You Need to Try This. OM System OM1 Review

I think the general consensus among the photo community was that Micro Four Thirds was probably done for when OM Digital Solutions (OMDS) split from Olympus. But in all honesty, it gave me more hope. Often I’ve spoken with Olympus reps who felt like they were held back from their true potential. With those restraints removed, the new OM System OM1 shows how the company is starting to blossom again. Emblazoned with the old Olympus logo on the front, it’s bound to cause confusion. But once you work with it and learn how it works, it’s going to be the most fun you’ve had with a camera in years.

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Alice Camera Is Hoping to Make Your Photography Almost Effortless

“A drive to embrace new technology and change,” answers data scientist and CEO of Alice Camera, Vishal Kumar, when queried about what sets Alice Camera apart from other camera companies. He found that existing mirrorless cameras were too cumbersome and decided that a shift was needed in the camera industry. This stirred up multiple ideas in his head, which eventually led to the creation of the Alice Camera. We caught up with Vishal and his team for an exclusive interview about the upcoming camera and an insight into the AI algorithm it uses to produce pictures.

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Understanding the Computational Photography in Alice Camera

The Alice camera is targeting a different type of creative and camera user.

“By applying computational photography to the Micro Four Thirds system we want to give people image quality more like that of a full-frame camera, at the price, size, and weight of an MFT camera…” states Liam Donovan, CTO of Alice Camera in an interview with us. In my 12 years of journalism, I can say that’s a very big claim. For the future of the camera market, I’m hoping Alice Camera can hold themselves true to it. Alice Camera is being funded on IndieGogo and promises to be completely different. 

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Opinion: Olympus Can Set the Tone for the Future of Photography

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Olympus knows the limitations of its chosen platform, but they have the ability to innovate and incorporate computational photography into their cameras.

Olympus has a track record of being able to achieve the seemingly impossible. Over the last 12 years, Olympus has developed technologies that have still made the Micro Four Thirds platform relevant today. They have developed class-leading IBIS, started to incorporate AI into their cameras, and their weather sealing technologies are some of the best in the business. But let’s not think all is rosy in M4/3’s world. APS-C and Full Frame platforms are pulling away at an alarming rate when it comes to sensor technology, and pricing continues to draw people away from the Micro Four Thirds platform. If anyone can make M4/3 relevant again, it’s Olympus. They are crazy enough to try new things that can make the platform fun for photographers. After the break, we will take a look at what Olympus needs to focus on if they want to keep up with Sony and the rest of the gang.

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Smartphone Cameras Could Be So Much Better if They Just Did This

The thing that could make smartphone cameras even better is just a little bit more protection.

One of the most frustrating issues with cameraphones that makes a dedicated camera far superior doesn’t have to do with the sensor. In fact, the sensor and all the computational photography that they build into a cellphone camera is fantastic. Instead, the issues have to do with the lens. We’re not talking about cameraphones needing a zoom lens but we’re instead talking about a little thing that we all take for granted: lens hoods. How many of you reading this use lens hoods and not lens caps? Many of you probably use both. Personally, I hate lens caps–they get lost a lot. But a lens hood is often the perfect thing for me and there are a variety of reasons why.

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Redditers Have Had Their Say on The Camera Vs Phone Camera Debate

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The hot topic of dedicated cameras versus phone cameras is reaching its boiling point.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that cameras in phones like the iPhone 11 Pro and the Galaxy Note 10+ have been making waves. Do a quick search on the web, and you’ll come across articles that proclaim that you can now ditch your dedicated cameras because the camera in your phone equals it, but is that entirely true? A video from YouTuber Matti Haapoja explores this a little more. Join us after the break to see what he found out. Continue reading…

If Portrait Mode Is So Great, Why Have Samsung and Huawei Used DSLR Photos?

Smartphone manufacturers are banking hard on computational photography to bridge the gap between conventional cameras and smartphones.

As the old adage goes, “The best camera is the one that you have on you,” which is why so many of us photographers carry our dedicated cameras with us wherever we go. If you have purchased or upgraded your smartphone within the last couple of years, or have watched any of the keynote announcements for the current generation of flagship smartphones on the market, you will have undoubtedly noticed the significant efforts the smartphone industry has been focusing on the camera capabilities of their wares. Google, Apple, Huawei, Samsung, and the rest are trying to find a way to make you not carry your DSLR or mirrorless camera with you anywhere. One of the most popular trends among smartphone manufacturers at the moment is the ability to simulate the look that conventional cameras can achieve when photographing using wide aperture lenses.

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