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Huawei P30 Pro, the Chinese phone maker’s newest flagship, has made its much-awaited India debut today at a hefty price of Rs 71,990. It is a powerful smartphone which stacks up well against the myriad of flagships already available in the market. However, being a Huawei P-series smartphone means there’s a primary focus on one aspect and that’s the photography experience. The company always pulls an innovative camera feature from its hat each time and the P30 Pro is no different.Huawei P30 Pro Camera Specs
Before we dive into my experience with the Huawei P30 Pro’s cameras, let’s take a quick look at the camera specs and features.
The smartphone comes laden with a quad-camera module on the rear, which is a step up from its previous flagships – the P20 Pro or Mate 20 Pro. The camera setup still sports a primary 40MP sensor, but it has been upgraded with the inclusion of RYYB Bayer color filter array to capture 40% more light and bump the maximum ISO rating to 409600. It’s now termed as a SuperSpectrum sensor.
The second sensor on board is a 20MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide angle sensor with over 120-degrees field-of-vision, which is becoming a staple in devices launching these days. And finally, we have the most valuable addition to the lot, an 8MP (f/3.4) periscope/telephoto camera that can capture photos at 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid SuperZoom, and a mind-boggling 50x digital zoom as well.
Finally, there’s a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor on the right of the triple camera setup, below the flash and temperature sensors. This will allow the smartphone to capture more depth information, enhancing the portrait and night shots, plus helping in AR applications in the future. You can read more about the quad-camera module right here, but let’s talk about the camera app in brief.
The native camera app baked into the Huawei P30 Pro is feature-laden and complex. Yes, the camera app is quite intricate and you’ll probably need some time to discover and get used to all the extra features, such as slow-mo, light painting, silky water, super macro, and the Aperture mode. The app is snappy, the shutter speed is great, and there’s a Pro mode on board as well, so camera enthusiasts can be merry!
Note: The camera samples captured with Huawei P30 Pro need to be embraced in all their glory, so we have attached links to full-resolution photos for each category. You’ll be able to check out the details in each picture and form an opinion of your own as well.Huawei P30 Pro: Daylight Samples
Ultra Wide Angle Samples
The Huawei P30 Pro also includes an ultra wide-angle rear camera, as you might already have read in the specifications above. It has a field-of-view of more than 120-degrees & that can help you capture some breath-taking shots, especially that of a skyline, sunrise, marketplace, or whatever you can possibly imagine.
The samples from both the smartphones can be shared on social media – with the color reproduction of the Galaxy S10 pictures being slightly saturated as compared to the P30 Pro, which produces more detailed shots and you can even read addresses on billboards using samples from the same. Check out the full-res images on Google Drive and don’t forget to zoom in.Huawei P30 Pro: Zoom in Close!
“If you want to go to the moon; I’ll take you there, baby zoom” sings DNCE frontman Joe Jonas and it’s probably the most ideal way to describe the insane zooming capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro. This is the first-ever smartphone to carry a periscope camera setup and it brings in tow amazing, never-seen-before zoom capabilities.
The telephoto camera itself has 5x optical zoom capability baked in, which is better than the 3x optical zoom on the P20 Pro, but the prism module inside allows it to capture 10x hybrid zoom pictures. Then there’s the 50x that open more possibilities for smartphone photography, making you want to pull out your phone and check how far you can see – which has been the case with me over the past week.
Here you can see a building with an autumn tree in the first picture, let’s zoom and you would see two birds perched on a branch in the second picture. The third photo focuses upon the bird perched on the top, and you can check out the fourth 50z picture yourself. Get ready to be amazed though!
There’s a common denominator in all these pictures and you will notice it in the camera samples we attach below as well. The 50x zoom picture isn’t the sharpest and detail, of course, is lacking as compared to other zoom samples. This is because the subjects for your 50x zoom pictures are quite far away and even though there’s dual OIS onboard, you’ll still need to keep your hand really stable or use a tripod to get the best result.
I mean, you can see the colors of the bird’s feathers in the photo above and it’s perched really far away, so what more do you need. Here are some more 5x, 10x, and 50x zoom samples to show off this mind-boggling feature of the Huawei P30 Pro:
Though the 50x digital zoom feature is simply astonishing and can help you catch a glimpse of things that may not be visible to the naked eye from that distance, it falters in low light. There’s a ton of noise in the 50x low-light pictures and even though you’ll make out what’s shown in the frame, it won’t truly be usable for sharing on social media or with peers. Here’s an example:
Huawei P30 Pro: Night-time Magic
I bet you have already seen the magic of the 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor in low-light situations on Twitter and a number of publications are drooling over the samples. Well, there’s no point hiding the fact that I’ve been doing the same since I got my hands on Huawei’s latest flagship and you can find some samples to prove the same:
The one thing you would’ve easily noticed in these low-light photos is that all of them are brightly lit. They don’t exactly look the same as the scene that my eyes might have percieved, thanks to the increased intake of light, but it makes the pictures look stunning. And if you think details are lost in the process and the pictures would be soft, well, take a closer peek as that isn’t the case.
I mean, the enhanced state of low-light photography does give more users a longing for similar features in their smartphone but one important question still remains – what if I want to capture my surroundings in its true form instead of having my smartphone’s AI blow up the saturation and light?
Huawei P30 Pro vs Google Pixel 3 XL
In the samples that follow, I am going to show you how the P30 Pro’s cameras perform against the Pixel 3 XL and its impressive Night Sight technology in low-light and totally dark scenarios. Talking about the latter first, well, the photos captured using the default mode on Pixel 3 are an almost accurate representation of what our eyes see.
The Night Sight, however, gathers light and gives you a brighter picture that makes the subject pronounced but with a lot of noise and the details being soft. The color profile is decent, but take a look at the Huawei P30 Pro samples to find these shortcomings to be fixed.
The P30 Pro captures low-light photos with a ton of detail and a color profile that’s slightly cooler than the Pixel via the default ‘Auto’ mode. You don’t need to jump into Night mode to get some amazing results, which you can zoom in and view the intricacies of a subject – be it a figure or architectural marvel. You can check some of our camera samples right here:
As you can see in the pictures attached below, the Huawei P30 Pro hands-down beats the Pixel 3 in auto mode captures. On the other hand, the Night Sight pictures (in the middle) capture a lot more light and the colors look saturated but there’s much noise and details seems to be soft as compared to the P30 Pro. The P30 Pro offers a more accurate shot in low-light conditions in auto-mode – that too with better color reproduction and an ample amount of detail.
What I Call Galaxy (not the S10)
I know the aforementioned comparison already has you captivated, but wait till you see what I’ve been calling the ‘Galaxy’ images. Huawei CEO Richard Yu, at the P30 Pro Paris launch event, showed off a photo of the starry night captured using the default mode on the smartphone at Namibia desert (picture above) and I couldn’t control my excitement.
I feel that the samples, which you can view in full-resolution on Google Drive right here, turned out pretty decent and show off another facet of the low-light capabilities of the device. You can check out some more “Galaxy” camera samples right here:
Night Mode – Do You Even Need it?
We have already got a taste of P30 Pro’s camera prowess in low-light, as well as totally dark scenarios. The smartphone is able to let in more light and capture great photos at night from the default “Auto” mode. The results are comparable to or sometimes better than the ‘Night Sight’ on Pixel 3. I mean, you don’t even need to switch modes on your device to capture such pictures and it takes merely a couple of seconds.
So, the question which now arises is – do you even need the Night Mode on Huawei P30 Pro? It’s a mode that’s included in the camera app (also available on P20 Pro) and takes long-exposure shots, about 7-8 seconds, during which you need to hold the smartphone really stable, to capture brightly-lit and detailed photos in low-light.
From my experience, the auto mode on the Huawei P30 Pro provides exceptionally good low-light pictures with a lot of detail, while the Night Mode bumps up the saturation and takes away some of the details in the process. The pictures captured in Night Mode are quite sharp as well and the final result tends to slightly better and shareable with peers.Huawei P30 Pro: Selfies & Portraits
We have talked enough about the quad-rear camera module and there’s a 32MP selfie camera aboard the P30 Pro as well. I’m not really a selfie person but the pictures you get from this smartphone are pretty good, considering the high megapixel count, but the details are still slightly soft when you compare it to the Pixel 3 – as we’ve done below.
I’ll say that the color reproduction and skin tones are quite appropriate as well, with the blur around the subject in the background feeling natural and not too overpowering. The portraits captured from the rear camera are even better, with enhanced edge detection & more detail, meaning the TOF camera on board is doing its job well.
Huawei P30 Pro: Video Recording
Huawei has included a myriad of camera features in the P30 Pro and you’ve already seen how each of them perform in real-life, however, video recordings appears to be one such segment where the company has me a little unsatisfied. This over Rs 70,000 smartphone offers you recording support up to 4K (UHD) but solely at 30fps. You have to bump down the resolution to 1080p to get 60fps support, which is a huge shortcoming in my book.
One of the highlights of the P30 Pro obviously is its low-light prowess and it trickles into your video department as well. The low-light videos are pretty decent, especially for yet another hand-held moving vehicle recording, but the quality isn’t particularly good. The samples attached below has life-like color reproduction but the details are really soft for any and all subjects in the frame.
In addition to the traditional video shooting modes, Huawei also introduced some extra video modes with its Kirin 980-powered Mate 20 Pro flagship last year and well, they’re being carried forward with the P30 Pro. I’m really impressed with the edge detection, as well as real-time bokeh, that’s been applied during the ‘AI Background Blur’ mode video sample here:
Another great video shooting mode available on the P30 Pro is AI Color, where the device intelligently singles out a colorful object in the frame and paints everything else in monochrome shades. In the video attached below, you can see that Sharun is colorful & the Beebom office in the background is painted in black and white.Huawei P30 Pro: Super Macro
The Super Macro mode on the P30 Pro also goes a step further from other smartphone cameras and includes up to 3x digital zoom, making it possible for you to get closer to objects. Though the 3x zoom pictures don’t have as much detail as the standard Super Macro pictures, the detail in the 3x picture is still really appreciable. See those hair on the feet of the spider or the cracks in the Ducati logo. It instantly makes a user go ‘wow’ and jaw drops to the ground when you see pictures like these.Huawei P30 Pro Camera Review: What More Can You Ask For?
Huawei P30 Pro’s camera capabilities, especially the zooming, AI+ToF-enhanced portraits, and dual-OIS-stabilized videos are something you wouldn’t find on any other smartphone right now. It does have its minor shortcomings here and there, but the overall quality has me stumped and begs me to use the camera more often.
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The Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is the gimbal to get for your action camera with a price tag of just $89.00.
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We’re talking about lower frame rates supported and an additional crop of the sensor to allow for EIS to work. It could even go as far as disabling the use of some codecs (such as H.265) as it needs more resources to run EIS and it cannot handle both at the same time.
So, how do you get the best possible video quality while having some silky smooth footage? Well, you already know the answer: by using a Gimbal. Today we’re going to check out the latest Hohem iSteady Pro 3, a gimbal specifically made for GoPro Hero 8/7/6/5/4/3 but that can be used with any action cameras on the market. Keep reading!Hohem iSteady Pro 3 Review: The Best Action Camera Gimbal for the Money Hohem iSteady Pro 3: Specs
Weight: 361g (battery included)
Battery Capacity: 3600mAh（18650 Li-ion)
Max camera size：Height 48mm，Thickness 32mm
Rotation Angle: Pan 600° Roll 320° Tilt 320°
The Hohem iSteady Pro 3 comes with a case, which you can use to store the gimbal when you carry it around. Something that doesn’t seem important up until you need to carry it with you and you cannot just store it in your backpack as it could get damaged or break quite easily.Design & Build Quality
Let’s start with the 1/4 inch screw hole at the bottom used to place it on the included mini tripod or any other standard tripod; but that’s quite conventional. What’s unconventional though is the other 1/4 inch screw hole on the side which can be used to screw in accessories such as microphones, LED lights and so on. So you can turn your action camera into a Run & Gun camera setup to record vlogs and whatnot on the go.
Although it’s also a feature, another very interesting design perk is the WiFi module for the compatible cameras. This module allows to easily control GoPro cameras, including snapping photos and videos. The feature only works with GoPro cameras though and among them, those who already sport WiFi; thus no older cameras.
Either way, the gimbal can be controlled through a total of five buttons. We have the one to turn on the gimbal, one to change modes, another to zoom in and out, a knob to move the gimbal head and a trigger in the front. This trigger can be used to activate “Sport Mode” which boasts the head movement and makes it turn must faster (you’ll see a sample in the video below).Gizchina News of the week
Finally, we have the various USB ports to charge the gimbal and the action camera attached to it of you so desired; along with four LEDs that show the battery status.
Build quality wise, it’s a solid gimbal made of the toughest plastic, so we expect it to survive most falls. Additionally, it’ll also survive some water splashes as it is IPX4 certified.User Experience
The Hohem iSteady Pro 3 comes with all the features you expect to find on a gimbal. You can use it in POV mode, which allows the pan, tilt and roll motors to all work at the same time. This mode is used to create a smooth moving effect around an object or a person. We then have PTF mode which will let the camera follow your pan and tilt, PF to only follow the panning and finally L mode which is used to lock the head in a direction, no matter how you move the gimbal. All the modes worked perfectly during our tests and you’ll be able to see most of them in the video below.
Another feature that worked quite well is the time-lapse. Though to use this feature you first need to connect the gimbal to your smartphone through the proprietary app. Once you sync the smartphone and the Hohem iSteady Pro 3, you can then set up a time-lapse by choosing the start and end point, as well as the time it’ll take from point A to point B.
Additionally, through the app you can also control the gimbal remotely. So if for some reason you need to move the action camera while being away from it, you can now do it with ease.
As far as stabilization is concerned, the gimbal comes with what’s called iSteady 3.0 technology and well, it does make the video look steady. It’s probably not as smooth as a professional camera gimbal; but it definitely turns a previously unwatchable shaky footage into something enjoyable.
We can check out what the video looks like with and without the gimbal; along with a preview of some of the modes.Battery Life
Battery life on the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 is really impressive. We’ve used it a couple times outside and we’re still at four out of four LEDs, in other words: at least 75% of charge. So, the 12 hours the company claims are probably real.
Anyhow it’s definitely more than you need, because either your action camera will run out of storage space or out of battery before the gimbal dies. The large battery can come in handy if you want to charge the action camera while filming though.Hohem iSteady Pro 3 – Conclusions
Clearly, the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 isn’t a product for everybody as you need to already own an action camera before getting it. That means that you probably already have something in mind for which you need the gimbal; do you want to record some smooth clips of your friends skateboarding or any other sports/tricks? Then yes, this is the gimbal to get with a price tag of just $89.00.
Additionally, as we mentioned earlier, the Hohem iSteady Pro 3 could also become a great vlogging companion. Put a microphone or LED light on it, along with your action camera and go out and vlog; it’s never been this easy!
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Moon Mode operates on the same principle as other master AI modes, in that it recognizes and optimizes details within an image to help individuals take better photos. It does not in any way replace the image – that would require an unrealistic amount of storage space since AI mode recognizes over 1,300 scenarios. Based on machine learning principles, the camera recognizes a scenario and helps to optimize focus and exposure to enhance the details such as shapes, colors, and highlights/lowlights. This feature can be turned on or off easily while taking a photo. While there is a Moon Mode, the shot can still be taken without AI mode because of the periscope lens.
Although Yue’s photo examples paint a convincing argument that Moon Mode does not work this way, unfortunately, Android Authority was unable to duplicate his results on our own HUAWEI P30 Pro.
The original article on this topic with a few new annotations is below.
How the HUAWEI P30 Pro Moon Mode allegedly works
The official user’s guide for the HUAWEI P30 Pro describes Moon Mode as such: “Moon Mode helps to adequately capture the beauty of the moon along with fine details like moonbeams and shadows.”
Supposedly, this is how the system works:
A user holds the HUAWEI P30 Pro towards the moon and zooms in a bit using pinch-to-zoom on the camera.
The P30 Pro identifies (using AI) that the user is trying to take a photo of the moon, and thus suggests Moon Mode.
The user selects Moon Mode and the camera system then “helps you get a clear shot” using the aforementioned algorithms.
HUAWEI doesn’t go into any specific detail on how the Moon Mode algorithm actually works. From the language in the user’s guide and marketing materials, HUAWEI seems to suggest that the algorithm takes the information in your specific photo and then enhances that specific image by using known information about the face of the moon to clarify, stabilize, and otherwise “fix” the image.
This isn’t the first time HUAWEI as fudged the truth to sell a smartphone.
Now, this might not be a big deal for you. After all, artificial augmentation of photos is happening all the time with features such as beauty modes, panorama shots, and night modes. The fact that this mode is called Moon Mode makes it clear that it is designed to work on the moon and not other objects, which also makes it seem like HUAWEI isn’t doing anything wrong.
HUAWEI P30 Pro Moon Mode: Our take
The thing that’s so bizarre about this Moon Mode controversy is that the HUAWEI P30 Pro camera is already stellar. DxOMark, Android Authority, and many, many other websites all concluded from independent testing that the P30 Pro takes some of the best photos of any smartphone in history.
HUAWEI reacts after it’s caught using DSLR photos for its P30 campaign
If HUAWEI has truly made such an amazing smartphone, why does it use shady marketing tactics to sell us on it? Furthermore, why does it repeatedly do so, even after getting caught?
You will have to make your own decision about how you feel about the ethics behind something like Moon Mode, but one thing is clear: HUAWEI has created a masterpiece of a smartphone and it shouldn’t need to resort to methods like this to sell us on it.
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I shot this with a DSLR. Stan Horaczek
This year has been one of refinement for flagship smartphones. In August month, Samsung announced its Galaxy Note 9 and, while it’s powerful and has a few interesting new hardware tweaks—including a liquid cooled processor—it didn’t exactly revolutionize the Galaxy universe. Then Apple announced the new iPhone XS models, which provided a similar refinement to the iPhone X that came before them.
Now, we’re nearing the last stop on the 2023 new flagship smartphone train with Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And like its competitive siblings, the Pixel 3 doesn’t disrupt that trend. There are changes and new features, of course, but if you’re expecting a profound smartphone revolution, better luck in 2023. What we’re left with, however, is an excellent offering from Google and one of the best Android phones around—mostly thanks to its impressive camera.What is it?
The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are Google’s own hardware babies. They follow the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which sprang forth almost exactly a year ago.
The form factors haven’t changed much, but the screen sizes have shifted. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch OLED screen, while the Pixel 3 XL extends its display all the way to the top corners of the device, pushing it to 6.3inches while cutting out room for the front-facing cameras in a notch.
Set the Pixel 3 down next to an iPhone XS Max and it’s easy to get them confused unless you notice the microphone slot at the bottom of the Pixel. In other words: 2023 phones have a“look” and the Pixel adheres to it rigorously.Is it really “the best camera ever?”
Let’s get this out of the way first: I really do think the Pixel 3’s camera is the best I’ve used on a smartphone. It’s won’t replace a DSLR for anyone who knows how to use one, but the Pixel 3 is an excellent all-around imaging device that genuinely impressed me at times. Sure, it frustrated me at others, but the AI and computer processing that cranks away every time you take a photo feels like the future of cameras, at least outside of the hardcore enthusiast market—even if all that AI sometimes gets in your way by “fixing” something you tried to screw up on purpose.
Goolge has continued to press the concept of computational photography. Instead of trying to squeeze every last possible bit of quality out of tiny camera modules using traditional methods, Google is using that single rear-facing camera to capture as much data as it can and then crunching it all together to make an image that looks good, even under bad circumstances.Photo features
Last year, Google introduced its Pixel Visual Core technology, which has a dedicated chip to process image data. In the Pixel 2, every time you pushed the button to take a picture, the camera would snap 10 individual photos and then mash the information from all of them together into a single image. It underexposed some of them to keep the highlights from blowing out, while it overexposed others to bring out details the shadows. It compared the photos to look for digital noise that shouldn’t be in the photo. Not only was it looking for mistakes you made, but it was trying to compensate for the physical boundaries of digital camera gear in general. Google calls it HDR+.
High dynamic range images sometimes look unnatural and cartoony (I find the Samsung Galaxy cameras the worst offenders in the smartphone world, but that’s also due in part to their AMOLED screens). Apple has started doing a similar thing with its photos in the iPhone XS line, which also now has a dedicated image processing chip. On the whole, however, I tend to like the look of the Pixel 3 images better because they seems slightly more natural right out of the camera.
Pixel 3 also adds a new low-light shooting feature called Night Sight, which goes beyond typical HDR to take even more frames with every shutter press. Night Sight captures up to 15 images, some of which are long exposures up to 1/3 of a second to let light soak into the sensor. It’s nearly impossible to hold a camera steady for that long (human hands start showing signs of shake around 1/30th of a second) so the Pixel uses its internal motion sensors to track how your hands shake and corrects for it.
Night sight works, to an extent. One thing that typically suffers in dark environments is color performance because more digital noise hampers tone reproduction. Cameras have made big strides like this in recent years—have you noticed how much better low-light scenes look in movies and TV shows lately?—thanks to improved camera tech, and Google is doing a somewhat impressive job using computational photography.
Google outright said this is a solution that would help you never have to use your smartphone “flash” again, which is good because the included LED light source on the camera is, well, bad like every other smartphone flash that has ever existed.
A scene from a dark train station with contrasty lights is a challenging setting to capture photos, but it’s clean in terms of noise and there’s lots of detail in the train and the foreground, which is much darker. Stan HoraczekAfter the shutter fires
Google’s helpful AI doesn’t quit working when you take the picture, either. The Top Shot feature kicks in when it detects a face in the scene. If you have the “motion” feature enabled (which is similar to the iPhone’s Live Photos, which provide short videos along with your still images) it will analyze the other photos it took and try to find one where the person is smiling and not blinking. It will then suggest that you replace the shot you took with the good one.
I got mixed results from this, as well as some mixed feelings. One of the fundamental parts of photography is deciding which shots you show to the world as your finished work. We used to do it by making prints of a sheet of negatives (called a contact sheet) and then selecting the one we think looks best. Now, the AI robots are helping in that process and it can be hard to argue with them. After all, the AI is comparing your photo to nearly a hundred million reference photos and telling you which one is best, so who are you to argue?
Top Shot ultimately seems like an extension of what Google has been doing in its Google Photos app for years. It tries to find your “best” photos and brings them to the surface. This is even present in Google’s other products like the Home Hub, which acts like a digital photo frame, but only tries to display the highest-quality images from your library as determined by an algorithm.
While these are both examples of AI in action, it’s an important distinction that one happens while you take the picture and the other happens afterwards. They’re both guiding our perceptions of what it means to take a “good” picture.
Two images: The first shows portrait mode turned on, while the second shows it with portrait mode turned off. You get both options later when you’re editing your photo. Stan HoraczekPortrait mode
Blurry backgrounds in pictures of people are hot right now thanks to the proliferation of portrait mode and Google equipped the Pixel 3 with the next generation of that tech.
Unlike the iPhone, Google doesn’t have a telephoto lens to use for its portrait mode. Typically, with a DSLR, you’d pick a telephoto lens for a portrait because it won’t show the same kind of distortion on a person’s face that a wide-angle lens would. The iPhone and other smartphone cameras have a specific telephoto module for this purpose, but those cameras come with drawbacks. The sensors are typically smaller, which makes them create more noise in the images, especially in low-light. And the zoomed-in field of view makes it hard to take a photo without motion blur.
Google, however, stuck with a single main camera for the Pixel 3. It’s using what it calls dual-pixel tech to capture distance information with just a single camera module. On the whole, I found the Portrait Mode on the pixel more subtle than it is on other phones like the iPhone—and I prefer that. Right now, I see way too many overdone Portrait Mode images that look like a blurry mess and, while you can abuse the privilege on the Pixel 3, it’s harder to do and more natural looking.
Even when you adjust the amount of blur on the Pixel 3—a new feature in this model—the difference between maximum and minimum effect is clearly more subtle than the smeary backgrounds offered by other phones.
Google says you an use Portrait Mode for objects and it’s right. The left is the Pixel 3 while the right is the iPhone XS. The Pixel image looks far better to me, even if it is under exposed. Stan HoraczekZooming
The last bit of AI magic Google’s algorithm gnomes perform inside the Pixel 3 is Super Res Zoom, which allows you to give the appearance that you were closer than your wide-angle lens lets on.
Interestingly enough, this feature actually relies on your shaky hands to work. When you zoom in and take a picture, the camera takes several photos, each of which has a slightly different view because of the small shakes in your hands. The camera then compares that data and uses an algorithm to fill in more details about the scene than you’d get from a single shot.
The fact that it needs that camera shake to work is fascinating. In fact, if you shoot zoomed in on a tripod, the Pixel 3 actually uses the moving parts in the lens to give you slightly different perspectives so it can do its comparison.
Digital zoom has a bad name in the camera world, and for good reason. It typically results in a degraded image with more noise and visible artifacts that make the photo look jaggy. Those things are true here, but Google has done an above-average job of smoothing that over.
I know some camera enthusiasts who are still bummed about the lack of a true telephoto lens options, but considering the downsides that come with it (smaller sensor, noisier images), I’m OK with digital zoom in this case. It still isn’t perfect, but if you’re posting photos on Instagram, you have to zoom really far before anyone would even start to notice.
It’s a subtle thing, but the Pixel 3 portrait mode will blur things in Portrait Mode both in front and in back of the subject. Those flowers in the bottom left were sharp in the original image. Stan HoraczekFront-facing cameras
While the rear-facing cameras are the most interesting part of the device for taking pictures, the wide-angle front-facing camera is a feature I found myself appreciating more than I expected. In addition to the typical front-facing camera, the wide lens offers a much bigger field of view. So, if you want to make a video of yourself talking while capturing other things happening in the background, this is a great way to do it. What about the rest of the phone? In my experience, the assessment that this phone is mostly a camera rang fairly true. The experience of using the Pixel 3 is a lot like using the Pixel 2. It now charges wirelessly (even through a case!), and the screen is noticeably different, but it ultimately works like a flagship phone.Who should buy it?
At this point in time, I still think it’s kind of crazy to buy a smartphone simply because it has the “best” camera. If you can’t take a good picture with a modern smartphone camera, then it’s a matter of skill and understanding how pictures work more than it is about the hardware. But, I like the Pixel 3 a lot. In fact, I’ll have to think hard when it’s time to upgrade about whether or not this is the device that finally makes me jump ship from Apple for my personal device. And right now, the Pixel 3 is the best Android phone around. At least until the next one.
Another challenging spot involves dark and very bright images, but the Pixel 3 handles it well. Stan Horaczek
Introduction to Camera Tracking in After Effects
World-famous company Adobe Systems offers you the most popular video editing software, which is After Effect. We have different types of techniques and features in this software for making our work easy. Camera Tracking is one of its important features and used for giving tracking effects to any object with the motion of background objects. We can use Camera tracking for any type of video footage or animated object. Here in this article, we will understand Camera Tracking in a very simple manner and analyze important parameters of it to easily handle it for our graphics designing purpose.How to Use Camera Tracking in After Effect?
Before starting our learning, let us have a quick look at the user interface of Adobe After Effect software for our better understanding of this software throughout this article.
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Step 1: The user screen of this software is divided into many sections such as Menu bar for making the different adjustment in this software, Toolbar which provides the different type of tool for designing work, Project panel, which shows a number of the composition of any project, Effect Control shows you parameters of any effect or preset which is used in current composition, at the button of this screen we have Layer section which shows you parameters of layers of any project, next is Timeline section which is used for handling the parameters of animation.
Step 2: For Learning Camera Tracking in After Effect, we have to take a video. You can take your own video or can download it from the internet. For placing that video in After Effect software, go to that folder of your personal computer where you have saved your video. Pick this video from there with the help of the mouse button and drop it in the Project Panel section of After Effect software.
Step 4: Now adjust the time of animation of this video according to your requirement from the Timeline section.
Step 6: Or you can choose a camera tracking option from the Animation menu of the Menu Bar. A drop-down list will be open to choosing the ‘Track Camera’ option from here.
Step 8: Once the camera initialized, this type of screen will be opened.
Step 10: The text area will be generated here with white color. Select this area with the help of the mouse cursor. A Character parameter box will be open on the right side of the working screen.
Step 12: Now, type text according to you which you want to animate with the help of a camera tracker.
Step 13: Now adjust your text where you want to place it with the help of the “move and selection’ tool.
Step 17: Now adjust the value of Orientation for adjusting the text like this. You can set the parameters of text property according to you.
Step 20: Now, type your desired name here. I will type ‘shadow’ as the name of this duplicate layer.
Step 24: Choose black as the shadow color of this layer and press the Ok button of this color box.
Step 25: Go to the Opacity property of this shadow layer and decrease the value of opacity up to 60% or you can set this value according to you.
Step 26: Now go to the Preview tab for playing the camera tracking, which is on the right side of the working screen, or you can press the Space bar of the keyboard as the short cut of playing animation.
Step 27: Your animation will look like this.
In this way, you can use Camera Tracking in After Effect software and handle the parameters of Camera Tracking for getting the best result from this feature of After Effect software.Conclusion
Now, after going through this article, you can better understand ‘what is Camera Tracking’ and how you can use it in After Effect software. You also have a look at the basic parameters of the Camera Tracking feature of After Effect so that you can easily handle this feature for making a highly professional project in the video editing field.Recommended Articles
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In that regard it’s hot on the heels of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, the first phone to use Samsung’s Isocell HP1 200Mp sensor. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is expected to pack an updated version of the sensor in 2023.
Xiaomi says the 12T Pro’s 200Mp sensor will improve image clarity, focus and low-light performance, but it remains to be seen whether this is borne out in real-world usage. A higher megapixel count doesn’t guarantee better photos. In fact, cramming all those pixels into a tiny sensor means each one captures less light, so we’re keen to see exactly how it performs in low-light in particular.
The company also launched the £499/€599 Xiaomi 12T. This non-Pro phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Ultra; the 12T Pro opts for the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
It’s notable that both phones use flagship processors, despite their relatively low prices. The 8100 Ultra isn’t quite MediaTek’s latest and greatest – that award goes to the Dimensity 9000+. You won’t find better than the 8+ Gen 1 on the Qualcomm side, however, and that’s one reason why the 12T Pro is £200/€150 more expensive. Nonetheless, you should expect great performance from both phones, especially when combined with 8- or 12GB of RAM.
On the regular 12T, the main camera lens is 108Mp – still way more pixels than on most phones. The other cameras on both are pedestrian by comparison, with 8Mp ultra-wide, 2Mp macro and 20Mp selfie sensors, showing where corners were cut to reach the price points.
The selfie camera is housed within a small hole-punch notch, but it doesn’t take away from the large 6.67in, 2712 x 1220 OLED display on both handsets. Alongside a 120Hz refresh rate, you also get 480Hz touch sampling for an extra smooth and responsive experience.
Battery sizes are also identical – a 5,000mAh capacity which Xiaomi says will get you up to 13.5 hours of screen-on time. You also get ultra-fast 120W wired charging, which supposedly delivers a full charge in just 19 minutes. The necessary adapter is also included in the box.
Other features of note include an under-display fingerprint scanner, dual speakers and NFC, all within devices that weigh just over 200g (202g on the 12T, 205g on the 12T Pro).
Both phones run the MIUI skin over Android 12, but an update to Android 13 is in the works. Xiaomi now commits to three years of Android updates and four years of software updates for most of its phones, so the 12T and 12T Pro should be supported until 2026.
So far, we only have UK pricing. The regular Xiaomi 12T looks to be a capable mid-ranger for that £499/€599 price, while you’ll need to pay at least £699/€799 for the 12T Pro. However, early bird pre-orders from 20-24 October will drop the starting prices by £100/€100, with the Pro even including the new Redmi Pad tablet at no extra cost.
Full pricing and availability are yet to be .Redmi Pad
Xiaomi has also unveiled the Redmi Pad, which is pitched as a budget slate for mobile gaming and content consumption.
Display is arguably the highlight of any tablet, and the Redmi Pad features a 10.61in LCD panel. It has a 1200×2000 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, alongside a very specific claim: the world’s first ever tablet to be SGS certified for low visual fatigue.
Within some fairly thick bezels you’ll find an 8Mp selfie camera, although a 105° field of view makes it a decent option for video calls. On the back, there’s just one more 8Mp lens.
The Redmi Pad is equipped with an 8,000mAh battery, which Xiaomi says will last “all day”. Of course, that’ll depend on a variety of factors, including your personal usage habits. Fast charging takes a big step down here to 18W, although the 22.5W adapter in the box can make the most of it.
Despite the size of the battery, Xiaomi has managed to keep the Redmi Pad relatively thin – 7.05mm. At 445g, it’s also easy to take anywhere with you.
The Redmi Pad will cost £269/€279, but pricing elsewhere is yet to be revealed. It’s also not clear when the device will go on sale.Redmi Buds 4 and 4 Pro
Xiaomi has also revealed two new pairs of wireless earbuds. The Redmi Buds 4 and 4 Pro both aim to provide a premium listening experience within a compact and affordable package. But it’s the Pro model that’s the main focus.
Alongside dual drivers and hi-res audio, the most notable feature here is active noise cancellation (ANC). It can allegedly reduce background by up to 43dB, meaning the likes of keyboard typing and vehicle horns should be drowned out.
For the maximum effect, you’ll need to activate ‘deep’ ANC, but light and balanced modes are also available. If you want to hear the sound around you, there’s also an adaptive mode.
The design of the Buds 4 Pro is nothing revolutionary, but both the buds and case do feature IP54 dust and water resistance. Two colours are available – white and black.
Xiaomi says you’ll get up to nine hours of usage from the Redmi Buds 4 Pro themselves, plus another 25 hours from the case. As expected, the latter charges via USB-C.
The regular Redmi Buds 4 adopt a different design, ditching the stem in favour of an in-ear build. Other key differences include ANC being limited to 35dB here, and battery life from the buds dropping to six hours.
The Buds Pro cost £84.99, but another early bird offer from 4-6 October drops the price to £74.99.
At the same event, Xiaomi announced the global launch of the Mi Band 7 Pro. This was first announced in China back in July, and it looks set to remain the budget fitness tracker to beat. Features include continuous heart rate and blood oxygen tracking, as well as support for 120 different sports, stress evaluation and female cycle tracking.
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