The mobile processor has transformed the world of photography. While there are many areas to point to, this largely comes down to three words: small, fast, powerful. While lighting, lenses and a great eye still make up the backbone of photography, advances in this critical technology have allowed cameras to become faster, smaller, focus more rapidly, extend battery life and generally perform in ways that allow even novices to take tremendous photos. When put into the hands of true artists, this power truly comes to life in the form of stunning visual displays.
The following factors are some of the ways in which mobile processors on the market today have helped take photography to the next level.
The Need for Speed
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Mobile processors today must have the right combination of speed, power and efficiency in order to properly document sporting events, concerts, conferences and other live events — both for professionals and amateurs alike. Whereas five years ago, just getting a non-blurry image of a birthday party was sufficient, these days, people demand a level of speed that allows them to walk away with high-quality images of fast-paced events. That is only possible if the underlying processor is quick enough for the camera to hit its perform key functions, such as auto-focus and light metering, as the camera maker intended.
Extending Battery Life
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Nothing is more infuriating than running out of juice at the exact moment when you want to snap the perfect Instagram image or record the next viral video. In practice, many people would happily be willing to sacrifice a few megapixels of quality if it meant that their battery wouldn’t run out so quickly. Fortunately, choosing between quality vs. battery life is no longer such a difficult choice, as leading mobile processors now use less energy than ever before. Efficiency has become the name of the game and leaves you shooting longer even under difficult lighting conditions that demand more resources from the camera. In the real world, what this means is that photographers can spend less time worrying about their battery level or tied to a wall socket and devote more attention composing great shots.
Powering Connectivity and Extra Features
Most cameras now have some sort of connectivity feature. But sufficient power is needed in order to connect to Wi-Fi to share your images through social networks or instantly saved them to their iCloud or Google Drive account so you can rest easy knowing they are backing up only works properly. Manufactures have been in an arms race to keep adding such extras, and this has only been possible because the best mobile processors, like Snapdragon from Qualcomm, can now provide the power to both run the core operations and supply the need juice for these additional modern features. And as consumer expectations continue to advance — looking for cutting-edge experiences like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) — this need will only expand.
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While some nostalgia still exists for the olden days of film, there is no question that the technological advances over the past two decades have pushed photography to new heights. On top of quality and convenience, the innovations of processing power and electronics have also helped democratize the art form like never before. In addition to the high-quality prosumer photography equipment that is now widely attainable, everyone now carries a capable lens in their pocket.
No matter what device you are using, the key to getting good photos is being ready to shoot before a fleeting moment disappears forever. And through the speed, power, efficiency and quality that mobile processors now offer, anyone is capable of capturing beautiful photos.