A Video Interview with the Google Pixel 3 Camera Team by DPreview

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We are so excited to republish this interview with our colleagues over at dpreview with the Google Pixel 3 camera team – what a scoop!  DPReview Science Editor Rishi Sanyal recently sat down with Isaac Reynolds, Product Manager for Camera on Pixel, and Marc Levoy, Distinguished Engineer and Computational Photography Lead at Google, to discuss some of the innovations that have been incorporated into Google’s latest Pixel 3 smartphone. From computational Raw to machine-learning white balance, get an inside look at the Pixel 3 from the very people who worked on creating it.

The associated written article accompanying this video, can be viewed here.

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Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy A9 – The World’s First Rear Quad Camera

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New smartphone device announcments are coming in thick and fast now and Samsung are not ones to lag behind. They’ve just announced their new mid range Galaxy A9 smartphone featuring the world’s first rear quad camera.

The Galaxy A9 will be available in the UK from November, at Samsung.com/uk (RRP £549), and selected partners.

“As a global leader in smartphone innovation, we understand the demand for meaningful innovation in a fast-paced world driven by visual communication,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Building on our legacy in smartphone camera development we’re introducing next-generation technology across our entire Galaxy portfolio to give more consumers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge innovation. We’re excited to deliver on this promise and debut world leading smartphone camera technology with the Galaxy A9.”

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Google Pixel 3 Just Announced!

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It’s been rumoured for so long and finally it is here! The new Pixel 3, it’s designed from the inside out to be the smartest, most helpful device in your life. It’s a phone that can answer itself, a camera that won’t miss a shot, and a helpful Assistant even while it’s charging…so they say.

There’s also a Google Pixel 3 XL if you need a larger Android flagship phone. Prices range from around $799/£739. It’s possible to preorder now and if you’re in the US the phone should be with you by October 18, elsewhere around the world, it will be 1 November.

It comes complete witha 12.2 MP dual pixel camera on the rear that f/1.8 aperture. It also have a dual front facing selfie camera using two 8 MP sensors.

We’ll feed through more information as soon as we have it!

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TheAppWhisperer’s Press Trip to Leica HQ, Wetzlar and Beyond! Part 1

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Many of our readers will be aware that last week I was whisked away to the comfort of Leica HQ, Wetzlar, Germany, by telecom brand, Huawei. Lens and camera manufacturer Leica, originally announced in late 2016 their joint research and development centre with Huawei; working on optical and software systems. Now, this all takes place in the The Max Berek Innovation Lab. The Huawei P20 Pro that I was presented with has three cameras within this device and are co-engineered between Huawei and Leica. A spokesman for Huwawei explained “There has been significant technological collaboration between Huawei and Leica around many aspects of the camera, including optical design, imaging quality, image data processing, optimisation, and the mechanical construction of the camera module to the graphic user interface. The devices meet Leica’s highest imaging quality standards.”

The Lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI.

“With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of ground-breaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasised Dr. Andreas Kaufmann.

“In the future, over 90 per cent of the data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”

“HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

The R&D centre is named in memory of Max Berek (1886 – 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses. Berek was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35mm camera, invented and built by Oskar Barnack. Thanks to the exceptional imaging performance and perfect harmonisation of the lenses, coupled with Barnack’s ingenious construction, Leica achieved worldwide success in 35mm photography.

 

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Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy J6+ and J4+ Smartphones

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has just announced the newest members of the Galaxy J series, the Samsung Galaxy J6+ and J4+.

“The Galaxy J6+ and J4+ further draw on the fundamentals of the Galaxy portfolio’s heritage of innovation to bring incredible style and technology at a highly-competitive price point,” said Kate Beaumont, Director of Product, Services & Commercial Strategy, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland.

“Featuring a stunning design and display, enhanced camera experience and high-performance capabilities, both products enable users to get even more out of their Galaxy J smartphone for longer than ever before.”

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Samsung Introduces the Galaxy A7 with Triple Lens Today

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We’re delighted to announce the new Samsung Galaxy A7 featuring a powerful triple lens camera. Samsung Electronics co., Ltd. today announced the Galaxy A7, the latest addition to the Galaxy A series family. With a powerful rear triple camera, sleek design and must have everyday features, the innovative Galaxy A7 is the ultimate device for wherever life leads you. 

Samsung is committed to delivering meaningful innovation to all consumers across the Galaxy family, no matter who they are or where they are in the world” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “That’s why we’re excited to introduce innovative new features to the A series with the Galaxy A7, a practical but powerful device that is built to help make your everyday both convenient and extraordinary.”

Snap and share experiences with the Galaxy A7’s powerful triple camera;

·         Never miss a moment with the Galaxy A7’s 8MP 120° Ultra Wide Lens. With the same viewing angle as the human eye, the Galaxy A7 captures the world exactly as you see it for unrestricted wide-angle photos.

·         With the 24MP Lens and Depth Lens, the Galaxy A7’s Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect to create stunning photos.

·         Get crisp clear photos in both bright and low light conditions. The Galaxy A7’s 24MP Lens automatically lets more light in by combining four pixels into one pixel in low light conditions.

·         The Galaxy A7 brings out the best in what it sees. Featuring Samsung’s intelligent Scene Optimiser, the Galaxy A7’s camera categorises your subject and adjusts the colour, contrast and brightness to instantly optimise image quality.

To find out more, go here

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Apple iPhone Xs Camera Review

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We’re delighted to republish our good friend, Austin Mann’s camera review of the Apple iPhone Xs today. He took a trip to Zanzibar, the images are gorgeous. In this review, Mann gives his first impressions, his thoughts on the new Image Signal Processor (ISP), vertical panoramas in the iPhone Xs as compared to the iPhone X, perks and perils of computational photography, the updated Portrait Mode and interesting discoveries with the app, Halide’s new technical readout information. Don’t miss this! (foreword by Joanne Carter).

If you prefer to read the original article on Mann’s own website, just go here.

Far and away the most significant camera update in the iPhone Xs is its new Smart HDR capabilities. Powered by the A12 Bionic chip, in the picture above the iPhone Xs is able to capture  the dark shadows of the rock while maintaining strong detail in the sunlit clouds.

I’ve never worked with a camera that can balance light like this—not even close.

See this photo below of the sailboat backlit by the sun. With a traditional camera, we’d either lose total detail in the shadows and maintain the highlights of the sky or we’d blow out the highlights in the sky and maintain detail in the shadows of the boat. Previously we couldn’t capture both in one frame (and merging multiple exposures in a fast moving scene like this wouldn’t work, either).

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HITCASE Announces Case Lineup For The New iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR

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HIT Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE: HIT) (“HIT” or the “Company”) announced today that it is now taking pre-orders for its new Active Series cases ENDURO  and SPLASH along with the company’s flagship product the HITCASE PRO for the new iPhone models Xs, Xs Max and XR.. HIT Technologies Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and distributes the world’s most advanced protective products for iPhone.

SPLASH is a thin and light waterproof, drop and dust-proof protective case and is the second product alongside ENDURO in the recently launched HITCASE Active Series. MIL-SPEC shock rating to 6ft/2m and IP68 waterproof rated to 10ft/3m, lightweight, slim, with a soft-grip exterior and lightning fast installation with its two-piece design. It’s the case you wish you always had at a very approachable price. The Action REDi red button is a signature design feature that prompts the user to capture photo and video adventures with ease. In addition, you can turn your iPhone into a better camera: easily attach any HITCASE TrueLUX(R) magnetic waterproof interchangeable lenses to the SPLASH for more creative shots. SPLASH for the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR retails at $69.99 USD.

ENDURO offers serious smartphone protection. Built to withstand hard-hitting drops and daily wear, this lightweight (44 grams) and slim, soft grip exterior case offers MIL-SPEC drop-proof and shatter-proof protection to 6ft/2m along with dirt, dust, sand and liquid-proof port coverage with no compromise in audio quality. The Action REDi red button is a signature design feature that prompts the user to capture photo and video adventures with ease. A 2mm raised lip around the phone and camera area provides ultimate screen protection for your iPhone. ENDURO for the iPhone X and XS retails at $39.99 USD.

Ready for adventure? The HITCASE PRO offers extreme waterproof and shockproof protection for the ultimate iPhone case protection. Designed to withstand drops up to 16ft/5m and water depths up to 16ft/5m, the machined, anodized aluminum frame combines with our patent-pending ShockSeal technology, custom waterproof seals, and the highest quality polycarbonate to deliver ultimate protection for your iPhone. Mount it anywhere with the PRO railside mount system compatible with all 8 HITCASE mounts and GoPro mounts. Take stunning photos and videos with TrueLUX lens series from HITCASE. Now you can fearlessly capture and share your adventures with the world and have the freedom to take your iPhone anywhere – anytime. HITCASE PRO for the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR is offered at $99.99 USD.

All case pre-orders for the HITCASE ENDURO, SPLASH and PRO for the new iPhone models begin today with an expected delivery date of November 2018

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NEWS: Photoshop CC Sneak Preview: A New Content Aware Fill Coming Soon

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If you’re an Adobe Photoshop CC user then you will be very interested in this powerful Content Aware Fill feature that’s coming soon within a major update.

Take a look at the video below to see just how intuitive this feature really is…

 

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Mobile Photography – Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Premium Choice – Review on DxOMark by Kevin Carter

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Some of you may know, many of you do not know, my husband Kevin Carter is a photographic technical expert and journalist. He works at an extremely high level, imparting his knowledge and never compromising his journalistic integrity.

As well as that, he’s an editor for DxOMark and he’s just completed his latest review which includes an in-depth analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone camera. Its resulted in an overall score of 103 points. He goes on to say The Note 9 comes with a dual-camera setup, featuring a wide-angle camera with 12MP sensor, f/1.5-2.4 dual-aperture lens, and dual-pixel autofocus. The second camera offers a 12MP sensor with a 2x “telephoto” lens and f/2.4 aperture. Both lenses are optically stabilized. Besides being equipped with dual cameras, the Note 9 features AI-assisted camera operation, with the company calling it their most intelligent camera yet. For example, the system can identify key elements in an image and optimise shooting settings and image processing based on one of 20 separate categories. 

Video enthusiasts can capture 4K footage at 30/60fps. Other high-end features include a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED (2960×1440) display, AKG-tuned speakers, and depending on region, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or an Exynos 9810 Octa chipset”.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can read his full report here.

Also, don’t forget to check out his photographic review website, here.

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