Photography

iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

Camera benchmark specialists DxO just recently revised their testing procedures and ratings to make room for modern smartphone camera features. And that update may have just given Apple the advantage to reclaim the title of King of Smartphone Cameras. The second new smartphone it tested after the update (the Xperia XZ Premium being the first), the iPhone 8 Plus now stands at the top of DxOMark's list, followed immediately by the smaller iPhone 8. This definitely puts a lot more pressure on former champion Google to do better with the Google Pixel 2 coming next week.

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Galaxy S9’s camera likely a speed-master for slo-mo

Galaxy S9’s camera likely a speed-master for slo-mo

The Galaxy S9 may be the first major device to benefit from a Samsung image sensor revealed in the rumor mill this week. The 3-layer image processing unit is tipped to use a method of capture not entirely unlike the 3-layer image sensor released this year by Sony. If the past is any indicator, it would not be a surprise to see Samsung employ this new image processor in some models, while Sony's equivalent IMX image processor lives in others.

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NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible

NVIDIA Ansel made these awesome in-game photos possible

This week we took a look at a bunch of images captured in the wild by gamers, all made possible with NVIDIA Ansel. The NVIDIA Ansel system allows a gamer to stop time by capturing the environment in which they're playing a game. Through this system's abilities, users can re-live the moment they were in, and share that moment from angles never before possible.

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Nikon reveals it’s working on a full-frame mirrorless camera

Nikon reveals it’s working on a full-frame mirrorless camera

While camera makers like Sony, Fujifilm, and Olympus have found varying levels of success with the mirrorless camera format, Nikon has been more conservative, limiting its offerings to devices that are closer to the point-and-shoot market. It looks like that's going to change soon, as Nikon has said that going forward, all of their mirrorless cameras will be full-frame.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black discovered with 4K, 60fps recording

GoPro Hero 6 Black discovered with 4K, 60fps recording

The latest action camera from GoPro, the Hero 6 Black, has leaked ahead of its official reveal, but not in the typical way of specs and photos making their way online. Instead, the actual camera, complete with finalized retail packaging, has been discovered at a Best Buy store in Canada. This comes well before the expected announcement/release on September 28th, but it gives us an early look at the camera's details and specs.

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The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 just brought back the original …sort of

The Polaroid OneStep 2 i-Type Camera is a modern recreation - reboot, if you will, of the original Polaroid OneStep. The original Polaroid OneStop was made in 1977, and the subsequent line of OneStop Polaroid self-printing photo cameras made Polaroid a household name. In 2016, the company "The Impossible Project" created "The Impossible I-1", a self-printing photo camera that used self-printing photo film made in the last remaining Polaroid film-printing factory in the world.

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DxOMark updates its tests to catch up with the times

DxOMark updates its tests to catch up with the times

Smartphone photography is no longer just a “nice to have” feature anymore. In many instances, it is the driving force behind some of the latest innovations in both the mobile industry as well as the camera market. It has definitely come a long way, but DxOMak’s tests, which produce its well-regarded scores, are still stuck in the early days of the smartphone camera sensor. After having not a few smartphones beat its highest records, DxOMark finally decided to update its criteria for testing smartphones, which has caused a few phones to rise up or go down the ranks.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV superzoom is super fast

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV superzoom is super fast

Because of the limits of technology, we are sometimes forced to choose our battles and settle for compromises. That’s true for smartphones and it’s true for digital cameras as well. Super zoom? Yes, you can have that, but you’ll have to settle for less than speedy performance. Sony, however, is saying that you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. The latest addition to its Cyber-shot family, the RX10 IV, boasts of a few firsts. But its real claim to fame is combining a 24-600 mm lens with fast autofocus and fast tracking in a single camera.

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iPhone 8 Plus Portrait Lighting puts selfies on notice

iPhone 8 Plus Portrait Lighting puts selfies on notice

With the newly unveiled iPhone 8 handsets comes new camera abilities, and among those abilities is a new feature that ensures every portrait you take has the best lighting possible. Called 'Portrait Lighting,' this feature works by adjusting the lighting automatically when the handset user lines up the portrait shot, tweaking it as necessary to make sure the light illuminates the subject in the best way possible.

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Kodak Printomatic is another instant camera that uses ZINK

Kodak Printomatic is another instant camera that uses ZINK

Love them or hate them, instant cameras are back and now Kodak has gotten into the mix. These cameras are, like Polaroid models from days gone by, models that print instant photos. These images aren't very big and they aren't the best quality, but they're a fun way to make stickers, fill out a scrapbook, or entertain the kids.

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Fujifilm X-E3 woos smartphone users with touchscreen, Bluetooth

Fujifilm X-E3 woos smartphone users with touchscreen, Bluetooth

Canon and Nikon recently announced new digital cameras that were clearly aimed at the smartphone generation. Their spiel was to entice them with features that will help them graduate from their measly phone cameras. Fujifilm is following suit but is singing a different tune. it is, instead, bringing smartphone features to its mirrorless camera line, but, sadly, at the expense of some things that would otherwise make the X-E3 interesting to amateur photographers as well.

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Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, mobile web uploading inbound

Following news that Facebook is testing Stories on its desktop product, Instagram has taken the plunge and launched its own Stories feature for desktop users, removing its mobile limitation. In addition, Instagram will soon allow its users to upload content to their accounts using mobile web instead of the app, though desktop users won't get that ability.

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