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A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps

 Here’s a surprise: Google’s Pixel 2 phones include a custom system-on-a-chip (SoC) that’s optimized for image processing — but it currently just sits there, doing nothing. Google says it’ll turn this chip on in the coming weeks as a developer option in the preview of Android Oreo 8.1. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

October 17th

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reaffirm Google’s top spot among smartphone cameras

 Google’s changes to the Pixel cameras are mostly on the software side, but they gain some excellent additional abilities, including a new Portrait mode, as well as optical image stabilization to complement Google’s digital anti-shake for photos and video. Google spent a lot of time during its presentation crowing about the Pixel 2 (and Pixel 2 XL, since their cameras are the… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

October 17th

Gadgets

Mobile

Galaxy Note 8 ties iPhone 8 Plus in camera tests

 The iPhone 8 Plus’s reign as “the best smartphone camera” was a mighty short one. DxOMark, the testing outfit many look to for fair evaluations of cameras from DSLRs to phones, gave Samsung’s Galaxy S8 a 94, tying the iPhone and in some ways exceeding it. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

October 3rd

Gadgets

Mobile

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

 If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it’s ever tested — though they aren’t without their flaws. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 22nd

Apple

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Mobile

This photograph of a tiny seahorse hauling a Q-tip is both fantastic and shameful

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It's a pretty rare occurrence when a photographer snaps a gorgeous image, shares it with thousands of fans who adore it, and yet everyone — including the photographer — agrees that it shouldn't even exist in the first place. That's the case with a photo captured by Justin Hofman of the SeaLegacy collective which recently blew up on Instagram. The image, which is a tiny seahorse tugging a Q-tip, is both perfectly shot and a shameful commentary on humanity's inability to control its own garbage. 

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Mike Wehner

September 16th

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Zoom, artificial bokeh and other phone camera features now figure in DxOMark’s tests

 Testing cameras is what DxOMark does, but while many DSLRs and mirrorless systems have remained more or less the same for the last decade, one can hardly say the same for mobile phones. Dual lenses, optical zoom and more are now marquee features and as such need special testing setups and scoring benchmarks — which is what DXOMark just added to the mix. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 12th

Gadgets

Apple’s iPhone 8 Portrait Lighting lets mobile photographers mimic studio effects

 Apple has a new feature for its iPhone 8 camera called “Portrait Lighting” that works in addition to its existing Portrait Mode. The feature uses machine learning to analyze in real time the images taken with the camera, letting you change the lighting effects either in preview, or after you’ve taken the photo using the Photos app. Read More

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Darrell Etherington

September 12th

Gadgets

Sony’s RX0 is a tiny camera with big ideas

 Sony just announced a new camera called the RX0, but breaking from the trend of lower number = fancier camera, this one is a tiny device that combines an action-cam form factor with some traditional imaging prowess. It’s an unusual combination, yet somehow tempting. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 31st

Gadgets

Sony’s RX0 is a tiny camera with big ideas

 Sony just announced a new camera called the RX0, but breaking from the trend of lower number = fancier camera, this one is a tiny device that combines an action-cam form factor with some traditional imaging prowess. It’s an unusual combination, yet somehow tempting. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 31st

Gadgets

Google and MIT just invented a way to improve your photos before you even take them

google photography

Apps like Camera+, Instagram and Snapchat have made it fairly easy to turn decent mobile photos into something a bit more appealing to the eye, but they're a far cry from the retouching efforts of professional photographers. Working in conjunction with MIT, Google has built a new digital photography system that can automatically improve photos in a dramatic way, and it's so fast that it can do it in real time.

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Mike Wehner

August 2nd

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