Samsung’s Making a Big 600MP Phone Sensor. Are Cameras Doomed?

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We’ve already seen the destruction that has been left in the wake of smartphone cameras. Still, it seems that Samsung wants to inflict more damage on an industry it used to be a part of. We love being able to carry capable cameras in our pockets at all times. Still, we wonder just how much longer it will be until Smartphones outperform dedicated cameras. If news of a 600MP phone sensor from Samsung turns out to be true, it might be sooner than you think. Let’s talk about this.

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Xiaomi’s New Smartphone Lenses Might Shake Up The Camera Market

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Cameras in smartphones are getting better all the time, and now Xiaomi’s new smartphone lenses could push mobile photography even further.

There’s a storm coming, and it’s making a beeline for the camera market. Sure, the photography world has weathered many smartphone powered storms. However, thanks to Xiaomi, this storm could do more damage than ever before. The Chinese smartphone giant has just teased two new retractable smartphone lenses that could take mobile photography to new heights. With the camera market still trying to find itself after the rise of smartphone photography, camera manufacturers may have to go back to the drawing board again. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Sub $1000: These Small, Powerful Budget Cameras Destroy Smartphones

You don’t have to spend a lot to get significantly better image quality, and these budget cameras prove that.

You’ve been carrying your smartphone with you for years now. Over time, you’ve developed a keen eye when it comes to photography. You like to share your images online. You also like to print photos you’ve made, but you wish you could make larger prints. If these statements sound like you, it’s time to step up to a dedicated camera. We get it, spending money on a traditional camera seems like overkill. After all, you spent close to $1,500 or more on your phone. However, we have a secret to tell you. Ready? You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a camera that will make your smartphone camera look like a toy. After the break, we will share our favorite budget cameras that will simply amaze you.

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Entry-Level Cameras Aren’t Cheap and Many People Just Need Their Smartphone

The smartphone camera has played an influential role in getting people into photography.

“Hey, Dan. I wanted to ask your help on buying a camera. I have a budget of around $300.” It’s a question I get asked a lot, and one I struggle to answer, not because I don’t know what I’m talking about, but because how can I recommend a dedicated camera for $300 unless we look at the used and discontinued market? For what you can get for that price, one has to ask themselves if the one in your pocket is all you need anyway? Yes, your smartphone camera is just that good!

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OmniVision’s New 48MP Phone Sensor Promises to Be a Low Light Beast

Smartphone cameras will progress in leaps and bounds during 2020.

CES 2020 has given us a glimpse of the future in regards to new computers for creators, and some of Nikon’s roadmap for the coming year. But quietly, over in a corner, an announcement from Omnivision about a new smartphone sensor made our ears tingle. It seems as though the digital imaging company has a new 48-megapixel sensor up its sleeve, and it is destined to bring considerable improvements to smartphone cameras by way of excellent low light performance and 8K video. Join us after the break for all the details.

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The AI in the Pixel 4 Was Enhanced by Photogs Selling Secrets to Google

Your peers sold their secrets to help Google make the Pixel 4 better at retouching, and that’s not a good thing.

Whether you like it or not, computational photography is changing the face of photography as we know it. Right now, this breakthrough in technology and machine learning is limited to smartphones because, without it, the results from the cameras in the phones wouldn’t be impressive. Still, with their AI algorithms, we know that phones like the iPhone 11 Pro, the Galaxy Note 10, and the Pixel 4 can produce jaw-dropping images. It turns out that, though, that Google is paying photographers to divulge their secrets about retouching (and who knows what else) so that Google can feed this information into their algorithms. While this may make life easier for those who use phones, it will probably end up hurting many in the industry. Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

What Camera Companies Must Do to Compete With Phone Photography

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The camera market is sinking faster than the Titanic, and phone photography’s popularity is part of the reason why.

We know this is not new news, but the camera market is continuing to tank, and for the first time, the Mirrorless camera market has taken a hit too. The epic rise of phone camera technology and computational photography is part of the reason why. The other part of the equation is camera manufacturers aren’t doing enough to bring mobile photographers into the dedicated camera fold. After the break, we will take a look at the numbers and talk about what Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and others need to do to win over the hearts of those who think their phone is good enough. Continue reading…

Should the Camera Market Be Filled with Top Shelf Gear Only?

Dwindling sales in the camera market and the rise of smartphone cameras means fewer people feel the need for entry-level cameras.

Take a look at any photography blog or any photography YouTube channel and you’ll hear about how lousy camera sales are world-wide. We know the camera market has been in a freefall for the last year, but what’s the answer to this problem? The rise of smartphones with very capable cameras are playing a considerable role in declining sales for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and many others. Now, consumers feel like they simply don’t require a dedicated camera. Should camera manufacturers forget about the entry-level market and focus on high-end cameras only? Let’s talk about this after the break. Continue reading…

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…

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (A Great Camera with a Phone)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ continues to blur the lines between phones with cameras and dedicated cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is packed with four cameras (three on the back and one on the front), and it promises to be quite extraordinary. We all have our own feelings about mobile photography, but whether you like it or not, it’s here to stay. Smartphone manufacturers have been working hard to blur the lines between dedicated cameras and those found in smartphones, and Samsung is no exception. Over the last few years, the Galaxy Note series of phones have been pushing mobile photography boundaries hard, and the AI they use is becoming more powerful. But do the cameras live up to the hype? Let’s find out in our review. Continue reading…

Phone Cameras Are Great, But Most Traditional Cameras Are Here to Stay

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi just announced massive 64 and 108 Megapixel sensors for upcoming phones that might put some traditional cameras under threat.

Smartphone technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and so is the camera tech inside of them. Mobile photography is becoming more and more popular thanks to incredible artificial intelligence and the sensors used to capture the images. Capturing stunning shots with the phone in your pocket is now easier than ever. With the announcement that Xiaomi will be releasing phones with 64 and 108 Megapixel sensors from Samsung, one has to wonder if smartphones are going to begin outperforming more traditional cameras. Join us after the break for more details. Continue reading…

Fujifilm Scoffs at Canon’s Claim That The Camera Market is Shrinking

Canon’s claim that the camera market will shrink by 50% in the next two years is not shared by all in the industry.

A few weeks ago a Canon exec went on record and said that due to the popularity of smartphone cameras, the camera market will decline by 50% in the next two years; that sentiment isn’t shared by the industry as a whole though. Fujifilm firmly believe that the market will grow or decline for each company based off of their own innovations. Burn! Join us after the break to see what else Fujifilm shared, and what we think manufacturers need to do to combat the rise of smartphone photography. Continue reading…

Sony’s New Exmor RS Smartphone Image Sensor Packs 192 Phase Detect AF Points

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It looks like phase detection autofocus will be the new hot trick of smartphone cameras. First the iPhone 6 included phase detect AF and now Sony has announced a new stacked Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS image sensor for smartphones with an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function.

Sony claims the 21MP sensor could use up to 192 AF points to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. The IMX230 sensor itself is a 1/2.4 stacked CMOS image sensor, which also utilizes back-illuminated pixels. On top of taking high-resolution pictures, the sensor records 4K video in high-dynamic range as well as some more pedestrian 1080p video at 60fps.

Sony has announced it will release the its stacked CMOS image sensor in April 2015. There’s no word as to what will be the first device to utilize this new sensor. However, we’ll hazard a guess that the sensor will be first implemented into a future Xperia Z4 or another Android smartphone. Check past the break to see a few results from Sony’s new Exmor RS IMX230 sensor.


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Toshiba Plans to Add Lytro Refocusing to Smartphones with a Dual Sensor Camera

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Two heads are better than one and it seems the same will go for smartphone cameras as well. Toshiba is looking to add a new dual lens and sensor camera package to the mobile device world. Spotted by Digital Trends, the internally named TCM9518MD sensor apparently won’t be used in some kind of 3D imaging setup. Instead the sensor duo will work together to create Lytro Camera-like pictures that you can refocus later as well as removing unwanted objects in your shot.

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