Moment, the company most famous for its smartphone lenses has started branching out into smartphone software. Their newly launched app, MomentPro, is now available for both Android and iOS. It’s focused on giving the user more choice, offering complete manual control over exposure, focus and white balance, as well as a couple of other neat tricks.
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.
If you take your craft seriously, the odds of having heard these words are quite high. Audiences associate good images with great cameras, and for the longest time, this (almost) accusation has bothered photographers who felt their skills were downplayed. The interesting bit is that we’re walking towards making the “great cameras = great photos” equation true! And they fit in your pocket.
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.
Apple isn’t set to release a triple camera phone until late next year when they update their flagship iPhone X model. Android users, however, may start to see it coming much sooner. And not just in flagships, either, but in mid-range devices. According to a leaked spec sheet posted to Suggest Phone for Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 700 series chips shows triple camera support.
As well as the recent announcement of a new 60mm f/2 macro lens, Yongnuo have a new listing on their website for a YN43 camera module. But it’s a strange looking little unit. There’s no specifications listed on the Yongnuo website yet, but it appears to contain a Micro Four Thirds sensor. The name “YN43” would also suggest a Micro Four Thirds sensor.
It’s shown in one product photo with an iPhone mounted to one side of it. But what makes it odd is what’s mounted on the other side. A Canon EF mount Yongnuo 14mm f/2.8 wide angle lens. The lens mount surrounding the sensor also appears to be a Canon mount, compatible with both EF and EF-S lenses.
Not long ago, Huawei launched P20 Pro, the first smartphone with a triple camera (all three with optical image stabilization). For now, it’s also the only option, and in case you’re an iPhone user, you’ll need to wait for a setup like this for a while. According to the latest reports, Apple will be launching a triple-camera iPhone – but it won’t happen before the second half of 2019.