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Apple warns motorcycle engines can damage iPhone cameras

Many modern smartphones include optical image stabilization, or OIS for short, for reducing motion blur in photos. The feature usually relies on moving components (usually the lens), which is why some flagship phones produce a rattling noise when you shake them. Apple has just published a new support document explaining that prolonged vibrations, such as...

XDA Basics: How to Enable and Use Portrait Mode on your Android or iPhone

Dual cameras have been around on Android as far back as 2011, and devices like the HTC One M8 from 2014 popularized the idea of using the second camera for depth information. But it was Apple that really made the idea of dual rear cameras a compulsion with the launch of the iPhone 7 and...

The Galaxy A52’s camera can trade blows with the Galaxy S21

Samsung just released the Galaxy A52 4G and Galaxy A52 5G as successors to the Galaxy A51, the company's best-selling Android phone during 2020. Both devices are priced around $400-500, depending on region, but they come surprisingly close to the performance and feature set of typical flagship smartphones. They both have large high refresh rate...

[Update: More images] Samsung Galaxy A9 Star leak reveals Quad Camera features

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star was released in India a couple of months ago. The A series is in the upper mid-range realm with decent specs for an affordable price. The Galaxy A8 Star featured dual cameras on the back, but the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star may literally double that number. According to a leaked image from @evleaks,...

XDA Smartphone Camera Comparison – Part 2: Moving from Outdoors to Indoors

Mobile photography is one of the cornerstones of the smartphone experience. I recall that my very first all-touch smartphone was the Samsung Omnia, a phone that touted its mobile photography skills with a then unheard of 5MP sensor. The technology continued to improve, leading to Apple pushing it forward with iPhones and Nokia basically putting...

XDA Smartphone Camera Comparison – Part 1: The Outdoors

Mobile photography is one of the cornerstones of the smartphone experience. I recall that my very first all-touch smartphone was the Samsung Omnia, a phone that touted its mobile photography skills with a then unheard of 5MP sensor. The technology continued to improve, leading to Apple pushing it forward with iPhones and Nokia basically putting...

Samsung Galaxy A series phone with 3 cameras & in-display fingerprint scanner is coming

According to a report from etnews, a new addition to the Samsung Galaxy A series is on its way. The Samsung Galaxy A series of smartphones constitutes Samsung's midrange offerings, and are about what you'd expect. An Exynos 7000 series (equivalent to the Snapdragon 600 series), a decent display, and an average camera. Now the...

Samsung Galaxy S10+ may feature five cameras, Exynos 9820, and Mali-G76 GPU

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ only launched this year, but already we're starting to learn about a successor. According to a report from the South Korean publication The Bell, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ may feature five cameras - two on the front and three on the back. What's more, known Chinese...

OxygenOS Open Beta 39/30 for OnePlus 3/3T bring camera and launcher improvements

OxygenOS Open Beta 39 for the OnePlus 3 and OxygenOS Open Beta 30 for the OnePlus 3T have been announced, and bring a number of small new features and improvements. The OnePlus Launcher has gotten some improvements in particular, with a "New installs" category being added to the app drawer as well. You can check...

Qualcomm’s Second-Gen Spectra ISP Brings Massive Improvements to Smartphone Photography

At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii on Wednesday, Qualcomm finally took the wraps off its newest Snapdragon Mobile Platform: The Snapdragon 845. A crucial component of the new system-on-chip is the Spectra 280 Image Signal Processor (ISP), the co-processor that accelerates on-device processing. It's been redesigned from the ground up in the Snapdragon...

Qualcomm Spectra 2nd Generation Announced for 2018 Phone Cameras – Better Noise Reduction & EIS, Iris Scanning, AR

One of the most important features of a smartphone for many users is the camera, and the brain of those cameras is the Image Signal Processor (ISP). The ISP plays a critical role in image quality, autofocus speed, and almost every part of camera performance. Today, Qualcomm is announcing their next leap forward in the...

Nokia Smartphones Will Once Again Use Zeiss Camera Technology

Following its glory days with Symbian OS and Windows Mobile, the Nokia brand has recently been used by Finnish company HMD Global to produce mid-range Android smartphones and a revival of the classic Nokia 3310. This latest lineup of handsets is certainly better than what we saw a few years back with Nokia's first take on...