Category: Camera Phones

Friday, September 19, 2014

Relonch Camera Hands-on Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Photokina 2014
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Want to see exactly what the new Relonch camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Relonch camera.

The Relonch camera adds an APS-C sensor and an f/2 lens to your smartphone. Importantly, this is not a working prototype but a mockup. The working one is just a hodgepodge of existing parts, with a much bigger lens taped to a rather different-looking camera body. The app, shown in the photos, seemed to be final though. The Relonch Camera is available now for pre-Order for $499.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sony QX1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony QX1 smart lens camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony QX1 smart lens camera.

Sony QX30 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Sony QX30 smart lens camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony QX30 smart lens camera.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX CM1 Smart Camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LUMIX CM1 Smart Camera.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is a new phablet boasting a 5.5" Full HD display with a resolution of 401 pixels per inch. The largest Apple smartphone to date, the iPhone 6 Plus has an 8-megapixel iSight camera with an f/2.2 lens, True Tone flash, optical image stabilisation and a new sensor featuring on-chip phase detection AF. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus can shoot Full HD videos at 30 or 60fps and lower-resolution movies at up to 240fps for slow-motion playback. Other photo-related improvements include next-generation local tone mapping, improved face detection and advanced noise reduction. Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, the iPhone 6 Plus can be yours from 19th September for $299, $399 and $499 respectively (on a two-year contract).

Apple iPhone 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 6 is a new iOS 8-powered smartphone boasting a 4.7-inch, 326ppi Retina HD display and an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 lens plus a new sensor featuring so-called "Focus Pixels" for what appears to be on-chip phase-detection AF. This technology promises faster focusing and better focus tracking when shooting subjects in motion. Other photography-related highlights include next-generation local tone mapping, improved face detection, advanced noise reduction, an easy-to-use time-lapse photography function, video recording at 120fps and 240fps for slo-mo playback, and "cinematic" video stabilisation (albeit no OIS as that feature is reserved for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus). The Retina HD display on the iPhone 6 has 1334x750 pixels and offers 100% coverage of the sRGB colour space. In addition, "dual-domain" pixels on the photo-aligned IPS display give you a wider angle of view, the company says. On a two-year contract, the 16GB model can be yours for $199, the 64GB variant for $299 and the 128GB version for $399. The Apple iPhone 6 will be available from 19th September.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Nokia Lumia 830

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Microsoft has announced the Nokia Lumia 830 smartphone, which features a 10-megapixel camera module with an optical image stabiliser. The Windows Phone 8.1-driven Nokia Lumia 830 has a Zeiss-branded f/2.2 lens and a 1/3.4"-type CMOS imager, and is capable of recording 4K movies and 10-megapixel photographs in DNG format. Other highlights include wireless charging, a 2200mAh battery and a 5-inch 720p display. The Lumia 830 will be available later this month, for about €330.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy is a 5.7-inch "phablet" with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 4K movie recording and a 16-megapixel rear-facing samera with a Smart Optical Image Stabiliser. Other photography-related highlights include HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More and a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/1.9 lens. The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold, and Blossom Pink in global markets from October .

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Official Sony QX1 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Sony have released three high-resolution sample images captured with the new ILCE-QX1 camera. Taken at ISO100/21° and ISO200/24°, these Sony QX1 samples can be downloaded from the website below.

Website: Sony Global

Sony ILCE-QX1 and DSC-QX30

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony ILCE-QX1 is a new lens-style camera that allows you to use an E-mount lens with your smartphone. The Sony ILCE-QX1 has an APS-C size Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixels, BIONZ X processor, advanced camera features including RAW image files, and even a pop-up flash. The compact DSC-QX30 keeps things crisp and clear with its powerful 30x optical zoom lens, supported by Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation that helps eliminate blurring.

Shipping as standard with the ILCE-QX1 and available as an optional accessory for all other QX models, the FSK1 Free Angle Shooting Kit includes a tilt adaptor and a grip, allowing you to shoot from low or high angles or take effortless selfies.

The QX1 (£249) and QX30 (£249) lens-style cameras and new colour variations of QX10 are available to pre-order now from http://www.sony.co.uk. The QX10 colour variants and QX30 are available in the UK from the end of September 2014 and QX1 and FSK1 (£25) from October 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a new smartphone featuring a metal frame and a 12-megapixel camera module. Other photography-related highlights include a 31mm equivalent f/2.2 lens, a LED flash, 4K movies and a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen. Built-in photo features include a panorama mode, selective focus and Beauty Face functions and HDR exposure blending. Powered by Android 4.4.4, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha comes with an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a fingerprint sensor, USB 2.0 connectivity and an 1860mAh battery.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sony #XperiaSpots

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Sony’s smartphone division has launched the #XperiaSpots project to inspire tourists to take better photos with their phones. The project has been initiated in partnership with Mimi Chan and Utsavi Jhaveri, who made global news earlier this year when they pinpointed the best location for tourists to capture New York and San Francisco. Sony has now brought the pair to the UK where they have applied the same painstaking process to three cities here. Chan and Jahven have placed distinctive ‘footstep’ marks near the most photographed places in London, Manchester, and Birmingham including the London Eye, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The Birmingham Library, and The Beetham Tower. For more information on how to become part of #XperiaSpots for a chance to win the latest Sony smartphone photography tech, visit the website below.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Microsoft Rolls Out Lumia Cyan Software Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Microsoft Devices have started rolling out the Lumia Cyan software update to Nokia Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8. Among other improvements, the Lumia Cyan update incorporates an enhanced Nokia Camera app and renewed Camera Roll, as well as an updated Storyteller app and Living Images. If your smartphone hasn't alerted you to the update yet, you can perform a manual check by going to Settings -> Phone update. The update can be downloaded and installed straight from that screen.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Microsoft Announce Lumia 930 UK Release Date

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Microsoft Devices have just announced the UK release date of the new Lumia 930 smartphone, which features a 20-megapixel camera module with optical image stabilisation and dual LED flash. Shipping with Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 930 will go on sale with UK retailers from the 17th of July and will be available from Vodafone, EE, Phones4U, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Tesco and Amazon. It will also be widely available across other UK High Street and online retailers in a range of vibrant colours including bright orange, bright green and black. Phones4U will stock the Lumia 930 exclusively in white. The handset will be available from £33/month on contract.

Monday, June 16, 2014

100 Days of Family

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Samsung has announced a new digital campaign which will showcase the potential of the Galaxy K Zoom. ‘100 Days of Family’ will celebrate the diversity of modern British family life by inviting 50 families from across the country to tell their unique stories through the lens of the Samsung Galaxy K zoom. Featured families won’t just be parents with young children – the campaign will also capture families in the wider sense – aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, pets and the like. Samsung’s Speak Pictures hub will be refreshed every week over the 100 days with content from new families. “Our strategy with this campaign is to highlight the unique camera capabilities of our latest smartphone, the Galaxy K zoom,” says Ines van Gennip, Marketing Director, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK. “We know from our research that especially families are looking to combine the practicalities of a smartphone with the benefits of a very advanced camera that capture those special moments of their lives, like Father’s day, that they can share together. 100 Days of Family is all about bringing that to life in an interactive way that is relevant to that audience with the Galaxy K zoom.”

Friday, May 30, 2014

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, a smartphone with 10x optical zoom, will go on sale in the United Kingdom tomorrow, 31st May. Boasting a remarkably slim and chic body with a 20.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Full HD video, and a Xenon flash; the Galaxy K Zoom will be available from selected online and high street retailers, including Samsung Experience Stores and Carphone Warehouse.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LG G3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The LG G3 is an Android 4.4.2-powered smartphone with a 13-megapixel camera, f/2 lens, Optical Image Stabiliser, laser-assisted AF and a 5.5-inch, 538ppi touchscreen. The laser-assisted auto focus system enables the G3 to capture the best moment — even in low light — by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam. LG also simplified the process of actually capturing those special moments. Rather than having to focus on the subject in preview mode and then pressing the shutter button, with the G3, tapping the subject to focus will simultaneously also trigger the shutter. The LG G3 will begin rolling out worldwide on over 170 carriers, with UK availability from 1st July 2014.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lumia Win Win Project

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Competitions, Websites
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Microsoft Devices have launched the Lumia Win Win Project, a campaign aiming to reward the Lumia photographic community. The project encourages Lumia owners to enter 10 top photography competitions including the Pulitzer and IPA (International Photography Awards). Those who win any of these competitions with a photo shot on a Lumia phone will see their competition prize doubled by Microsoft. "If you win, we’ll match your prize money," the company says. "Together, we’ll change the way smartphone photography is perceived, while you get double the love. It really is a win win."As a part of the campaign, Microsoft Devices will be providing weekly photography tips on a dedicated community website called Shot on My Lumia. Lumia owners will be able to upload their shots, the best of which will be given an exemplary badge ranging in categories from ‘Foodie’ to ‘Traveller’.

Friday, May 9, 2014

BBK Vivo Xshot

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Vivo Xshot is an Android "phablet" with an f/1.8 lens. Manufactured by BBK, one of the biggest Chinese smartphone manufacturers, the Vivo Xshot has a 13-megapixel main camera with a head-turning f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation, dual LED flash, physical shutter release and 4K movie recording. It also has an impressive secondary camera with an 8-meegapixel sensor, 720p video and a LED flash, a 2,600mAh battery and a 5.2" Full HD touchscreen. The BKK Vivo Xshot will be available in two versions from the end of this month, priced at around CN¥3,500 and CN¥3,000. There is currently no word on international availability and pricing.

Via Engadget

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Huawei Ascend P7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Huawei Ascend P7 is an ultra-slim 4G/LTE-capable Android smartphone with two camera modules. The main camera has a 13-megapixel back-illuminated sensor, an f/2 lens and a flash, whilst the front-facing camera features an unusually high resolution of 8 megapixels for selfie enthusiasts. Other highlights include a 5-inch, 445ppi Full HD touchscreen, 'Voice Photo' function, quad-core 1.8GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and a 2,500mAh battery. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Huawei Ascend P7 carriees a recommended retail price of €449.