation. Having dumped iPhones myself back in 2017, it wasn’t something I’d really paid much attention to, but on watching his video, I realised that he was right. Their quality seems to be getting worse.
Marques has a theory as to why this is happening, and I think he might be right. In fact, he believes that one of them is something which Google has already fallen foul of with their Pixel series of smartphones. Fortunately, for Google’s sake, it looks like they course-corrected pretty quickly, but will Apple? Maybe.
Use these ten simple tricks to raise your smartphone photos to a new level
We all know how to click the shutter button on our phones and get a basic shot. But how to take it to the next level?
I get asked the question all the time, and with a new year ahead of us, what a great time to up our game, right? Here are 10 of what I think are the most essential hacks to shooting like a pro with your smartphone. Please watch the video above for examples, and below, read on.
Xiaomi’s brings interchangeable lenses to phones with its new 12S Ultra Concept smartphone
The idea of using a lens from a “real camera” on a smartphone is not new. There have been a number of adapters announced over the years with some as far back as 2014 and older. Most of them haven’t really had an amazing reception, which is why they’re not really all that mainstream today. But mobile photography has come a long way since those early devices. Now, there are a number of 3D printable adapters and other options out there to do this.
Xiaomi, though, is doing away with adapters completely and building an interchangeable lens mount right into the phone itself. Their newest 12S Ultra concept phone sports a Leica M mount with a 1-inch 50.3-megapixel sensor.
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