Zeiss’s New Telephoto and Macro Zoom iPhone Lenses Are Coming

They started out as more of a gimmick, and many photographers still do not take them seriously, but phone accessory lenses have come a long way in the last few years. There are some very solid options for people looking to not only get great images from their phone, but also extend their capabilities without sacrificing much, if any, image quality. One of the new, but higher quality players in the accessory lens game is Zeiss, and they just announced two new additions to their iPhone 6 line of accessory lenses.  Continue reading…

The COVR Photo Case is Coming to the iPhone 6

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Several months ago, I got an email from Thomas Hurst about an iPhone case that he had invented for the iPhone 5. Its selling point was the prism lens that essentially makes it possible to take a photo while holding the phone like you do when you’re texting. Gone are the days of putting your phone between your face and the photograph, and it proved to be so useful that I gave it our Editor’s Choice award.

It may have seemed strange to some that there wasn’t a 6/6+ version, but Hurst and his team began working on this before the 6/6+ existed. Now, there’s an iPhone 6 version in the works, and there’s a Kickstarter to help bring it to fruition. There’s a key difference between the 5 and the 6 version. The one of the iPhone 6 comes in two parts: a shock-absorbent rubber core and a hard outer shell with the prism lens. The original COVR Photo was a unibody hard shell that proved a little difficult to take off, but this new design remedies that.

There’s an app, too, to help you take pictures because the prism design renders the image upside down in the dedicated camera. Essentially, the app flips the image right side up. The prism also slides back, so that you can use the regular lens as well. There is a bevy of rewards in this kickstarter, including signed prints from Hurst’s 20-year career as a photojournalist.

If you’ve been looking for a new way to take photos with your iPhone 6, check out the Kickstarter. Alternatively, you can order one for your iPhone 5/5S here.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Todd Heisler Puts the iPhone 6 Through its Paces

Todd Heisler iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus quite possibly have the best smartphone cameras around. While Apple’s latest handsets have proven to be amazing on paper, how does it handle in the hands of a seasoned professional photographer? The New York Times’ Molly Wood challenged NYT photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Todd Heisler to put the camera through its paces and create stunning images.

In his testing Todd praised the iPhone 6 for its new ability to shoot slow motion even in lowlight conditions, whereas high-speed cameras typically need a well-lit environment. More importantly Todd said shooting slow motion video changes the way you see everything and adds a beautiful sentimental quality to the footage.

The Pulitzer Prize winning photographer also enjoyed the easy access exposure control on the iPhone 6 letting him nail the lighting he wanted. Meanwhile, the updated editing capabilities on iOS 8 allowed him to tweak his image without using a third-party application.

Of course, the iPhone 6 camera isn’t without its flaws. Namely the timelapse tool is neat, but it requires patience and steady hands. Todd was also interested in picking up the iPhone 6 Plus for the added image stabilized lens, but was ultimately put off by the handset’s additional bulk. The video is after the jump.

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The 8MP iPhone 6 Outresolves a 16MP Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone DxO Mark Score

Apple made some major camera improvements on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and now the two handsets have taken top spots in DxOMark. The two new iPhone models set the highest DxOMark mobile score with 82 points. Despite only sporting an 8MP sensor, the two iPhones beat out the 16MP Samsung Galaxy S5 and 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z3, which both previously scored 79 points.

From the chart we can see the iPhone 6 and it’s bigger brother get a big autofocus boost thanks to the Phase Detection implemented right on the imaging sensor. It seems the iPhone 6 models capture lots of detail in well lit situations. Sadly, though, in low-light shooting Apple’s handset still resolves images with a noticeable hint of fine-grained luminance noise and a minimum chroma (colored) noise.

DxO Mark also wrote that the iPhone 6 Plus’ OIS offers several advantages including better noise performance in low-light shooting and less ghosting while taking HDR images. Oddly enough the OIS also created more stabilization artifacts when shooting video. Be sure to head past the break for another look at how the check out how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras stack up against a fleet of Android phones, and visit DxO Mark for a more in depth and graphical breakdown.

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What You Want to Know About the New Apple iPhone 6 Camera

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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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iPhone 6 Spotted with a Interchangeable Lens Bayonet in This Latest Patent

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.

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The Next iPhone Might Have a 10MP Camera and f1.8 Lens

iPhone 5SiPhone 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.

Via Photography Bay and TechRadar