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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2014 MeFOTO phone adapter (10 of 10)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 6.3

Since RAW DNG access was unlocked on the Nexus 5 via Camera FV-5, we’ve been playing a bit with it. What we didn’t expect were some incredibly versatile RAW DNG files with very good highlight recovery and pretty good shadow/black level recovery. After bringing the DNG files into Adobe Lightroom 5, we were able to see what the camera’s small sensor is capable of doing.

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Android App Camera FV-5 was the first app on the market to allow for manual control over the camera (providing you have Android 5.0 and later) and today it received a major update. The app now has full control over the shutter from 1/8000 to 0.08 of a second in addition to full ISO control, manual focusing control, and DNG RAW capture.

The app is the first that allows Android users to shoot RAW DNG files straight from the sensor. This puts Android ahead of iOS–which beat Android to the cake when it came to manual control over your images.

Earlier on this month, we shared how we used the Manual camera app with the Triggertrap flash adapter to have flash output in your image. Essentially, you need to shoot at a slow enough shutter. Neither Android nor iOS devices allow for triggering of flashes just yet.

For what it’s worth still, we’re not sure how many folks will want to shoot DNG files with their Android phones considering the fairly crummy lens in comparison to dedicated cameras, but it’s a cool concept for sure.

For download in the Google Play store for free or for a small fee. These features may only be available on the Nexus 5 and 6 at the moment, but we’re not 100% sure on that one.

Hat tip to Adam for sending us the tip!

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer EyeFi Mobi Cloud intro (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

We were already pretty satisfied with EyeFi Cloud and their hardware solutions, but today the company is announcing some upgrades to the platform. For starters, anyone can now use it–and this moves comes from the trend that they’ve seen with people using all manners of devices to shoot and store their images. Indeed, the app was a great solution to store them to begin with because it automatically pulled images from both the phone/tablet and your camera. But it was previously only available to Mobi customers. Now, Pro users can use it.

By having the app on your devices, you can now organize everything in one spot. However, it will only store JPEGs–sorry RAW shooters.

But there are also a couple of new enhancements that were made. You can now make adjustments to your images, crop, rotate, organize into folders (which you were able to do before) and even view the EXIF data.

The app’s latest update is available today on iOS, Android and Kindle. Annual memberships are available for $49.99/year and include support for unlimited photo syncing and storage.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Western Digital My Passport Wireless review images (1 of 7)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 6.3

Every photographer would love their own personal storage cloud. And in a way, Western Digital is giving that to photographers. The latest entry to their My Passport line is the My Passport Wireless, which is a step below their My Cloud drives. The advantage of the Cloud option is that you can access your images from anywhere as long as the drive is on. But with the My Passport Wireless drive, photographers get a different experience.

Hypothetical situation: you’re with a client, showing them some examples of work that you’ve done for engagement shoots. But they want to see more and you only have around two loaded onto your iPad. Simply boot up your Western Digital My Passport and access any of them that you’d like.

For photographers, security is important–and having your own hybrid of a server, cloud, and hard drive in one is more or less a godsend.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 16-50mm lens review (1 of 6)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

Last week at Google I/O the search company unveiled a preview of the next version of Android called “L.” While the new mobile OS features a new look and plenty of features, Android Police discovered some underlying changes in the Android L Developer Documentation revealing a number of key changes including RAW image capture in Adobe’s open DNG RAW format.

What’s more the apps will allow users to manually control every aspect of an exposure including shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, metering mode, focusing distance, flash tone, tone curve, color correction, and more. Supposedly the new Android release will also allow for faster capture, thanks to a “fully-synchronized processing pipeline.”

While it will be an amazing feat for every Android phone to be to produce RAW images, it might be a feature many users will be disinterested in. Not only are RAW images bigger, taking up valuable storage space, they are also almost entirely unprocessed. A large majority of smartphone photos look great because of the way these small cameras process images in-camera.

With the HTC One cameras perform with poor dynamic range where highlights go out of control. Meanwhile, the Nexus 5 had its own flaws early own with a slow shutter speed until a software update fixed it later on. These are just a few problems Android cameras already have and having unprocessed images could uncover even more flaws with these small sensors.. While RAW images will give users more wiggle room to fix photos in post, it could also mean users will have to process every image out of the camera.


Instagram 6.0

Instagram has just announced version 6.0 of its mobile photo editing and sharing app, which brings a huge redesign not only in terms of looks but also (and more importantly) in terms of functionality. Following close on the heels of yesterday’s iOS 8 announcement, which also saw huge improvements to the Photos app including lots of advanced editing options, Instagram now gives its users more editing choices to tweak individual parameters of an image before sharing it.

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