Google improves Pixel 2's photography skills, launches February security update

Google just announced that it’s ready to release a February security update for its Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Alongside various security related fixes, the update brings some extra goodies, in particular to owners of the Pixel 2 series.   With the new update, Google says it’s enabling the Pixel Visual Core – a dedicated image processing chip that was dormant until now inside the new Pixel phones (unless you’ve installed a beta build of Android 8.1 Oreo). According to Google, the Pixel Visual Core allows users to take better photos with third party camera apps …


Apple and iOS 11 could revolutionize smartphone photography with a next-generation image file format

At this year’s WWDC, Apple introduced that it’s adopting two new standards-based formats for storing and processing images and video, called HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) respectively. Although the implications of both for the future iOS cannot be understated and merit their own research, today we will be focusing on the HEIF standard, which by the way is pronounced “Heef,” according to Apple, because we all know how obsessed people can be over the pronunciations of different file extensions (*cough* GIF *cough*). But …

Here are the 2017 iPhone Photography Award winners

The iPhone Photography Awards every year keep on impressing us: some of the shots highlighted by this competition are truly masterful and it’s mind-boggling to think they were taken on a phone.

We now have the winners of the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards, and a lot of those images have more than just visual, but also a story to tell.
The grand prize winner shows a boy and a girl in Iraq, on the background of an oil well, a photography by Sebastiano Tomada that will have you thinking about many things. Next up, we have the winners …

Apple wants to teach you how to use the iPhone's camera, launches photography tutorial series

Do you want to take better shots with your iPhone but don’t know much about photography? If that’s the case, you might want to check out Apple’s new “How to Shoot on iPhone 7” tutorial series. 
The tech giant recently updated its YouTube channel with a bunch of short informational videos which aim to teach iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners a few tricks on how to properly utilize the camera …

Can the Google Pixel and Nexus 6P match a DSLR for night-time photography? (Yes!)

The Google Pixel is widely seen as one of the best camera phones out there and many sources (yours truly included) agree that it has the best camera ever put on a phone. But even the most avid photography enthusiast will tell you something: a smartphone camera, however good it may be, can never take great pictures at night. Furthermore, it can never capture the night sky, the Milky Way and all those beautiful astrophotography pieces of art that we see shot on professional cameras.

It takes a lot of creativity and skill, but true DSLR rate …

Samsung Galaxy Camera 4G: A Digital Photography Review

Samsung Galaxy Camera is really a vintage early adopter chunk of kit — the 1st thoroughly fledged Android photographic camera. It is an extraordinary piece of technology for certain, along with one we needed to become high priced. We were not incorrect: it will be out in the United Kingdom in mid-October for £399. That is in accordance with SH Lim, the vice president of Samsung’s digital imaging division, who gave a talk to Photography Blog.

Lim likewise intended that a Windows Phone camera — the Samsung Ativ Camera, probably? — may possibly be in the near future. “Good question,” he explained when requested about a possible WinCam. “Maybe! Android is essentially the most preferred present OS, hence we are going to pay attention to that presently.”

Lim unfolded the stimulating chance of functioning with digital camera specialists like Pentax for Android dSLRs, which he stated weren’t as significantly of a top priority as the much greater light-weight industry. He left open the door for higher-end Samsung NX Android video cameras plus a wider selection of compacts.

The hybrid snapper-cum-smart smart phone will arrive together with the newest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Wi-Fi and 3G. The digital camera as well provides in 8GB of inner memory with all the solution to add yet another 64GB by way of microSD. And if this weren’t enough memory choices, Samsung can even be supplying 50GB of cloud storage free for two years.

Having a massive 4.8-inch display, we had been involved it might have extremely brief life of the battery. Lim was rapid to reassure that it would work for “7 hrs continuously, longer if employed just as being a digital camera — 290 shots”.

Could there be any accessories specifically for the Galaxy Camera? “If [there is] sturdy demand, [but there is] no plan to give off anything at this time,” Lim mentioned. “Just prototypes of ring-flash, viewfinder, along with a wide-angle teleconvertor. There might be ideas to put out a model in the Galaxy Camera by using a detachable electronic viewfinder.”

Hence what makes that price evaluate along with other non-Android phones? At £399, it is over £100 higher priced than its nearest relative the Samsung WB850F, which delivers comparable technical specs in the photographic camera division although is short of Android.

Far more notably with this value it goes into the region of Micro 4 Thirds cameras just like the spectacular Panasonic Lumix GX1, which, with compatible lenses and also comprehensive consumer management, offers much a lot more than this phone/camera crossbreed regarding images.

We cannot wait to have it in for a total evaluation, although what do you feel? Could you compromise the cell phone-like performance and select a much better digicam designed by Samsung within a equivalent selling price?

Zackary Hampton has been writing computer and technology articles online for nearly 3 years now. Find more about the newest, useful and interesting Samsung gadgets news such as the Galaxy Camera.

Show Us Your iMadeFace Doppleganger – Create yourself cartoon iOS

By now you have likely already used iMadeFace or seen your friends’ cartoon avatars all over your news feeds. The popular new iOS app allows you to create a cartoon version of yourself in seconds. It’s inspired users around the world to give themselves the animated treatment.

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But just how close to reality can iMadeFace get? To find out, we want you to show us your avatars alongside a picture of yourself. We’ll feature the most uncanny resemblances in a follow-up story here on Mashable.

We’ve already created a few versions of Mashable staffers. Do you think we captured their likenesses? Let us know in the comments, and then send us your creations. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Here’s how you can share your photos:
Tweet a photo of your side-by-side iMadeFace  with the hashtag #MashFace. If you need more than one tweet to write your caption, just send us another tweet. OR

Drop your photo into the comments below using a link from imgur, flickr, tinypic, img.ly or any other supported format.

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