Mobile Photography – Google Pixel 2 review: Sets new record for overall smartphone camera quality

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TheAppWhisperer has as intense association with DxOMark (the world’s most trusted and comprehensive database of objective image-quality test results for camera sensors, lenses, and mobile phones) and they have just published their latest test results on the Google Pixel 2 … Read more

Mobile Photography – Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – ‘Best Smartphone for Zoom’

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DxOMark, is the trusted industry standard for camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings. TheAppWhisperer has as intense association with this company and they have just published their latest test results on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Paul Carroll the writer for this review explains that the “Note 8 becomes the new joint leader for smartphone image quality alongside Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus. A phenomenal photo sub-score that breaks new ground as the first smartphone to hit 100 points makes the Note 8 the current class-leader for stills, thanks to excellent zoom quality, good noise reduction and detail preservation, as well as fast and accurate autofocus. The Note 8 doesn’t quite match the same heights for video, where its sub-score of 84 is a little behind the best performers, such as the Google Pixel with 91 points, or the iPhone 8 Plus and the HTC U11, both with 89. It’s still a very capable device for video, however, with its key strengths being good exposure with fast convergence, fast and stable autofocus, as well as good noise reduction, white balance, and color rendering”. This result puts the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on a par with the iPhone 8 Plus – very interesting, to read more, go here.

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Brand New App – Lightricks Launches Videoleap, A Video Editing App with Keyframe Animations, Layers, Masking and Chroma Key Features

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Lightricks, one of the leading developers of premium creative tools for mobile, launched today their first ever video editing app, Enlight Videoleap. A ground-breaking video editor that is poised to revolutionize the creation and editing of today’s digital video content, Videoleap brings unprecedented power and impressive desktop editing features never before seen on mobile for users of any skill level.

After developing two of the App Store’s top paid apps, Facetune and Enlight, and leading the shift to subscription model with Facetune 2 and Enlight Photofox, Lightricks are now bringing their expertise to change consumer expectations of what they can do with video on mobile. Designed with a similar workflow as Enlight – winner of the prestigious 2017 Apple Design Award – Videoleap has inherited the easy-to-use interface users love and is introducing features formerly reserved to sophisticated software that could only be navigated by skilled professionals.

To download and/or find out more, go here

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Mobile Photography & Art – Lightricks Launches Enlight Quickshot, an Intelligent Camera App with Strobe Photography and Batch Editing

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Lightricks one of the leading developers of premium mobile creative tools, have announced the launch of Enlight Quickshot, an easy-to-use camera app with powerful photography and editing features. The latest addition to the Enlight suite of creativity apps, Quickshot is hoping to bridge the gap between mobile photography and DSLR quality. Aiming for speed and simplicity, Quickshot eliminates the learning curve for amateurs with automated editing, while offering a wide array of customization and control options for advanced users.

Lightricks, the developers behind celebrity-loved app Facetune, the winner of Apple’s App Design Award for 2017 Enlight, and its successor Enlight Photofox, have created Quickshot as an app that takes the work out of photo taking and photo editing. With multiple user modes, innovative features, and a simplified design for maximum user experience, this camera app carefully balances ease-of-use and power, rapidly handling image post-processing. Leveraging their expertise and feedback from users, Lightricks continues to push the boundaries for consumers by delivering a simplified mobile experience for taking and editing photos, powered by exceptionally advanced technology.

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Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Apps by Andrew B White From New York City, US

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have … Read more

LG Announce New Flagship Smartphone with First to Feature Plastic OLED FullVision Display

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According to circulating rumours, LG the Korean smartphone manufacturer, have been selected to supply the iPhone 8 with an OLED screen. What we do know is that LG have invested $7 billion into OLED production facilties. So, it’s not a huge surprise to hear of LG’s brand new flagship smartphone, announced today, will feature the world’s first smartphone device to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display.

Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for smartphones,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With competition in the global smartphone space fiercer now than ever, we felt that this was the right time to reintroduce OLED displays in our mobile products.

With consumers seeking bigger displays but eschewing larger phones that are uncomfortable to hold in one hand, LG’s FullVision display is a key contributor in the trend toward minimised bezels in smartphones. OLED was simply the next evolution for FullVision displays, delivering incredible quality, vividness and clarity to smartphone visuals. At six inches, the OLED FullVision display will be LG’s largest in four years while the actual body will be smaller than last year’s LG V20. As the upper and lower bezels have been reduced by 20 and 50 percent when compared to the V20, the LG logo has been moved from the bottom of the display to the back of the phone to maximize viewable screen space.

The FullVision display’s immersive and expansive visual experience is enhanced on the 4.15 million pixels of the QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen. Superb image quality is achieved via emissive OLED technology which reproduces perfect black and colours with greater accuracy across a wider color spectrum. By implementing optimal image algorithms gleaned from years of OLED research and development, visuals on this OLED display deliver 148 percent of the sRGB1 color space for digital images and 109 percent of the DCI-P32 color space for digital cinema. Another intrinsic advantage of OLED technology is operational response time, which is tens of times faster than LCD. This accelerated response time effectively eliminates afterimages, an important consideration for action movies and VR. And with support for HDR10, watching compatible movies and videos on this display offers a whole new eye-opening experience.

And because the screen in the upcoming smartphone will be based on plastic OLED technology – also known as P-OLED – the edges can be curved to allow for a more ergonomic design and a better feel in the hand. P-OLED is created by placing pixels on a plastic substrate which is much stronger than a glass base. What’s more, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that incorporates shatter-resistant technology. Most importantly, using advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology, the burn-in problem that has affected OLED technology in the past has been all but eliminated in the P-OLED technology in LG’s upcoming device. Encapsulation significantly reduces oxidation of the pixels and LG’s pixel-scanning technology allows for less energy to be applied to each pixel, also saving battery power.

 

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Shoot For The Moon with an iPhone – Apple

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Well, the pun is in the title… we all need to shoot for the moon or ‘altius aim’ (from Latin, ‘aim higher) as it was carved into the stone above my school entrance and is now firmly planted in my brain. If however, you just want to shoot the moon with your iPhone and it is actually possible, then follow this short video by Apple showing you how it’s done.

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