Mobile news for photographers: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, image-centric apps
Smartphone camera reviews
Mobile photography enthusiasts won't want to miss our full camera reviews of both the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z. Our thorough smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.
Mobile photography accessories
This week we also showed you how to make your own smartphone case that addresses nearly every shortcoming of even the best mobile devices. For $7.38, you can build your own smartphone stand/tripod-mount/lens-mount case using an old phone case, some rare-earth magnets, a few washers and bolts and some Krazy Glue.
Apps for photographers
Another week, another wave of software news for photography enthusiasts. In addition to Apple's preview of iOS 7, numerous image-centric apps also caught our attention.
We've noticed some third party app developers looking to mimic popular iOS and Android apps that have been dragging their feet with Windows Phone 8 development. Meanwhile, Twitter has updated its official Windows Phone 8 app and YouTube has started rolling out ads on its Windows app.
On the Android and iOS side of operating system news, Google has released an app to improve printing from Android devices, Photoforge and Kitcam have left the iOS App Store and PhotoToaster got a major update.
Twitter updates its Windows Phone 8 app
Twitter introduced some major improvements to its Windows Phone 8 app. As of last week, users can now apply filters and effects to their photos, watch Vine videos from their timeline and integrate their Twitter feed into its home screen live tile. The app still has some glitches. Users have taken to the Twitter's reviews section in Windows Phone Store to complain about its tendency to log in and out, tweet, and post photos.
Third-party developers release "off-brand" versions of Vine and Snapchat
Much like the store-brand items that line the shelves of your local grocery store, the Windows Phone Store has dozens of imitators of popular iOS and Android apps. Most recently, Swapchat ($1.29) aims to satisfy your craving for disposable messages. Meanwhile, Viner ($.99) will let you view videos from Twitter's six-second video service; but before you spend your hard-earned dollar, know that you cannot yet upload any videos through Viner.
YouTube starts advertising on Windows Phone 8
Well, it was nice while it lasted. YouTube has started to play ads on its official Windows Phone 8 app. Last Month, Google demanded the removal of the new app from the Windows Store, citing a lack of ads. An update to the app soon after the issue was raised claimed that it included ads but as Windows Phone Daily noted earlier this week, YouTube has just begun to play ads on its Windows Phone 8 app.
Google Releases Cloud Print for Android
Avid Google users know how convenient Google's Cloud Print service is. The services allows users to print to their home or office printers from anywhere and share their printers like a Google Doc. Now users can print from their phone with Google's official Cloud Print app for Android. Read more from Android Central.
Photo Toaster removes in-app purchases and adds a focus brush
When you've been around the App Store as long as Photo Toaster, it can be hard to keep things fresh. Many photo apps try to squeeze out more profit from their users by introducing additional in-app purchase options. Photo Toaster has gone in the opposite direction and removed in-app purchases all together. In its latest new update, Photo Toaster also added a new effects brush to create areas of color or focus. Along with the new masking-like effects brush, Photo Toaster added brightness and blur adjustments. Version 5.0 of Photo Toaster is available in the iOS App Store for $1.99.
PhotoForge, KitCam and PhotoForge 2 gone from the App Store
I'd like to take a moment of silence for GhostBird Software's iOS apps. Since Yahoo's acquisition of the photo app company earlier this week, its popular apps PhotoForge, KitCam and PhotoForge 2 are no longer available in the iOS App Store. If you already had the apps on your device, they will continue to work but you will no longer see updates. I'm looking forward to what Yahoo will do with the apps, but in the meantime, I'll be here.
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The Meizu Pro 7 Plus secondary display can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.
Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for 'future visual creators' in the USA and Canada.
Take one Digital ELPH (or IXUS), rotate it vertically, add a fully articulating LCD and a lens with a camcorder-like focal length, and what do you get? Why, the Canon PowerShot TX1, of course. In this week's Throwback Thursday we revisit Canon's one-of-a-kind hybrid stills/video camera.
Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, here's the definitive video proof that yes, a $50,000 cinema camera beats the pants off a $50 camcorder in a side-by-side test.
Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally invest in that TSA Pre-check status: in standard security lines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a smartphone will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening.
Images have appeared which claim to show Nikon's forthcoming D850 DSLR, the development of which was announced this week. If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but no built-in flash.
To celebrate the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 lens' successful Kickstarter campaign, Lomography has announced a chrome-plated version of the lens in Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts.
Nikon just released four new firmware updates, adding features and fixing bugs in the D600, D610, D750 and the KeyMission 80.
It probably hasn't made your landscape photography bucket list just yet, but there's a good reason to visit Idaho. Here are 9 must-visit locations in this beautiful state.
Oops... Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom-powered cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus' to some Creative Cloud users yesterday.
Storm chaser and award-winning photographer Mike Oblinski just released his latest time-lapse, and it is absolutely stunning.
Looking to level up your video capture capabilities without buying a whole new camera? Blackmagic's Video Assist 4K is well worth considering, despite a few flaws and its lack of 4K/60p support.
We're big fans of Fujifilm's fast-growing GFX system, and the GF 110mm F2 lens is no exception. Positioned as the system's classic portrait lens, its optics are just as impressive with non-human subjects as well.
Nikon turns 100 years old today, and the company is celebrating with a wacky music video, some tributes to its history, and a new vision presented by president Kazuo Ushida.
Phottix just released the Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, replacing their Para-Pro line with a stronger, deeper and better made set of parabolic umbrellas.
The Moto Z2 is Motorola's first dual-camera smartphone and, compared to its predecessor, comes with a number of improvements and new camera features.
Researchers at Stanford have revealed a new '4D camera system' built for robots. The system is based on the same light field tech that allowed Lytro cameras to refocus images after they were taken.
If you want 'beautiful rendition' from your lenses, follow this simple rule: only buy classic low-element prime lenses with lead glass elements—everything else is junk.
In an interview with CNBC, Leica Chairman Andreas Kaufmann said he dreams of a 'true Leica phone,' and hinted at what's next for the Leica and Huawei partnership.
Wildlife and nature photographer Peter Mather tells the story behind this exceptional shot of a mama grizzly and her cub searching for salmon in Yukon, Canada.
Popular YouTube channel TastyTuts has put together this 33-video Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop—a godsend for anybody who wants to learn Photoshop from scratch.
The long anticipated replacement for the popular Rode VideoMic Pro is almost ready for shipping. The price of the upgraded VideoMic Pro+ will be £290/$300 when it goes on sale in mid-August.
A new iOS app called Explorest wants to help you find new locations to shoot. It's limited to Singapore for now, but the app is packed full of useful location scouting features.
Nikon's D850 development announcement is extremely light on details, so we assembled a wish list of upgrades and features we'd love to see.
Nikon has announced the development of the long-awaited replacement to its full-frame D810: the D850. Nikon says that the D850 will build on the strengths of its predecessor and offer 'new technologies, features and performance enhancements.'
Lens manufacturer Voigtlander has introduced a 65mm F2 macro lens for Sony E-mount that it says "rates as one of the finest in the history of Voigtländer."
The UK released a preview of their upcoming drone safety regulations, and it looks like drone pilots will have to both register their device and pass safety awareness tests.
National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes talks about light, and why you need to learn how to 'see' and not just 'look' at your subject.
Photographer Alessandro Barteletti shares the story behind his National Geographic Italia cover, shot with a 10-year-old DSLR and an iPhone flashlight.
Fashion catalog photographers in China have some next-level models to work with. In this video, you see one model hitting 30 poses in 15 seconds as the photographer snaps away.