Photography

iPhone 12 to get faster Face ID, improved digital zoom

iPhone 12 to get faster Face ID, improved digital zoom

Apple's next major event is less than 48 hours away but it seems there's still some room for last-minute leaks and tips. Much about the iPhone 12 series, including the iPhone 12 mini moniker, has been going around the Internet for quite a while but, as they say, the devil is in the details. And since this is Apple we're talking about, each of those details count. A lot of attention has been lavished on the iPhone 12's cameras but apparently, even the TrueDepth Face ID camera may have something interesting to offer this year.

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Android Go Camera Go app gets Night Mode, HRD coming soon

Android Go Camera Go app gets Night Mode, HRD coming soon

In a smartphone market where photography has been king for a few years already, entry-level phones have been left behind in the dust of more expensive devices. Manufacturers may sugarcoat words about their amazing 8 megapixel cameras but even the Google Pixel's 12 megapixel main shooter fares far better because digital photography isn't just about pixel counts. Fortunately, Google is coming to the rescue of Android Go phones to give them a taste of some premium camera features, thanks, of course, to some software magic.

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Pixel phones, Google camera app to turn off face retouching by default

Pixel phones, Google camera app to turn off face retouching by default

Beautification modes, especially those supposedly powered by advanced AI and machine learning, have become one of the selling points of many smartphones and custom Android experiences. It has always been a big feature in China and many Asian countries but the trend has also made itself to the rest of the world over time. Now Google is pushing against that fad and has created and implemented guidelines that, in effect, will let you see your true self when you take a selfie. At least until you enable that beauty mode yourself.

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NASA’s stunning image of the day shows the western US on fire

NASA’s stunning image of the day shows the western US on fire

NASA regularly publishes some of the best examples of its photography capabilities in a series it calls 'Image of the Day.' The latest installment in this series is a satellite image of the western United States, showing the vast amounts of smoke produced by its wildfires as they burn. The photo provides a stunning look at the natural disaster, one that would be impossible without modern technologies.

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Google Photos update proves Pixel was right on cameras all along

Google Photos update proves Pixel was right on cameras all along

In addition to all of the device announcements Google made today, the company also revealed that the Google Photos app for Android is getting a brand new photo editor. The new features shipping along with this update seem to be geared toward making it easier for anyone to edit, whether they don't have a ton of experience editing photos or they're looking to make some specific edits manually. In addition, Google also detailed a new feature called Portrait Light that will be heading to Pixel devices in the future, starting with the new phones that were revealed today.

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Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Even while travel and work restrictions slowly start to be lifted, the "new normal" not just for the workplace but for communication in general has become more virtual than ever before. From built-in webcams to smartphones, it has become more common for people to resort to video chat and conferencing services to connect with family and colleagues. Jumping quickly on that opportunity, Canon has announced the stable version of its EOS Webcam Utility for Windows with one notable new feature added.

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Canon IVY CLIQ2 and CLIQ+2 cameras print circle photo stickers

Canon IVY CLIQ2 and CLIQ+2 cameras print circle photo stickers

Canon revealed two new cameras today, both with the ability to instantly print stickers of images they've captured. One goes by the name Canon IVY CLIQ+2, the other is called IVY CLIQ2. That's not confusing at all, is it? These "instant camera printer" devices will work with a new sort of pre-cut circle sticker paper, too.

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GoPro HERO9 Black released with “folding fingers” and a front-facing display

GoPro HERO9 Black released with “folding fingers” and a front-facing display

Today the GoPro HERO9 Black was revealed in full, at long last. This new version of the GoPro camera works with the ability to capture 5k video and 20 megapixel photos. This device is able to capture video with the newest in GoPro HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization (with in-camera horizon leveling). This device has a front-facing display so you can use it for most anything - webcam and livestreaming action included.

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Vecnos IQUI camera wants to make sharing 360-degree photos a snap

Vecnos IQUI camera wants to make sharing 360-degree photos a snap

There has been less fuss lately about 360-degree cameras, perhaps due to restrictions placed not just on travel but even mass gatherings in some areas around the world. It is, however, in that world that Vecnos, spun from camera maker and imaging company Ricoh, is launching a new 360-degree camera. The Vecnos IQUI definitely won't be competing head-to-head with the likes of Insta360 in terms of features but its simplicity could actually be the key to its success.

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Canon is crowdfunding an unusual pocket-sized ‘telescope’ camera in Japan

Canon is crowdfunding an unusual pocket-sized ‘telescope’ camera in Japan

We've known for a while now that Canon plans to launch a variety of unusual cameras that will target markets underserved by smartphones, which have largely decimated the point-and-shoot digital camera market. The latest of those unique camera models has appeared on a Japanese crowdfunding website, and it's one that barely even looks like a camera. Rather than being used to snap photos in place of a smartphone, it functions as a type of miniature telescope.

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Sony Alpha 7C claims world’s smallest full-frame camera system title

Sony Alpha 7C claims world’s smallest full-frame camera system title

Despite their pedigree, Sony's smartphones haven't exactly been known for their photography prowess. If you really want a Sony-branded shooter, you'll have to look to its dedicated cameras, many of which might be literally too heavy for comfort. Perhaps trying to appeal to a more mobile audience, Sony is launching its new Alpha 7C camera which, together with a new FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 zoom lens and HVL-F28RM flash, is touted to be the world's smallest and lightest full-frame camera system.

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Insta360 ONE R action cam’s latest feature drop adds new AI PureShot mode

Insta360 ONE R action cam’s latest feature drop adds new AI PureShot mode

Insta360 has announced the third major software update for its ONE R modular action camera. It has been less than a year since the first of these three major updates were released, underscoring the rapid rate at which the company is evolving its action cam. This is a feature drop update with the most notable among the changes being a new AI-powered PureShot shooting mode that works to boost image quality by suppressing noise and enhancing dynamic range.

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