Thursday, October 21, 2021

The cosmic photography of the iPhone 13 is spectacular; Android, sadly for Apple, is … real

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By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about smartphones that are able to take great pictures in low light. While this is certainly a nice advancement from the almighty flash, which was pretty much our only option a few years ago, there are bigger, better things.

The iPhone 13, soon to be in the pockets of millions around the world, was expected to join an elite group of smartphones that value taking pictures of the stars and the moon!

The biggest “hint” about astrophotography on iPhone 13 we got was Apple’s own “California streaming” poster, as well as a video teaser, released upon the event announcement. The night sky over California and the whole glowing date surely meant the teaser had to be hinting at a few things:

Well, to my surprise, we got… macro photography (that’s true)! So, Apple pulled a cheeky prank on everyone – exactly what I did with the title of this story. Sorry! But hold on! Don’t go yet! Let me show you what Astrophotography on iPhone 13 could’ve looked like, if it’d happened.

California trolling: What is Astrophotography

Before we get to the pictures, let’s say that astrophotography on smartphones was made cool by the Google Pixel 4 series, and since then, we’ve seen a number of phones that try to mimic this feature – some with greater success than others.

The way astrophotography works, at least on the Pixel, is by taking multiple-exposure photos (the phone does it automatically) and then stacking them together in order to remove noise, ghosting, as well as star trails.

Speaking of star trails, there’s another device that has a similar feature. In fact, it’s quite a few of them. Huawei’s flagship phones have become synonymous with just about any kind of photography, and their special Light Painting mode can go a long Huawei (I apologize).

That’s right! The almost-three-year-old Huawei P30 Pro still has some of the best camera hardware, even in 2021. It has a relatively large camera sensor (1/1.7-inch), ultra-wide aperture (f1.6), and Huawei’s excellent post-processing. I was able to take the pictures you see without a tripod – by simply… pressing the shutter button in regular photo mode! I had to hold the phone still for about 2-3 seconds, as the phone was “sharpening the image”. In other words – I just took a photo – an ordinary photo, which looks anything but ordinary. The astronomical photography of the iPhone 13 is incredible: that of Android, unfortunately for Apple, is … real
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