Photography

Olympus PEN E-PL9 appeals to smartphone photography graduates

Olympus PEN E-PL9 appeals to smartphone photography graduates

It’s pretty much a fact that smartphones have cannibalized the point-and-shoot camera market, but after a period of panicking, camera makers seemed to have calmed down and started taking things in stride. That’s partly because they know that there will always be those, even from the selfie-loving crowd, that will eventually want to go beyond what even the most talented smartphone camera and software can offer. And they’re very well prepared to welcome these aspiring photographers with cameras like the new Olympus PEN E-PL9, designed specifically for people who are just now discovering the joys of photography.

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Samsung ISOCELL Dual brings bokeh to mid-range, budget phones

Samsung ISOCELL Dual brings bokeh to mid-range, budget phones

Dual cameras, mostly on the back and sometimes even on the front, are all the rage these days. Almost anyone and everyone, including makers of mid-range to entry-level phones have them. But adding those features isn’t as straightforward nor as cost-efficient, especially for smaller companies. To help these companies, and corner the dual camera sensor market in the process, Samsung is offering what it bills as the industry’s first total dual camera solution. Which is just marketing speak for bundling its ISOCELL Dual image sensors with the software necessary to pull off features like bokeh and low-light photography.

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The Pixel 2’s custom image chip is going live for all apps

The Pixel 2’s custom image chip is going live for all apps

Google has fired up the Pixel Visual Core, activating the custom imaging chip that was the surprise hidden in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. News of the company's very first homegrown picture-processing silicon broke a month after the smartphones themselves hit shelves, a secret addition to the Android handsets' logic boards. However, at first they weren't actually available to use.

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LG V30 DxOMark score: good but not good enough

LG V30 DxOMark score: good but not good enough

When LG announced the V30, it boasted of two things about its camera: its crystal clear glass lens and its big f/1.6 aperture. Taken independently, those specs might sound amazing. But digital photography is more than just lenses or even megapixel counts. It’s about everything working together for the best effect. And as DxOMark found in its review of the LG V30, it might not have the best. That said, it’s still one of the better ones out there in the market.

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Fujifilm X-A5 mirrorless camera launches: 24MP, 4K video, retro design

Fujifilm X-A5 mirrorless camera launches: 24MP, 4K video, retro design

Fujifilm has launched the X-A5 mirrorless camera, the lightest and smallest zoom camera found in its X-Series, according to the company. This model sports a retro design, but with a compact style that pairs well with the large zoom lens. Buyers get a 24MP APS-C sensor alongside some prosumer-tier features, including optical image stabilization and 4K video recording.

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Moto Mods tipped to attach your DSLR lenses to Moto Z phones

Moto Mods tipped to attach your DSLR lenses to Moto Z phones

Sony, Canon, and Nikon lenses from real-deal DSLR cameras will be able to work with the Moto Z in the near future. That's if what a Moto-friendly source says he saw ends up coming to market. This would be the most exciting Moto Mod to come to the Moto Mods collection since the collection began - and certainly makes for a more exciting 2018 when we consider the implications.

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Twitter neural network makes image previews more attractive

Twitter neural network makes image previews more attractive

Twitter is rolling out an improved image preview experience, one that better crops images so that they show the contents of the photos rather than just whatever lies in the center. This improvement is thanks to hardworking Twitter engineers and a trained neural network, the latter of which has learned how to identify the parts of an image someone is most likely to look at.

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Samsung’s new camera tech has big Galaxy S9 implications

Samsung’s new camera tech has big Galaxy S9 implications

With Samsung's Galaxy S9 fast approaching at Mobile World Congress, and the Galaxy Note 9 expected to follow later in the year, all eyes are on what camera technology the company might debut. Luckily for the phone-maker, Samsung also has a division making not only the Exynos processors some Galaxy S9 phones are expected to use, but image sensors too.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP130 adds Bluetooth to a rugged compact camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 adds Bluetooth to a rugged compact camera

There are still a lot of things going for dedicated digital cameras, even the simpler point-and-shoot ones. The one argument against them, however, is their lack of a dedicated Internet connection. Even worse for those compact cameras that can’t even connect to your phone. That’s why, a year after it launched the FinePix XP120, Fujifilm has come out with, what else, the FinePix XP130. It’s almost a dead ringer for the older model except for one important new feature: Bluetooth connectivity.

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OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

There seems to be a new pattern among some of the newer and smaller players in the smartphone market. Launch a phone with “decent”, sometimes even dismal camera performance and then promise a firmware update that fixes it later. That fix does come, eventually, but sometimes the results are less than satisfying. Fortunately there are some rather devoted app developers, like XDA Senior Member txx1219, who develop some mods, like this OnePlus Camera M, that takes the disappointing stock OEM camera app and magically transforms it into something good.

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iPhone X vs Sony A7R III camera showdown: There’s an app for that

iPhone X vs Sony A7R III camera showdown: There’s an app for that

Smartphone photography has been improving with each generation of device, and it's not unusual these days to see theater releases shot on iPhone. All the same, there's still a little skepticism out there about just how well an iPhone sensor can hold up to a dedicated camera, and whether it's just a stopgap or could actually be the device you should reach for first.

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Google Photos update adds free storage codes

Google Photos update adds free storage codes

This week the folks at Google released a new version of their photos app, Google Photos. Android users will likely be first in the update line for a number of new features, including the most important one: free stuff support. Everyone loves free stuff, and Google knows how everyone loves free stuff, so they've added more free stuff to Google Photos.

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