Tag: Camera+

Apple’s ugly iPhone 11 camera square finally puts function over form

Apple’s designers are generally admired around the world, but like other design teams, they’ve had their ups and downs over the years. The ups are numerous and strong that the downs — iOS 7’s “flat” UI, some bizarre recharging Lightning accessories, and the iPhone Smart Battery pack — seem comparatively trivial. Sure, they were ugly […]

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2019 iPhone 11 Will Feature Broader Zoom Range, Auto-Correction Feature in Camera

Bloomberg’s report of TSMC starting production for the next-generation A-series chipset reveals quite a bit about the company’s 2019 iPhone lineup. The report states that the 2019 iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max are codenamed D43 and D43, with the iPhone XR known internally as N104. The report states that all three 2019 iPhones will look […]

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Huawei P30 Pro vs iPhone XS Camera Comparison

Up until a few years ago, iPhones were the undisputed king in the smartphone camera department. This, however, is no longer true with Samsung, Google, and more recently Huawei surpassing iPhones in terms of image quality. Huawei’s latest flagship, the P30 Pro, has managed to make quite a bit of noise with its 40MP SuperSpectrum […]

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Google Pixel camera AI now looks for you to smile or kiss

Pucker up, buttercup: Your Pixel knows when you’re about to smooch someone. In a blog post today, Google detailed the machine learning techniques underlying the camera app (Pixel Camera) that ships on its Pixel 3 smartphone, and announced a new feature — kiss detection — heading to the Photobooth mode in the latest release. Architecting […]

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Apple hires Jaunt VR founder and multi-camera 3D expert Arthur van Hoff

Apple’s depth-sensing iPhone cameras have already enabled features such as Face ID and portrait mode photography — now the company has hired 3D camera expert Arthur van Hoff to serve as a Senior Architect for an unnamed project. The new hire was first reported by Variety today, with van Hoff’s LinkedIn account listing his start date […]

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Video: Huawei P30 Pro’s Camera Beats iPhone XS in Low-Light Performance But there’s a Twist

Late last month, Huawei unveiled its flagship smartphone for the first half of 2019 — the P30 Pro. The phone comes with a new 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor with RYYB sub-pixel layout for improved low-light imaging performance. This new sensor is coupled with OIS and a wider f/1.6 aperture. A combination of these improvements makes the […]

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Periscope zoom lenses stunk in cameras, but may get better in phones

As a general rule, I don’t dismiss new technologies before I’ve personally gone hands on with them, and I’m willing to give a new company a chance to make a crummy old technology work better. So it takes a lot before I’ll say a particular invention never works well, but there’s one example that comes […]

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Apple Buys Patent Portfolio of Lighthouse AI, a Failed AI-Powered Home Security Camera Company

Apple has acquired the patent portfolio of Lighthouse AI, a failed home security camera startup. The patents acquired by Apple include both, ones that have already been granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and ones that are still pending. Apple acquired the patents in late 2018, though the details of this acquisition are […]

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Spectre Camera’s AI brings long-exposure photography to iPhones

Long-exposure photographs are tricky to capture even when large-lensed cameras are held fairly still — smartphone cameras compound the issues with tiny lenses and high susceptibility to shaky hands. Thankfully, the developers of a new iPhone app called Spectre Camera are using AI to solve that problem for artistic long-exposure shots, as well as to […]

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Vivo V15 Pro review: 48 megapixels makes a difference

A little over a year ago, Dongguang, China-based electronics giant Vivo debuted the Vivo Nex S, a nearly bezeless smartphone that tweaked the conventional candy bar formula in two important ways: With a front-facing camera that elevated from a flush compartment, and with a fingerprint scanner embedded beneath display glass. Neither was perfect — we pointed out […]

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Apple’s latest privacy issues show we need ‘now recording’ lights

When Apple released its first iSight webcam in 2003, the most notable design elements were its industrial aluminum tube housing and giant glass lens — iconic elements that completely disappeared when tinier iSights (later renamed FaceTime cameras) were built directly into later Macintosh computers. But one element that remained a part of every Mac camera […]

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Oscar the AI trash sorter can be a real grouch

Oscar is a trash-sorting system with a 32-inch display and AI-powered camera that recognizes the items in your hand and tells you how to properly dispose of them. Approach with a Thai noodle box, for example, and it will tell you to throw the remaining food into compost and put the box in the trash. […]

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Apple reportedly plans 3-camera iPhone XS Max and 2-camera iPhone XR sequels

Faced with softer than expected sales of 2018’s flagship iPhones, Apple will apparently try again in 2019 by augmenting two of the models with new camera systems — a decision that might increase the appeal of the iPhone XR’s and iPhone XS Max’s successors. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report this morning, citing […]

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2019 iPhone XS Max Successor to Feature Triple-Camera Setup, iPhone XR to Get Dual-Camera

A new WSJ report claims that Apple will again be unveiling three new iPhones this year. The company plans to add a triple-camera setup to the high-end iPhone XS Max successor, with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR successors featuring a dual-camera setup. Right now, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature a dual-camera […]

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Simtoo’s SimCam is an AI security camera that doesn’t require a subscription

Shenzhen-based Simtoo is best known for its foldable, crowdfunded portable selfie drones, but the company’s branching into new markets this year. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it revealed the SimCam, an IP65-rated waterproof home security camera that taps an artificial intelligence (AI) to follow track folks within view. On its face, the […]

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