SONY QX "ATTACHABLE" CAMERAS
Sony has announced their QX-10 and QX-100 "smartphone-attachable" cameras. These cameras include the lens, optical zoom motors in the lenses (like in DSLR's) and the large (1") sensor...i.e., the hardware portion of a complete camera. Which, for DSLR's and point-n-shoot cameras in general, is normal.
These new Sony QX cameras rely on your NFC/wifi-linked smartphone, held in your other hand, for post-process editing, filing, sharing, etc.
A typical current "smartphone camera" is really in two parts (the lens, sensor, circuitry hardware, and the separate post-process editing, filing, sharing software/apps). The strengths of smartphone cameras is often in their software/apps', while their weaker parts are the tiny lenses and sensors. But the heavy-metal DSLR's, especially professional versions, tend to be just the opposite, i.e., strong on lens & sensor hardware and weaker on editing, filing and sharing software.
Since Nikon, Canon, et al have generally failed as an industry to bring their DSLR's along the digital-deluge of "the internet of things" (IOT), then this QX design approach is one way to tag along with the much more robustly innovative post-process features of smartphones...rather than re-invent the Android/IOS-app wheels by incorporating downloadable app's into DSLR's.
It appears this "detachable" model of bifurcated cameras can bring high quality lenses, zoom and resolution to highly mobile photography (f/1.8-4.9, 10x zoom, image stabilization, 1" sensor). But, that slight added mobility, if any, comes with the price of tieing up both hands, more weight, more pieces to juggle, etc.
Frankly, we regard this QX model as not so much a "camera attached to a smartphone," as a "smartphone attached to a camera." Basically, the QX is a point-and-shoot consumer camera (QX-10 for about $250, QX-100 for about $650), with a smartphone short-leashed to it to provide access to apps and network mobility. This "unbundles" the camera into one piece for image-capture, and another, networked piece for image-management.
Guess that's just one more approach to committing the act of photography. But, we are still holding out for DSLR's to get smart, or smartphones to get more visual. Meanwhile, we continue to demonstrate that, in many situations, a smartphone can out perform a DSLR...as shown by galleries on this web site, and @ProMobilePhoto.
FIRST "DARK SKY RESERVE" IN U.S. ANNOUNCED
The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has announced the United States' first "Dark Sky Reserve," located in central Idaho. According to the IDA, "The Reserve’s chief draw is its wilderness quality, with its lack of development ... shrinking number of places ... where visitors can have a truly ‘off-grid’ experience, ... Central Idaho is therefore one of the last large ‘pools’ of natural nighttime darkness left in the United States. The IDA recognizes several types of "dark sky" places, of which there are many in the United States. Here is where you can learn how to start your own dark sky places program.
*NOTE: This program is separate from NASA's "night lights" program, based on man-made light pollution.
ENTIRE WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT USING ONLY IPHONE
Ubergizmo reported recently on an entire wedding photo shoot using only an iPhone8 by photographer Barb Simkova. However; this is not the first time, by far, that a couple has used a smartphone to photograph a wedding. Check out those galleries...pretty impressive demonstration that excellent photography is 90% photographer, 10% camera*.
*Reminds us of the story ... a photographer's fan once said, "Wow, you must have a fantastic camera!" Whereupon the photographer said, "Yeh. And I like your novels, so you must have a fantastic typewriter."
TWO-SCREEN SMARTPHONE IN 2018?
WCCFTech and many others are reporting likelihood of dual-screen smartphones (and cameras) may be the next evolutionary step toward full computer/camera power in your hip pocket. Microsoft has filed for a patent on the hinge, screens, and other aspects.
GOOD NEWS! GOOGLE REPORTS SHOWING OUR PHOTOS IN SEARCHES OVER 2,000,000 TIMES
As a Trusted Google Photographer we get periodic updates on how many times Google has presented one (or more) of our photos in online searches. Today Google reports they have presented our photo of the Snohomish Library interior study area over 100,000 times, and Google is presenting at least one of our photos in searches over 1,000,000 times per year overall. Whew!
PIXEL-2 CAMERA WINS A SHOOTOUT WITH IPHONE & IPHONE
Engadget reports on a test of comparative performances in scenes with waterfront, backlit architecture, low-light bar, selfies and bokeh. Pixel 2 came out on top overall, while specific cameras had specific strengths in different conditions.
@PROMOBILEPHOTO GOES LIVE !
Today we're announcing an additional feature to the ProMobile.Photo suite of services...this "trend-watch blog.
After years of commercial photography using heavy-metal DSLR cameras to serve the marketing needs of medium-to-large businesses, we are now helping small-to-medium businesses do your own commercial photography, and in many cases using a modern smartphone camera.
Our mission for this new ProMobile.Photo service is to help you produce your own photos for advertising your specific products and services, and photos to communicate the values of your company "brand."
Please send comments, questions and requests to Lee Alley, head of Northwest Business Photography, and founder of ProMobile.Photo. He is at 425.238.9775 and Lee@ProMobile.Photo.