Posts Tagged ‘Camera’

How to Take a Picture of the Moon with a Smartphone

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

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If you’ve ever tried to take a picture of the night sky with your smartphone, it’s pretty clear that the moon never looks as good in photos as it doesn’t in person. However with the increase of innovation in the tech industry, handset cameras are becoming more high quality. This means you don’t need to break the bank to get a high definition photograph. Whether you are on a romantic night out or hanging with friends at a beach bonfire, here are some tips to help you improve your photography and best capture your memories.


Night Sky Photography Tips:

  1. Clean your lens. Thumbprints can obstruct a good image so give your lens a wipe with a lint-free cloth before heading out.
  2. Steady your hand or use a tripod to ensure a clear image.
  3. Plan your timing. The moon is most visible as it is rising so try your luck at the beginning of the night.
  4. Pinch and zoom to frame and then make sure your flash is off.
  5. Want even more control over your quality? Download a specialized camera app. This will allow you to manually adjust things like ISO and shutter speed.
  6. Check if your phone has advanced photography features. Some handsets have a Night Mode in their camera settings that elevate camera performance.


Best Handset Cameras

Unlocked Mobiles carries the best handsets on the marketplace at industry competitive prices. But how do you narrow down your search to find the phones with the best cameras for your personal and professional use? If camera quality and ability is your number one priority when buying your new handset, I recommend checking out these Unlocked Mobiles Best Sellers:

  1. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  3. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
  4. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  6. Sony Xperia 1
  7. Samsung Galaxy S10

The Big Reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Samsung Mobile’s biggest launch of the year happened at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event on January 14 at 7am PT/ January 15th at 3am GMT. The new features and design of the premium flagship smartphone were announced globally, finally putting an end to the mass speculation from Android users everywhere. Did the reveal live up to the buzz? We certainly think so. We’ll break down everything you need to know about this year’s flagship Samsung smartphone.


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Samsung’s Promise
Samsung has promised that their new mobile technology will change the ordinary into the extraordinary. They posted this statement on their website following the release of the event date: “Over the past year, mobile technology has taken center stage in everyday life as people are working remotely and spending more time at home.The accelerated transition to a mobile-first world brings with it the need for devices that can transform everyday life into an extraordinary experience.” Samsung has committed to elevating the experience of remote work, with a special emphasis on life during the Covid-19 pandemic. With nearly 1/3 of people in the UK workforce continuing to work from home, this new flagship smartphone could change the game.

Mass Speculation
A quick teaser video on the Samsung Mobile Twitter page completely disrupted the tech community. The video has generated upward of 22 million views, as of January 8th, 2021. Mass speculation around the potential release of a new camera model has followed its release. You can watch the video for yourself here. Did the camera innovations on the S21 models live up to the hype? It certainly did for the Ultra variant.

The Best Camera on a Smartphone
The 2021 flagship smartphone comes in three versions- the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21+, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Each variant has premium and advanced specs, however the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the ground-breaking camera release of the series. It hosts a 108MP primary camera with two 10MP telephone shooters (3X and 5X or 10X optical zoom) plus a 12MP ultra-wide lens with laser autofocus and Dual Pixel autofocus. Filming in an action- packed environment? The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has a Super Steady feature that softens bumps in fast-paced frames for smoother footage. The Samsung S21 Ultra also offers premiere 8K video filming and an 8K Video Snap feature that allows for crips screenshots within recordings. It’s picture perfect.

Cutting-Edge Design and Processor
Don’t let the cameras take all the spotlight, the new Galaxy S21 models also have cutting-edge durability and the fastest processor in a Samsung phone. The new flagships smartphones have a striking new design, featuring innovative protective durability and a bold contour-cut body. All S21 models are IP68-certified and designed to scratch less and provide display-wide drop- coverage with the toughest Gorilla Glass ever in a Galaxy smartphone. Not only is it durable, it is also fast. The S21 series has Galaxy’s fastest processor yet so you can quick and powerful function. With powerful and long-lasting batteries ranging from 4000mAh to 5000mAh, depending on model variant, you won’t need to worry about your battery life. Want to stay up-to- date with advancing mobile connectivity? The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is bringing 5G connectivity to the Galaxy family.

Want a Sim-Free, transparent, and cost-effective way to get Samsung’s advanced flagship smartphones? You can order the Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21+, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra on Unlocked Mobiles today.


Take part in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Photography Challenge

Monday, April 30th, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus offer a golden combination of water resistant design and top knotch photography capabilities which allow you to capture the shot in any condition.

Here’s 5 challenges to try out with your Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus:

Double Vision

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Take a friend and find a reflective surface, be it a shop window, a puddle or any other shiny surface.

Then, decide how much of your friend you want to show. You could try showing all of the reflection and just some of the person, or just the reflection–or both. Play around for the best effect.


Neon Lights

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Take a walk and locate a colourful neon sign at street level and have a friend strike a pose.  Use the light from the sign to light their face. Tap the screen to focus on your friend, drag the brightness scale left or right to darken or lighten, and then shoot.


The Aura

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Want to know how to create your very own colour filter? All you need is some glow sticks. Hold the sticks close to the camera lens and play around with their positioning. Now, tap the screen to focus on a friend, drag the brightness scale left or right to darken or lighten, and then shoot.

The Halo

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Get ‘The Halo’ effect with car headlights. Position a friend between you and stationary car headlights. Make sure they block the lights entirely for a stunning halo effect around their silhouette. Experiment with different poses and try shooting from a crouched position—not at eye height—for a more dramatic effect.


The Silhouette

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The best time for capturing a stunning silhouette is Golden Hour—the hour before sunset. Have a friend stand in front of the colourful sky and start snapping. Try different poses and move your camera around until you get a shot you like.

Purchase the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus today and get snapping! Don’t forget to tag us on instagram for a regram on our feed!


Nokia 8: Dual Rear Camera Video Review

Friday, January 19th, 2018

As the first real Nokia-branded high-end device launched for a while, the Nokia 8 device offers Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 5.3 inch WQHD display, 4GB Ram and expandable memory and some impressive photographic features.

Pairing two camera sensors together, you’ll enjoy dual 13MP sensors (an RGB lens and the other is a monochrome shooter, with f/2.0 aperture.) Both front and rear cameras are equipped with ZEISS optics, meaning every snapshot moment becomes a story worth sharing.

Another interesting addition is the ‘Bothie mode, a Dual-Sight camera option that harnesses both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual.

Check out our latest YouTube Video for more Camera details of the Nokia 8.

Purchase the Nokia 8 today, sim free, with UK and international delivery.


Capture a Perfect Night-time Selfie on the beautifully designed Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Offering a stand out camera combination, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra is still a firm favourite for Photography enthusiasts and those who enjoy capturing the perfect selfie.

Boasting an advanced 16 megapixel selfie cam, with Sony’s renowned low-light sensors you’ll be able to achieve sharp, bright, blur-free shots every time. The built in smart selfie flash will naturally illuminate your face for night scene selfies, whilst the OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) wil counter hand shake.

Take hands free Selfies with the Hand Shutter feature; simply raise a hand and the shutter timer will start to count down, leaving you enough time to strike a perfect pose.

But the camera offerings aren’t the only reason to check out Sony’s flagship handset. Check out our 5 reasons to buy the Sony Xperia XA Ultra:

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The ‘Best Smartphone Camera Yet’ is in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Google released the Pixel and Pixel XL this week, boasting ’the best smartphone camera they’ve ever made.’

With a DxOMark Mobile score of 89, the handsets offer a great example of what’s possible when great hardware meets great software. Both Pixel handsets offer a 12.3 megapixel main rear camera, with an f/2.0 aperture and huge 1.55 micron pixels, allowing you to capture the moment in even the lowest lit situations.

Packed full of features, the Pixel cameras will ensure you never miss a shot again. Smartburst allows you to capture action shots by shooting a rapid-fire sequence and then automatically selects the best one. Use Lens Blur to achieve shallow depth of field and bokeh effects, or use the new exposure controls to make your subject glow.

Pre-order the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL Sim Free, available with UK and international delivery.


Blur the background with Huawei’s Wide Aperture Mode on the Huawei P9

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Just one click into Instagram and you’ll be faced with beautifully shot images taking advantage of depth of field to focus the eye on what’s important. You may be forgiven for thinking you need to fork out for the best DSLR Camera to achieve this effect, but this isn’t the case.

Take the Huawei P9 device, with Huawei’s Wide Aperture Mode and you’ll be instagramming like a pro.

What is Wide Aperture mode and why should I use it?

Wide aperture mode lets you take photographs with a shallow depth of field as well as adjust the focal point of a captured photo to blur the background and make your subject more prominent.

How do I use Wide Aperture mode?

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  1. On the home screen, touch Camera.
  2. Touch Wide aperture to use wide aperture mode.
  3. Touch anywhere on the screen to focus.
  4. Drag the slider to adjust the aperture.
  5. Touch the Shutter button to take a photo.
  6. Touch the Preview button to view the photo.

How do I edit my photos?

You can change the focal point (and therefore the blurred background) even after you have captured your image. Here’s how:


  1. On the preview screen, touch Wide aperture effects.
  2. Touch anywhere on the screen to refocus the photo.
  3. Drag the slider to adjust the aperture.
  4. Touch the Save button to save the photo to the Gallery.

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Capture Incredible Photos without blur on the Sony Xperia XZ

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Sony’s really packing a punch with the camera tech squeezed into the upmarket Sony Xperia XZ. Highlights include:


Promising the best of Sony digital imaging technology, the Xperia XZ offers sharper photos with more detail and less noise thanks to the Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor. The BIONZ™ image processing engine provides greater clarity and adjusts colours, whilst the G Lens lets you take bright shots even in low light.


Offering an incredible 23megapixel camera, the Xperia XZ will allow you to capture pictures in true-to-life colours of moments in motion, even in challenging low light situations.


The innovative Steady Shot feature xompensates camera shake in any direction, so you shoot smooth videos, even when you are really close to the object.


Get everyone in the shot with wide-angle selfies and less blur in low light. A massive 13 megapixel front camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor and 22mm lens will make sure you and your friends capture the perfect selfie.

Other appealing features include  a 5.2” Full HD 1080p display,  3GB RAM, 32GB memory with microSD™ slot up to 256GB, Fingerprint sensor on power button, IP65/681 rating, Hi-Res Audio with Digital Noise Cancelling capabilities.

Pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ (or the smaller Sony Xperia X Compact) Sim Free today.




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