Photography

Rylo is a new kind of camera by ex- Apple and Instagram devs

Rylo is a new kind of camera by ex- Apple and Instagram devs

Rylo might be the only non-phone-based camera in the world worth considering using by the average video-capturing person today. The device has two cameras, one on either side, and it captures spherical video for flat editing. That is, while it captures the entire world around the user, it allows magical things to happen with the final product - a standard video with smart focus and plenty of other smart software tricks.

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Pixel 2 XL screen blue shift : Why didn’t Google show us this?

Pixel 2 XL screen blue shift : Why didn’t Google show us this?

Today the mystery behind the "blue shift" in the Google Pixel 2 XL seems to have been solved. The color space is a much deeper subject, the likes of which could easily fill its own set of articles - but that blue? It's quite simple, as it turns out. All one has to do is use a polarization filter on their camera to see the effect.

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DxOMark buys Nik Collection from Google to continue development

DxOMark buys Nik Collection from Google to continue development

There was no small amount of groaning and head-shaking last May when Google announced that it was discontinuing the development of the Nik Collection. Acquired by Google back in 2012, the Nik Collection was a popular assortment of photo editing tools and plugins for Mac and Windows. Google released the software suite for free last year, so that may have already been an omen of its doom. Luckily for fans, DxO, the company behind DxOMark, has swooped in to buy the collection from Google in order to continue the software’s development.

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 prints phone photos in SQUARE format

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 prints phone photos in SQUARE format

The craze around the revival of the instax photo seems to have mellowed down a bit, but Fujifilm remains unfazed and continues to hold on to its prized cow. In fact, it has just announced a new smartphone-compatible printer for that very purpose. The new instax SHARE SP-3 is almost similar in capabilities to last year’s instax SHARE SP-2, with one key difference. The new instax SHARE SP-3 prints, and actually can only print, in the new instax SQUARE format that is too obviously “inspired” by Instagram.

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Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Today we're going to take a look at what it means to buy a smartphone with a camera "that just takes good pictures." You know, the sort of phone that just lets you snap a picture and it won't be blurry. I'm here to tell you that this phone does exist, but that actually snapping a reasonably sharp photo is not quite as simple as just pointing and shooting.

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Samsung 360 Round has 17 lenses and captures 4K 3D streaming video

Samsung 360 Round has 17 lenses and captures 4K 3D streaming video

Samsung 360 Round was revealed this week at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 for enthusiasts and specialists in the 3D content field (for VR). That's a fairly broad field, as it were - everything from extreme sports recording to live news broadcasting. As such, this newest 360 camera from Samsung is made to capture the most amazing spherical video a device this size is capable of.

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Lightroom CC leads huge Adobe updates ahead of MAX 2017

Lightroom CC leads huge Adobe updates ahead of MAX 2017

Adobe is getting ready to kick off its MAX conference for 2017, and in the lead up to the event, it's announced a slew of new apps and updates for existing ones. Though we're seeing a large portion of the Adobe library being updated in one form or another, they all have one thing in common: Creative Cloud. Chief among these updates is like Adobe's plan from Lightroom.

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This is how the Pixel 2’s fiendishly-clever portrait mode works

This is how the Pixel 2’s fiendishly-clever portrait mode works

Of all the Pixel 2 surprises, top of the list has to be just how good the Google smartphone's portrait mode photography is, despite only using a single camera. Although phones that simulate background bokeh aren't new, the iPhone 8 Plus and others rely on two cameras side-by-side to pull off the trick. Now, Google is explaining how it's done - and giving some tips as to how to maximize the impact.

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Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

While Google’s Pixel phones have had very impressive scores on DxOMark’s benchmarks, it is perhaps even more impressive that they are able to accomplish that much for very little hardware. Much of the magic happens on the software side, with the use of algorithms and machine learning. Those, however, don’t just magically happen and incur a penalty on the phone’s processor. That is why Google made its own Pixel Visual Core system-on-chip specifically and only for image processing and machine learning related to that. And soon, even third party developers will have access to it.

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Google Camera NX for Nexus 5X, 6P brings Motion Photos, Face Retouching

Google Camera NX for Nexus 5X, 6P brings Motion Photos, Face Retouching

Having great hardware is one thing, but without software to fully take advantage of it, their greatness is reduced. That is the painful truth that owners of the 2015 Nexus phones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, find themselves in. Despite having capable camera hardware and the processors to drive some features, the stock camera apps don’t do it enough justice. Fortunately, this is Android and one enterprising developer, XDA Senior Member Charles_I, was able to take Google Camera 5.1 app intended for the new Pixel 2 phones and put them in a new Google Camera NX mod that will do wonders for the two last Nexus phones.

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DxO ONE Android edition just popped up with USB-C

DxO ONE Android edition just popped up with USB-C

This morning the folks at camera rating group DxO revealed a new version of their iOS app and slipped in mention of a new device. The new device will work with Android, coming with a USB-C connector rather than a Lightning connector for iPhone. This version of the device will likely operate extremely similar to its iPhone/iPad-based relative.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III takes point-and-shoot up a notch

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III takes point-and-shoot up a notch

The phrase “point-and-shoot” almost implies a camera that is both simple yet also underpowered. But camera technology has come a long way and component prices may have gone down quite a lot. Technology and economy have both played a role in making features previously only found in higher end DSLRs also available on previously less featured cameras. Case in point is the third gen PowerShot G1 X Mark III that packs two such features, though at no small cost.

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