With the iPhone being the camera of choice for some of us, some of the functionality we left behind on our point-and-shoot cameras can be frustrating. A few new accessories from Manfrotto could help bridge the gap, though, even making your iPhone a bit more useful in the process.
Smartphones come in all varieties, and while some focus on dominating one sort of functionality more so than the rest, photography is a fairly solid feature that gets attention from makers across the board. Improvements are continually made in the realms of both software and hardware, and several smartphones have cropped up in recent times that take photography to the next level (the Lumia 1020, for example). If you don't have one of the latest and greatest handsets, however, that doesn't mean you can't boost your smartphone's photography ability to the next level.
This week we’re having a peek at the LG G3, using it as an example for several Android questions we’ve seen asked for all sorts of devices over the past few years. Today’s example centers on the LG G3 camera, and on how one camera app might affect your final image quality.
Google’s Project Tango is gradually graduating from lab to the real world, with Google’s ATAP team responsible for the 3D mapping technology partnering with NVIDIA for a new developer tablet. Thing is, $1,024 is a whole lot to spend, even for a developer device that can see the world in unprecedented detail. So, why exactly would you need a Project Tango tablet?
Instagram has updated to v6.0 for iOS and Android, bringing with it a host of new and updated editing tools for photos shared on the social gallery service. Several new filters have arrived, including vignettes, warmth, and shadows, while video uploading on iOS has been simplified in this new iteration of the app.
Dice -- or perhaps just a singular die -- was rolled in wide-open space for what may be the first time by American astronaut Reid Wiseman, who snapped a picture of the little red cube as it floated above the Earth. Despite how it might appear, the die is entirely real, and is accompanied by some other nifty images.
Built-in with iOS 8 this year you’ll find a smart photo editing package that will adjust images on the fly. This system will work with automatic changes in brightness, contrast, exposure, highlights, shadows, and more, and will make turning a so-so photo into a high-powered piece of art easy enough for the public to take part in. Sliders for all.
Striking headshot portraits that offer the same styles as famous photographers could one day be created from the sort of snaps you can take with your phone, with one computer vision research team cooking up a dynamic retouching system. The handiwork of a group led by computational photography researcher YiChang Shih, the system - dubbed "Style Transfer for Headshot Portraits" - takes a regular source picture and another showing the an example of the sort of style you're trying to achieve, blending the two automatically, and even doing the same for video.
Our first impressions of the LG G3 have been relatively positive. Having a look at this device in an international iteration for the first time means we’re getting several features that are slightly different from the USA-based edition, but one thing certainly remains the same: the camera. Here we’re having a first glimpse at the camera’s ability to take fine shots and video in a relatively dark environment.
Qualcomm is aiming to position its new Snapdragon chips at the heart of computational photography, making it easier for phone and tablet manufacturers to add depth-sensing dual camera systems such as on the HTC One M8. The processor company plans a duo-camera reference design with stereo and depth camera support on the Snapdragon 805, senior director for cameras and imaging Tim Yates confirmed, in the hope of cutting the hassles of developing a system from scratch.