With the Pixel 2 smartphone, Google introduced an exciting new software feature called Google Lens. Google Lens uses Artificial Intelligence to power its visual recognition algorithms and provides information about whatever your smartphone's camera is pointed at—for example, what type of flower you are looking at or reviews and other information about a restaurant. You can also identify landmarks, look up movies, books or works of art and scan barcodes/QR codes and business cards.
Unfortunately, in its first implementation the feature wasn't terribly easy or straightforward to use. You had to take a picture, then go to Google Photos and Continue reading "AI-powered ‘Google Lens’ is being integrated into Assistant on Pixel phones"
The LG V30 is the Korean manufacturer's latest flagship smartphone and offers a dual-camera setup that combines a main camera with a 71-degree angle of view with a secondary 120-degree super-wide angle lens. On the main camera, a Sony IMX 351 1/3.1" sensor is coupled with a very fast F1.6 lens.
The super-wide-angle lens, by contrast, comes with a smaller Samsung sensor that features a 13MP resolution and 1.0um pixel size. There is an F1.9 aperture but no OIS, which is easier to live without on a super-wide-angle anyhow.
The V30 Continue reading "LG V30 camera review"
My friends would (hopefully) say that I'm not one to toot my own horn, but since this weekend marks the 20th anniversary of my foray into the world of digital photography websites, I'm taking the liberty. Over Thanksgiving weekend in 1997 I founded the Digital Camera Resource Page, aka DCResource. The site is no longer updated (that probably wouldn't go over well with my current employer), so it remains as a sort of time capsule to days past.
In this Throwback Thursday I'm going to share my story of how I stumbled into the world of digital photography and
As 2017 winds down, we're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of the year. In the #2 position we have another staff favorite in the Sony Alpha a9. Images in this gallery have been viewed nearly 2 million times, so it seems our readers are as fascinated by this camera as we are.
In fact, we've probably written more about the Sony a9 then any other product this year, simply because there was a lot to say (and test)! It got a gold award in our review and we've used it to Continue reading "Top 10 sample galleries of the year #2: the Sony Alpha a9"
Lighting manufacturer Rotolight has introduced a mark 2 version of its Anova Pro circular LED stills and video light. The Anova Pro 2 is the same size as the previous model, but according to the company, the new model features a 70% uplift in brightness, "unrivaled battery performance", and up to 10,700 lux at 3 feet instead of 6,280 in continuous mode.
Like the previous model, the Anova Pro 2 also operates as a flash unit, and is capable of high speed sync at up to 1/8000sec. Rotolight says the flash mode has no recycle time and that the maximum
Designer Vinicius Araújo has created a series of concept images that imagine what a keyboard may look like if it were made by Adobe specifically for Photoshop and its other specialized software. Araújo shared the images on Behance under the handle VA Designer, where he shows a concept that containing half a dozen touch shortcuts, a scroll wheel, colored LED lighting, and a high level of sensitivity.
While various DIYers have developed their own enhanced control methods for some Adobe products—such as using a PS3 gamepad to control Lightroom—and some interesting options do exist, a perfect hardware companion to the Continue reading "Designer imagines the perfect keyboard for Adobe software"
Peak Design has teamed with Leica to launch the Peak Design Leica Backpack Capsule, a combination Peak Design Backpack, Cuff (wrist strap) and Leash (neck strap) designed specifically for lovers of that expensive Red Dot.
This limited edition version of the company's backpack includes subtle Leica trim including the camera maker's iconic red dot, as well as red stitching.
Peak Design's Backpack is designed for everyday use by photographers who need to safely transport their gear while traveling or undergoing their daily commute. The bag sports a pair of expandable external side pockets, padded internal accessory pockets, a sleeve Continue reading "Peak Design unveils limited edition Leica Backpack Capsule"
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Winners Announced
A portrait of an android woman has beaten over 5,700 pictures of humans to take third place in this year’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. The portrait of Erica secured Finnish photographer Maija Tammi the £2,000 third place in the competition, as well as the £5,000 John Kobal award for a photographer under the age of 35.
First place in the contest was awarded to Spanish journalist and documentary photographer Cesar Dezfuli, who received £15,000 for his striking portrait of a 16-year-old Malian migrant, Amadou Sumaila, rescued from the Mediterranean Sea
Getting your equipment to location shoots can be a difficult logistical task, especially when you're also hauling lighting equipment in addition to camera gear. Carrying your C-stands could soon be a lot less unpleasant, though, thanks to the new C-stand bags from Matthews Studio Equipment.
You can choose from a shoulder bag and a roller version. The shoulder bag resembles a guitar case and can hold two assembled C-stands. It also comes with am protective internal divider, a grip handle with “easy-catch” magnet and a padded shoulder strap.
The rolling bag is a little larger and can hold three C-Stands
Canon has filed a patent that shows illuminated buttons appearing on the back of a prosumer DSLR camera, hinting that the feature may be added to the maker's future models. Details are sparse at this time, but an illustration in the patent shows a series of buttons with what appears to be a row of LEDs behind them.
The patent explains that the technology "enables a letter or character on the surface of a button to emit light uniformly."
As with all patents, we can't say for sure when (or even if) this feature will make its way into Continue reading "Canon illuminated buttons patent hints at future prosumer DSLR design"
The Sony a7R Mark III is the company's latest high-resolution full frame mirrorless camera. Much like Nikon's recent D850, it's one that combines this resolution with high speed and fast autofocus capabilities to a degree we've not previously seen.
Like its predecessor, the Mark III is built around a 42MP BSI CMOS sensor, but unlike the a7R II, it can shoot at ten frames per second.
Essentially it can be seen as an a7R II that inherits many of the lessons learned from the company's pro-sports model, the a9. This means faster processing, improved autofocus, improved handling and ergonomics,
There's never been a better time to shop for a new camera, but the number of options available can be overwhelming. In this series of buying guides we've provided customized recommendations for several use cases, from shooting landscapes to buying a first camera for a student photographer.
In each of these guides you'll find one or two main recommendations, and detailed content on several other cameras that deserve your consideration. Our recommendations span product class and cost, but if you'd rather shop by price, click here
If you're specifically looking for a compact camera, check out our phones, drones and
Shopping for a camera with a set budget? No problem! We've rounded up our favorite cameras, broken them into price brackets from around $500 to well over $2000 and listed our favorite choices. So, if you want to give that special someone a holiday gift that won't bust your wallet, we've got you covered.
If you're looking for a camera for a specific use case, we have plenty of suggestions right here.
The cameras in this buying guide are light and portable, and several feature selfie-friendly LCDs. Generally speaking, you won't find a lot of direct controls or a lot
Looking for a lightweight compact camera that's easy to bring with you anywhere? Or maybe you're smartphone-shopping and want the one that takes the best picture. And what if you want to shoot from above? In these buyers guides we have recommendations for the best compact cameras, smartphones and drones.
If you want a compact camera that produces great quality photos without the hassle of changing lenses, there are plenty of choices available for every budget. All of the cameras in this buying guide have zoom lenses, with focal length ranges mostly spanning around 24-70mm (equivalent).
Photo messaging has been around for a long time, but as smartphone cameras get better and better, this form of 'visual communication' is only becoming more common. That's why, earlier today, Facebook announced a major update to Facebook Messenger that doubles the resolution of the photos you send from 2K to 4K—or, more specifically, to a max of 4096 x 4096 pixels.
"We heard that people want to send and receive high resolution photos in Messenger," reads the release from Facebook, "and considering people send more than 17 billion photos through Messenger every month, we're making your conversations richer, sharper, Continue reading "Facebook just doubled the resolution of photos in Facebook Messenger"
Meet the Leica CL, an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor. It uses Leica L mount and sits alongside the Leica TL2. The CL differs from the TL2 by offering an electronic viewfinder and a traditional control layout. Find out what else it's got going for it in our 90 second 'First look' video.