FiLMiC has helped many smartphone videographers to shoot cinematic videos with FiLMic Pro app. Now the company has expanded to still images with its brand new app FiLMiC Firstlight. This one is made for photographers and aims to help them get more creative control over their shots.
Before I going into this one, let me first lay a little groundwork for the background I have with Apple. A number of years back, I was in love with the iPhone 4S. I felt it was a phone made for photographers and supported it wholeheartedly, going so far as doing speeches at Apple stores about how their products catered to my workflow. As time went on, the light in which I held Apple began to fade, leading to writing the articles, “iPhone is not for Photographers” and “Microsoft: Photographers New Suitor.” In a nutshell, I was genuinely bummed since there was a certain amount of pride I took in using Apple products, for I was raised to love them by my parents, who used them as teachers.
Sony seems to have taken a bit of a back seat to Samsung lately when it comes to smartphone sensors. With many of them utilising Samsung’s 64-megapixel ISOCELL sensor. Attempting to not be outdone, Sony has been teasing their next-generation IMX686 quad Bayer sensor in a new video which includes some sample photos shot using the new sensor
Smartphones are getting smarter with every new generation, and so are their cameras. But when you combine a good photographer and a good smartphone, the sky is the limit. Quite literally. Zach Honig of The Points Guy recently shot magnificent Northern lights with nothing but his iPhone, handheld at a 3s exposure. He shared his experience and some photos with DIYP, so let’s see how he did it.
Information about Google Pixel 4 has leaked quite a few times so far, and we were especially curious about its astrophotography capabilities. The phone is now officially out, along with its bigger cousin, Google Pixel 4 XL. Let’s see what they’re capable of and if the latest Pixel phone will make photographers happy.
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better, offering a range of features we could only dream of ten years ago. But despite high functionality and advanced features, one “problem” still persists: the aesthetics. The lenses are still relatively thick, creating s-called “camera bumps.” But scientists from the University of Utah have developed a new type of optical lens to solve this problem.
This new type of lens is a thousand times thinner than a regular lens, and a hundred times lighter. It could help smartphone camera manufacturers finally get rid of camera bumps, but it will find its application on drones and night vision cameras, too.
Long before Instagram, Hipstamatic was once the camera app to have on your smartphone. It’s taken a bit of a back seat to the social media platform giant, as well as other apps like Snapseed, Lightroom Mobile, and others since then, though. But now Hipstamatic has returned with a new free app; Hipstamatic X.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given the “X” moniker, the app is currently only available for the iPhone. It’s a “new and improved” version of their old classic.
Just like the previous models, the upcoming Google Pixel 4 smartphone will be aimed at photographers. In a recently leaked promo video, we saw that it will feature a dedicated “astrophotography mode.” But now, there are some sample photos that show us what exactly Pixel 4 is capable of when shooting in the dark. And I have to admit, it looks promising.
Apple has recently announced its latest flagship phone, iPhone 11, and it’s all about the camera. But before you upgrade, you may want to know is it actually worth it. Nilay Patel from The Verge has made a pretty awesome review of the latest iPhone, focusing on the triple-camera iPhone 11 Pro. It packs 12MP sensors with standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens, and let’s see how it performs for taking photos and videos.