An article over at PetaPixel points out that the Chinese brand Tecno has announced the Phantom X2 Pro, a high-end smartphone that features the world's first retractable portrait lens that helps achieve true optical bokeh. Other SmartPhone manufacturers are bound to follow if this turns out as good as it appears.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
Monday, November 7, 2022
Adobe recently acquired Frame.io and announced some new camera to cloud integration. A great article over at PetaPixel.com goes into detail. I find it puzzling that camera manufacturers haven't done something like this a long time ago.
Initially only a couple of cameras will use this feature but very likely this is just a first step. This functionality will allow camera manufacturers to build features into cameras that most SmartPhones have had for a long time.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
The video above by Alex Armitage is from a post over at Fstoppers where Alex compares the Canon R5, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. This caught my interest because I've been feeling the same thing since purchasing a new iPhone 14 Pro.
One thing I found interesting is that the people making comments on the YouTube video mostly agree with Alex whereas the people commenting on the Fstoppers article don't agree with Alex.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
One of the major things that Smartphones do to excel over DSLR and Mirrorless cameras is computational imaging. That is, they have the compute power to many things to change and improve the images.
Many would be surprised to find out how much of this image modification goes on in high end Smartphones. In the video above Marques explains some of the image modification that Smartphones are doing. I was amazed to find out about many of these modifications!
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
This video and the accompanying post by Lee Morris on fstoppers.com highlights the fact that the software on smartphones is getting sophisticated very rapidly and will make conventional cameras obsolete in the near future.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
In the above video Tony responds to a poll he did for his readers on whether or not they think Smartphones are real cameras. Since Tony is a long time professional photographer and uses his iPhone 13 Pro Max in much of his work, I think he is in a good position to comment on this subject. I think he does a good job and has many examples that compare images from his iPhone 13 Pro Max and his other cameras.
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Techradar.com has an article that goes into much more detail on this subject. As described in the article, the President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS), Terusi Shimizu, made this assertion in a business meeting in Japan. Also, Sony expects the sensor size in "high-end" model phones to double by 2024.
The broad conclusion of this article is that smartphones are expected to continue their imaging evolution and, for most people, standalone cameras will become redundant.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tyler Stalman has a companion video (see above) to the one I cited below that reviews the new features of the iPhone 13 from a Photographers point of view rather than a Filmmaker's point of view.
Great review! Thanks again Tyler.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
I got my new iPhone 13 Pro on Sept 24 and I've been working hard since then to understand all the great new features. The new features are pretty amazing!
I've found that Tyler Stalman does a great job of explaining and reviewing all the new features. Tyler's video above goes in the the new Cinematic Mode. Another great explication of the new camera features is on Tyler's podcast (listen to it here) where he spends 29 minutes talking to the camera engineers at Apple that designed all the new camera features.
Thanks Tyler for doing such a great job explaining this stuff!
Friday, September 10, 2021
I wanted suggest that everyone serious about iPhone photography should checkout Emil Pakarklis's iPhonephotographyschool.com site because it it loaded with great advice and iPhone photography tips and tricks.
The video above is an example of Emil's great work. Even though you probably didn't think you needed any advice about releasing the iPhone shutter Emil gives some great advice for how to use all the shutter release methods.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Felix Richter over at statista.com did an interesting poll. He asked 881 professional photographers about their use of SmartPhones. 64 percent of the respondents said they use SmartPhones for at least half of their work. See Felix's article here.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
In the video above Max explains how Apple will probably use LiDAR in the iPhone 13 Pro models to enhance computational photography and make photos and video look like they were shot with a high quality lens that blurs the backgrounds. Very cool technology!