In the last decade, the digital age has given birth to a lot of skilled photographers and the technical challenges of photography have taken a backseat. The turn of the millennium saw 1.2 trillion photos taken in 2017. Following this photographic uproar, it’s no surprise that the sales of digital cameras have significantly fallen with smartphone cameras being able to do mimic the actions of a DSLR. Let’s take a look at what the future of smartphones has in store for us.
Top 6 Features that Change the Will Change the Way You Take Photos:
1. Triple Lens Camera
With a triple camera, you can get wide angle shots and optical zoom. The extra cameras are powerful tools that improve your pictures taken in low-light conditions, dynamic range, blur effects and enhance digital zooms.
2. AI Camera
With the power of artificial intelligence built into the core, the camera is able to analyze subjects in the frame and suggests the best filter and effect. Snap a photo using a dual 16 MP Rear Camera with AI-integration. Google lens helps you identify objects and provides detailed information. You can search, shop or scan to learn more about what you see, just point and tap. Even low-light images come out brighter with built-in camera adjustments. If you want to tell your phone what to do from farther away, you can now with Google Assistant, using your voice up to 17 feet away and ask for what you want.
3. 4K Recording
An ultra high-definition screen on a small scale may be limited, but being able to record on 4k takes photography to a whole new level where split-second frames from videos are used as still photos. Smartphones like the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium were the first to launch 4K HDR screen.
4. Thermal Imaging
The odd looking bump on the CAT S61 is where the sensors of the technology are housed. You have a thermal imaging lens at the top and a standard 16 MP dual camera below it. The rear camera streams the world around it and the thermal imaging overlays a heat map on top it. When you take a picture, you don’t just see a blob of heat and color, but you also see a decent outline of what you’re looking at. Flir has built-in its technology into a smartphone and is part of the device’s software.
5. 360 Degree Video
Now there are many apps designed to make watching 360 videos easier on your smartphone. The 360-camera allows you to take images in all directions with a single shot that allows you to later immerse yourself in an environment as though you were actually there. Samsung’s 360-degree camera is designed specifically for a Gear VR virtual reality platform and is optimized for Galaxy smartphones. It uses two lenses, where each captures 180 degrees horizontally and vertically, while the camera creates seamless 360-shots at 25.9 MP.
6. Optical Zoom
The cameras are mounted across the phone, so as the light comes in through the sensor which is fitted at an angle, which runs through the depth of the phone. The lens is physically extended and instead of a digital zoom which imitates the effect using a software. Some manufacturers have taken it a step further with periscope-style optical zooms and Oppo combines this with a software to form a ‘dual zoom’.
Professional photography may seem like a dying market with the demand for well-equipped camera phones likely to cause a major dent in the market. With this in mind, professional photographers could consider surfing the smartphone wave, with the abundance of benefits and ease in publishing.