iPhone 6 rumors are flying fast and smartphone photography enthusiasts might be interested in knowing the imaging sensor might make a jump to 10MP or even more. Photography Bay caught wind of the news and this jump in image resolution will be the first time Apple has increased the megapixel count since the iPhone 4S.
Since 2011, the Cupertino-based company has been sitting pretty with improving 8MP sensors and practically unrivaled image processing. But as smartphone rivals have been maxing out their image sensors with 41MP on the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the 20MP Sony Xperia Z1, Apple is going to have to step up their game – even if most of us know that megapixels only account for so much.
On top of increasing the megapixel count, the iPhone 6 could feature an f1.8 lens if early reports from it168 are to be believed. Apple has been steady ratcheting open the iPhone’s aperture from f2.8 in the iPhone 4 f2.4 in the iPhone 4S to f2.2 in the iPhone 5S. At f1.8 the new lens would not only let in more light but also create a shallower depth-of-field and all that creamy bokeh found on wide-open prime lenses.
Additionally, early reports suggest that the iPhone 6 will have interchangeable resin lens filters. Unnamed sources claim a Japanese company called JSR will supply the next iPhone with a transparent resin known as ARTON. The first of these filters include one that’s lighter and thinner than comparable IR filters.
It’s too early to say if any of these early reports are true; but other news has said the iPhone 6 will be a different, larger handset measuring 4.8-inch on the small size alongside with a larger model that will scale thing up past 5-inches. If Apple is willing to change the form factor of its handset again, who knows what else will be different.
While actual time travel is either impossible or yet to be invented (depending on whom you ask,) it is indeed possible to take a glimpse at the past thanks to our highly connected environment. Each day, millions of photos are uploaded to social sharing services such as Instagram, and each photo captures a unique moment in time and space. And that’s the premise behind a new app called Pic A Moment.
Pic A Moment is a new app for iOS 7 devices that lets you search for a combination of time and place on Instagram, and look at the pictures that Instagram users have uploaded at that specific moment. So let’s imagine you missed the big New Year’s Eve party at Times Square–no problem! Just enter date and location into Pic A Moment, and see what other Instagram users uploaded at these specific space-time coordinates!
But it’s not only for fun and entertainment that the app can be used. Remember how during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, it were pictures taken by bystanders that lead to clues about those responsible? In theory, it should be possible to use Pic A Moment to search for pictures taken during the same time and at the same location that a crime was committed–even if only coincidentally.
Pic A Moment is not the first app of its kind, there’s already another app like it available on iTunes. However, Instalook sells for US-$ 0.99, whereas Pic A Moment is free. If you’re as hooked by the idea as we are, then head over to iTunes and give it a try!
When you think about digital devices like tablets you have to think about how they have affected us. iPads have integrated themselves into our lives–especially the lives of photographers. We use them to show our portfolios, have contracts signed, check email, manage things and even read magazines. They are great tools to have. Earlier on this year, Apple released the iPad Air–the latest evolution in the lineup. And though it’s got quite some charm, do you really need it?
“Buy a back, get a Mac” is the slogan that Capture Integration, Atlanta-based supplier of high-end photographic gear, is using for its latest promotion. Specifically, they want you to buy a Phase One IQ back, and will give you an Apple computer for free as a reward. As sensational as this may sound, one has to keep in mind the initial price point of one of Phase One’s latest digital medium format backs: the IQ160 starts at roughly US-$ 30k, and the IQ280 bundle with camera and lens ends at roughly US-$ 50k.
Still, we thought this is a deal is too good not to share it. Who knows, maybe one of you, our readers, was thinking about buying a Phase One back and a Mac Pro? Now you can get one for free! Isn’t that great?
Adobe’s third iteration of Lightroom 5 is now out of the release candidate phase, and it’s available for download now. The Lightroom Journal has the full list of changes, but we also have them down below. Amongst the big ones are Canon T4i tethered capture support, Fujifilm X-E2 support, Nokia Lumia 1020 support, and a lens profile for the Apple iPhone 5s.
Lots more changes and download links are after the jump.
Years ago, Apple made a camera: and it failed. As a result, they stepped out of the digital camera industry and would only really get back into it with the upgrades to the camera in their iPhone line of products. From that, manufacturers created lots of accessories for iPhoneographers everywhere.
But now, it seems like Apple has more of an interest in the camera industry–at least that’s what this patent is showing. According to the graphic, the company is interested in a camera that is almost like the Lytro: meaning that it has light fields and allows the user to refocus the image after it has been shot. Though Light Field cameras have been around for years, Lytro was the first company to commodify and develop it for the everyday consumer.
If something like this ever comes to life and it has the appropriate marketing, just think about what it could mean. The entire web might need to adapt as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and more would need to adjust algorithms. In fact, it might even be part of the next major iteration of HTML.