Your Smartphone Cameras Still Can’t Do Everything

We’ve Come a Long Way But Your iPhone Still Takes Subpar Pictures

Most Americans have smartphones by now. Whether it’s an iPhone or an Android, smartphones are pretty much essential to surviving in 2017. Battery life, operating system, durability, screen size, and ease of use are just a few things we look for when deciding what phone to get. Another major and sometimes crucial aspect of purchasing a smartphone is the camera.

The most widely used camera is an iPhone. Androids aren’t too far behind either. It goes without saying that smartphone photography is insanely popular and has definitely impacted traditional photography. iPhones and Android smartphones often take pictures that are as good if not better than pictures taken with DSLRs. Still, many users have probably noticed some flaws and drawbacks when it comes to the camera built into their phone.

Unfortunately, our phones still lack the ability to take certain photos. Here are just a few areas in which are phones still struggle to take good photos.

Product Photography, Studio Shots

No matter how hard you try to model for Instagram, your iPhone just won’t deliver the shots you’re looking for. Albeit, smartphone cameras are much better at product photography and studio shots than ever before, they still leave a lot to be desired. Why can’t you take stunning shots that belong in catalogs? Why can’t you take professional looking modeling shots?

Product Photography and Studio Photography is especially difficult

This is definitely changing, just look at the iPhone X. For now, however, smartphone cameras like to center-weigh almost all photos. Selective focus is also pretty much non-existent. You basically can’t create a studio atmosphere when your camera weighs all things equally and fails to drain out backgrounds or the foreground. This is why many smartphones struggle to deliver quality product photography or studio shots.

Low-Light Photography

I’m sure we’ve all struggled to get good pictures of a skyline at night or pictures with friends outside of a concert venue in the middle of the night. No matter how much we try, our phones fail to take clear and focused low-light photos. Most low-light photos appear noisy and fail to capture detail. Again, this is changing but we’re still a long way from major change.

Smartphone cameras aren’t sensitive and complex enough to capture the amount of light required to take a good low-light photo. Additionally, some features such as stabilization and night-mode actually do more harm than good causing the photo to appear especially grainy or noisy.

No Control Over The Shutter Speed or Aperture

This is one reason you can’t get studio quality shots or capture low-light photography, you don’t have access to the most important settings, including shutter speed and aperture. Again, smartphone cameras have lacked the complexity required to control these settings. Apple has been especially guilty when it comes to restricting what users can do with the built-in camera.

This is also changing but much slower than other issues. Some users might not want to have to alter settings after every shot keeping phone manufactures on the fence about making the built-in camera more complex.

Apple Reveals iOS 11 at its WWDC, New Hardware

Apple held its annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) yesterday in San Jose, California.  Though the iPhone 8 didn’t make an appearance, the event and the subsequent announcements of new hardware and software blew up on Facebook and Twitter.  This year’s WWDC introduced developers and consumers to Apple’s take on the smart speaker and virtual/augmented reality.  Overall, the event had somewhat of a “catch-up” vibe as most of Apple’s cutting-edge announcements were carbon copies of announcements made by Google, Samsung, and Amazon.  Still, Apple’s high-quality and beautifully crafted hardware and software are hard to beat and this year’s WWDC only confirmed this.

Among the various hardware and software unveilings and reveals was iOS 11.  iOS 11, Apple’s mobile operating system will be available to consumers later this year and follows the popular iOS 10 update.  There’s a lot to love, however, some feature like always, are completely useless.  Additionally, Apple unveiled it’s new iPad Pro lineup, new Apple Watches, and a $5,000 iMac Pro.  Here are a few highlights worth noting.

iOS 11 Unpacked

  • What is it: Apple’s newest successor to their mobile operating system.  iOS 11 will replace iOS 10.  iOS 10 received overwhelmingly popular feedback from consumers.
  • When will it be released: According to Apple, “this fall.”

iOS 11 is slated to bring a variety of new features to Apple’s mobile platforms.  One major update will come to Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant.  The voice assistant will receive a new voice and be able to do more than with previous versions of the program.  Additionally, new professional features will be added to the camera application.  Augmented reality (AR) functionality will also be added.  To top off the update, a new app store will be available.