Siri and selfies help bring out the best in smartphone cameras


It’s hard to believe that cameras, specifically the ones used by smartphones, have evolved at such a fast pace. It was only a little more than a decade ago when the main reason for owning a phone was communication, and cellular phones paved the way for BlackBerries which were mainly for sending e-mails. When the iPhone came out in 2009, it changed our perception of what a phone could be like and that includes its cameras. Nowadays, whether it’s for documenting memories or gathering content for one’s social media accounts, cameras are one of the most important features of a smartphone and have stepped up as an irreplaceable part of the package. 

Siri gives you Knowledge at your fingertips

It seems like the best advancements have not arrived yet when it comes to smartphone cameras, as more add-ons and innovations that improve the overall quality of cameras continue with each new generation of devices. With the release of Apple’s iOS 15, it’s now possible for your phone to identify what’s in your picture thanks to geolocation. For example, taking a picture of a tree or a flower will lead you to information about what you took. Siri Knowledge uses searching the web and apps you already have on your phone to give you the most accurate information possible. 

It’s obvious that this will only be the beginning. Could we see the likes of animal or person identifiers thanks to Siri Knowledge down the road? It might sound surreal now but it’s definitely the next step logically. There might come a time Siri and our cameras can tell things apart better than we do!

But, first — let me take a selfie…

One of the most fun things to do with your phone camera is to take selfies! It’s no secret that that’s what the front-facing cameras are for. Here are three useful tips to get the most out of your selfie-taking!

  1. Hold the camera up at 45 degrees

Contrary to popular belief, there is a right angle to hold your cameras when taking a selfie. If you want the best angle possible, then you would want to hold it at 45 degrees in front of you! Use pouty duckfaces at your own discretion.

  1. The timer is your best friend

If you’re unable to push the button to take a picture, you can always set a timer. These timers usually last 3 seconds and are perfect for when you have to set the camera just right. If you’re with a bunch of friends or at a family reunion, giving everyone 3 seconds to prepare and show their best smiles will be a life-saver!

  1. A secret lies with the down button!

A little known fact when it comes to the volume buttons on our phones is that the down button (the one you use to minimize the sound) can be used to shoot a picture for you! If pushing the bright button at the lower part of your screen isn’t your thing, the down button gives you a more freeing way to take your photos. Plus, you can continuously push it and photos come out at a faster rate!

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