Telephoto or wide-angle lens? Nokia camera app update hints at possible dual-camera setup for the Nokia 9

As you might have heard, HMD Global announced an Android Oreo beta program for its Nokia 5 model. Surprisingly, the recently released Oreo beta for the affordable mid-ranger also includes an update for the camera app which reveals some pretty interesting details. 
A teardown of the APK package shows that the camera app now features support for both wide-angle and telephoto dual-camera setups. The Nokia 5 packs a single 13MP main sensor, so these functionalities are obviously not intended for the budget-friendly smartphone. 
Nokia …


Alleged schematic of the Galaxy S9 leaks, reaffirms single camera

With 2017 coming to a close, we are also getting nearer and nearer to the next round of major flagship announcements — the first quarter of 2018 will be marked by the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and the LG G7, among other handsets. Of course, we are already hearing the first rumors and basking in the first leaks concerning the hot upcoming models.

Among reports that the Galaxy S9 will have even slimmer bezels than its predecessor, we also got a few leaks suggesting that it would have its fingerprint scanner moved to the “proper” location — not awkwardly …

Essential Phone may have sold 50,000 units according to camera app download numbers

Back in late September, we reported about a research firm that claimed Essential Phone only sold 5,000 units in the United States. Fast forward six weeks and it looks like that number increased by ten times.

Apparently, Essential Phone may have sold around 50,000 units since its release, a much better number than the amount mentioned in September. The information is based on the number of downloads of Essential’s Camera app from the Google Play Store, so it surely isn’t 100% accurate.

In case you’re wondering how did Essential manage to boost sales of its smartphone in such a short …

How to take photos of fireworks with a smartphone camera (iPhone and Android tutorial)

Being a photographer in the late 19th century was a job much more dangerous than one might think. Dealing with chemicals was heavily involved, the most spectacular of them being flash powder – the kind of stuff that was lit to illuminate low-light scenes, as you might have seen in movies from the silent era. And by “lit” we mean that the substance was literally set on fire, which resulted in a loud bang, a cloud of smoke, and a bright, fiery explosion. Flash powder is still in use today, but you’ll only find it in fireworks. 
Speaking …

Google launches Storyboard, Selfissimo, and Scrubbies – "appsperiments" for your camera


Never shying away from experimenting with software and
hardware, Google today announced Appsperiments – a series of app experiments
aiming to bring new, fun, and useful camera features to smartphone users around
the world. 

 

According to Google, the Appsperiments project was partially
inspired by Motion Stills – an app that the company released in 2016 on iOS, and
this year on Android. Motion Stills uses automatic stabilization and rendering
technology to create smooth GIFs and time lapses out of your photos and videos.
Following a similar approach, Google is now launching three …

Essential Phone gets another update for its Camera app, here is what's new

One of the Essential Phone’s major letdowns, camera performance continues to be improved through software updates that seem to come pretty often lately. After adding Facebook Live 360 streaming support to its 360 Camera module, Essential is now updating the Camera app that comes pre-installed on the phone.

While there don’t seem to be any graphics changes, Essential added two new features: YouTube Live 360 support (for Essential 360 Camera) and the option to broadcast Facebook Live 360 on a Facebook page. In a previous update, Essential finally enabled Portrait …

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5 low-light camera comparison: prepare for a plot twist

Dual cameras come in many flavors. Some phones gain a dramatically wider field of view, while others go for optical zoom and the ability to take artsy portrait shots. The latter model was pioneered by Apple on the iPhone 7 Plus and was later adopted by many other smartphone makers, OnePlus included. Earlier this year, the company launched its OnePlus 5 smartphone with a secondary camera at the back providing optical zoom of 1.6X. 
Fast-forward to present day, and the OnePlus 5T is here – better than the 5 in a number of ways, but …

The Huawei P11 may feature a triple-lens 40MP camera setup and a 24MP selfie shooter

Ever since Huawei partnered with Leica to build the optics and camera software for the P9, the company has been paying great attention to camera quality, even when it comes to mid-range offerings from its Honor sub-brand.

A new leak suggests that Huawei may be hard at work on a beastly camera setup for the next entries in its flagship P-series. According to a promotional image allegedly made by one of Huawei’s creative agencies, the Huawei P11 may feature a 40MP Leica co-developed triple-lens camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom. Yes, three lenses on the back, …

Which of these camera features is most important to you?

OK, so when it comes to smartphone cameras, it’s pretty clear that the number 1 thing we all want is great image quality. Mainly for pictures, but also for video, we want our $700+ devices to be able to snap outstanding memorabilia at the touch of a button.

And manufacturers have that down in 2017. Sure, some are slightly better than others, some will fail in some select scenes… but generally, if you buy a top-tier smartphone nowadays, you can expect to be able to make stellar photos with it.

So, since everyone has a camera that’s somewhat on par with everyone …

Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 portrait camera comparison: is one camera really enough?

Instagram would have been super silly during the Renaissance years, don’t you agree? Seriously: imagine dinner being served, then an artist is summoned to draw a painting of your dish, after which a carriage arrives to pick up the painting and deliver it to your crush. And then you start eating your pork belly soup. Luckily, we have smartphones – smartphones that can not only take great photos, but also make these photos more fun and better at grabbing attention; smartphones that have Portrait Mode, developed to make the subject stand out by applying artistic blur (basically …