Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1550 (1:09:36)

Chris Marquardt

Chris wants to talk about how good smartphone cameras are getting. They're getting so good that many people have simply stopped using DSLRs and personal cameras. There are three areas that smartphones are chipping away at standalone cameras:

1) HDR. Smartphones can now create automatic HDR, which makes it easier to get a better image with dynamic range. This is called computational photography, and it's all done by default and automatically.
2) Depth of field. Smartphones can now do "portrait modes," which creates an emulated, and adjustable depth of field, thanks to it's second (or third) camera.
3) Lastly, the Google Pixel 3 has a mode called Night Sight, which enables you to take great low light images without a flash. Chris also expects other phones to have that feature within a few months.