The British startup Photogram AI has announced a new camera called the Alice Camera. It's an "AI-accelerated computational camera" that aims to deliver better connectivity than a DSLR and better quality than a smartphone. Smartphones have been making huge advances in the area of computational photography in recent years while traditional camera companies have largely been left in the dust. Alice is trying to bring the worlds of standalone cameras and computational photography together. Alice is an interchangeable lens camera that features a dedicated AI chip "that elevates machine learning and pushes the boundaries of what a camera can do."
There are now two ways of creating digital images with a camera. You can either follow a software-centric computational photography approach. The other way is to stick to traditional hardware-centric optical photography. The former is used with AI to help enhance the final image, the latter relies on the quality of the camera's components (e.g. The two techniques may differ, but they are not at all on a collision course.
After the dual rear camera became the norm for smartphone flagships, it's apparently time for the number of selfie cameras on phones to double as well. We don't yet have any images of the phone but we have a launch date: March 23. SEE ALSO: Oppo's new tech brings eye-popping zoom to smartphone cameras In terms of spec, we only know that the phone will have a 16-megapixel "main" selfie cam, as well as an 8-megapixel "sub" camera on the front. In its press release, Oppo repeatedly refers to the phone as "F3 Plus of the F3 series," and we've seen reports that the company might actually launch two phones in March, the F3 and the F3 Plus, both with dual front cameras. Oppo, which is currently the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, is betting big on phone camera technology.
The two best ways to improve your smartphone photography are "talent" and "practice," but if you'd rather buy your way to better shots, that works too. Nowadays, there's a great selection of accessories like clip-on lenses, stabilizers, stands and other gear you can get without blowing a hole in your budget. If you've been thinking about taking that next step, here are a few questions to ask yourself and some of the best products on the market. Smartphone photography has become so good that you might rightly question whether you need accessories at all. Devices from Apple, Samsung, Sony, LG and Google can achieve a level of quality that was unthinkable just two years ago.
Google's latest flagship smartphones -- the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL -- are finally shipping to customers, and the reviews are unanimous: The rear camera and dual selfie cams are best in class. But as good as those cameras might be, they're a bit puzzling -- and sort of paradoxical. The original Pixel and Pixel XL have two cameras: one front and one rear. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have two cameras: one front and one rear. And the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have three cameras: two front and one rear.