Why Google needs to update camera hardware to match software

Google Pixel 5 vs Google Pixel 4 cameras 3

Opinion post by

Robert Triggs

I’m not overly impressed with the Google Pixel 5’s camera. Not because it takes bad photos. It’s still capable of taking some astoundingly great pictures for a hardware package that’s barely changed in years. No, what irks me most about the Pixel 5 is the missed potential. Google’s photography algorithms are in a league of their own, but the refusal to change up the hardware formula has knocked the Pixel series off the podium this year.

I don’t want to dwell on the various issues I noticed in my time shooting with the Pixel 5 too much. You should check out our in-depth shootout for a closer look at the camera. The TL;DR is, while the Pixel 5 excels at colors and low light, the small sensor is very noisy by today’s standards. Super Res Zoom doesn’t keep up with today’s telephotos lenses, and the

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Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra renders leak showing a chunky rear camera

Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra Render
  • Renders of the Samsung Galaxy S30 Ultra have leaked.
  • They show a phone with a huge camera bump and a quad-camera setup.

We recently heard a rumor that Samsung’s next set of flagships could arrive earlier than usual. It seems that also stands true for their leaks. After outing renders of the Samsung Galaxy S30 (or whatever Samsung decides to call it), tipster OnLeaks aka Steve Hemmerstoffer has also leaked renders for the Galaxy S30 Ultra.

The design of the Ultra model seems almost identical to the vanilla S30, albeit with a few differences. You’ll immediately notice that the rear camera housing is much larger. Hemmerstoffer claims that it’s almost double the size of the Galaxy S30 and contains a total of four camera sensors. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know the camera configuration but points to recent rumors that suggest the phone could feature two zoom lenses as well as wide

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 phones might sport even larger camera bumps

If you’re not particularly fond of the big camera bumps on the Galaxy S20, its follow-up might not change your mind. OnLeaks and Pigtou (thanks to Xleaks7) have shared what they say are leak-based renders of Samsung’s Galaxy S21, or Galaxy S30, and the camera modules would be virtually inescapable on the upcoming phones. Even the standard version would have a three-camera bump that appears to spill over the edge, with the flash moved to the side to keep its look clean.

Not surprisingly, OnLeaks further claimed the Ultra variant would have an even larger array that runs right to the edge of the phone, unlike the S20 Ultra’s suddenly compact-looking design.

The external profiles don’t provide too many clues as to what the Galaxy S21 (or S30) would entail, although there are a few clues that it would be a relatively safe design beyond the bumps. The standard model

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Sony’s digital camera webcam software is now available for Macs

Sony has released a new version of its Imaging Edge Webcam software for Macs, which allows you to directly plug in a recent Sony camera to use as a high-quality webcam for Zoom or Skype calls on your computer.

The company had already released a version of the software for Windows back in August, but the new release means that Mac users can also get in on the action, with crisp, high-quality video calls.

The new software works with 36 of Sony’s cameras, including recent cameras from its E-mount and A-mount series of cameras, like the A9 II, A9, A7S III, A7R IV, A7R III, A7R II, A7S II, A7S, A7 III, A7 II, A6600, A6500, A6400, A6100, as well as its fixed-lens devices like RX100 VII, RX100 VI, RX0 II, RX0, and the vlog-focused ZV-1.

A list of supported cameras from Sony’s website.
Screenshot: Sony

Older devices, like the

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What Happens When a Wireless Home Security Camera Loses Its Internet Connection?

One of the main concerns people have with wireless home security cameras is with the connection. As you know, internet connections can sometimes drop, and at the most inopportune times too. One of the most common searches online is: my camera keeps dropping the connection. The biggest question people then have is what happens next, once the connection comes back. Well, the answer to that all depends on your cameras, the setup, and the reliability of your internet connection overall.

When the Connection Drops

Different security cameras have different alert features. If in doubt, check the alert options in the user guide. If you haven’t purchased your security cameras yet, keep reading. There are a few things you might want to look out for that notifies you of certain events that breach your security preferences. One of these is to send out an alert when the internet connection is … Read More

Tech Gadget Mysteries – What is a Sports Action Camera?

Taking videos during a sport can be tough. A sports action camera comes in very helpful at such times. As long as your skills are good, setting up one of these amazing cameras can be an easy task.

Limitations

With no basic knowledge of usage, a sports action camera can be limiting. Your camcorder works whichever way you like. Not for the sports camera. It takes a lot of time to capture quality photos. You have to keep adjusting it for the best angles.

Your sports action camera is better at serving your need for videos in a sporting event. Compared to your normal camcorder, it is better. A sports camera is a special type of camera. It is specifically made for taking video footage of any sporting event.

Features to look for include:

* Must be shock resistant

* Have a wider Field Of View

* An LCD screen … Read More