This is from last week but Tera Thomas O’Brien nails the future of smartphone photography.
Machine learning is all the rage these days and Google can apply professional level photo enhancements right on a smartphone, and make changes so fast they’re done before you look at the photo. Google and MIT call it Deep Bilateral Learning for Real-Time Image Enhancement. I call it disruption because it cuts out the middle man– in this case, photo enhancement tools. Think of it as computational photography rather than using a camera and an editor.
Computational photography is here already and getting better each year. Soon nearly any photo you take with an iPhone or high end Samsung Galaxy smartphone will be nearly professional level.