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Photography

At long last, pet portraits with background blur are possible on the iPhone XR

By | Apps, Artificial Intelligence, bokeh, Gadgets, halide, iPhone, iPhone Xr, Mobile, Photography

The new iPhones have some great new photography features, but the XR lacks a couple, for instance portrait mode for non-people subjects, owing to its sadly having only the one camera. So last year! Fortunately third party camera app Halide is here to help you get that professional-looking bokeh in your doggo shots.

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The future of photography is code

By | Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, Photography, Science, TC

What’s in a camera? A lens, a shutter, a light-sensitive surface and, increasingly, a set of highly sophisticated algorithms. While the physical components are still improving bit by bit, Google, Samsung and Apple are increasingly investing in (and showcasing) improvements wrought entirely from code. Computational photography is the only real battleground now. The reason for […]

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See the new iPhone’s ‘focus pixels’ up close

By | Apple, cameras, Gadgets, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone XS, iPhone Xs Max, Mobile, Photography

The new iPhones have excellent cameras, to be sure. But it’s always good to verify Apple’s breathless on-stage claims with first-hand reports. We have our own review of the phones and their photography systems, but teardowns provide the invaluable service of letting you see the biggest changes with your own eyes — augmented, of course, by a high-powered microscope.

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Big cameras and big rivalries take center stage at Photokina

By | cameras, Fujifilm, Gadgets, Hardware, leica, mirrorless, Panasonic, Photography, Photokina, Sigma, TC

Photokina is underway in London and the theme of the show is “large.” Unusually for an industry that is trending towards the compact, the cameras on stage at this show sport big sensors, big lenses, and big price tags. But though they may not be for the average shooter, these cameras are impressive pieces of hardware that hint at things to come for the industry as a whole.

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The 7 most egregious fibs Apple told about the iPhone XS camera

By | Apple, Apple Hardware Event 2018, Gadgets, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone XS, Photography

Apple always drops a few whoppers at its events, and the iPhone XS announcement today was no exception. And nowhere were they more blatant than in the introduction of the devices’ “new” camera features. No one doubts that iPhones take great pictures, so why bother lying about it? My guess is they can’t help themselves.

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Nikon embraces a mirrorless future with Z series cameras and lenses

By | cameras, Gadgets, Hardware, mirrorless, Nikon, Photography, TC

The largest trend in photography over the last five years or so, not counting smartphones, has been the emergence and maturity of mirrorless camera systems. These operate in a very different manner from traditional SLRs, and as such market leaders with decades embedded in the latter — namely Canon and Nikon — have resisted making the shift. That changes for Nikon today with its announcement of the Z6 and Z7, which show the company is making the change wholeheartedly.

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Canon and Nikon are reportedly both planning full-frame mirrorless cameras this year

By | Canon, Gadgets, Hardware, mirrorless, Nikon, Photography

It’s going to be an exciting year for photographers — finally — as both Canon and Nikon are reportedly planning full-frame mirrorless cameras for debut before the end of 2018. It’s good news for consumers, because it means that both companies have been investing heavily in the next phase of digital photography, and that competition in the mirrorless world is about to heat up.

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Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

By | cameras, Gadgets, Hardware, Photography, Science, solar, Solar Power, University of Michigan

As if there weren’t already cameras enough in this world, researchers created a new type that is both microscopic and self-powered, making it possible to embed just about anywhere and have it work perpetually. It’s undoubtedly cool technology, but it’s probably also going to cause a spike in tinfoil sales.

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