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During the California Streaming event, Apple unveiled the newest iPhone 13 lineup with some breakthrough features and specs. While the company made a lot of improvements in every field, the camera module witnessed some of the biggest improvements.
Let’s explore all these features one by one and understand if it really is the most innovative camera ever. Let’s begin with specifications!iPhone 13 Series camera specifications: At a glance
Front camera:iPhone 13 and 13 mini camera hardware
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini-feature what Apple calls the best dual-camera system ever. These iPhones boast some significant camera improvements from last year.Primary camera
Both iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have a 12MP wide-angle primary camera with an ƒ/1.6 aperture and seven‑element lens. Along with the primary camera, they house a 12MP ultra-wide camera with an ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, henceforth providing a 120° field of view.
Compared to last year’s iPhone 12 and 12 mini camera module, this year, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini camera module is designed differently, with the lenses sitting diagonally to each other.Sensor-shift stabilization
The lenses also feature an upgrade from last year in case of stabilization. Both lenses on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have sensor-shift optical image stabilization, exclusive to iPhone 12 Pro Max until last year.
It’s especially helpful for low-light photography, where capturing the image needs a longer exposure time. With these new sensors, iPhone 13’s results could give tough competition to the professional setup.Other features include:
Photographic stylesiPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max camera hardware
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature the most significant camera upgrade ever. Firstly, the camera module and each camera lens are significantly bigger than those of their predecessors.Primary camera
The primary camera on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is a 12MP wide-angle camera with an ƒ/1.5 aperture and seven‑element lens. The ultra-wide camera is a 12MP ultra-wide with an ƒ/1.8 aperture, a six‑element lens, and a 120° field of view. The Pros also house a 12MP telephoto camera with an ƒ/2.8 aperture and a six‑element lens.
The telephoto has been upgraded with a 77mm focal length to provide a 3x optical zoom for close-ups. The entire camera module itself has a digital zoom of up to 15x. Each of the lenses houses the sensor-shift stabilization in them along with the dual optical image stabilization.
Like last year, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max also house a LiDAR scanner.Macro Photography
The ultra-wide lens can focus at 2cm and automatically switches to macro mode to capture super-detailed shots. Additionally, one can capture macro photos and macro videos, including slow motion and time-lapse.Other features include:
ProRes videoLearning the new iPhone 13 camera terminologies
New iPhones mean a new era of photography. And with the new era of photography comes new terminologies!1. Cinematic Mode
This year, Apple has introduced a new feature called Cinematic Mode with the new iPhone lineup. Just like Portrait mode for photos, Cinematic Mode works by capturing a depth map of the video as it’s being filmed and blurring the background while keeping all the focus on the main subject.
Intelligent AI anticipates when a prominent new subject is about to enter the frame or if it’s gazing towards or away from the camera and automatically brings them into focus when they do.
Additionally, Cinematic Mode gives options to change the focus, adjust the level of bokeh and lock the focus at a specific distance from the camera while and after filming the video. Besides, the entire video is recorded in Dolby Vision HDR.2. Photographic Styles
Photographic Styles are another feature introduced this year with the iPhone 13 lineup. They apply different tones and warmth settings to the photos while keeping specific things like skies and skin tones natural. There are five different Apple-designed presets to choose from – Vibrant, Rich Contrast, Warm, or Cool.
Furthermore, if needed, one can fine-tune the tone and warmth of these preset with the controls provided to get the perfect look for themselves.3. Smart HDR 4
Smart HDR 4 is the 4th in line of the Smart HDR generations. Apple first introduced Smart HDR with iPhone XS. Ever since then, with each newer generation of iPhones, Smart HDR has gained significant improvements.
With Smart HDR 4, the Neural Engine can now make unique adjustments for multiple people in a frame by automatically refining contrast, lighting, and skin tones for each person with the latest software and ISP.4. ProRes
ProRes is a new video format available only on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. The ProRes codec lets users record video in high color fidelity and low compression. iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are the first smartphones to shoot ProRes videos.
That covers everything you need to know about iPhone 13 camera improvements!
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I never used to upgrade my iPhone every year, but have done so for the last three: the iPhone 11, 12, and 13. I’m fully expecting the iPhone 14 camera improvements to see this trend continue.
Ian Zelbo came up with the cutout preview idea. Just download his image, view it full-screen, and turn your phone upside-down.
I don’t see much practical benefit. The amount of usable display space lost is about the same either way. Indeed, as the cutout extends further down, in some ways you lose more of the screen with this approach.
But I do like two things about it. First, simply the novelty value. There comes a time when you’ve looked at the same thing so many times over such a long period that you get bored with it no matter how appealing the design. A pill cutout isn’t better, in my view, but it is at least different.
Second – assuming the reports are correct – I like the idea of the camera and microphone alerts being in the middle of the cutout. This seems to be a much neater and more logical place to put them.
Some have criticized them as “fake LEDs” and asked why Apple didn’t simply use real ones instead. With my pedant’s hat on, I’d argue that they are in fact real ones: real OLED. But using virtual ones provides greater flexibility. For example, if only the microphone is being used, Apple could center the orange LED vertically, for a neater look. It could also do the same with the Location indicator. (I don’t know whether it will do this, but it’s better to have the option.)
I wouldn’t upgrade to a new phone just for this. Nor am I interested in the reported new colors. Gadget Rule #1 applies: All gadgets should be silver or black.
But I do expect the camera improvements to sell it to me. I now never routinely carry a standalone camera, even when travelling, so the importance of the camera features has grown significantly for me.
One of the things that has just gotten better and better with each generation is the low-light photography capabilities. The iPhone 12 was the last major jump here, with night mode portraits.
The headline camera feature of the iPhone 13 – Cinematic Video – excited me, but didn’t live up to its billing. However, ProRes video recording was a worthwhile feature for sure, and the slightly wider apertures means that there was at least a slight boost to low-light photos.
What we think we know about the iPhone 14 on the camera front is:
48MP sensor (likely mapped back to 12MP in low light)
8K video recording
Auto-focus for front-facing camera
The 48MP sensor doesn’t excite me per se – I’ve always preferred fewer, bigger pixels to a lot of tiny ones. But I do fully expect Apple to use four cell merge output mode to achieve better-quality 12MP photos, at least in low-light. And every improvement here is welcome.
8K video recording is the very definition of luxury to me. I currently shoot at 4K to output at 1080p, which allows a lot of digital pan and zoom options when editing. I can’t see myself switching to 4K output any time soon, but shooting in 8K would create even greater editing flexibility, so will certainly be interesting to play with.
I don’t make a lot of use of the front-facing camera. I’m not a selfie kind of guy, but I do have friends who are, and as it’s usually me with the best camera, my iPhone gets used for group selfies, so any improvements here will be useful at least some of the time.
The big question to me is whether Apple will have managed any improvements to Cinematic Video. We’ve seen Portrait mode still photography get better and better, and I’m confident the same will happen here. Cinematic Video has massive potential for improvement through both hardware and software, and I’m hoping some of the iPhone 14’s extra processing power will be aimed in this direction.
Overall – and based only on what we think we know so far – I don’t think this year’s iPhone line-up is as exciting as some suggest. At least, not unless Apple has managed to keep a ‘one more thing’ up its sleeve.
But ever since I essentially adopted my iPhone as my primary camera 99% of the time, I am willing to pay for camera improvements each year, both bigger and smaller. I’ll apply my usual ‘monthly cost of usage’ formula (and use the usual US pricing for ease of reading):
If the rumored storage upgrades are true, and this year’s models start at 256GB, then I’ll be buying the base model iPhone 14 Pro Max for, I’m guessing, $1200. I should be able to net a minimum of $600 for my existing phone, so that gives me:
($1200 – $600)/12 = $600/12 = $50/month
That’s a price I’m willing to pay for having the best possible always-in-my-pocket camera.
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We’ve been playing with iOS 11 for the last 12 hours or so, and have been able to experience a plethora of the new features offered by the release. As you might expect, iOS 11 is quite buggy at this stage, but it’s a truly promising release that’s littered with so many new features that it’s hard to keep count of them all.
In this hands-on video walkthrough, we showcase over 100 of the new items and changes found in iOS 11. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so stay tuned for more hands-on coverage in the days and weeks to come.Some of the items covered in this video
New iPad Dock can hold 15 apps
Continuity and Proactive support on the Dock
How to invoke the new App Switcher
How to remove apps from the App Switcher
No Home screen on multitasking view
How to multitask
How to multitask with Split View
New Split View proportions
Persistent app pairings
Drag and drop URLS, photos, text, etc
Select multiple items for drag and drop
Drag and drop app icons on Home screen
iPad Pro 12.9″ Widgets now only occupy one center columnVideo walkthrough
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Markup as PDF
New passcode interface
New Lock screen fade in animation
New Unlock animation
New Home screen animation when launching apps
New bold text in Spotlight searches
New signal bars for cellular
Redesigned Now Playing on Lock screen
Tweaked battery status bar icon
Apps in Dock no longer show names
New Combined Siri & Search
Type to Siri
You can disable press for Siri and only use Hey Siri
New Siri Interface
New Siri Voice
Siri Suggestions list of permissions
Customizable AirPods controls
One handed keyboard mode
Smart invert color option in accessibility
New location bar when apps access location
Health Data now saved in iCloud
No longer use 32-bit apps
Hidden volume HUD
Switch between keyboards when dictating
Flac Playback support
Quick share screenshots
Easily convert and markup to PDF
New Calculator icon
New Calculator UI
New iTunes Store icon
New App Store icon
New redesigned App Store
New redesigned app pages
New purchase overlay
10 taps to refresh no longer works
New Files app
iCloud file sharing now possible
Set seconds for Timers
Messages on iCloud
New QuickReply Keyboard
New interface for iMessage apps
Two new message effects
Slightly redesigned Weather app UI
Redesigned Podcasts app to match Apple Music
New Music app sharing features
Slightly redesigned Safari app UI
New video playback control UI
Safari View Controller UI tweaks
Safari: Updated scrolling behavior
Notes: New table options
Notes: Updated Swipe option UI
Notes: change Paper Style
Notes: New typeface
Notes: New formatter UI
Search handwritten notes
Take Live Photo while on FaceTime call
Tap on your PiP while on a FaceTime call to switch cameras
Live Photos: Adjust Key Photo
Trimming Live Photos
Live Photo effects
Photos app supports GIFs
Watch Memories in Portrait mode
Create custom watch faces
Phone app UI changes
Auto-Answer phone calls
Mail app UI changes
New Settings app heading
Background refresh options
Backing up warning message when erasing iPhone
New Shut Down option in Settings → General
New Accounts and Passwords
Prevent cross-site tracking
New Emergency SOS option
New Touch ID and Passcode PIN interface
Offload Unused apps
New Phone storage settings pane
Auto-join option in Wi-Fi Settings
New persistent banner notification option
New customizable Control Center
New Cellular Data toggle
New Personal Hotspot toggle
New Screen recording feature
Control Center Apple TV Remote
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New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]
This morning Sony showed off a new flagship 24-megapixel camera in the Sony A9, able to shoot photos very, very fast. This camera is able to shoot up to 20 frames per second with no blackout – that’s intense. It’s also able to capture at 1/32,000 of a second with vibration-free shooting using “Silent Shooting.” This is also the first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral Memory “for 20x faster data readout speed” according to Sony.
The Sony A9 camera is able to fire off 241 Compressed RAW photos before hitting a buffer. This camera is also able to shoot 362 Jpeg photos before hitting a buffer. That’s also quite intense – right alongside AF/AE tracking up to 60 measurements per second.
The Sony A9 also goes by model number ILCE-9, if you’re wanting to look for it that way. This camera has a whole lot of specs to go over – the lot of them coming up to a camera that’a made for speed. The following bits make up a short need-to-know list of features on this machine.
Sony A9 Specs:
• World’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, 24.2 MP resolution (35mm full frame (35.6×23.8mm), Exmor RS CMOS sensor)
• BIONZ X processing engine
• Battery Life: Approx. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
• 95.6mm tall, 126.9mm long, 63mm deep
• Blackout-Free Continuous Shooting
• Up to 20fps for up to 241 RAW/ 362 JPEG images
• Silent, Vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec
• 693 point focal plane phase detection AF points with 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second
• Ethernet port for file transfer
• Dual SD card slots
• 5-axis in-body image stabilization
The photos you see below are Sony A9 sample photos – proper photos captured by that device by professional photographers.. They are made a bit smaller – compressed by Photoshop – before uploading to the internet. To see full-sized shots, head to Sony and their own gallery with a few more details. You’ll need a lens like the Vario-Tessar T FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS or the FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS to accomplish this sort of set of shots.
Above you’ll see a few features and/or accessories that can work with the Sony A9. The double-battery image shows two batteries in an attached optional vertical grip. The image with the circular arrows demonstrates (1) Yaw (2) Pitch (3) Roll in the total of 5-axis stabilization. The other white x-ray image shows the Quad-VGA OLED Tru-Finder. Below you’ll see an example of 4K video captured by the A9 and uploaded to YouTube (so there’s some compression, but still – that’s the same venue most video goes to anyway.)
This camera is priced such that the Sony A7II will be the least expensive in the Sony fullframe mirrorless collection. The Sony A9 will cost users a cool $4,499 USD, right out the box. This camera will become available for pre-order on the 21st of April, 2023.
Rumors have been floating about Sony releasing a new camera this month and finally, they’ve borne fruit. The brand’s new FX30 cinema camera offers a blend of features that make it ideal for multiple uses.
The FX30 has a body that’s very similar to Sony’s existing FX3 from last year, but this newer model offers a 26-megapixel APS-C sensor with backside illumination. Unlike the FX3’s full-frame sensor, this one crops video and images while shooting Super35 4K video.
Sony is marketing the FX30 as a beginner and semi-pro device with professional shooting qualities for movie production without all the complexities –and costs- of a truly high-end camcorder from the brand.
For this reason, the FX30 isn’t quite as pricey or feature-rich as the FX3, but it can deliver plenty of high-end video shooting quality.
In other words, Sony is marketing the FX30 as a gap closer between solid cinematic functionality and top-tier shooting hardware.
The FX30’s body actually bears a close resemblance to the brand’s photographic cameras while packing a whole pile of video recording specs into its compact frame.
One of the most immediately notable qualities of the FX30 is that it’s lighter than the FX3 despite looking virtually identical from the outside. Its 26-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor is a unique new addition to Sony cameras and offers an illuminated backside despite not having a stacked design.
In contrast to the FX3, which offers full-frame 4K direct sampling with an ISO of 409,600, the FX30 delivers Super35 format video with 6K oversampling and a much more modest ISO of 32,000. It’s worth noting that only the oversampling is 6K in this new camera, it can’t actually output 6K video.
Sony claims that the FX30’s practical ISO range lets it create clean, low-noise images and video in most low-light settings and that the camera can deliver the same level of noise at an ISO of 2,500 as it does at 800. It’s dual-base at both of these ISO settings.
The sensor on the FX30 lets the camera manage 14+ stops of dynamic range as long as its video is captured in S-Log3 and the camera can also shoot in 10-bit 4:2:2 color for a better color grading latitude. The FX30 uses the HEVC (H.265) codec for high compression quality and efficiency on its 4K video footage.
The FX30 can also record in the H.264 format at up to 60 frames per second and shoots its Super35 footage at a 16:9 aspect ratio in either 8 or 10-bit and in Long GOP or ALL-I.
The camera can also handle 4K video at up to 120 fps but only with additional cropping of 1.6x. Furthermore, it’s capable of Full HD shooting but only at the same max frame rates as its 4K functionality allows. It’s also a decent still photo shooter with its APS-C sensor outputting images at a resolution of 6,192 x 4,128 pixels.
Filmmakers who want to record 4K video with minimal difficulties or camera problems can also appreciate the FX30’s built-in cooling fan and heat dissipation mechanism, which work together to let it record its 4K video at 60 or 120 fps for long stretches.
Recording time can extend out to indefinite shooting if the camera is connected to a power source via USB Power Delivery (PD).
Sony has heavily invested in the color qualities of the FX30. The technology built into the camera lets it deliver superb cinematic color right out of the box according to the company.
The FX30 also includes S-Cinetone technology that’s the same as that found in the brand’s premium cinematic devices such as the Venice 2.
Because this is a Sony camera, excellent AF specs are par for the course. In the FX30 these include an AF system that covers 90% of the frame across 495 different AF points and according to Sony, this promises high-speed, accurate focus tracking even at maximum frame rate.
Other focus features include real-time Eye AF, Real-Time tracking and an AF Assist function that lets the FX30 rapidly jump from manual to automatic focus.
Sony has given the FX30 five-axis in-body image stabilization technology along with Sony Power Zoom support for these types of lenses. The camera is also expandable thanks to multiple contact points on the camera itself. Another handy feature is support for Sony XLR handles.
The FX30’s connectivity features include an HDMI Type A connection, one USB-C port, a micro-USB input and slots for CFexpress and SDXC cards. The camera also features compliance with wireless LAN at 5 and 2.4 GHz while also being capable of wired LAN through a USB-C gigabit Ethernet adapter. It can even handle FTP transfer.
Sony’s powerful but compact FX30 will start shipping by the end of October at a retail price of $1,799 for the body-only edition and $2,199 with an XLR handle included. It’s available for pre-order now
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New LinkedIn Pages updates include:
Lead Gen Forms in Product Pages
Ways to share content among coworkers in the ‘My Community’ tab
Full details about each of these new updates can be found below.Lead Gen Forms For LinkedIn Product Pages
A LinkedIn Product Page is a tool introduced last year which is like a business page for a specific product.
If a business sells a popular product that customers discuss and ask questions about online, a LinkedIn Product Page is a place where they can go to do that.
Now Product Pages can be used to collect customer information through Lead Gen Forms.
After submitting a lead form, users will see a “thank you” page with a link to a destination of the business’s choice.
For example, these forms can be used to collect customer information in exchange for a coupon code, a free download, or something of similar value.
Product Pages have only been available to create on LinkedIn since December and many companies have yet to utilize them. There’s roughly 12,000 product pages currently published by 10,000 companies.
The ability to use lead gen forms for free may be the incentive businesses need to create pages for individual products, on top of having a page for their company.Updates to “My Company” Tab
The “My Company” tab within LinkedIn Pages is getting updated with a way for admins to keep employees engaged with content.
A new ‘Recommend’ tool allows Page admins to curate organic content and suggest trending articles, which employees can then reshape through a new ‘Content Suggestions’ tool.
LinkedIn notes how employees are more likely to engage with content and share it when it’s from their own company:
“Internal LinkedIn research shows that employees are 60% more likely to engage with posts from coworkers vs. non-coworkers, and 14x more likely to share their organization’s Page content vs. other brands’ content.”
LinkedIn is adding a new analytics section in the My Company tab to help businesses measure the impact this feature has on content engagement and reach.LinkedIn Stories Update For Pages
LinkedIn makes a point of noting in its blog post that all Pages can use the swipe-up feature in their stories.
The swipe-up feature is not available to all personal accounts, but it is available to all Pages.
That has been the case since LinkedIn added the swipe-up feature last month, so I’m not sure why it’s being mentioned again. Maybe not enough Pages are aware it exists. It could be an effective way to boost referral traffic.
Source: LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Blog
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