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Google Pixel Phone Camera HDR+ Camera Mode on the Apple iPhone 7 – It’s HERE

ProCamera Photo mode Raw unedited

Today it is possible to recreate the Google Pixel Phone Camera HDR+ camera mode on the new Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Here’s how.

First let’s take a quick shot of my local church as shown above. This is actually a RAW photo image, and totally unedited and unprocessed.

But let’s say we now want to achieve the same look that Google’s Pixel camera achieves using the HDR+ mode. Well take a look below at the result.

ProCamera HDR mode - various options

Okay, its in a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the default 4:3, but if you prefer 4:3 you can switch to this. The problem with Google’s HDR+ mode is sometimes you don’t want such a vivid HDR look. Well fortunately, you have options and can save a multiple of variations on the HDR theme.

ProCamera HDR mode - various options

Perhaps a black and white HDR finish as shown above. Or as shown below as more faded HDR option. In fact there are even more options in the HDR shooting mode.

ProCamera HDR mode - various options

All this camera prowess is done by ProCamera on iOS. It received a big update yesterday to enable the vivid HDR mode for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. With vivid HDR and its low light modes it takes multiple shots and blends them to make a better shot. The lowlight plus mode can merge up to 64 shots in to one photo. This merging of photos replicates what Google is trying to do with its Pixel phone.

In addition, the update to the app improved video capture quality noticeably improved for high frame rates (48 – 120 fps). A new zoom slider has been added with a sleek new design that gives you the option to switch between lenses on the iPhone 7 Plus (Wide/Tele) with a single tap.When shooting RAW photos, you may now save just the RAW file without the additional JPEG file. A new settings option that dims the screen while capturing long exposure photos. It prevents „light pollution“ caused by reflected light from your screen in LowLight Plus camera mode (LUX+).

ProCamera does a lot more too. Below are a list of its features –

– vividHDR – the world’s best HDR on iOS, enables you to take photos with more details in highlights and shadows – now with Scene Analysis for true-to-life colors. No tripod needed, capture brillant images every time, and even snap moving objects in full detail.

– LOWLIGHT PLUS – Capture stunning photos in low light with minimal noise, or use the long exposure feature to make your night shots truly come to life. Up to 64 exposures merged into one shot.

– INCREASED CAMERA CONTROL – The independent Focus and Exposure points create fast and intuitive control in photo and video modes. Or set exposure (EV) swiftly with easy swipe control.

– PRO CONTROL – Set specific values for exposure time, ISO sensitivity and white balance (colour temperature & tint). In Priority Mode, either dial in preferred shutter speed or ISO value, and ProCamera does the rest. Manually focus with easy swipe control.

– PRO EDITING WITH 78 FILTERS & EFFECTS – Editing on a new level: Seamlessly swipe between custom filters and an impressive array of editing tools.

– HD & 4K VIDEO – frame rates range from cinematic 24 fps to 240 fps for stunning slow-mo videos. Record in UHD (4K) resolution (iPhone 6s and above).

– Extras – FULL SCREEN TRIGGER, Broad range of capture formats (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1, 3:1, Golden Ratio, 5:4) use maximum screen real estate for accurate composition.

– APPLE WATCH – Remotely control ProCamera on your iPhone.

– SHARE – Facebook, Twitter, EyeEm, and Instagram (with SquarePrepare function & support of high-res exports). Upload to DropBox and Vimeo.

– Other – RAW, TIFF, RAPID FIRE MODE, ANTI SHAKE, 3D TILTMETER, SELF TIMER and INTERVALOMETER, FAST STARTUP SPEED, VOLUME TRIGGER, HISTOGRAM, DIGITAL ZOOM, Adobe CREATIVE CLOUD connected, HAPTIC FEEDBACK, distraction free FULLSCREEN MODE, GRAY CARD CALIBRATION, SLOW-MOTION video player, dedicated LIGHTBOX, MANUAL, CODE SCANNER, EXIF/VideoMetaData Viewer, PHOTO COMPASS, and much more.

The app costs £3.99, however in reality you need to spend 2 x £2.49 (one for HDR, the other Low Light) and £0.79 for the San Fran filter pack. The app should just be priced at £9.99.

So as an example, using the low light mode on the church to reduce noise, I got the follow photo below.

ProCamera lowlight mode - less noise

And finally, just to give you an idea what happens when you post process a raw shot, the first photo was edited in Adobe Lightroom for iOS and shown below.

ProCamera Photo mode raw edited

Personally, I do believe the developer is not being totally upfront honest with the cost of the app and it is one of the more expensive options. However, it does do some wonderful tricks with computational photography and it is one of my favourite photography apps.

Useful Links

ProCamera on iTunes
Details on Low Cost Camera Bags & Tripods
More information on the DJI Osmo Mobile 3-Axis Gimbal

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Create Studio Quality Photo Collages on iOS with Adobe Photoshop Express

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Last night Adobe Photoshop Express on iOS received a huge update. It now features making studio quality collages. These are way ahead of most other apps as the collages using Adobe Photoshop Express are high-quality collages with intelligent layout and style transfer automation choices. The update also features Google photo integration, letting you select and import images from a Google Photos account, edit them in Photoshop Express, and share or export them.

Adobe Photoshop Express Collages helps you create studio-calibre layouts in 5-7 taps.

FEATURES:
• Access images on your mobile device, Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Facebook, and now Google Photos.
• New Adobe-only features like “Intelligent Layout” and “Style Transfer” help you automatically create stunning share-worthy collages in a single tap.
OR
• Pick any photo in the collage, and manually edit it however you like:
– Hold and drag to swap photo position, pinch to zoom in or out, or drag the handles to resize.
– Double tap to pan and zoom.
– Adjust/fix a single image, and apply any look.
– Change border thickness and color.
– Undo and try again
• Easily save and print your collage or even text / email the file.
• 1-tap share with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and WhatsApp.

However, you can do even more by switching to the other free Adobe Photoshop apps:

• Photoshop Mix — Cut out and combine elements from different images, blend layers, and apply looks on your iPad or iPhone — anywhere you are.
• Photoshop Fix — Edit facial features, heal, lighten, liquefy, colour and adjust your images to perfection — and then easily share them across other Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps.
• Lightroom Mobile – Capture, edit, organise and share professional quality images from your smartphone or tablet.

Source – iTunes

Pocket Casts for iOS – Details of the Big Update

The developers of the superb Pocket Casts app have been working on a huge update for iOS. The android version has been updated ages ago and includes many features not found on the iOS version.

In a recent blog post, Shifty Jelly the developers explained what has happened with Pocket Casts for iOS and why it has been delayed by several months.

Fast forward to September and things seemed to be tracking well. Both Pocket Weather and Pocket Casts were cruising along, and we felt fairly confident in our estimates. So we did what any tech company does in this case, we published a blog post. In it we (foolishly, in hindsight) said we’d ship both Pocket Casts and Pocket Weather before 2015 was done. There was a real buzz at Shifty Jelly, this was going to be an awesome set of releases!

After the holiday period, we regrouped in January. Jeff would spend as much time as he could give us working on version 5.2, which added a dedicated full screen iPad interface, and I went back to work on Pocket Casts.

I’m working on it full time now, 5 days a week. When will it be out? When it’s ready. I’m sorry. It is however being worked on today, and tomorrow, and every day after that until it’s ready. It’s our core focus, our singular mission. So if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to coding.

So basically the app is being worked on full time and will be ready when its ready. As they say, better late than never. For the full transcript hit the source link below.

Source – Shifty Jelly

All Latest Reviews from Gavin’s Gadgets – Phones, Headphones, Apps, Cameras and More

Below are all latest reviews that have published on Gavin’s Gadgets. There are plenty more reviews in the pipeline including the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, new headphones, app reviews, Netatmo Welcome, Netatmo Wind Sensor, and much much more.

If you have a product that you would like me to review, please get in touch.

App Reviews

ProCamera + HDR for iOS – review

Note Tapper for Apple Watch – review

HeartWatch for iOS – review

HeartWatch 2 for iOS – review

Audio / Personal HiFi / Headphone reviews

Pioneer XDP-100R – DAP – review

iBasso DX80 plus using with Chord Mojo – review

Chord Mojo – review

Lindy BNX-60 – Bluetooth Headphones review

Ted Baker Rockall Headphones – review

Sony MDR-1RNC – Noise Cancelling headphones – review

Tascam Trackpad US 2×2 – Review

Connected / Security devices- Reviews

Fake TV – review

miGuard A105 DIY Security System review

The new Apple TV – review

The Apple Watch – One Month Review

Smartphone / iPad Pro – reviews

Asus Zenfone Zoom – review

LG V10 H960 – review

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact – review

Apple iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, Pencil – review

Motorola Moto X Style – review

Huawei G8 – review

Heartwatch 2 for iOS – My favourite Apple Watch just got a massive update – mini review 

It was only about a week ago and I reviewed Heartwatch for iOS. Click HERE to recap on the mini review. 

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And just like that along comes Heartwatch 2 for iOS and what a huge update it is. 

HeartWatch 2 introduces heart badges. These are a simple glanceable graphic that lets you quickly see how your heart is doing for different types of events. The colours represent time in zones overlayed with an average.

For regular heart rate readings, the ideal is to have a completely blue badge. The bigger the red ring around the badge, the more time spent with an elevated heart rate. Even though averages can appear to be similar, the badge shows a clear picture of how your heart has really been tracking and alerts you about excessively high or low readings.

PhoneBadges

For workouts, you can easily see the zonal makeup of your workout at a glance.

If you own an Apple Watch there is now an intelligent complication. When your iPhone detects a new high heart rate, it displays it on your Watch face. This links in to the fast Watch app. No spinning cursor. No waiting. Press the complication and an instant background update has you seeing your latest heart rate and a summary of your day.

You can also capture key HealthKit measurements just by saying them, take notes about your day and track sleep. Even take your waking pulse.

The watch app changes how it looks when you are working out to help you stay in your training zone. Just start your workout as usual using your favourite app. Your readings are big & colour keyed by zone. Red is intense, yellow is fitness, green is fat burning, aqua is health etc. You’ll never see “Measuring…” again.

Whether you are looking for heart rate irregularities or checking on your workout progress, HeartWatch makes things very easy via a 12 week big picture.

If you aren’t too concerned about sleep cycles and phases, and just want an idea of how you slept, HeartWatch analyses restless vs basal energy captured by the Watch whilst asleep and shows your “battery charge” for last night and the trailing week. It even overlays this over your heart rate readings for easy cross reference.

Then of course there are all the features from version 1 along with notifications. This app really adds a lot of value if you own an Apple Watch.

To read more about Heartwatch 2 for iOS head over to the Apple App Store.