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Google reveals how to simulate shallow DOF from a single mobile camera

Google has published an 18-page study fully detailing its synthetic depth-of-field technology that makes its single-camera Portrait Mode possible. The in-depth paper shows a degree of openness and academic mindset unusual for the industry.

Xiaomi launches affordable Mijia smartphone gimbal

The new Mijia gimbal provides 3-axis stabilization and can charge the battery of the attached device.

Technical Camera is an iPhone camera app for advanced users

The new Technical Camera app offers comprehensive manual controls and a range of features for users who prefer to take control of the capture process.

Apple is quietly introducing new features, improved support for Raw photos in iOS 12

Although it wasn’t a stand-out detail during the keynote, Apple is bringing new features and improved performance when working with Raw photos on iOS 12. We break down a few of the updates we’ve come across in the iOS 12 Beta 1.

Report: Instagram to allow posting of hour-long videos

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Instagram is working on the ability to allow uploads of videos with a length of up to one hour – which could have a big impact on how video is created and shared in the future.

PanoClip is a 360-degree smartphone lens

The PanoClip snaps onto a smartphone and lets you capture 360-degree photos by combining images from the device's front and rear cameras.

Nokia 8 update adds new Pro Camera mode with manual controls

Last week, HMD Global released a software update for the Nokia 8 smartphone that added a new Pro Camera mode giving users manual control over five camera functions: shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus, and exposure.

Lemuro launches line of high-end iPhone accessory lenses

German brand Lemuro has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its iPhone accessory lenses.

Xiaomi Mi 8 launches with tele-camera and AI-powered portrait mode

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi's latest device offers top-end specifications at an enticing price point.

Camera Plus 2 comes with overhauled UI and new features

The popular Camera+ app for iOS has received a complete overhaul. Version 2 now offers a depth mode, dual-cam support and a completely new interface.

Vivo teaser shows bezel-free smartphone with pop-up camera

The bezel-free Vivo Apex concept phone with its pop-up camera might be more than a concept. A new teaser video and ad seem to hint at a similar smartphone to be released June 12st.

HTC unveils the U12+: Brings back the dual-camera and adds 4K 60p video

HTC brings back the dual-camera on the newly-announced U12+, which features a secondary tele-camera with 2x zoom factor, as well as 4K video recording at 60 frames per second.

You can now favorite images in Google Photos

Google has finally added the ability to mark your favorite images in Google Photos, so they can be filtered into a dedicated album. The service is also planning to a social network-like "heart" button that lets you like other people's photos.

Apollo app for iOS uses dual-cam depth map to create impressive lighting tricks

We've been messing around with Apollo, an iOS app that allows you to add 3D lighting effects to images using depth information, and have to say we're impressed with what it's capable of – but that doesn't mean we don't have a few requests for the next version.

Instagram launches Mute button, tests 'all caught up' feature

Instagram has finally launched a "Mute" button, and is testing an "All Caught Up" feature that will let you know when you've seen all new post from the people you follow from the past 48 hours.

RED's Hydrogen One phone with holographic display is coming to AT&T and Verizon

It seems RED's Hydrogen One super-phone will make it into the hands of customers in the near future. The phone is now officially slated for a Verizon and AT&T release in the US sometime this summer.

Instagram now lets you share other people's photos in your Stories

You can now insert another user's Instagram post into your own Stories as a customized sticker, the first official "regram" feature we've seen from the Facebook-owned photo sharing app.

OnePlus 6 smartphone launches with bigger image sensor and OIS

OnePlus has slightly boosted the camera specifics of its new flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6. Compared to its predecessor, it boasts both a bigger sensor and optical image stabilization.

The new Honor 10 features portrait lighting and advanced scene recognition

The flagship smartphone by Huawei's sub-brand Honor offers the same Kirin 970 top-end chipset as Huawei's flagships P20 and P20 Pro, but at a significantly lower price point. It also includes some advanced AI scene and object recognition.

Latest Apple ad: iPhone Portrait Lighting is a 'studio in your pocket'

In the ad, a woman pulls out her iPhone to take a selfie in a train station, and all sorts of studio lights, umbrellas and softboxes materialize out of nowhere around her.

Xiaomi establishing dedicated camera team

In a leaked internal email, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun details the creation of a dedicated in-house camera department that will focus exclusively on developing better camera tech for the brand's smartphones.

Google Lens will soon be available in several Android camera apps

At the I/O developer conference this week, Google revealed that its AI-based image recognition system Google Lens will be making its way into several stock camera apps on Android smartphones.

Qualcomm's 700-series chipset will bring triple-cameras to mid-range smartphones

With the release of the Huawei P20 Pro, triple-cameras made their debut in the high-end smartphone market. But it seems the technology could trickle down to mid-range devices faster than we thought, thanks to Qualcomm.

Apple patent describes dual-live-view for dual-camera smartphones

The system described shows the images from both cameras simultaneously, side-by-side. This allows users to compare the field-of-view of both cameras while shooting, and pick the one they prefer.

8x10 is an app for selling limited edition framed prints on Instagram

The 8x10 app lets you monetize your Instagram account by selling fine art prints of your photography directly through the photo sharing app. The app handles all the fulfillment and shipping details for you, taking a cut of your profit to cover the costs.

The Yongnuo YN43 is a Four Thirds smartphone clip-on camera with Canon lens mount

The clip-on camera for smartphones follows a very similar concept to Sony's QX-cameras, the Olympus Air, DxO One or the Kodak PixPro models.

Google Photos gets AI-powered suggested photo edits and colorization feature

Google announced a bunch of AI-powered improvements to its Google Photos service at the I/O developer conference yesterday, including a feature that will suggest photo edits to improve your images, and automatic colorization for black-and-white photos.

Sharp's new AQUOS R2 smartphone comes with a dedicated video camera

The Sharp AQUOS R2 comes with a dual camera that's a little... different. Instead of using one of the modules for extra zoom, sharp installed an ultra-wide-angle 16.3MP camera that is used exclusively for capturing video.

Report: iPhone users will have to wait until 2019 for a triple-camera device

According to a report in the Taipei Times, Apple won't be jumping on the triple-camera bandwagon this year. The report claims Apple's first triple-camera flagship phone will arrive in the second half of next year.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+'s dual aperture feature explained

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is one of the first smartphones to feature a dual aperture camera. In our initial testing we found it to be somewhat useful, if a bit on the gimmicky side.

Adobe Photoshop Express update brings perspective correction and vignetting

The latest version of Adobe's mobile editing app for Android comes with a number of useful new features.

PIXEO is a crowdsourced collection of the best photo spots around the world

PIXEO is a paid photo scouting app that uses crowdsourced information from photographers around the world to aggregate the best photo spots, from New York City to Beijing.

Instagram rolling out ability to link a credit card and buy things inside the app

Parent company Facebook continues Instagram's transformation from a mobile image sharing platform into a do-it-all application by adding a way to pay for things right within the photo sharing app. This could be very interesting for photographers.

Facebook is using Instagram photos to train its image recognition AI

The first AI they trained this way required minimal human supervision, and yet it outperformed every other computer-vision AI out there.

LG unveils G7 ThinQ smartphone with super-wide-angle lens

In the camera department, LG sticks to its strategy of differentiating itself from most competitors by offering a super-wide-angle lens in its dual-camera setup.

Instagram gets third-party Story support and video chat

A number of new Instagram features were announced at Facebook's F8 developer conference, including support for Stories in third-party apps and a new video chat feature.

Olloclip launches Connect X lens system for Apple iPhone X

Olloclip's new lens system is specifically designed for the iPhone X. The 'Connect X' comes with a number of features that are exclusive to Apple's flagship smartphone, including a lens mount that aligns perfectly with the iPhone X's front and rear cameras.

Corephotonics files patent infringement suit against Apple – again

Corephotonics has filed a second lawsuit against Apple, claiming patent infringement on the iPhone 8 Plus and X models.

Halide update adds Apple Watch support, self-timer and more

The updated Halide app allows for control of some camera functions from your Apple Watch.

Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds

To overcome the limitations of smaller camera sensors and lenses, smartphone manufacturers are leaning hard into computational innovation. Here's why we're excited about what's happening in mobile imaging.

Snapchat launches water-resistant Spectacles V2 with photo capture

Snapchat has just introduced version 2 of its Spectacles camera glasses, and they come with a bunch of new features, including: photo capture, water resistance that can handle shallow water snaps, a sleeker design, better battery, and more.

Xiaomi unveils Mi 6X with dual-camera and AI-powered scene detection

Xiaomi claims its latest smartphone, the Mi 6X, competes with rivals such as the iPhone X or OPPO R15 in the camera department. Yet it costs just 1,600 Yuan (approximately $250 USD).

New Instagram tool lets you download a copy of all your data

You can now download a zip-file, including all images and videos you ever posted on Instagram, plus comments, messages, settings and other data in json-format.

Researchers develop low-power HD streaming tech for wearable cameras

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a low-power HD video streaming method that could eventually allow tiny, maybe even battery-free wearable cameras to stream high definition video.

Meizu unveils the 15 Plus smartphone with stabilized tele-camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu has launched a new high-end model, the Meizu 15 Plus. And based on specs alone, the phone is well-worth a closer look for mobile photographers who are open to buying from a less established brand.

Sony's updated 3D Creator app can use your smartphone's front camera to scan your face

The update also comes with "post-scan cloud processing," which allows you to render 3D models with 4K resolution textures for better detail and realism.

Oppo and Corephotonics sign strategic agreement around dual-cameras

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop Oppo's smartphone camera roadmap, covering optical zoom, depth mapping and other innovative imaging features that dual cameras allow.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ sample gallery

We recently got our hands on Samsung's latest and greatest smartphone, the dual camera, variable aperture Galaxy S9+, and took it to mostly sunny Southern California for a long weekend.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony's first dual camera smartphone, can shoot ISO 51200!

The Xperia XZ2 Premium's dual-camera system is designed for low-light performance. It's also the first phone capable of recording 4K HDR footage.

Don't buy the phone with the 'best camera,' buy the phone you like as a phone

Just because a phone has the current 'best camera' doesn't mean it'll be the best for you. The differences between the top 3 smartphones are slim at this point – you won't notice camera shortcomings as much as you'll notice that you hate your operating system.

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