Photography terms defined for smartphone photographers (video)

“We live in an age where the only camera a person might own is the one bolted to the back of their phone.”

That phrase is one you’re likely to hear from us more often. We’re stepping up how we review smartphone cameras. If you caught our Real Camera Review of the Asus ZenFone Zoom, you’ll see we want to produce video reviews similar to how we might review a standalone camera. Determining whether a camera is “good” is more involved than just counting how many megapixels the sensor has.

Smartphones are increasingly providing users tools to control aspects like exposure, saturation, ISO, and offering higher quality output for editing. Any folks who might be unfamiliar with some of these composition and photography terms, this video is a primer to help introduce basic concepts for our future reviews.

White Balance
Shutter Speed
Sensor Size
Depth of Field
Focal Length
Aspect Ratio
Video Resolution
Frame Rate
Bit Rate
Image Stabilization

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About The Author
Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.