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Top 5 camera smartphones with the most exciting imaging capabilities

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Cameras in smartphones have come a long way since their introduction. The first-generation camera phones had VGA sensors, which might seem underwhelming by today’s standards, but they sparked the ‘camera phone’ trend while also setting the stage for future camera smartphones. The advances in the field of imaging and optics has also transformed the mobile camera experience, and the current-generation smartphones go beyond the regular point-and-shoot imaging.


Business Standard lists the best five camera-centric smartphones based on their imaging capabilities:


#1. Huawei P30 Pro


Top 5 camera smartphones with the most exciting imaging capabilities


In the past couple of years, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has been at the forefront of imaging-related innovations. The company’s 2019 P-series flagship, the Huawei P30 Pro, is an imaging powerhouse that cuts no corners in providing the best photography and videography experience. For starters, the phone has a quad-camera module on the back tuned by imaging experts at Leica. It is this phone that introduced 5x optical, 10x hybrid lossless and 50x zoom (digital) capabilities to smartphones. And these remain unmatched by any smartphone at present — except the Oppo Reno’s 10x Zoom. Besides, the phone’s camera is an efficient performer in all lighting conditions, and its multiple sensor-based quad-camera module is a versatile set-up ideal for capturing any scene.


Key specifications


Display: 6.47-inch AMOLED | Processor: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Rear camera: 40MP+20MP+8MP+ToF | Front camera: 32MP | Battery: 4,200 mAh


Price: Rs 71,990


ALSO READ: Huawei P30 Pro camera review: Versatile photography for amateurs and pro


#2. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus


This phone is a first in Samsung’s Galaxy S-series to boast a triple-camera module on the back, and a dual camera set-up on the front. The phone’s primary camera in the rear triple-camera module boasts a variable aperture lens (1.5-2.4) which proves useful to those who like tinkering around with phones’ profession mode for granular control over camera settings. Also, the rear camera features a telephoto lens for 2x zoom and an ultra-wide lens for landscape photography. What’s more, if you wonder, the phone is an industry-first product capable of recording videos in HDR10+ format which optimises contrast and colour of each scene for dynamic HDR meta detailing.


Key specifications


Display: 6.4-inch dynamic AMOLED | Processor: Exynos 9820 | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 1TB | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP+16MP | Front camera: 10MP+8MP | Battery: 4,100 mAh


Price: Starts at Rs 73,900






ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: This premium smartphone has everything!


#3. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom


This is the only smartphone other than the Huawei P30 Pro to have a periscope telephoto lens capable of 5x optical zoom, 10x lossless zoom and 50x digital zoom. Besides, its triple-camera set-up on the back features a high-resolution sensor with quad Bayer technology and optically stabilised lenses, besides an ultra-wide angle lens for landscape photography. Other than that, the phone also has a shark-fin-inspired front camera module (featuring a 16MP sensor of f/2.0 aperture) which comes out from the top.


Key specifications


Display: 6.6-inch AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Rear camera: 48MP+8MP+13MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 4,065 mAh


Price: Starts at Rs 39,990


ALSO READ: Oppo Reno 10x Zoom: A power performer with capable cameras, unique design


#4. Google Pixel 3


Google Pixel 3


This phone does not have a multiple-sensor camera module, but its single-sensor camera is powered by Google’s imaging algorithms, which make photography convenient and fun. This is one of the camera phones that take perfect portraits with enhanced bokeh effect (background blur) for a clear distinction between background and the object. The camera also boasts a dedicated night mode that turns under-lit frames into bright and clear shots.


Key specifications


Display: 5.5-inch OLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: up to 128GB | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP+8MP | Battery: 2,915 mAh


Price: Starts at Rs 49,999

ALSO READ: Google Pixel 3 review


#5. OnePlus 7 Pro


OnePlus 7 Pro camera


OnePlus’ first premium offering, the OnePlus 7 Pro, has a triple-camera module on the back and a motorised pop-up selfie camera module accommodating the front camera. Since its launch, the phone has received several firmware upgrades to improve its overall performance and also enhance it imaging. Now, the phone’s rear camera module seems to be a capable unit that delivers consistently, irrespective of scene demands or lighting conditions.


Key specifications


Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Rear camera: 48MP+8MP+16MP | Front camera: 16MP | Battery: 4,000 mAh


Price: Starts at Rs 48,999


ALSO READ: OnePlus 7 Pro review: A device that will fascinate first-time premium users




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What does Facebook’s plan to hire scribes mean for media industry?

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Facebook’s plan to hire professional journalists instead of relying solely on algorithms to deliver news is a positive step but is unlikely to shake up an embattled media industry, analysts say.


The social media giant said Tuesday it would build a small team of journalists to select the top national news of the day “to ensure we’re highlighting the right stories.”

It comes as the US media landscape is plagued by job losses and newspaper closures, with organizations trying to figure out how to record profits in the age of free news.



Stories will appear in a section called the “news tab,” which will be separate from the traditional news feed that displays updates and content from users’ friends and relatives.


“In theory I see this as a really positive development. It is something quite promising,” Danna Young, a communications professor at the University of Delaware, told AFP.


Facebook’s journalists will be curating stories from news sites and won’t be editing headlines or writing content.


The California-based company has consistently said it does not want to be considered a media organization that makes major editorial decisions, and this announcement does little to change that, experts add.


“It’s not transformative because it’s not going to change necessarily the behavior of individuals who are referencing stories on their feeds,” said Young.


“That’s where the power comes from — individuals you know and trust putting their tacit stamp of approval on stories by sharing them,” she added.


The tab will be the site’s first news feature using human moderators since it shut down its ill-fated “trending topics” section last year after a scandal over allegations workers had suppressed stories about conservative issues.


Articles not deemed top news stories will still be collated using algorithms based on the user’s history, such as pages they follow, publications they subscribe to and news they have already interacted with.


“Our goal with the news tab is to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people,” Facebook head of news partnerships Campbell Brown told AFP in San Francisco Tuesday.


The news tab feature comes as Facebook embarks on a series of initiatives to boost journalism, with traditional media organizations accusing it of benefitting financially from their hard work.


Internet platforms are dominating the internet advertising space making it difficult for established news organizations to transition what were very profitable print advertisements online.


Facebook announced in January that it will invest USD 300 million over three years to support journalism, particularly local news organisations.


It has also funded fact-checking projects around the world, including one in partnership with AFP.


Facebook will reportedly pay some publishers to license news content for the tab but Mathew Ingram, who writes about digital media for the Columbia Journalism Review, doesn’t expect that to trickle down to hard-up organizations that need it the most.


“The companies they are going to choose are ones already doing well I assume. It might give them a little extra cash but I don’t see it driving a huge amount of traffic,” he told AFP.


Print journalism in the US is in free-fall as social media overtakes newspapers as the main news source for Americans.


Around 2,000 American newspapers closed in the past 15 years, according to the University of North Carolina, leaving millions of residents without reporters keeping track of what their local authorities are up to.


“The death of local news has such destructive effects for democracy. It’s a complex issue that Facebook alone cannot fix,” said Young.


The number of journalists working at US newspapers slumped by 47 per cent from 2008 to 2018, according to a Pew Research Center survey released last year.


The total number of journalists in newsrooms fell by 25 per cent, the group found, while consultancy firm Challenger Gray & Christmas says this is going to be the worst year for layoffs since 2009.


It’s a difficult time for Stephen Groves, who recently earned a master’s in journalism at New York University, to be looking for work. When he heard about Facebook’s plans, he was skeptical.


“Facebook is not a journalism company and so before working for Facebook I would want to see their commitment to ethical, robust journalism,” the 30-year-old told AFP.


The digital sector is also in trouble.


When Buzzfeed cut 200 jobs in January, 29-year-old Emily Tamkin was let go from a position she had held for just a few months.


“I’m personally not cheered by the fact that Facebook is swooping in and hiring journalists. If that’s the silver lining then we have a very big cloud here,” she told AFP.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)




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Google ditches its desserts! Android Q’s official name is Android 10

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Breaking the 10-year history of naming Android releases after desserts, Google on Thursday announced it had officially named the next version as just Android 10.


“First, we’re changing the way we name our releases. Our engineering team has always used internal code names for each version, based of tasty treats, or desserts, in alphabetical order,” said Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android, in a statement.



The naming tradition has become a fun part of the release each year externally too, like Android Lollipop or Marshmallows.


“As a global operating system, it’s important that these names are clear and relatable for everyone in the world. So, this next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10,” Samat explained.


“While there were many tempting ‘Q’ desserts out there, we think that at version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change,” he added.


Now, this year is Android 10 and next year will be Android 11, and so on.


Google also changed the logo from green to black.


It’s a small change but Google found the green was hard to read, especially for people with visual impairments.


Google will officially start using the updated logo in the coming weeks with the final release of Android 10.

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Bose adds Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay 2 to its smart speakers

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Google on Thursday announced an automatic software update that would bring the Google Assistant to all existing Bose smart speakers and soundbars.


The Google Assistant joins Amazon Alexa for voice control of smart home devices, and instant access to millions of songs and podcasts, help, information, and more.



Bose smart speaker owners can now also use Apple AirPlay 2 for simple streaming from Apple devices.


In addition, there is a small Bose smart speaker on the way. The Bose Home Speaker 300 can be pre-ordered on Amazon.in starting Thursday and would available from August 29.


Weighing a mere two pounds and measuring just over six-inch, the Bose Home Speaker 300’s acoustic package delivers powerful bass along with 360-degree sound – unlike conventional smart speakers that deliver a narrow beam of audio, the company said in a statement.


It would be sold directly from Bose stores, wholesale trade partners and online through Amazon.in for Rs 26,900.


 

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