Chroma Noir, the makers of popular iOS camera app Halide Camera, have created a new AI-powered app designed specifically for shooting long exposures. Called Spectre, the app uses AI to analyse a scene and computational photography to create a long exposure effect.
This is likely one of those future-proofing things that we often see manufacturers put into their hardware. Like the 2TB microSD card limit on many Android smartphones, even though 1TB cards were only just recently announced and aren’t quite available yet. But Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670, 675, 710, 845 and 855 models all seem to support a somewhat insane 192-megapixel camera sensor.
Sony is famous for high-quality mirrorless cameras. Expectedly, many users have wondered: why hasn’t Sony still offered a smartphone with a killer camera? Well, there certainly are some reasons for that and the company has finally revealed them. Its plans for phone cameras turned out to be shortsighted – but it appears that this is going to change.
While the fake depth of field look on smartphones might not be everybody’s cup of tea, they’re definitely very popular. And while they’ve improved in quality and believability a lot over the last few years, they’re still not quite as good as you can get with a real large sensor camera like a DSLR or mirrorless.
But what if you’re running an older phone with a single camera and no depth sensor that doesn’t have built-in fake bokeh? While most new phones these days do offer some kind of fake depth of field effects, there are still many phones out there that don’t. DPTH may be the answer.
You’ve come a long way, baby
Once upon a time, the biggest problem with camera phones was the camera itself. One of the world’s first camera phone, the J-SH04 was released in 2000. Boy did we come a long way, right? It could should tiny 0.11 megapixels images. It went up from there. The camera is a big deal in any phone nowadays, Apple has it’s “Shot on iPhone” campaign and bunch of other brands do the same, some even partnering up with Leica to give their phone a legs up above the competition.
Nokia’s five-camera smartphone was rumored last year, with some images leaked showing the rear camera setup. And now, HMD Global has finally officially announced it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Nokia 9 PureView smartphone is real, and it really has five cameras with Zeiss optics.
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.
Xiaomi, a Chinese iPhone competitor, has beat out iPhone in the latest round of camera comparison. Well, at least according to the DxOMark tests. Comparing the new Xiaomi Mi9 and the iPhone XS Max, DxOMark ranked the Xiaomi higher, with the 107 overall score compared to the iPhone’s score of 105.
Light, the company behind the Light L16 camera which contains 16 sensors and lenses, has announced that they’ve teamed up with Sony to create the next generation of multi-camera smartphones. Well, we knew Light was working on something to do with phones, and now it looks like it’s official.
Flexible screens have been quite the hot topic over the last couple of years. People want ultra-thin displays that they can just fold away. And it’s not just phones that have driven this desire, either. Both the concept and proof-of-concept for flexible displays have been around for a number of years now. But it’s never really made it into a mainstream product. Until now…
Along with the new Galaxy S10, Samsung has announced the new Galaxy Fold, with a giant 7.3″ folding display. And it seems that the previously rumoured six cameras for the Galaxy S10 were actually destined for the Galaxy Fold instead.