Photographer tests iPhone 6/Plus cameras, Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, OIS and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 19, 2014

As Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit store shelves in the United States and a few major markets around the world, first hands-on videos are appearing online (and let’s not forget about torture tests, too).

Teaming up with The Verge, professional photographer Austin Mann put the handsets’ enhanced cameras through the paces on beautiful locations in Iceland.

He took a series of photographs and videos that do an excellent job showing off improvements such as the new Focus Pixels, manual Exposure Control, higher-resolution Panorama photography, Slo-Mo video enhancements and Optical Image Stabilization.

The results are quite impressive: the more accurate sensor, Apple’s enhanced signal image processor inside the A8 chip and iOS 8′s software improvements enable noticeably sharper images, despite the same eight-megapixel camera resolution. Read More

 

The 25 best new features of iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

Admittedly, the myriad of new and useful capabilities that Apple’s just-released iOS 8 brings to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are going to prove hugely popular with mainstream users, to say the least. With iOS 8, Apple is appeasing harsh critics who’d frequently point out that Android is capable of things iOS cannot do, and then some more.

iOS 8 opens up Apple’s mobile operating system to third-party development to a much greater extent than ever before. And stemming from relaxed policies, iOS 8 boosts on-the-go productivity with deeper inter-app sharing while implementing some of the features our Android friends have grown accustomed to, but in a typical hassle-free Apple fashion, things like third-party keyboards, custom actions, photo editing extensions within the context of Photos and Camera apps and way more.

And though evolutionary rather than revolutionary, we have no doubt in our minds that iOS 8 is going to significantly improve the functionality of Apple’s mobile platform, and perhaps even give some folks less reasons to jailbreak.

To celebrate today’s release of the free iOS 8 software update, we proudly present you this detailed overview of more than two dozen iOS 8 features we think you’re going to fall in love with at first sight. Read More

 

iPhone 6 features 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and an all-new sensor

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014

As expected, Apple has elected to stay with 8 megapixels for the iPhone 6′s rear camera, but it is made a number of other improvements. The camera comes in at 1.5µ pixels, with a ƒ/2.2 aperture, true tone flash, and an all-new image sensor, which Apple says has ‘focus pixels.’ Apparently these pixels do “phase detection” autofocus, which amounts to autofocus that’s twice as fast as the 5s’ camera. Read More

 

Claimed rear camera with OIS and other iPhone 6 components surface in new photos

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2014

Modified Russian accessory vendor Feld & Volk, known for customizing iPhones with luxury parts like solid gold volume buttons, Friday on its Instagram profile published photos it claims show a rear camera with optical image stabilization for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 version, along with an assortment of other claimed components such as the microphone, speaker and the power button with rubber seal.

Jump past the fold, give the images a quick look and join us in comments for an analysis. Read More

 

Sony readying interchangeable E-Mount lenses for pro mobile photography

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

The Japanese giant Sony is gearing up to unveil a number of new gadgets at the IFA press conference which kicks off tomorrow in Berlin. And with 24 hours until the presser, an ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera has conveniently leaked out.

The latest addition to its QX-branded smartphone and tablet camera accessory lineup, the forthcoming ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera reportedly won’t have a fixed lens and instead will let you use any of Sony’s E-Mount lenses, the oft-reliable SonyAlphaRumors blog reported Tuesday.

As if that wasn’t enough, the ILCE-QX1 is said to feature a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and a built-in flash. That being said, compatibility with the E-Mount lenses is bound to strike a chord with iPhone photography fans. Read More

 

New leak compares iPhone 6 to iPhone 5s ahead of expected-September announcement

By Jake Smith on Aug 24, 2014

New images claiming to show the iPhone 6 in space grey appeared on Sunday, adding fuel to the fire ahead of Apple’s expected announcement in the coming weeks. The authenticity of the images hasn’t been verified, so take them with a grain of salt, but the claimed iPhone 6 shown gels nicely with leaks over the past year and are fun to look at nonetheless. Read More

 

iPhone 6 camera lens sticks out 0.67 millimeters, alleged production schematic hints

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2014

After several alleged production images and rear shell photos published recently have indicated strongly that one or maybe both new iPhone models could feature an iPod touch-style protruding camera ring on the back, a purported three-dimensional render of a device that resembles the iPhone 6 has surfaced today, showing a camera lens that sticks out between 0.67 and 0.77 millimeters… Read More

 

New Google app: Photo Sphere Camera for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014

Google has released a brand new iPhone photography application in the App Store. Dubbed Photo Sphere Camera, it provides functionality similar to the iOS Panorama shooting mode, and then some more.

By continuously taking images as you pan your device around, Photo Sphere Camera then stitches the individual photos together to create a nice sphere-like 360-degree image which can be published directly to Google Maps or shared with anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and via email.

The app is a free download. I’ve included additional tidbits right after the jump… Read More

 

Camera+ picks up improvements ahead of ‘cool new things’ in forthcoming iOS 8 update

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 18, 2014

My favorite iPhone photography application, Camera+ by a developer called Tap tap tap, has received a few very nice additions ahead of an upcoming iOS 8 update.

Camera+ 5.2, a free update for existing users, contains several bug fixes while introducing a new adjustment to the Vignette effect, improvements to the Soft Focus and Film Grain effects and the Clarity Pro feature and more.

Oh, and this version has fixed broken Flickr sharing stemming from a recent change to the way third-party apps like Camera+ access Yahoo’s photo-sharing service… Read More

 

New iPhone 6 rear shell photos show protruding camera lens and round True Tone LED flash

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2014

Although everyone’s favorite parts leaker, Australia-born Sonny Dickson, has remained mostly mum in terms of iPhone 6 component leaks this year, Tuesday morning he took to Twitter to share high-resolution photos of an alleged iPhone 6 rear shell which seem to match up nicely with the leaks we recently saw.

In addition to the antenna breaks at the top and the bottom replacing the glass cutouts seen on the iPhone 5/5s, the images appear to depict an iPod touch-style protruding lens for the device. Also clearly visible on the photos: a circular dual-LED flash module that Apple calls ‘True Tone’ flash… Read More

 

Microsoft likely unveiling new Lumia devices at September 4 IFA event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2014

Apple’s chief rival Samsung has already blocked out a Galaxy Note 4 related slot at the upcoming IFA trade show for consumer electronics in Berlin, Germany and now software giant Microsoft has sent out invites for an IFA event of its own.

It’s scheduled for Thursday, September 4, and we’re expecting some nice new Lumias with major upgrades in the camera department — and maybe even a rumored Lumia ‘selfie’ phone. Photography and camera performance have always been the hallmarks of Nokia’s design.

High-end Lumias such as the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020 are widely recognized and regarded as the best smartphones for mobile photography. But mobile photography is just as important to Apple so it’ll be interesting seeing what new hardware and software features are Microsoft and Nokia have in tow… Read More

 

Flir One case that gives your iPhone thermal imaging capabilities goes on pre-order

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2014

An accessory maker called Flir at CES back in January announced its novel case promising to give your iPhone true thermal-imaging capabilities.

Based on technology that was formerly reserved for the military, the Flir One case brings high-end thermal imaging to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s, giving the iconic smartphone Predator-like vision.

The case is coming to Apple retail stores in the United States, Canada and Europe in August and today the company has started accepting pre-orders… Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6 to adopt Sony’s 13-megapixel Exmor IMX220 camera sensor

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Most of the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the blogosphere seem to point to Apple passing on the megapixel race. The firm instead appears to focus on advancing mobile photography using a number of hardware and software techniques to produce better-looking images.

These range from optical image stabilization to using larger pixels and enhanced filters for better low-light performance to providing a wider aperture to let more light in.

And just as the pundits have started to accept that the iPhone 6′s back camera will be eight megapixels comes a new report alleging that Apple will switch to a Sony-made 13-megapixel module in its upcoming iPhone refresh. Interestingly, the same unit is expected to appear on the Sony Xperia Z3 handset… Read More

 

Microsoft updates OneDrive with camera backups in the background and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2014

The free OneDrive app for the iPhone and iPad (formerly SkyDrive) has just gotten a lot better with features like photo backups in the background and other perks that allow you to do more from your phone.

And thanks to proper support for Microsoft’s mobile Office apps, getting your photos and videos into OneDrive to import them into your Office projects on the iPhone and iPad is a trivial affair now.

That’s the gist of a blog post Microsoft somewhat hastily put together today to counter a Google Drive app update and a plethora of announcements that have been coming out of Google I/O since this morning… Read More

 
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