Hauwei might not be the most recognizable smartphone company in western territories due to the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG and other suspects dominating the media headlines. However, Hauwei’s user adoption in China has expanded at an exponential rate and the Honor 7’s launch helped gain a strong foothold in European markets. This is because of superb specification, aluminium unibody design and fingerprint recognition sensor. Hauwei managed to offer a legitimate alternative to the OnePlus 2 and even set up a new vMall store to assist customers with the included 3 year handset guarantee.
The company’s next flagship line is the P9 and P9 Plus featuring a custom Kirin 955 64-Bit octa-core processor (4x 2.5GHz A72 + 4x 1.8GHz A53). The P9 also utilizes a 3000mAh battery, 5.2-inch 1920×1080 IPS display with a pixel density of 423ppi and a choice between 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM or 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM. The P9 Plus has a larger 3400mAh battery and 5.5-inch AMOLED display similar to the ones used on high-end Samsung devices although the resolution remains the same. As a result, the Plus model has a lower pixel density rate of 401ppi.
Both devices will run Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and the company’s EMUI 4.1 interface. This could be the latest drawback of the P9 and P9 Plus because it’s very different from the vanilla version of Android. Hauwei have partnered with legendary German optics company, Leica to include dual 12-megapixel rear cameras (mono + RGB) and an 8-megapixel front camera. The P9 Plus variant’s front camera also has autofocus. This is the first time Leica has offered their remarkable optics technology on any smartphone and I’m fascinated to see the results. Potentially, this could allow for the best image quality from any handset on the market.
Another incredible feature revolves around the device’s slim profile. The P9 is a mere 6.95mm thick and has a slimmer design than the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7. In terms of pricing, the P9 will cost 599 Euros for the 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM model and 649 Euros for the 4GB RAM , 64GB ROM handset. The P9 Plus is set to launch at 749 Euros and both handsets should be available on 20th May.
Canon has unveiled an astonishingly detailed, 250-megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor which features a signal readout rate of 1.25 billion pixels per second. The 19,580 x 12,600 resolution set a new world record for a camera of its size and is nothing short of an engineering marvel. According to Canon, the sensor can even detect the lettering on an aircraft from 18km away. Additionally, it’s predicted the camera will record video which is 30 times sharper than the 4K standard. This simply mesmerizing given the beautiful crispness 4K video exhibits.
The sensor isn’t geared towards mainstream usage but designed for security surveillance or other industry applications. Although, consumers should be able to procure 50 and 75 megapixel cameras in the next two years. While mobile phones contain fairly usable cameras, they are still no match for a DSLR. As a result, it seems photography companies are exemplifying the benefits of a DSLR over compact cameras. Honestly, I cannot see compact cameras remaining that popular if mobile sensors improve dramatically in low-light conditions.
In terms of picture and video quality, the future is very bright and I’m not entirely certain if the human eye can fully appreciate video quality 30 times crisper than 4K. Whatever the case, Canon is making huge technological strides and giving professionals the best tools possible to create stunning content.
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Yellowstone Park has become a breeding ground for dangerous and avoidable incidents as visitors try to capture the moment in close proximity to a host of wild animals. This particular case involves a 43 year-old Mississippi woman who casually turned her back on a Bison only 6 feet away. Even more worrying, she was accompanied by a young child who could have been seriously hurt. As she lined up the photograph, the Bison hurtled towards her and started a pursuit. In a move which almost redefines stupidity, the woman believed she could outpace the animal. A statement released from the park service outlined the course of events:
“They heard the bison’s footsteps moving toward them and started to run, but the bison caught the mother on the right side, lifted her up and tossed her with its head,”
Colleen Rawlings, a ranger in the park’s Old Faithful District added,
“The family said they read the warnings in both the park literature and the signage, but saw other people close to the bison, so they thought it would be OK,”
“People need to recognize that Yellowstone wildlife is wild, even though they seem docile. This woman was lucky that her injuries were not more severe.”
This exemplifies how easily people can be distracted by the selfie craze which could have resulted in disastrous consequences. Strangely enough, the term “wild” refers to an uncontrollable beast, so it is bizarre to see people acting in such a cavalier fashion. Perhaps this particular animal was upset because she rudely turned her back and didn’t say Bye….son/Bison. Joking aside, it’s shocking how commonplace these events are and I hope the press coverage will make people prioritize their safety above any kind of photograph.
Thanks to social photo sharing apps the majority of the photos we seem to see these days on the internet have been filtered. Filtered photos sure have their haters, but love them or hate them they are here to stay. Yahoo Labs found that photos that are filtered are 21% more likely to be viewed than their original and 45% more likely to be commented on.
Yahoo Labs even found that warmer filters boost engagement more than cooler filters. So now you know if you want your photos to be a bit more popular always go for warm filters. They even were able to nail down that casual shooters tend to use heavy filtering while more experienced photographers generally use filters that have a light effect. So the takeaway is if you don’t want to look like a casual photographer you need to use filters that lightly enhance the photos, not change them drastically. It sure is an interesting point, as it wouldn’t have occurred to me that choosing a filter made that much difference to how others give it their attention.
Technology and science go hand in hand, and some say that cooking is just another science, one more in touch with art and taste than maths. In recent years it has been common for people to take pictures of their meals before enjoying them but is making a special plate just to take a picture just a little too much?
Created by both Israel’s Camel Winery (interesting name right?) and Tel Aviv’s restaurant Catit, the Foodography workshop not only aims to satisfy your hunger with a five-course meal but to improve your photography skills while your eating.
Based around the use of two different plates, the Limbo (pictured above), and the 360 (pictured below), the patrons are trained by a photographer about how to capture their food for eternity. The Limbo is designed to allow the colourful food to stand out while also containing an area to stand your mobile phone ready to take a picture while also providing a stand to hold a light. The 360, however, is slightly different in that it’s designed for video capture. With another stand for your phone and circular dish, the 360 allows you to capture your food in its full glory. In the image below you can see it being used to capture as a circle of source is poured onto the plate.
Food looks nice, but I’ve never understood the fascination with taking pictures of it. On the other hand, good looking food does make you hungry and makes you want to eat it more so maybe this course isn’t all nonsense. The use of smartphones, letting everybody join into the course I think helps increase its appeal but at $155 (approximately £100) per head makes it a very pricey five-course meal.
Now if you don’t mind me, I’m feeling rather hungry.
PhaseOne announced today that it has developed the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera that is designed specifically for aerial photography. The iXU 180 is a high-end low profile camera that weighs two pounds without a needed lens.
The camera has a tiny size, with a 3.8″x3.6″x4.3″ body that is gyro-mountable for steady shots. With the camera and lens coming in at over three pounds it will take a decently powerful drone to serve as a base for using this camera. Along with the 80 megapixel version there will be two different 60 megapixel versions coming out, a black and white model and a color model. The camera will start to ship in mid-April, but currently there is no word on pricing.
Iiyama has added two new products to its 24″ display lineup, the ProLite X2481HS and XB2481HS, featuring a slim bezel design, FullHD resolution, LED backlights and the enhanced VA panel technology.
The company states that due to their VA LCD panel technology which is able to provide vivid and bright colours, along with high contrast and superior viewing angles, the display solutions are perfect for anyone working in the Photography, Graphic or Web design industry. Also, their multi-monitor configuration makes it a perfect solution for people working to manipulate multiple applications at the same time.
The ProLite XB2481HS features an ergonomic stand which rotates, tilts and its height can be adjusted by 13cm. Another feature consists of its ability to pivot between landscape and portrait mode. Both solutions are stated to come with integrated speakers and a wide range of connectivity options as shown below.
Iiyama says that the new generation ProLite XB2481HS and X2481HS are now available across Europe and are standard offered with 3 years ‘on-site’ Advance Exchange Warranty.
Cameras are really a modern marvel. How they capture such high-resolution images under a host of different conditions is incredible. But quite often their operation is so quick and so small that we don’t see how they do everything at once.
Well now we can, thanks to this great video by YouTube’s ‘Slo Mo Guys’ who slowed down the process of taking a picture, at different shutter speeds, giving us an amazing look at how it all works.
Slow motion video recording is becoming more and more advanced, allowing us to see usually mundane things in ways we’ve never seen before. Just this week we reported on the story that scientists had managed to capture the effect of a laser traveling through the air for the first time – recorded at an unbelievable 20 billion frames per second.
Well this video was shot at a more reasonable 10,000 fps, but it’s still amazing to see something that we all take for granted in such detail.
Do you miss the days of disposable cameras? The times that meant the picture you took was the picture you got? Well, a new iOS app might be just for you.
WhiteAlbum aims to bring back some of the excitement and mystery of film by making picture taking really important. After taking your picture, you get no chance to see it again, that’s unless you order prints of them. Yes, the photos you take are final and are not transferred to your camera roll. Instead they get sent off to a server for printing – just like the good old days (except the server part).
Another big part of taking pictures before digital was the cost – each picture you took cost you money. For 24 of those prints, that’ll cost you $20; a far cry from today’s trigger happy picture taking.
The app on the other hand is available for free from the iOS App Store.
Casio has released a new ‘selfie’ camera, which has a 14-megapixel sensor hidden behind a curved mirror. The Exilim MR1, given the catchy nickname “Kawaii Selfie by Mirror Camera”, uses a wide-angle lens and face detection to capture the whole of the user’s face, even close-up.
The Exilim MR1 can also shoot 1080p video, has built-in WiFi, and has 4x digital zoom. On the rear is a 2.7-inch LCD screen and basic controls, with on-board image editing including skin tone adjustment and filters. The 700mAh can power up to 230 photographs.
The device has been launched in Hong Kong for around $330.
Everyone who’s in the market for a top notch smartphone always has to consider the shooter that comes attached to it. Most people are after a rear facing camera that gets a great shot, and Sony today announced huge strides in improving camera optics performance for the smartphone market. The Japanese based company announced it’s new Exmor RS IMX230 stacked CMOS imaging sensor – built specifically for smartphone cameras.
Sony’s recent press release gave a little insight into the new image sensors technology. The new sensor will come set for action with a 21-megapixel stills shooter, and will be the first CMOS smartphone image sensor to feature an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function. What does this all mean exactly? Well, Sony’s new smartphone sensor will be able to utilise up to 192 auto-focus points in an image – which should dramatically improve focus on high speed or moving subjects in an image. Improved snap time generally means fantastic image processing, and it’s exciting that high end camera functions are finally trickling down into smartphones. For those who ever shoot scenes with moving objects, such as a sports games for instance, the new Exmor sensor should be right up your alley.
On top of this, the new sensor is also capable of shooting High Dynamic Range still images as well as video. The breakdown is that the lens takes information from two exposure examples and creates a singular image that looks to merge the best of both lighting into one superior coloured image. Video wise, the Exmor RS IMX230 sensor produces 120FPS clips at 720P resolution, 1080P at 60FPS and 4K video at 30FPS. We can expect Sony’s handsets next year starting late April to start shipping with the new sensor.
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Are you ready for a whole lot more compact sized data storage? SanDisk’s upped their micro-storage game, becoming the first company in the world to announce a 512GB capacity SDXC card. SanDisk hopes that the card will help professional photographers and videographers with the 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC UHS-I card. With more and more camera’s shooting in 4K resolutions as well as higher megapixel counts – those shooting uncompressed video and photos will certainly have their appetite for storage whet.
Over the last decade alone, SD card storage has increased by 1,000 times. All the way back in 2003 we saw the first SD card – which packed just 512MB into the card. The new 512GB SD card will be able to fit a total of 20,000 8MP RAW photos, however all that extra storage won’t come cheap. Prices are starting for the new capacity at $800 US – your wallet is going to be hurting for a while on this one.
A normal iris has physical blades which move in order to change the amount of light entering the lens. More light enters when wider and less when closing down. The same principle is applied to cameras found in some smartphones nowadays too. A new chemical iris however tends to change the way our cameras on smartphones work. It is said that the new iris drops the need for physical blades and in turn reduces the overall size of a camera module. The miniaturization of bladed cameras is really quite tricky, since the module still requires the need of a actuator to move the blades.
Researchers in Germany have apparently solved the problem of creating miniaturized cameras with the help of a new iris which uses transparent chemical rings, giving it the ability to become opaque when a voltage is applied to it. The iris is said to measure in at just 55 micrometers thick, granting smartphones the ability to house much smaller and thinner camera modules. The design is said to feature two glass substrates pressed together with an iridium tin oxide layer on each side. A thin layer of electrochromic polymer is also said to be present on both glass substrates, formed into rings that create the chemical iris.
It is said that the iris needs only 1.5V to turn opaque, an ideally low voltage for smartphones and other mobile devices. A research paper states that a 1,200 mAh battery grants enough power to maintain the iris-state for about 60,000 hours. Having the aperture a perfect circle rather than shaped by overlapping blades will also give a more pleasing effect on the shallow depth of field effect and deliver smoother bokeh.
The new iris is said to still be in its early stages, but the researchers stated to help develop it even further since the new technology could deliver more flexibility and also bring the full manual controls seen on professional camera to mobile photography.
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Smartphones are really making big waves in the world of photography these days, the quality of sensors, lens and the processors behind it all have come along a lot in recent years. However, as good as smartphones are getting, you will still struggle to get the kind of performance of a professional camera such as a DSLR, but new “Smart Glass” technology could be one innovation that closes the gap.
Smart Glass technology can mimic the shutter capabilities of a traditional camera, allowing better adjustments for light, exposure and focus, much in the same was n iris on a DSLR can open and close to make adjustments to the shot.
“There is no technology today that can realize an iris aperture for smartphone cameras,” said Tobias Deutschmann, physicist at the Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern in Germany and lead-author of the study.
“The [smartphone] cameras would benefit from an iris, because it allows [the camera] to change the depth of focus, which is not possible right now, and would further close the gap in functionality between smartphone cameras and conventional digital cameras,” Deutschmann told Live Science. “In addition it would be an option to create larger optics for the smartphones to increase the picture quality in bad light situations, like at night, while the iris would decrease the amount of light that reaches the sensor in bright environments.”
Smart Glass is an electrochromic material, its transparency can be changed in response to light or heat, or by applying voltage to it. A technology which can allow for a micro-iris and forming an aperture style device to adjust how much light enters the camera sensor.
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This month will see Panasonic launch their latest digital camera, the Lumix FZ1000. Of course this is nothing especially crazy, the company releases new cameras all the time, but this one really stands out from the crowd.
The latest edition to the Lumix range will be the world’s first compact digital camera to support 4K video shooting. That means that early adaptors to the 4K product ranges will now have a more versatile way of shooting their own content to playback on their TV / Monitors.
The camera shoots the video at 30FPS, so no HFR 4K support for compact cameras just yet. The only downside in my opinion is that the lens is non-detachable, but it does have a focal range of 25mm to 400mm with the ability to shoot video in both close up and long range modes.
Prices are to be around 100,000 yen, which is just under $1000 without taxes.
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Taking a selfie is a fairly harmless affair, or at least it should be. Snapping an out of focus picture of ones self in the mirror and tagging it on Facebook with endless hashtags is pretty annoying, but generally a fairly safe thing to do. Of course there are a few people out there that are keen to get a “cool” selfie, such as this moron who wanted a speeding train as his backdrop. Jared Michael thought it would be a great ideal to take a picture / video of himself next to a speeding train, really close to it actually. He stood next to the track, pulled his best hipster face and was abruptly schooled in the “real world” when a train conductors boot connected with his face.
“That train conductor must really hate hipsters!” I hear you call, but a deeper analysis is that the trusty train operator was a hero and saved this selfie addicts head from a becoming a bloody mess. He really was CLOSE to the train, so close in fact that had the boot not saved his stupid ass, he would have felt the metal protrusion on the side of the train giving him a slap instead, in which case this story would have been “Hipster beheaded by train while taking selfie”.
Standing next to a train like this is the dumbest thing I’ve seen all week and it’s only Thursday, so who knows, maybe this will be topped by something worse later in the week. Kudos to the quick thinking conductor who saved this guys life though, hopefully some of his quick thinking and common sense rubbed off onto Jared.
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Most times, megapixels do not count in terms of picture quality, but there are cases when you want to print large-scale photos without losing quality. It seems that the guys at Sony are taking this into consideration and are working on a 54MP full frame sensor that will be released in 2014.
Take note though that devices carrying the sensors will not be available until 2015 or 2016 due to production costs being very expensive, so it might take a while before Sony figures out a way to lower costs to produce it more efficiently. According to the rumor, the sensor will feature 2,460 focusing points, with the focusing area covering about 78% of the entire sensor itself.
Given the current information, we have to assume that this sensor will probably be targeted towards the professional photographer and we’ll be able to see these sensors on high-end digital cameras that will appear in two years time, or even less if Sony figures out a way to mass produce the sensors at a reasonable price in the meantime.
Through Kickstarter and Indiegogo we seen endless numbers of projects that need funding and whilst some of them do seem to be a bit bizarre or too simple to create, there are a select number that stand out from the crowd. Panono is just one of the select that grab the attention of a number of people and they’re asking for your support to get the ball rolling.
Panono is a revolutionary panoramic camera that is able to take a full 360° photo when thrown up in the air – at the moment it is about to fall back down to earth. In side the compact ball, 36 tiny cameras with a total resolution of 72MP are paired with a sensitive accelerometer which calculates the speed at which the ball is going up and therefore when it will be stationary before it falls back down to earth. At the peak of its ascent, all 36 cameras simultaneously take an image and as soon as the camera is back in your hand, it can simply send the captured panoramic photo to your smartphone for viewing. After this the photo can be sent to the cloud, where it is stitched together and archived ready for sharing to your friends and family – giving you a photo that really captures the moment.
The innovative concept originally started out a couple of years ago when a prototype system known as the ‘Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera’ make a debut on YouTube instantly grabbing a large number of hits and followers. Moving towards today and after some tweaks and tunes have been applied, the 300g plastic ball is making it way through the fund-raising stages on Indiegogo, where the project team are asking for a total pledge of at least $900,000 to be made. At this current moment, the project as stirred the interest of around 400 people and with 51 days to go before the campaign ends, the project has raised nearly $200,000.
You can find more information on the project on their website here and if you’re willing to back the project, you can do so by heading over to their fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo here.
Google’s Nicolas Roard has revealed some of the improvements to the default Android 4.4 KitKat photo editor via Google+. The new photo editor is more advanced than the previous default photo editor on Android. The new non-destructive photo editor allows for full size image processing, zooming, re-editing, image exporting and user presets. The main advantage is the ability to add graduated filters, per channel saturation controls, full colour adjustments and more. Of course being an Android feature it should work and be present on all Android 4.4 compatible smartphones and tablets, unless vendors choose to replace it with their own photo editing software. See more details about it in the Google promotional video below:
Yesterday Hypervocal published an article about Adobe – Creative Days. A group of people that have plotted a 14 day event to express creativity and expressiveness across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There are only a few days left to check out this event. For more information on the next fun, and creative event, check out “Adobe Creative Day Nordics” an online event!
#CreativeDays from May 20 through June 20, might seem like a bit of a prank if you check out this video, but really it is much more than that. Artist Erik Johansson worked with Adobe to feature colorful advertisements on a sign at a bus stop. Johansson waited in a van close by while photographs were snapped of the unsuspecting, working his magic very quickly he was able to transform simple photos into works of art in just a matter of minutes.
Johansson showed off some amazing talent being able to bring us some great fun showing us some fun at “The Bus Stop”. Adobe is doing some amazing things, this is primarily to show off Adobe Creative Cloud, where with one membership you have access to every Adobe tool when you need it, using it with any device or anyone you chose!
If you’re an artist, creative professional, designer, developer, video professional, photographer feel free to join them to exchange ideas & inspiration.
Flickr has just beaten their competition into the dust, expanding their file service to now offer users a staggering 1 Terabyte of image storage which is more than enough for any hipster to share a life time of high definition images of their dinner a few times over.
Not only have they improved their overall capacity per user, but this will go will with their full resolution photo storage, allowing for the biggest and best looking images online, far superior to Facebooks image uploader and still even better than that of Google+, which also knocks Facebook in terms of image quality.
Of course this is a made up number, it has to be as a massive percentage of users will never ever hit that 1 Terabyte limit, it’s just a marketing buzz world for being able to store a crazy amount of images without worrying about file space, something that is going to be a big temptation for photographers who want to share their work in large file formats.
Even Facebook and Google have their limits, be that on file size or capacity, although they don’t tell you as such, likely because no one will ever hit it but needless to say there are some restrictions on image quality in place that keep things in check and with Flickr all but doing away with compression and storage issues for the end user, they’ve got a tempting product on offer that should attract back more than a few users to the service.
If this doesn’t work for Yahoo and bring more people back to the service, then I’m not sure what will.
The researchers at MIT (Microsystems Technology Laboratory) have created a powerful processing chip that can do everything from creating more realistic lighting , and can perform tasks such as creating more realistic effects within your shot in just a fraction of a second, without effecting the overall ambience of the image. Sure current smartphones have this kind of technology already, and many smartphones have advanced software that can improve images greatly, but at the expense of intensive CPU usage and of course your battery.
“We wanted to build a single chip that could perform multiple operations, consume significantly less power compared to doing the same job in software, and do it all in real time,” said Mr. Rithe of MIT.
HDR photography is often incredible in terms of visual results, but its often limited in its application to mobile devices and more compact cameras due to the heavy workload required to process such an image, not to mention the range of brightness and exposures that are required to composite a HDR image. HDR generally requires three images to be taken at different light levels, then combined to give a bold visual effect; this takes a few seconds to do for most smartphones with HDR capability.
Not only are MIT claiming their chip can do this for photographs using some hardware trickery, but that it will also be capable of doing the same level of processing with video and all within a a few hundred milliseconds, even on a 10MP image, which should provide some truly breathtaking results.
They already have a working prototype CMOS chip integrated into a camera and display. It will be interesting to see this technology in action and we expect that it’s going to be the next big thing in mobile photography.