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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer iPhone 6 Product Image 9

Apple has announced a new and larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and an even bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and with them comes a new camera. Apple claims it has created an all-new 8MP iSight sensor made up of microscopic 1.5-micron-sized pixels. The headlining feature about this new sensor is it packs Focus Pixels, which is the Cupertino company’s fancy way of saying it has added a phase detect autofocus system, which purportedly locks onto subjects twice as fast as the iPhone 5S.

Apple has also improved its optics adding optical image stabilization to the iSight camera’s f2.2 lens. The iPhone maker claims the newly added OIS will help correct for camera shake going up and down as well as side-to-side. Apple has also improved the rear camera and now it can take HDR shots in a single click rather than three. Meanwhile, iPhonegraphers will now be able to take 43MP panorama shots.

The iPhone 6 is also significantly more capable on the video front. Users picking up the new handset will be able to shoot 1080p movies at 60fps and slow motion footage has been upgraded to 240fps. Lastly Apple has brought back True Tone Flash, which lights up subjects using two differently colored LEDs to produce a more accurate color temperature and better flash photos.

Up front, selfie takers will be happy to know the front facing iSight camera also been overhauled with a larger f2.2 aperture lens that takes in 80% more light. Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller also coined the new term “burst selfies” in which the front camera will take 10 self-portrait pictures in a single go. The front facing camera will also let users shoot HDR selfies and HDR video for FaceTime calls.

Check past the break for more images of the iPhone 6 and what its iSight Camera can do.

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iOS editsAt its WWDC keynote yesterday, Apple announced a whole freighter full of updates coming to iOS 8. Perhaps the most exciting announcement of all was that users will soon have full manual control of the iPhone camera. Apple is opening up all the camera controls to third-party apps, with everything from white balance, focus, and every exposure setting. In the future, that means that photo apps on iOS 8 will be able to control settings such as aperture, shutter-speed and more.

Currently apps on iOS 7, and those system versions before it, have only had access to flash control, HDR modes, and ISO. Now that apps will be able to take the camera off full auto, apps like Camera+ could allow users to take long exposures, keep the lens wide open at f2.2 for more bokehlicious photos, etc. What’s more, Apple is seriously buffing up its own built-in image editor to let iPhone shooters adjusts exposure, brightness, contrast, and more.

Read about even more iOS 8 enhancements after the break.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica M9 at Bryant Park (14 of 27)

Mother’s Day is coming soon. Don’t know what to get her? Check out these 30 ideas.

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When we first heard about cinemagraphs, we were quite excited about how they would change the industry despite how trippy the looks were. They can be attributed to Jamie Beck, who in collaboration with her husband created a sensation that made them the most in-demand creative team for a while. Their method took lots of work both technically and creatively. And now, Flixel lets you create cinemagraphs simply.

And to be quite honest, this is the program that we believe that more photographers should pick up and have in their standard kits along with Adobe Lightroom.

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Image courtesy of Apple Insider

Image courtesy of Apple Insider

There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding the iPhone 6‘s new from a 10MP Camera and f1.8 Lens to dual sensors. Now a new patent has come up today—no this one isn’t a April fool’s joke—suggests Apple is toying around with a bayonet that will fit around the iPhone camera to attach removable lenses. From the patent illustrations the lens mount would feature a three-pronged locking mechanism just like most interchangeable lens cameras, where the piece of glass rotates to lock in place.

This additional round plate of metal would have to sit around the lens. Interestingly enough recent leaked images of the iPhone 6 showed a protruding lens, which would create the perfect point for this new ring adapter to wrap around.

Lenses for the iPhone aren’t necessarily a completely novel idea. For years Photojojo among many other companies have made both telephoto and wide-angle lenses users can mount on their smartphones. This will simply be the first time the company has decided to offer such accessories by itself. Previously, the company jumped on making official cases and bumpers, so we could easily see lenses becoming a reality.

Via Ubergizmo

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Smartphones are steadily becoming more and more serious picture and video taking machines, and so more and more serious photographers embrace their capabilities. Though still nowhere as sophisticated as most higher-end digital cameras, smartphones today offer good image quality and often a plethora of manual settings. On the downside, they often lack some of the functionality of full-fledged cameras such as DSLRs or mirrorless offerings.

Apple has decided to take on that problem, and has patented a remote control for the iPhone’s integrated camera. But it’s not just a remote control. As we would expect from Apple, they’ve done the full monty, and have made it wireless plus given it its own secondary display. According to the patent description, the device exchanges all kinds of information with the camera, such as operating mode, settings, as well as preview images and video.

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