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Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod attaches a printer to your smartphone Motorola has officially announced its Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod, a small Polaroid instant printer that attaches directly to the back of the Moto Z smartphones. Nov. 16, 2017
Corephotonics sues Apple over dual-camera zoom patents Israel-based company Corephotonics—which is best known for its smartphone dual-camera systems—has filed a patent infringement case against Apple in federal court. The company claims that has used Corephotonics' dual-camera zoom technology in the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus without authorization. Nov. 10, 2017
Market report provides interesting insights into camera module industry Market research & strategy consulting company Yole Développement has just released its "Camera Module Industry Market and Technology Trends 2017" report, and the document includes a number of interesting findings and forecasts that photographers, specially those interested in smartphone photography, should pay attention to. Nov. 07, 2017
The ROV Slider promises cinematic phone, GoPro and DSLR shots at the push of a button ROV Slider, a new motorized camera slider currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, promises to bring cinematic slider shots to the masses. Oct. 18, 2017
Surprise! Google hid a custom-built image processor inside the Pixel 2 Google's Pixel 2 launch event on October 4th put a lot of emphasis on the new smartphone's camera capabilities. However, the presenters at the event left out one very interesting detail: Google Visual Core. Oct. 18, 2017
Huawei unveils Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with Leica dual-cam and AI-powered features Chinese manufacturer Huawei launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate 10, at an event in Munich today. And like previous high-end Huawei models, the Mate 10 comes with a camera that has been developed in cooperation with Leica—this gets you not only a Leica badge on the device’s back plate but also a very promising looking dual-cam setup that combines a 12MP RGB sensor with a 20MP monochrome chip. 4K video and an 8MP front camera are on board as well. Oct. 17, 2017
Polaroid Moto Mod leaked, straps an instant printer to your smartphone Leakster Evan Blass has tweeted an image showing two Moto Mods, one of which is said to be a Polaroid instant print camera module for printing photos directly from your smartphone. As with any Moto Mod, this particular module will be compatible with the Moto Z handsets, including the Moto Z Play and Moto Z² Force Edition. Oct. 17, 2017
30+ Best Photography Competitions to Elevate Your Craft (Part I) Whether you are a professional photographer looking to gain more exposure or an amateur who wants to know how your work stacks up against your peers, photography competitions are a fantastic way to stretch yourself and grow your craft. Oct. 13, 2017
Camera+ 10 update brings depth editing and HEIF support Third party camera apps are a great way to customize your mobile photo experience and expand the feature set of your smartphone camera; however, with mobile imaging technology advancing at lightning speed, app makers are constantly playing catch up. Oct. 10, 2017
Google's unlimited full-res photo storage for Pixel 2 owners ends in 2020 As with the original Pixel handsets, Google is stressing the quality of its Pixel 2 phone's 12MP camera, calling it the "world's highest rated smartphone camera" thanks to its DxOMark score of 98. The smartphone doesn't start shipping to buyers until November 15th, but ahead of that the company has shared a gallery of unedited images and videos taken with the handset. Oct. 10, 2017
Report: Samsung is developing a 1,000fps mobile image sensor According to sources who spoke to Korean publication ETNews, Samsung is planning to kick its mobile camera technology up a notch with a 1,000fps smartphone camera sensor that will compete directly with Sony's similar sensor. This technology is called a "3-layered image sensor," and Samsung has reportedly ordered special equipment necessary to start producing the hardware in November. Smartphones featuring this technology, like the Sony Xperia XZ, can record super-slow-motion video. Oct. 03, 2017
Apple iPhone 8 Plus offers dual stabilized dual-cam, iPhone X goes edge-to-edge At its event in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple has today unveiled its latest iPhone models, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Despite the direct step from the iPhone 7 to the 8 model number, rather than 7s, the new models look at first sight like fairly incremental upgrades. Sep. 13, 2017
DxOMark Mobile testing protocol now considers bokeh simulation, low-light, motion and zoom Camera and lens testing company DxOMark has announced an updated smartphone camera evaluation protocol that evaluates additional elements encompassing some of the newer mobile camera technologies. This new protocol builds upon the previous version, adding an updated low-light test that evaluates performance down to 1 lux, new bokeh and zoom tests, and a motion-based test. Sep. 13, 2017
THE EVOLUTION OF ZOOM CAMERA TECHNOLOGIES IN SMARTPHONES Zoom is a commonly used photography feature; it allows the user to shift smoothly from a long shot to a close-up and vice versa. Optical zoom employs camera optics (a lens) to magnify the object, while digital zoom crops and up scales the input image. Unlike optical zoom, digital zoom reduces resolution and, as a result, diminishes image quality. Sep. 08, 2017
Readers' travel photography competition: August – the winners From reindeer in northern Sweden to penguins in South Georgia, this month’s images include some very original animal shots. Scroll down to see the winner, who receives a £200 holiday voucher from Exodus Travels. The overall 2017 winner will go on a 16-night wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with Exodus. Sep. 07, 2017
Motorola Moto X4 brings a dual-cam with super-wide-angle to the mid-range segment Lenovo has introduced the Motorola Moto X4 at its IFA 2017 event, closing the gap in its line-up that was created after the Moto X series went into hiatus with the launch of the Moto Z models last year. Sep. 05, 2017
Sony launches Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact with 3D-scanning function Sony has just announced the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact smartphone models, both of which take over many of the camera specifications of the flagship Xperia XZ Premium that was announced earlier this year at MWC. Sep. 05, 2017
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8 HANDS-ON REVIEW Samsung Galaxy Note owners have always been cut from a different cloth. It was the original Galaxy Note that popularized ‘phablets’ back in 2011, and Note owners love their devices so much they refused to return the recalled Note 7, which had a tendency to catch fire and explode. Aug. 24, 2017
Asus ZenFone 4 Pro dual-cam comes with 2x zoom and portrait blur Taiwanese manufacturer Asus is a pioneer in the area of smartphone zoom, and so it does not come as a surprise that its latest flagship model, the ZenFone 4 Pro, comes with a quite impressive looking dual-camera setup that offers 2x zoom capability. Aug. 21, 2017
WITH ‘PURE’ ANDROID AND ZEISS OPTICS, THE NOKIA 8 DOES ITS BADGE PROUD It’s hard to think of HMD Global as “a startup.” The company launched in early 2017 and skyrocketed into the spotlight due to its licensing partnership to use the Nokia brand name for its smartphones. Other than a handful of feature phones, the company launched three budget smartphones: The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6. The latest to join the family is also HMD’s first flagship smartphone — the Nokia 8. Aug. 17, 2017
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