No matter how you feel about selfie takers, the selfie is here to stay. I blame the front mounted camera on smartphones for the rise of the selfie. If you like to take selfies, you may be looking for a way to get better image quality.
As people get more and more into mobile photography, chances are they won't always be satisfied with their smartphone's built-in camera features. That is why there are apps out there that give you more choices when it comes to taking pictures and editing them. The newest addition to your options for a camera app is Camu, which claims it can make you "take perfect photos and videos" while having a simple yet useful interface.
There are probably thousands of camera and photography apps available for Android and other mobile platforms but most of them offer automatic controls and filters. Majority of the apps allow easy editing of images with special effects to make them look professional and some artsy. But how many apps allow full control? Just this new Manual Camera from GDSoftware. It's $1.99 complete to give you full manual control of your phone camera. Not bad actually for the real photographers.
When the Polaroid Selfie smartphone was launched at CES 2015, there was this sneaking feeling at the back of this tech hack’s mind that the cute rotating camera – the highlight of Polaroid’s new smartphone – looked strangely and dangerously like China-based outfit Oppo’s N1 and N3. It wasn’t long until the news finally reached Oppo, and here we are, with Polaroid in possible legal trouble for this very reason.
Walking on the floor today at CES 2015, Polaroid has introduced their first line of smartphones. With several different models on display, The Polaroid Selfie smartphone was the only one listed with a unique model name. The rest are still in generic mode, prepared for Polaroid’ future in camera centric smartphones. Running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and powered with an Octa-core processor, the Polaroid Selfie is a robust seemingly unique design.
As much as we rely on digital storage for our photos these days, there are still some people who would love to have actual photos they can hold in their hands, put in their scrapbooks, tack on their cork boards, etc. But going to a photo printing shop takes a bit more effort and wouldn't you prefer to have your own printing capability? Polaroid, the pioneer in mobile instant photo printing, now has a device that can print those photos stored on your mobile device.
When ASUS was teasing a smartphone with big badaboom camera technology for CES 2015, they must have been referring to the ASUS ZenFone Zoom, a smartphone that carries 3x optical zoom for its main camera. Let’s see what this new shooter-with-a-phone has to offer.
If you were to walk up to someone 10 years ago and say “take a #selfie with me”, you’d probably sound crazy. Social media today has evolved so dramatically that it defines or even mirrors our image and personality. Lenovo has set the bar by rolling out the VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash – giving you better light when taking a #selfie. A new device that helps illuminate your beautiful features.
There are hundreds perhaps thousands of photo and camera apps out there but most of the filters are already prepared for you. You just need to choose one to make a photo look as if it was taken by a professional photographer. That's the wonder of mobile photography. Point, shoot, and choose a filter for a pro-looking image you could probably submit to NatGeo. Up until today, there's not one app that allows you to make your own photo filter. But here comes the Shift, a new app that lets you create your own set of filters you can save for future use.
We've previously talked about how as mobile photography becomes more advanced, people are also becoming even more nostalgic and fascinated with the printed photograph. Polaroid was the pioneer in instant photo printing and while their analog cameras eventually died, they have reinvented themselves with a smartphone and tablet line. Their latest product though is a blend of their old and new business, and now it's finally really arriving this January.