The Future of Smartphone Photography


Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that our smartphone cameras are truly amazing. The evolution of mobile photography has brought us to a point where levels of function, performance and quality rival those of longer-standing dedicated camera systems.

The “Smartphone vs DSLR vs Mirrorless” arguments will no doubt rumble on into the future. For the committed smartphone photographer however there is a more relevant debate. Manufacturer innovations in smartphone photography have progressed rapidly beyond megapixel count and physical form. The battleground to be crowned best smartphone camera is being fought with advanced performance and features from software running on the phone's chip that processes and combines multiple frames into one photo offering quality of focus, better perspective, and controlled depth of field. Computational photography, as it is known, is already here and will extend the capabilities of smartphone cameras to new levels of quality and possibility.

Sebastiaan de With, is at the cutting-edge of harnessing this new power of computational photography in the latest iPhone models. Designer of the award-winning camera app Halide, Sebastiaan has published a detailed explanation of computational photography on the iPhone XS and XS Max.

The article can be read in full by following the link below.

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iPhone XS: Why It’s A Whole New Camera

Sebastiaan de With

Freelance designer, photographer, motorcycle traveler. Designer of Halide.


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