Google is rolling out an update to its Camera app for Nexus and Pixel devices. The latest version isn't sporting any major new improvements, but it's not without a few refinements. This version adds an easier to use (but not entirely convenient) zoom control, tweaks the exposure control, and adds an option to mute camera sounds. We're still looking for more changes, but in the meantime you can pick up the latest version from APK Mirror if it's not already available to your phone. Read More
Despite being a colossus in the history of photography, Kodak hasn't made a lot of waves in the last few years. With smartphones gobbling up the market for point-and-shoot cameras, and DSLR and mirrorless cameras occupying the high end, the venerable company is being squeezed from both sides. Kodak hopes that a unique smartphone design, bearing the name of one of its most famous film cameras and packing a huge focus on photography, will save it from obscurity. The Ektra is scheduled to go on sale today in Europe for €499 (about $525 at today's exchange rate). Read More
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have come and gone, but tons of great deals are still out there. Case in point: ASUS's photography-oriented ZenFone Zoom is on sale from both B&H and Newegg for $199. That's the same deal that ASUS offered on Black Friday, and a whopping $200 off its MSRP of $399, effectively making the phone half-price. Read More
If you're in the market for an action camera that can shoot in insane 4K resolution, you could do worse than the YI. Jeff Beck gave the camera an easy recommendation versus the more common GoPro models in his review, even if users will need to buy the accessories separately. Today Amazon has the YI 4K, in black, white, and pink colors, for $50 off. That brings the camera down to just $199.99. Read More
The Pixel phones have been out for several weeks now, and a lot has been said about the camera. I will try to comment on some of the things that I’ve felt have been a bit overlooked, in a deeper dive into the Google Camera 4.2 on the Pixel XL. Most of the issues, if not all, should also apply to the smaller Pixel phone.
A note on pixel size, sensor size, and aperture
Starting with last year’s Nexus phones, Google has been advertising “bigger pixels” in their camera sensors, frequently pointing out their 1.55µm size in marketing materials. Relatively speaking, they’re larger than the ones on most other phones and should lead to lower noise, at least according to common belief. Read More
The Google Pixel is a great phone—even David likes it, and David does not like things as a rule. It has the best smartphone camera Google has ever sold, but it's not without its problems. Users have been reporting a distracting halo lens flare in photos taken in bright light, but a fix is apparently on the way. Google says an upcoming OTA will address this issue with the power of math. Read More
If you have used Google Camera before, you have probably noticed the lag when rotating your device. When auto-rotation is enabled on your phone, your entire display flips around - causing the Camera app to freeze for a second. This behavior has been fixed with the Google Camera application on Android 7.1.
Rotating the device from portrait to landscape results in the controls rotating, not the entire app UI. Flipping the phone 180 degrees in landscape causes a slight black screen, but only for a split second. I'm testing this on my Nexus 5X, so performance could vary from phone to phone. Read More
Trying to set a timer on cameras, both on smartphones and dedicated units, can be a pain. Google Camera 4.2, which currently can only be installed on Android 7.1 or higher, allows you to take photos with the "OK google, take a picture" voice command.
Once you say the magic words, the Camera app will open (if it isn't already) and start a 3-second timer. After the time is up, the photo will be taken. Previously, using that command would only open the camera - not actually take a photo. You can also say "OK google, take a selfie" to take a picture with your device's front camera. This should make using a selfie stick much easier. Read More
The Pixel's review embargo just lifted earlier today, and reviewers have been very impressed with both the speed of the phone's 12.3MP shooter and the quality that its images capture. In his review of the Pixel, David said it has "the best smartphone camera on the market." Marc Levoy, the lead of a computational photography team at Google Research, discussed with The Verge just how much the software assists in making the Pixel's camera so damn good. Read More
Samsung's Gear 360 is an interesting approach to building a 360-degree camera. It has two fish-eye cameras that stitch together a 3840x1920 360-degree video (or image), and if you have a supported Samsung phone, you can even edit the video from your phone. You can then view the content on a VR headset and share it to YouTube/Facebook. Now the camera is being sold through retail stores, in addition to online.
According to Samsung, you can now pick up a Gear 360 in-store from AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Best Buy still shows the Gear 360 as "Coming Soon," and is not available for in-store pickup, so it seems to be an ongoing process. Read More