Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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The Sony a9 is So Fast You Can Turn Its 20fps Photos into Video

Take a look at the video above. It’s actually a string of still photos that shows how blazing fast the new Sony a9 is. The sequences were shot using the camera’s 20fps burst mode for photos. Harnessing the insane shooting speed of 20 frames per second, it’s possible to create a relatively smooth video at almost “normal” speed. 24fps is a traditional standard frame rate for motion pictures, while many early silent films were shot at a choppy 16fps. The Sony a9’s still photo burst rate is now in between those two frame rates. The a9 is able to do
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Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator is an image editor for macOS that launched back in 2007 and has since grown into a formidable alternative to Adobe Photoshop in a previously untouchable domain. Now the company has just announced a Pro version of its software, which is set to be released this fall. On the surface, Pixelmator Pro has a completely redesigned interface that aims to reduce the clutter. The company says it is “designed exclusively for working with images”, and it puts the image front-and-center, eschewing the floating windows of its predecessor for a streamlined and unified display. Unlike Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is fully
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This is the Best Photo Ever Shot of a Star Other Than Our Sun

Astronomers using the ESO Very Large Telescope have created the most detailed photo ever of a star other than our own Sun. The subject of the photo is the supergiant Antares, visible to the unaided eye in the constellation Scorpius. “To the unaided eye the famous, bright star Antares shines with a strong red tint in the heart of the constellation of Scorpius (The Scorpion),” the ESO writes. “It is a huge and comparatively cool red supergiant star in the late stages of its life, on the way to becoming a supernova.” Antares has 12 times the mass of
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Photos and Color Profiles: The Quickly Approaching Move to Wide-Gamut

My name is Kelly Thompson, and I’m a VP at 500px. Buried in Tuesday’s announcement of Google’s Android Oreo was an interesting tidbit for photographers: like Apple the year before, Google’s mobile OS has been reworked to support deep and wide color, and, for the first time, full color management for Android devices. What does this mean for photographers and their workflows? It’s probably a good time to review your processes to make sure you’re getting the best possible results for the widest audience. At 500px, we’ve made some significant changes to better support the amazing new screens, while also
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Shutterstock’s Randomized Watermark Protects Photos from Google’s AI

Google recently published a paper showing how easy it is for a computer to detect an identical watermark from a large collection of photos and then cleanly remove that watermark from each photo. Shutterstock has responded to Google’s AI by developing a new randomized watermark that counters it. Google’s research found that many common stock watermarks can be removed since they appear identically across a huge number of online photos. Shutterstock was actually notified about the search before the paper was published, and its engineers began working on a way to fix the flaws that Google researchers uncovered. Google’s conclusion
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10 Predictions About the Future of Photography

How might photography evolve in the coming years and decades? The folks over at COOPH took a look at current trends and research projects to come up with 10 productions about the future of photography. They’re discussed in the 4.5-minute video above. Here’s a quick summary of what COOPH believes the future holds for photographers: 1. Stronger Sensors: Cameras will have sensors with hundreds of megapixels in resolution, extremely high ISOs for night vision, and possibly even a curved design that superior to flat ones.
2. Smaller Cameras: Future cameras may be completely flat with no moving
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AI Can Easily Erase Photo Watermarks: Here’s How to Protect Yours

Happy that your photos are safe online hidden behind aggressive watermarking? Maybe it’s time to reconsider. New Google research shows that a lot of watermarks, including those used by major stock websites, can be easily removed automatically by computers. But there’s a way to prevent it. Using clever AI algorithms, it’s possible for a computer to zero in on the exact watermark and remove it from a photo as if it was rubbing away a smudge. Here are a couple examples Google shared using stock photos: The news was disclosed in a paper, titled “On The Effectiveness Of Visible
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Android Phone Cameras to Soon Have Infrared Depth Sensors

Qualcomm, which creates mobile processors, is pioneering a new active depth sensor that will probably make its way to Android phones next year via their upcoming 2nd generation Snapdragon processor.
The Verge reports that his new technology, the 2nd generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP (Image Signal Processor), will allow phones to generate, almost instantaneously, a 3D image from your phone’s camera that can be explored in high-resolution. “It features a completely new architecture that is engineered to increase image quality and speed, but more importantly, it’s designed for depth sensing in high-resolution and high accuracy — at very low-power,” said Qualcomm.
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DJI Develops Option to Fly ‘Offline’ for ‘Sensitive Flights’

The US Army recently said that it was removing all DJI equipment from its operations due to “cyber vulnerabilities,” in what was a blow to the public image of the Chinese drone manufacturer. In response, DJI has now developed an option to fly without any Internet data transfers in an effort to appease sensitive corporate and government organizations. “We are creating local data mode to address the needs of our enterprise customers, including public and private organizations that are using DJI technology to perform sensitive operations around the world,” says Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs.
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This Video Game’s ‘Lightroom Mode’ is a Car Photographer’s Dream

The graphics in games are becoming so good nowadays that a number of games have ultra-realistic “photo modes” that allow you to freeze frame and capture high resolution stills that can easily look like actual photos at first glance. Gran Turismo Sport‘s new “Scape” mode is one just mode that car photographers may enjoy: it employs a host of features you’d expect more from Adobe Lightroom than a video game. Once you’ve captured your car photo, you can post-process all kinds of things. You are able to drop these high-resolution cars straight into any of around 1,000 backdrops, adjusting
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‘Computational Zoom’ Lets You Remix Focal Lengths for Impossible Photos

Traditional photography involves choosing a focal length and position before snapping a shot. A new technology called “computational zoom” will allow photographers to remix those two factors afterward to create not only new compositions, but physically impossible ones. The UCSB Current reports that the project is being worked on by researchers at NVIDIA and UCSB. Here’s a 5-minute video that introduces and explains “computational zoom”:
Here’s a short explanation of how it works. When composing a photo, your focal length and position can drastically alter what the resulting image features. In an example given by researchers, photographing a
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iPhone Cameras May Soon Get Smarter with ‘SmartCam’ Scene Recognition

It seems the iPhone camera is about to get a whole lot smarter. A leaked internal version of iOS 11 has revealed that there’s a new feature coming to iPhones called “SmartCam.” It seems to be a way for the camera to automatically optimize your shot based on what it sees you taking a photo of. SlashGear reports that iOS developer Guilherme Rambo‏ spotted the SmartCam references when an internal version of iOS 11.0.2 meant for HomePod test units was sent out to outside developers.

This New AI Can Retouch Your Photos Before You Snap Them

What if your camera could professionally retouch your photos… before you even shoot them? That’s what researchers at Google and MIT are currently working on. MIT News reports that this week at the Siggraph digital graphics conference, Google and MIT scientists will be showing off a new system that can automatically retouch photos in the style of a professional photographer in real-time. Just as apps like Instagram can show you a real-time preview of what a scene looks like with a particular filter, the new AI system can show you a custom retouched version of any scene as you point
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A Detailed Look At How a DSLR Shutter Works

Have you ever wondered how the shutter of a DSLR works? This oddly satisfying 1.5-minute video from Chris Marquardt examines a shutter mechanism that has been extracted from a Nikon D500. The concept is pretty simple. There are two curtains, which are both spring-loaded and held in place by electromagnets. When you release the shutter, the mirror flips up and the two curtains are cocked, covering the camera’s sensor. The first curtain’s electromagnet then releases it so it swings open and exposes the sensor, allowing light in. The sensor stays exposed for the shutter length, and then the second
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A Detailed Look At How a DSLR Shutter Works

Have you ever wondered how the shutter of a DSLR works? This oddly satisfying 1.5-minute video from Chris Marquardt examines a shutter mechanism that has been extracted from a Nikon D500. The concept is pretty simple. There are two curtains, which are both spring-loaded and held in place by electromagnets. When you release the shutter, the mirror flips up and the two curtains are cocked, covering the camera’s sensor. The first curtain’s electromagnet then releases it so it swings open and exposes the sensor, allowing light in. The sensor stays exposed for the shutter length, and then the second
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A Detailed Look At How a DSLR Shutter Works

Have you ever wondered how the shutter of a DSLR works? This oddly satisfying 1.5-minute video from Chris Marquardt examines a shutter mechanism that has been extracted from a Nikon D500. The concept is pretty simple. There are two curtains, which are both spring-loaded and held in place by electromagnets. When you release the shutter, the mirror flips up and the two curtains are cocked, covering the camera’s sensor. The first curtain’s electromagnet then releases it so it swings open and exposes the sensor, allowing light in. The sensor stays exposed for the shutter length, and then the second
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A Detailed Look At How a DSLR Shutter Works

Have you ever wondered how the shutter of a DSLR works? This oddly satisfying 1.5-minute video from Chris Marquardt examines a shutter mechanism that has been extracted from a Nikon D500. The concept is pretty simple. There are two curtains, which are both spring-loaded and held in place by electromagnets. When you release the shutter, the mirror flips up and the two curtains are cocked, covering the camera’s sensor. The first curtain’s electromagnet then releases it so it swings open and exposes the sensor, allowing light in. The sensor stays exposed for the shutter length, and then the second
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Countering Stryker’s Punch: Filling the Black Hole with Photoshop and GIMP

The visual record left behind by the United States Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers has, according to New York Times critic Charles Hagen, come to “represent one of the most ambitious attempts ever made to depict a society in photographs (Hagen, 1985).” Leading the FSA’s Historical Section was Roy Stryker, a Columbia-trained economist. Though Stryker was not a photographer himself, he understood the power that images could have in economic argument and the general sway of ideas. In fact, New Deal propaganda on the plight and needed social assistance for the rural impoverished was one of the Historical Section’s
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