Photography

Kodak Scanza turns your old film negatives into digital images

Kodak Scanza turns your old film negatives into digital images

Depending on your age, there's a decent chance you have an old shoe box full of older film negatives. Maybe you've been putting off digitizing those negatives for years because it's too much of a hassle. Maybe you've tried DIY contraptions that let you "develop" them with your phone camera. Regardless, Kodak just introduced a much easier alternative, and it may be cheaper than third-party services if you have a lot of film negatives to convert.

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Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

Google Camera Mod brings Portrait/Lens Blur, 4K recording to some devices

There’s no doubt about it, Google’s camera software on its Pixel smartphones, specifically the Pixel 2 is topnotch. It is a huge part of the reason, with hardware only secondary, why the Pixel 2 is at the top of DxOMark’s list. Unfortunately, Google isn’t exactly sharing its Camera app with others, even its own Nexus phones, even if some phones are capable of supporting those features. Fortunately, Android has a very passionate community of developers and modders who have picked the app apart and put it back together to bring the Google Camera mod to more smartphones.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 packs phone stabilization for $129

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 packs phone stabilization for $129

DJI may have made a name for itself with drones, but for many photographers its the company's stabilizing gimbals that are essential, and now there's an even cheaper option. The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is, as the name suggests, the follow-up to the original Osmo, revamped with a far cheaper sticker price of just $129. Meanwhile, DJI also has a new stabilizer intended for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

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New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

It would appear that Google's not done innovating in the hardware universe. They've got a new sort of camera in the mix, one made for multiple kinds of devices. This camera doesn't just move in and out to adjust focus or zoom, it has a moving mirror, too. This is a camera unlike any we've seen in a smartphone or tablet ever before

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Insta360 Pro 12K VR update V2.0 brings features galore

Insta360 Pro 12K VR update V2.0 brings features galore

This morning the folks at Insta360 revealed their newest major update for their professional-level spherical camera. With the update, this device was given the ability to capture massive 12K media. This device was also given the ability to lend its onboard processing power to a desktop computer to help stitch together 360 spherical videos with a feature called Stitching Box.

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Photosynth reborn in Microsoft Pix iOS update

Photosynth reborn in Microsoft Pix iOS update

Near the beginning of the year, Microsoft announced the shut down of a service called Photosynth. That shut down came as something of a surprise, as it ended a 9 year run for Photosynth, which allowed users to turn their photos into 3D panoramas. Today, however, it's getting a new lease on life by way of a new update to Microsoft Pix on iOS.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools

Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools

Google has taken the wraps off what it calls "appsperiments," an awkward moniker for a trio of new experimental apps that all center around mobile photography. These apps were designed to help explore "the potentials of mobile photography," says Google, which calls its new apps Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies. Each name refers to the app's primary function, though you won't be able to use all three on the same device.

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KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera catches up with the times

KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera catches up with the times

While professional digital cameras remain uncontested at the top, at least for now, point-and-shoot cameras are struggling to find their place in this smartphone-centric world. Some, like Fujifilm have found a rather profitable niche in instant print cameras, digital or otherwise, and long-time rival Kodak has jumped in as well. The latter has just announced the latest in its growing roster of Instant Print products, the KODAK Mini Shot, designed to provide instant gratification even for the smartphone generation.

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VSCO Messages feature connects users in a private space

VSCO Messages feature connects users in a private space

Instagram may still sit on top of the mobile photography market, but VSCO continues to push out new features that make it a notable alternative. Newest among those features is Messages, enabling users to directly communicate with each other in a private space without leaving the app. While the feature can be used to send a text message directly to a user, it isn't limited to just that type of messaging.

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CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

Digital cameras still have an edge over smartphone when it comes to quality, but they can be slow when it comes to workflow. Sharing or printing a picture requires sending it to another computer and while built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth try to alleviate that, these features are often painfully slow. That is why a group of digital photography enthusiasts have come together to build the CamFi Pro, a wireless camera controller that’s so fast, you might think you’re transferring data over a USB cable instead.

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Android edition DxO One camera released today in Early Access mode

Android edition DxO One camera released today in Early Access mode

Starting this morning the DxO One camera add-on for smartphones was made available for Android. This add-on is part of a sort of beta program, so to speak - though DxO calls it an "Early Access Program." With such a program, DxO effectively makes users pay for a product which they'll be testing before it's made ready for the general public.

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