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Samsung ISOCELL 2.0 could cram more pixels into an image sensor

Samsung ISOCELL 2.0 could cram more pixels into an image sensor

Before it became a brand of its own, Samsung's ISOCELL was first a new kind of image sensor technology that aimed to solve the color crosstalk between pixels in a regular BSI (Backside Illuminated) sensor used in almost all digital cameras, including those on smartphones. That proved to be highly successful, at least in Samsung's view, and it is now taking it to the next level with ISOCELL 2.0. This new iteration promises not only to improve light absorption but, in the long run, also allow for smaller pixels to be packed in larger amounts on the same sensor size.

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Galaxy S21 Ultra DxOMark score is surprisingly lower than expected

Galaxy S21 Ultra DxOMark score is surprisingly lower than expected

Although it isn't exactly terrible, Samsung's performance in the mobile photography department can be described as inconsistent at best. It does take great photos and videos but, at least as far as DxOMark is concerned, it simply isn't the best by a long shot. Every new generation of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships are expected to bring improvements in that arena but that didn't seem to work for the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G which actually fared worse than its predecessor.

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MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia animates faces in old photos

MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia animates faces in old photos

Many people worldwide look at old family photos of relatives who are long gone and wonder what they might look like had video been available decades ago. MyHeritage has developed a new technology called Deep Nostalgia that it calls a groundbreaking new photo feature and allows people to animate the faces in old family photos. The tool provides a realistic depiction of how people in old photos could have moved and looked if they were captured on video.

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Google Photos High Quality might not be near-identical to original

Google Photos High Quality might not be near-identical to original

When Google launched its Google Photos cloud storage, not to be confused with the app of the same name, it was hailed as the ultimate way to save space on your phone and preserve your digital memories almost forever. It came with a rather generous offer of nearly unlimited photo storage space, provided they uploaded only in High Quality. Nothing lasts forever, as they say, and it seems that Google is revising its earlier statements in favor of taking up more space towards a Google One subscription.

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Razer Kiyo Pro hands-on: Webcam extraordinaire

Razer Kiyo Pro hands-on: Webcam extraordinaire

Today we're taking a peek at a brand new camera from the folks at Razer. This is the Razer Kiyo Pro, a USB camera made for streamers of all sorts. The power of this camera is in its combination of simplicity and power. Right out the gate, you can plug this camera in, it'll be automatically detected by your computer, and it'll look significantly better than the camera that's built in to your laptop (if you're using a laptop, that is).

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Sony FX3 released with Alpha features and cinema line power

Sony FX3 released with Alpha features and cinema line power

The Sony FX3 (ILME-FX3) camera was revealed today as the "latest addition to Sony's Cinema Line." This device is what Sony suggests as a combination of the best features in the cinema line combined with the advanced imaging features from their Alpha brand mirrorless camera line.

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MIT metalens doesn’t need to move to shift focus

MIT metalens doesn’t need to move to shift focus

Cameras have been around for a very long time and have used polished glass for lenses for almost as long as they have been around. In a polished glass lens, a precise curvature allows the lens to focus light and deliver the photographer sharp images. To change focus typically requires the lens to move physically by tilting, sliding, or shifting via mechanical parts.

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Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 brings Dual Pixel Pro AF, staggered-HDR

Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 brings Dual Pixel Pro AF, staggered-HDR

When Samsung launched its first 100x Space Zoom camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra last year, it was criticized for neglecting one important aspect of digital photography, the autofocus performance. Since then, Samsung has been careful to improve AF in its flagship phones and its next one might take it to the next level, or so Samsung boasts. Going beyond its own Dual Pixel brand of PDAF, Samsung is announcing a new 1.4μm 50Mp ISOCELL GN2 sensor that carries a Dual Pixel Pro version of its AF tech, along with other tricks that improve the sensor's low-light performance.

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Matterport is now the newest iPhone and iPad’s most awesome 3D app

Matterport is now the newest iPhone and iPad’s most awesome 3D app

The folks at Matterport revealed a relatively major update this week, specifically for iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro 2020. This update adds improved dimensional accuracy with LiDAR for those two devices. This means that the 3D sensor at the back of the device - that sensor you're usually not thinking about more than once in a blue moon - will be used to capture and create some of the most awesome media you've ever had the opportunity to share.

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Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II to get a firmware update next week

Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II to get a firmware update next week

Once upon a time, cameras were products that you buy with a fixed set of features that never changed, forcing you to buy a new one once you've outgrown what your trusty partner offered. These days, however, camera makers have taken a page from smart devices to offer some new or improved features via a simple and free firmware update. Some even make it feel like you've bought a newer model. That might not be what Nikon will bring to its Z 7II and Z 6II mirrorless cameras next week but it's still a substantial firmware upgrade nonetheless.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

Last year, ZTE boasted about having accomplished what even the likes of Samsung still failed to do. It brought the world's first commercially available under-display camera on a smartphone and explained how it pulled off this difficult trick. As much excitement as it generated, it also raised doubts on how it would work in practice. Early feedback was less than encouraging but perhaps the most damning comes from DxOMark's review that almost put the ZTE Axon 20 5G at the bottom of its selfie list.

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Nikon 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor boasts 1000 fps shooting

Nikon 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor boasts 1000 fps shooting

While smartphone makers are still playing the megapixel game, camera makers are looking into other aspects of digital photography that can still be improved. Nikon, for example, just boasted the development of a new stacked CMOS sensor that can shoot high-resolution images, up to 4K in fact, at a rate of 1,000 frames per second. While that a\lone might already be impressive, it isn't the only feat that this sensor is capable of.

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