Why do they use different apps to edit pictures? The answer may surprise you.
It may surprise you if you’re a smartphone user, to learn that a smartphone’s camera is the world’s most widely used remote camera. While Google’s Nexus 6P takes a commanding lead, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus comes in slightly behind with a respectable 3 million users using the service for each.
“Most people have a smartphone, they’ve been using it for a while. It’s not really rocket science, but a bit of understanding will be useful.”
The Android smartphone market continues to have the industry’s most passionate following, and Apple’s iOS has recently made a strong showing in that arena too.
“The iPhone has really been winning the mobile camera game, [and] it’s a testament to the quality of the camera that even Apple has said that the iPhone is the best smartphone camera in 2017,” says Robert Kastner, chief executive of mobile photography platform H4lix. “Everyone loves the iPhone—except most people.
“One reason is that smartphones are much more powerful, and there are a lot of advantages that they bring. For example, the camera on a smartphone is typically the only thing that we do. We shoot a lot of action and some sports. It’s not the most powerful camera.”
Kastner tells us that smartphones aren’t just an advantage for photographers. They’re also being used as a “digital black box” when it comes to recording video, and are allowing manufacturers to build a wider range of cameras that work more effectively.
“We’ve been really impressed with Apple’s decision to build such a versatile camera,” he says. “Most people do not have a smartphone, they’ve been using it for a while. It’s not really rocket science, but a bit of understanding will be useful.”
H4lix has spent the past two years working with the US Air Force and the US Coast Guard on a mobile app called Camera Manager.
“I have been building a lot more than just a mobile app since I was a kid. I’ve been building an app that allows any kind of video or image to be recorded at any time and used at any angle without having to worry about capturing a picture for it,” says co-founder Adam Kravitz.
“As a result of this app, we’re able to do anything from shooting a video to putting a selfie to a portrait, which was beyond the capabilities of a