Mobile Photography – The Software behind the Cameras in Google’s Pixel Devices – Gcam

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A really interesting article by my friend and colleague, Lars Rehm in DPReview yesterday, links to a collection of stories about Google’s now independent X research division, known as the ‘moonshot factory’. These stories relate to the group’s graduated projects and where they stand today.

Rehm explains, “The blog post outlines how the Gcam team was set up back in 2011 to find a solution for the Google Glasses smart goggles’ most pressing challenge: providing a high-quality camera in a very small device. As using bigger hardware wasn’t an option, the Gcam team developed a method called image fusion, which uses multi-frame-stacking techniques to create a single, higher quality image with lower noise levels, better detail and increased dynamic range”

To read more about this, please go here.

Source: DPreview.com

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Mostly Mobile Photography & Mobile Art – Tickle Your Fancy #53

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Welcome back to our fifty second post in our Tickle Your Fancysection. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.

Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

Enjoy!

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Apple iPhone Patent Demonstrates Two Cameras with Optical Zoom System

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AppleInsider report on a new Apple patent application proporting to two cameras with different focal lengths to the iPhone. Essentially, this would allow the photographer to capture two images simultaneously. Perhaps two still images, or one still and one video capture, simultaneously, not dissimilar to the current Live Photo feature. Once captured both images could then be combined, creating a new image.

DPreview comment, “Improved zoom may only one be of several applications of the design. The dual-camera could also be used to create 3D images or increase image quality in wide-angle images by adding additional detail that is captured with the longer lens. 

In video mode it could help capture better still images during recording and allow for picture-in-picture effects, capturing footage that shows an entire scene and specific detail at the same time. It could also be possible to capture standard video on one lens and use the other for time-lapse or slow-motion recording“.

Last year, Apple acquired multi-sensor imaging firm LinX Imaging for a reported $20 million.

 

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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Scientific Review: Bigger and Better – Official Technical Test

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others, recently tested the Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The DxOMark tests represent the official gold standard scientific data and is the industry standard.

Kevin/DxOMark have compared the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to notable smartphones in the industry, as well as between each other, as you will see in the report.

DPReview use Kevin’s scientific data in their reviews, as they show here, “The DxOMark team reports the iPhone 6 shows “very good overall exposure, impressive autofocus performance in both low and bright light, good color rendering and nice detail preservation outdoors and indoors”. The engineers were also impressed with the new device’s flash behaviour which resulted in “good exposure, stable white balance, good color rendering, low noise level and good detail preservation.”

On the downside there is “luminance noise visible in low light conditions and color quantification, ghosting and fringing noticeable on HDR pictures.”

To read Kevin’s full report at DxO Mark, go here.

To read dpreviews interpretation, go here.

 

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Sony Xperia Z2 overview: Revised model takes first place in Mobile rankings – Kevin Carter

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others, recently tested Sony’s Xperia Z2 smartphone. DPReview use Kevin’s scientific data in their reviews, as they … Read more

A Day In The Life of Amadou Diallo – A Multi Talented Musican and Mobile Photographer!

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people … Read more

A Day In The Life Of Lars Rehm – A Talented Mobile Photographer With High Tech Edge

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting and accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people … Read more

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