Photography

LG G5 gets a solid 86 from DxOMark, lands in 5th spot

LG G5 gets a solid 86 from DxOMark, lands in 5th spot

Unlike the previous two flagships, the LG G5 focused more on modularity than on digital photography. That, however, doesn't mean that the somewhat modular smartphone is in any way a flop when it comes to its camera. In fact, DxOMark gives it a rather high score of 86, for its reliable performance in still photography and a more or less balanced video recording ability. Placed 5th in the overall smartphone ranking, the LG G5's camera prowess very well makes the CAM Plus module a worthwhile purchase.

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Eye Eye is a remote smartphone camera for tight, perilous spaces

Eye Eye is a remote smartphone camera for tight, perilous spaces

All sorts of neat places exist that are too perilous for your phone — under the surface of a lake, for example, or down some dark hole in a cave. For those moments comes a new remote camera designed for use with smartphones, plugging into one via a curly cable to record footage straight to the device. The Eye Eye camera is small, can be mounted to a monopod or tripod, and can be used underwater.

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Facebook flips the switch on 360-degree photos

Facebook flips the switch on 360-degree photos

Facebook’s previously announced 360-degree photos support has gone live. Starting today, users can upload 360-degree panoramas to their Facebook account for their friends to see on desktop or mobile. When browsing Facebook, you’ll know if you’ve come across a 360-degree photo due to a small compass icon that’ll be placed on its right side. That aside, uploading 360-degree photos isn't any harder than uploading an ordinary photo.

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Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Facebook is deleting your synced photos, here’s how to keep them

Today the folks at Facebook responsible for photo syncing within their system have announced that Moments will be taking over. What on earth is Moments, you might wonder. Moments is an app which organizes and "privately shares" your photos from your smartphone. What if you don't want Moments, but want to keep your synced photos? There's only one option - save and exit. The desktop viewing segment of Facebook's photo sync is about to go away forever.

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PENTAX K-70 DSLR can weather the elements better than you

PENTAX K-70 DSLR can weather the elements better than you

People today are more than ever more conscious of taking photos to capture fleeting moments into memories. Smartphones are, understandably, the immediate recourse but they aren't necessarily the best. There will always be room for more sophisticated DSLR camera, except for one problem. Not all of them can be taken wherever you go. Ricoh's latest PENTAX K-70, however, was designed specifically to address that problem. Combining a rugged design with features found only in high-end PENTAX models, the PENTAX K-70 was made to take photos and record videos even in conditions you yourself might not survive.

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This is why your Instagram photos suck (and how to fix it)

This is why your Instagram photos suck (and how to fix it)

Instagram is full of beautiful photographs. If you've been on the service long enough, you've probably found a bunch of accounts that regularly post mind-blowing images. Each one is beautiful in its own way; you imagine taking photos like it, carefully cultivating your own Instagram account into a trove of skilled, captivating pictures. Reality, though, hasn't worked out this way. Your pictures aren't so great and maybe you're feeling discouraged, but don't fret. Anyone can take great Instagram photos with the right steps.

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Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Since the original announcement back in March, Instagram users have been unhappy with the upcoming changes. After all, now instead of seeing posts displayed in chronological order, the app will deliver content in the order of its own choosing. However, there is another update coming to the service that might have you excited.

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“Metalens” breakthrough could lead to flat, cheaper lenses

“Metalens” breakthrough could lead to flat, cheaper lenses

There has been a surge of interest in camera sensors and lenses of late, partly because of the equally growing interest in smartphone cameras. But while smartphones are indeed becoming more and more capable in that area, they are limited by the laws of physics and current manufacturing capabilities. One of the hardest to get right are the lenses but inventors, lead by r professor Federico Capasso, may have finally come upon an answer that will yield not not only flatter and cheaper lenses but also better ones that can outperform even those used in top of the line research microscopes.

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Instagram is rolling out reordered feeds throughout June

Instagram is rolling out reordered feeds throughout June

Back in March, Instagram worried its users by announcing plans to reorder their feeds to show them the content its thinks they want to see. This caused a huge, probably unanticipated, backlash from users didn’t want the company to meddle. Instagram had to backtrack a bit, promising that it wasn’t going to do anything drastic and nothing soon. Now the time has finally come whether you’re ready for it or not — in a statement on Thursday, Instagram announced it is rolling out the reordered feeds to everyone.

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Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

Leica says some of its cameras have faulty Li-ion batteries

If you have a Leica camera and have been noticing something funny with how its charge level is displayed, you may have a faulty rechargeable battery. In a recent advisory, Leica said that some lithium-ion batteries made in late 2015 and through early 2016 have a “defective electronic component.” This faulty component could cause the camera to display an incorrect charge level and more.

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Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

While it began life much earlier as part of the Google+ social network, it's now been one full year since Google Photos was launched as an individual cloud-based photo storage service. To celebrate, Google has shared some stats on the service to highlight its rapid growth, most notable is a user count of over 200 million, an impressive figure for just 12 months.

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Nexus phones get unlimited “Original Quality” Google Photos storage soon

Nexus phones get unlimited “Original Quality” Google Photos storage soon

Original Quality Photos and Video uploads and backups to Google Photos may be the reason you want a Nexus smartphone in the near future. Google's latest APK for the app Google Photos has mention of a promotion which includes just that - a promo for Nexus smart devices specifically. "With Nexus, back up all you want," says the APK, "Unlimited free storage for original quality photos and videos uploaded from your Nexus device."

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