Outside of China, Huawei isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when it comes to smartphones, but the company wants to change that — and the new P9 and P9 Plus, co-engineered with photography expert Leica, are leading the charge. The two flagship phones were shown off at a media event in London today and we were there to take a look.
Lens aperture is increasingly up there with megapixels when it comes to the camera specifications that smartphone makers like to boast about, but what exactly do those numbers mean? Here we look at what aperture is, how it works, and what it means to your smartphone photography.
Aperture is essentially an opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. It works much like the iris and pupil of an eye, by controlling the amount of light which reaches the retina. A bigger aperture hole lets your smartphone camera sensor gather more light, which it needs to produce quality images.
The size of a lens aperture is described by its F-number, which is calculated using the lens focal length to the diameter aperture. As such, a larger F-number refers to a smaller hole, and therefore less light getting through. This is why smartphone camera manufacturers brag about larger apertures, with smaller F-numbers.
The Kodak Super 8 camera, showing off both an analog film cartridge an LCD viewfinder
Fifty years ago, Kodak introduced its first Super 8mm movie camera. More recently, we’ve seen devices with a retro form factor and “organic” picture quality inspired by classic Super 8 cameras, but that still record on modern digital video. This week at CES, however, Kodak revealed a prototype of its first new Super 8 film camera in over 30 years. Known simply as the Kodak Super 8 camera (for now), it combines analog and digital features.
Light is a new silicon valley startup that’s focused on the holy grail of photography. A camera the size of a smartphone, that takes photos the quality of a 52-megapixel DSLR, zooms optically between 35 and 150mm, shoots great images in low light, and lets you select focus and depth of field after you shoot.
A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand.
Alex Gomez, 36, was bitten on Monday by the 4-foot rattler in a field at his family’s ranch in Lake Elsinore, a community about 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to TV station KCBS, which showed a picture of the man holding the snake around his neck.
Alex Gomez’s mother, Deborah, told KCBS on Tuesday that her son might lose his hand because of the bite wound to the extremity.
The man’s hand swelled up after the bite, and he was taken to a local hospital and treated with anti-venom, according to the station.
Back in the old days, the instant-sharing of photos typically followed the click of a button, whirring of gears, and quiet swish as excited hands waved Polaroid film about while images resolved. The advance of the digital age has certainly redefined how we preserve and share memories with friends and family; many cameras and smartphones make it easy to upload images online for all to see.
Getting ready for a new holiday is always an exciting time.
But while travellers are delighted at the prospect of a couple of weeks drinking sangria on the beach, their pets are often less than impressed about being left behind.
Often, cats and dogs aren’t afraid to make their feelings known about the fact their mum or dad is leaving them for some fun in the sun.
Animal lovers have been sharing pictures online of their pets reacting to them packing a suitcase.
In these pictures, the furry creatures are seen looking deeply hurt – or hiding in the luggage in a vain attempt to be taken on the journey.
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