Back in the year 2000, a person, whose name I can’t remember, told me about devices of the future during a lecture that I’ve also forgotten the name of.
One of the key questions was whether in the future we’ll be using one device that can do everything, or multiple very specialized devices.
Back then, there was no such thing as proper smartphones, and I couldn’t even imagine, that these would eventually change all our lives.
Nowadays, they’re around everywhere and make conventional cameras feel more and more pedestrian every year.
And with good reason!
Galaxy S8 vs S7 vs LG G6 vs iPhone 7: the first photos taken with the S8 have given us a first-hand look at the capabilities of this new smartphone’s sensor as well as its software optimizations. Photography is really the least innovative aspect of the S8 and S8+, unveiled by Samsung on Wednesday the 29th in New York – since this phone is still using the same sensor as the S7. However, this sensor remains one of the best, if not the best, available on the market.
If you have been living in a cave, you probably won’t know that Samsung has just come out with its new, very high-end, smartphone, the Galaxy S8. Even though we already knew everything, or almost everything, about it’s technical specifications even before its release – due to the numerous information leaks – Samsung still managed to impress its audience. The only disappointment was in learning that the sensor would be the same as the one used on the S7, with the exception of the implementation of some software optimizations.
The results Microsoft is obtaining with the mobile version of Windows 10 are much worse than what the firm expected in the beginning, even more so if you consider the market penetration this system currently has, if you compare it with other proposals like iOS or Android, it is practically nonexistent.
In fact it’s getting to a point in which, given some of the latest movements from the people at Redmond, it would seem that they are finally starting to give up on their Windows 10 Mobile development. Over the last few months we have seen how Microsoft itself is updating and improving, in many ways, its applications on other mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, rather than Windows 10 Mobile itself.
Well, the last movement we saw from Microsoft, does nothing but confirm this assumption, this was done in the last monthly update that was just made available to the general public. In this you can see that, once again, the Redmond firm has ignored the security errors detected in the mobile version of Windows 10, which shows that Windows phones are not exactly one of the main priorities of the company these days.
Leica has been able to create its own place in the world of smart phones allying itself with one of the most growing brands in the market. And gradually they are consolidating more and more that relationship. The new Leica dual camera comes integrated in the Huawei Mate 9, which has two sensors with notable improvements over the Huawei P9.
Leica Dual Camera
Leica’s first dual camera came with the Huawei P9. It was a camera that had two sensors with the same resolution: 12 megapixels.
But there was a difference between them. One of these was monochrome, so it captured the image in black and white, while the other sensor was RGB and captured the color image. Thanks to this, the monochrome sensor was able to capture more light, useful for combining the two captures in a single one that had more light data of the image, but with an also surprising level of color detail. The Huawei Mate 9 continues along the same path, but improving on it.
The fact that every time a company presents a new phone its major innovation is in the camera is nothing new, and it says a lot, and I mean a lot, about the weight photography has in our lives. The last chapter of this beautiful love story between phones and photography has been written one of every year’s protagonist, the new model of Apple’s phone, the iPhone 7.
This time the cameras included in the 4.7 " models (iPhone 7) and 5,5″ models (iPhone 7 Plus) show significant differences. We discuss in this article some of the main technical features on both.
iPhone 7 – Contained improvement
Apple is still wisely avoiding the megapixels war. We’ve talked in several occasions of the amount of factors that influence the quality of a photograph regardless of the sensor’s resolution and it’s clear that Apple knows what it’s doing.
The wide-angle 28mm-equivalent lens comprises a set of six lenses.
The camera’s improvement is not based on an increase in the photosites housed in the sensor. Apple understands it is on the limit in which actual technology allows quality imaging from a sensor with a diagonal of 1/3", really small when compared with one of our FULL FRAME.
The iPhone 7’s camera (4.7” screen model) carries a 1/3" sensor with 12MP resolution. Nothing new here.
We respond some existential questions (and some more pressing ones) on the controversial Leica camera integrated into the Huawei P9
The first thing to clarify is that Leica does not manufacture the camera on the Huawei P9. In fact Leica does not manufacture sensors so that, technically speaking, not even the company itself manufactures 100% Leica cameras. What happens is that Huawei and Leica have co-developed the optics of the P9’s camera. This meaning that Huawei has provided the factory and Leica the experience.
If we believe the official version, Huawei and Leica designed the camera together, or rather the cameras of this unique phone. Chances are that Leica is limited to perform quality control, and presumably that Huawei will strive to give the best of themselves to manufacture the cameras, using Sony sensors by the way. All with a trade agreement that benefits both parties. Some get money and others prestige.
A few months ago information starting spreading of a new camera sensor that would replace the current ISOCELL Samsung, called BRITECELL. It seems that in this case rumors were true and Samsung just announced its new sensors, with a new technology that replaces the green pixels of the RGB sensors (red, green, blue), with white pixels, leaving a pattern of red, blue and white sensors.
Among the benefits of the new sensors Samsung emphasizes its alleged performance in low light conditions; despite this, the size of pixels capable of detecting the are reduced from 1,12um a to 1.0um, which ensures that a 16 megapixel BRITECELL sensor is a lot smaller and thinner than a conventional one, basically the reduction is 17%, which will allow it to be integrated into thinner smartphones.
We should expect to see these BRITECELL sensors on the company’s next shells as Galaxy S7.
Best Camera Phone
Phablet have proven to be for years one of the most desirable smartphone types, as it has been the trend for some years that all smartphones have sizes close to a phablet.
People love this convergence between smartphone and tablet, mainly by the size of its screens, which are large and allow you to better enjoy multimedia content and social networking. Let’s get to know the best phablets of 2015.
Phablets, ideal for enjoying multimedia content
It all started just four years ago, in September 2011, when Samsung launched the first Galaxy Note, a smartphone, called a "phablet", which meant the audacity to use a 5-inch screen, 5.3 inches specifically.
TheDitigalCamera has developed a new battery life test procedure which confronts the batteries of smartphones with a burst of trying tasks, related to our usage. The results are surprising.
Remember your old Nokia 3310, that GSM capable brick that delivers your messages and calls for three days without ever getting near an electrical outlet. We are in the year 2000. 14 years later, most smartphones can’t go without a charge after a normal day of usage. It’s hard to speak of regression since their performance have reached monumental bounds… But we do it anyway. This frustration has been amplified since our smartphones have become more and more indispensable. And more versatile. Processors, screens, sensors of all kinds, the power exerted by smartphones is not vain, it corresponds with the natural evolution of always advancing multimedia usage: high resolution photos (See more: Best Camera Phone), Full HD video capturing, 3D gaming, multitasking, etc. How do we reconcile this abundance of performance with a suitable battery life? A technological challenge, surely one of the biggest of the next few decades for manufacturers of smartphones and mobile devices in general.