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Even if you do not have the latest և largest smartphone, your photography tools may go beyond the most commonly used, such as portrait: low light modes. With a smartly updated operating system, you can have voice-activated photo sessions, create widescreen images, record videos at different playback speeds, and visually search the Internet.

The exact set of features depends on the camera software you are using, as well as the hardware of your phone. Here’s a quick rundown of things you can do with default apps like Google Camera for Android և Apple Camera app for iOS on its iPhones.

Your phone’s virtual assistant can configure some of your operators for fast shooting. For example, just say “OK, Google, take a picture” or “OK, Google, take a selfie” with Google Assistant – – Google Camera appears, displays countdown հետ in the picture. You can also tell the assistant to share photos, start making videos, and do more. Google Assistant is available for Android և iOS.

Apple Siri Assistant also responds to many requests. The software opens the iPhone Camera app if you say, “Hey, y, love, take a picture,” but the real push of the cover button leaves you. Phones running iOS 12 or later can use Apple’s free shortcut app to create a mode that Siri can run on commands.

Bixby, the software assistant for many of Samsung Galaxy phones, commands “take pictures and videos”.

Do you want to shoot too wide to fit on the camera screen? You do not need an extra app or a phone with a wide-angle lens. All you have to do is use the camera’s panorama mode, where you take a series of photos, and the software combines them into one large image.

Open Google Camera – swipe left along the horizontal menu at the bottom of the screen. Click the “Modes” button, select “Panorama” եք press the cover button while moving the phone slowly to take the photo. In the Apple Camera app, swipe left, select Pano, and follow the onscreen instructions. You can also ask Google Assistant or Siri to open the camera in panorama mode.

The Google Camera mode menu also has a Photo Sphere option to rotate the entire area to capture a 360-degree view. On the Photo Sphere screen, tap the cover button և let the software guide you. (Although iOS Pano mode does not go full 360 degrees, the Google Street View app brings Photo Sphere to iPhone).

Google և Apple’s camera software includes modes to add cinematic effects to your video. Time-lapse adjustment speeds up the playback of slow events such as sunsets or storms. Slow motion control usually records, then slows down the action in the video, which adds drama to sports scenes, animal fun videos.

To enter Google Camera settings, slide right from the horizontal menu to Video և Select recording mode: slow motion, normal or timeout with the speed you want. Smaller speeds like 5x are usually better for smaller recordings. In the Apple Camera app, slide to the right of the menu until you reach Time-Lapse or Slow-Mo. Click the quick-click button in the top corner to adjust the speed թույլ speed.

Keeping your phone steady creates better timing video, so consider a tripod if you do not have a solid place to boost your device. And slow motion usually works best outdoors, away from certain lighting that can cause the video to vibrate.

Google Lens is an image recognition application that works with artificial intelligence. And it may already be on your phone as it is included in the Google Camera mode menu in Google Photos Google the Google Lens app for Android. People with iOS devices can find it in Google Photos or the Google App. (Samsung has a similar Bixby Vision app for its phones).

When you point your camera at something (or open a photo you’ve already taken), tap on a noisy Google Lens icon, the software analyzes the image and searches for related information through its web connection. Google Lens can identify animals and plants, search for products, spot attractions, and more.

Google Lens can also և translate text with an image և use augmented reality to display words in your preferred language. It’s not the “universal translator” of science fiction, but it gets there.

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