It’s 2015. There are currently a billion camera phones in the world. If you had said that statement 20 years ago, the likely response would have been, “what’s a camera phone?” Technology has come a very long way. As a society we’ve transitioned into a mobile one and digital photography has become a common hobby due to the sophisticated mobile devices now available. We are now capable of taking professional-level photographs, uploading and editing instantly and sharing our work/life with the world. A new territory has emerged where just about anyone with a smartphone can master photography. Mobile photography has pushed some of the greatest mobile tech innovation to ever exist and the momentum is carrying on at rapid pace.
With immediate access to a multitude of social platforms by phone or smart device, people have embraced a culture of sharing their lives through pictures and videos. A story can be told by an Instagram post, a Snapchat clip, a YouTube video and a Facebook photo album, all of which allow for a connection to take place among a network of individuals no matter where they are. This has pioneered an easy way to keep up with the lives of friends and family. In order to maintain this sought-after need to share in real-time, camera technology within smart devices along with mobile graphics for viewing have been a top consideration for tech innovators when creating mobile devices as well as a major factor of consideration for when consumers purchase these gadgets. Advanced mobile device graphics have been born in the past decade that are powered by powerhouse processors like the Snapdragon graphics processing unit. GPUs are integral to ensuring that the streaming speed and functionality of video viewing, image processing, and picture snapping are executed quickly and smoothly and project the sharpest, smoothest visuals.
Camera Advancement & Editing Applications
A built-in 16 megapixel, 10x zoom, point-and-shoot has become standard industry camera specs among smart devices. Digital cameras are losing a place in the market because consumers are now looking for an all-in-one device that has both a superior camera and ability to communicate via texts, call or social media. Furthermore, the market for smartphone camera accessories such as various attachable lenses provide additional enhancement for users to take their photography to the next level while at the same time lets them keep the mobility and lightness smartphones provide. Last but not least, simple-to-use photo editing applications like Aviary, PicStitch, and Snapseed have risen in popularity and put the process of fixing a photograph into a completely different ballpark—you can do a photoshoot and have a pseudo post-production session all on your phone. To add, the ultimate retina screen displays have started to accompany the visually focused activity, giving way for precise editing to take place. Not only is the production of capturing a story streamlined, but the addition of being able to share the photo instantaneously really just seals the deal for how camera phones are starting to replace traditional cameras all together.
Cloud Storage vs. Upload
Mobile photographers have gained the huge advantage being able to skip the daunting upload step that normally ensues when taking pictures on a separate camera device. Smartphone technology has progressed to alleviate the task of storing pictures with automatic cloud storage and syncing, and places pictures and videos taken on desired devices, right away. Additionally, storage capacity on these smart mobile devices continues to grow to cater to expanding demand from budding smartphone photographers.
Everyday people are becoming amateur photographers thanks to the high quality of mobile devices equipped with excellent cameras. The evolution of point-and-shoot camera to smartphone camera is nothing short of amazing if looking at it from a technology perspective, and the ability and desire to socially share in a visual manner has fueled innovation after innovation in terms of graphics processing and camera device technology. This fairly fresh relationship between mobile photographer and mobile graphics is proving to be a strong one that is moving forward in full force for a more visually beautiful, shared world.