Category: Camera Phones

Friday, February 24, 2017

LG X power2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The LG X power2, a new smartphone with 5.5" HD In-cell touchscreen, 13-megapixel main camera and integrated 4,500mAh battery, will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The camera features Zero Shutter Lag to eliminate the annoying delay between the time the shutter button is pressed and the image is captured. There's also a front-facing 5-megapixel camera unit with a wide-angle lens and a soft-light LED flash. The camera's Auto Shot mode automatically triggers the front camera’s shutter when a face is detected. Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot read and respond to hand signals, eliminating the need to press the shutter button which is a common cause of blurry photos. And with Quick Share, users can immediately post images to their favourite social media site with just one tap. The LG X power2 will roll out beginning in March in the Latin America followed by key markets in United States, Asia, Europe and other regions. Pricing will be announced at the time of availability.

The LG X power2, a new smartphone with 5.5" HD In-cell touchscreen, 13-megapixel main camera and integrated 4,500mAh battery, will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. The camera features Zero Shutter Lag to eliminate the annoying delay between the time the shutter button is pressed and the image...

Friday, January 13, 2017

HTC U Play

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The HTC U Play is a 5.2" smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera, PDAF and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens. Other notable features include optical image stabilisation, a dual-tone LED flash, HDR and raw image capture, and Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps. The front-facing camera module has a similar set of specifications and offers UltraPixel technology (a form of pixel binning). Powered by an octa-core Mediatek Hello P10 CPU, the HTC U Play comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD memory card). The HTC U Play will be available next month through Dixons Carphone in a range of colours.. Pricing to be confirmed.

The HTC U Play is a 5.2" smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera, PDAF and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens. Other notable features include optical image stabilisation, a dual-tone LED flash, HDR and raw image capture, and Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps. The front-facing camera module has a similar set...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

HTC U Ultra

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The HTC U Ultra is a new phablet with a 5.7" quad-HD display and a 12-megapixel main camera unit. Other photography-related features include an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation, laser-assisted phase-detect auto focus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording with 3D Audio, slow-motion video recording in 720p at 120fps, HDR and raw image capture. The front-facing camera has a 16-megapixel BSI sensor and offers UltraPixel technology (a form of pixel binning) and Full HD video recording capabilities. The phone is powered by a 64-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU and has 4GB of RAM plus either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD memory card. Availability is slated for February. Pricing to be confirmed.

The HTC U Ultra is a new phablet with a 5.7" quad-HD display and a 12-megapixel main camera unit. Other photography-related features include an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation, laser-assisted phase-detect auto focus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording with 3D Audio, slow-motion video recording in 720p at 120fps, HDR and raw...

Friday, December 9, 2016

ExoLens PRO for iPhone 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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ExoLens has announced the availability of the ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the Apple iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such as external video light) and key ring loop. Available now, the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle Kit ($199.95) with Optics by Zeiss includes a Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens, which provides virtually no distortion and exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, resulting in an image quality that is unmatched by any other iPhone accessory lens. The ExoLens PRO Telephoto Kit with Optics by Zeiss, also available now, features a Zeiss Mutar 2.0x Asph T* Telephoto lens, and sells for $249.95.

ExoLens has announced the availability of the ExoLens PRO with Optics by Zeiss Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for the Apple iPhone 6 family and the iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Kodak Ektra Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Kodak Ektra smartphone is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom. Announced on 20th October, the Kodak Ektra Smartphone (see sample images) offers a 21-megapixel fast-focus rear camera and a lens with an aperture of f2.0, plus an industry-leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with PDAF and f2.2 aperture. The Kodak Ektra smartphone is priced at £449.

The Kodak Ektra smartphone is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom. Announced on 20th October, the Kodak Ektra Smartphone (see sample images) offers a 21-megapixel fast-focus rear camera and a lens with an aperture of f2.0, plus an industry-leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with PDAF and f2.2 aperture....

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Kodak Ektra Preview - A ‘classic reborn’ for 2016?

Gavin Stoker | Camera Phones
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The Bullitt Group, based in Reading, UK, has licensed use of the Kodak brand in production of its own smartphone: the 2016 Kodak Ektra Smartphone to be precise. This interesting and (arguably) brave development is said to take its name and inspiration from Eastman Kodak’s rich history and its original 1941 issue Kodak Ektra camera – as well as the classic advertising slogan ‘you press the button and we do the rest’. Photography Blog attended the official London launch of the Android Marshmallow powered device and was able to get hands on with an early sample.

The Bullitt Group, based in Reading, UK, has licensed use of the Kodak brand in production of its own smartphone: the 2016 Kodak Ektra Smartphone to be precise. This interesting and (arguably) brave development is said to take its name and inspiration from Eastman Kodak’s rich history and its...

Kodak Ektra Smartphone

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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The KODAK EKTRA is a new photography-led smartphone designed for those with a passion for photography, from enthusiasts to experts. At the heart of the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone is a 21-megapixel fast focus camera sensor with f2.0 aperture, and an industry leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus PDAF and f2.2 aperture. The KODAK EKTRA Smartphone will be priced at £449 and available across Europe later this year.

The KODAK EKTRA is a new photography-led smartphone designed for those with a passion for photography, from enthusiasts to experts. At the heart of the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone is a 21-megapixel fast focus camera sensor with f2.0 aperture, and an industry leading 13-megapixel front-facing camera with Phase...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ExoLens Introduce PRO and PRIME Lenses for iPhone 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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ExoLens have announced the upcoming launch of their PRO and PRIME ranges of high-quality accessory lenses for the Apple iPhone 7. Leading the collection is the ExoLens PRO line, which feature Optics by Zeiss, to offer truly professional-grade mobile lenses to photographers, artists and journalists. First to market will be the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle and Telephoto Kits for iPhone 7. All PRO Kits come with the new machined aluminium ExoLens Edge mount, which features an integrated cold shoe accessory mount (compatible with accessories such as external video light) and key ring loop. Available from December 2016, the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle Kit ($199.99) with Optics by Zeiss includes a Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Asph T* Wide-Angle lens, which provides virtually no distortion and exceptional edge-to-edge contrast, resulting in an image quality that is unmatched by any other iPhone accessory lens. The ExoLens PRO Telephoto Kit with Optics by Zeiss, also available from December, features a Zeiss Mutar 2.0x Asph T* Telephoto lens, and sells for $249.99. The ExoLens PRIME product line allows for artistic expression and non-technical social sharing to step up your iPhone photography and videography game. The lenses offered for PRIME Kits are the Wide Angle 0.6X, the Telephoto 2X and the Super Wide-Angle/Macro Combo. The PRIME product line will be available starting Q1 2017.

ExoLens have announced the upcoming launch of their PRO and PRIME ranges of high-quality accessory lenses for the Apple iPhone 7. Leading the collection is the ExoLens PRO line, which feature Optics by Zeiss, to offer truly professional-grade mobile lenses to photographers, artists and journalists. First to market will be the...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hasselblad True Zoom Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad True Zoom looks like in the flesh? Part of the Hasselblad 4116 Collection, the Hasselblad True Zoom is a "Moto Mod" that snaps onto the Moto Z smartphone using magnets, and provides 10x optical zoom as well as raw image capture.

Check out our hands-on gallery of the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod.

Want to see exactly what the new Hasselblad True Zoom looks like in the flesh? Part of the Hasselblad 4116 Collection, the Hasselblad True Zoom is a "Moto Mod" that snaps onto the Moto Z smartphone using magnets, and provides 10x optical zoom as well as raw image capture. Check out...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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The new Apple iPhone 7 features "new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before". The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization, and a f/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos. The iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera as the iPhone 7 and adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos.

Coming later this year, the dual 12-megapixel cameras will also enable a new depth-of-field effect, using both cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus to capture images, while sophisticated technology including Machine Learning separates the background from the foreground to achieve amazing portraits once possible only with DSLR cameras.

The new Apple iPhone 7 features "new advanced camera systems that take pictures like never before". The 12-megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization, and a f/1.8 aperture and 6-element lens enable brighter, more detailed photos and videos. The iPhone 7 Plus features the same 12-megapixel wide angle camera...

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sony Xperia XZ & Xperia X Compact

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Sony today launched two new photography-focused smartphones. The Xperia XZ is a metal-backed 5.2" phablet with a Full HD screen, a 23-megapixel primary camera with a 1/2.3"-type Exmor RS imaging chip, a separate Laser AF sensor and an RGBC-IR (red-green-blue-clear-infrared) external white balance sensor, which accurately adjusts the white balance based on the light source in the environment. Additionally, the Xperia XZ provides a 13-megapixel front camera with a 22mm equivalent UWA lens and a top sensitivity setting of ISO 6,400. The Xperia X Compact is a more reasonably sized handset with a 4.6" 720p display, the same 23-megapixel main camera and "triple image sensing tecnology" as the Xperia XZ, and a 5-megapixel secondary camera for the selfie brigade. On both phones, the main camera module offers a start-up time of 0.6 seconds and Predictive Hybrid AF technology to intelligently predict and track subjects in motion. The Xperia XZ will launch globally in October 2016, whilst the Xperia X Compact will be available from September 2016.

Sony today launched two new photography-focused smartphones. The Xperia XZ is a metal-backed 5.2" phablet with a Full HD screen, a 23-megapixel primary camera with a 1/2.3"-type Exmor RS imaging chip, a separate Laser AF sensor and an RGBC-IR (red-green-blue-clear-infrared) external white balance sensor, which accurately adjusts the white balance based...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hasselblad 4116 Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad ‘4116 Collection’ - a range of products and collaborations to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The company has teamed up with Motorola for the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ – a
10x optical zoom Moto Mod compatible with Moto Z smartphones. Offering a physical shutter, Xenon flash and zoom, the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ instantly snaps on to the Moto Z smartphone using magnets. The mod allows users to shoot raw images which can be edited using Hasselblad’s Phocus software. Furthermore, Hasselblad and Alpa have formed a collaboration allowing optimised integration of all ALPA technical cameras with both Hasselblad digital backs from H System and CFV as well as Hasselblad HC/HCD lenses in existing and future products. Last but not least, Hasselblad has fostered a relationship with Swedish accessories brand, Sandqvist, creating functional, stylish camera bags to accent the Hasselblad range of offerings. The Sandqvist x Hasselblad collection consists of three high quality bags, created by Hasselblad and Sandqvist, and will be launched at Photokina in September.

Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad ‘4116 Collection’ - a range of products and collaborations to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The company has teamed up with Motorola for the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ – a 10x optical zoom Moto Mod compatible with Moto Z smartphones. Offering...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hama Launch “Uni” 3-in-1 Lens Set for Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13 mm. The new three-in-one set is available for €12.99.

Hama have launched a three-in-one lens set for smartphones and tablets. The Hama Uni set comprises a 180° fisheye lens, a 0.67X wide-angle lens and a macro lens. Thanks to the universal lens clip, the lenses fit all smartphones and tablets with a lens diameter of up to 13...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a new phablet with a 5.7" Quad HD Dual Edge Super AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 5, USB-C connectivity and a water-resistant chassis. In terms of photography-related features, the new Galaxy Note 7 gets the 1/2.5"-type 12-megapixel image sensor and bright f/1.7 lens of the Galaxy S7, combined with on-chip PDAF technology for fast and accurate focusing. There's also a front-facing camera with a 5-megapixel imager, a microSD memory card slot, a water-resistant S Pen stylus and an intriguing iris scanner. Additionally, the Galaxy Note7 can be used with the new high-resolution (3840×1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images and videos on the go. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a new phablet with a 5.7" Quad HD Dual Edge Super AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 5, USB-C connectivity and a water-resistant chassis. In terms of photography-related features, the new Galaxy Note 7 gets the 1/2.5"-type 12-megapixel image sensor and bright f/1.7 lens of the Galaxy S7, combined...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PolarPro to Offer Modules for OtterBox uniVERSE Case System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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PolarPro, a manufacturer of professional-grade accessories for action cameras, drones and smartphones; has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer 7 accessory modules as part of the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. Designed for the latest iPhone 6 models, the protective OtterBox case offers the ability to expand the iPhone’s features with swappable modules, each of which attach seamlessly to the case using a slotted rail. One of the seven accessory modules offered by PolarPro is a multi-coated clip-on fish-eye conversion lens ($29.99) compatible with both front- and rear-facing cameras, which attaches directly to the OtterBox uniVERSE case. A snap-on lens cap safeguards the lens when not in use.

PolarPro, a manufacturer of professional-grade accessories for action cameras, drones and smartphones; has announced a partnership with OtterBox to offer 7 accessory modules as part of the new OtterBox uniVERSE Case System. Designed for the latest iPhone 6 models, the protective OtterBox case offers the ability to expand the iPhone’s...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Moto G Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Moto G Plus is a new smartphone with a 1/2.4"-type 16-megapixel image sensor plus, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, laser-assisted focusing and on-sensor PDAF. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new phablet has a 5.5" Full HD display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core CPU. In a nod to enthusiast photographers, the pre-installed camera app allows users to set shutter speed, white balance, ISO sensitivity and a range of other shooting parameters manually. And with a fingerprint reader, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone and start snapping away. The Moto G Plus will be available starting today in Brazil and Moto G Plus will be available starting today in India. Both versions will arrive soon in various countries across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Pricing to be confirmed.

The Moto G Plus is a new smartphone with a 1/2.4"-type 16-megapixel image sensor plus, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, laser-assisted focusing and on-sensor PDAF. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new phablet has a 5.5" Full HD display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core CPU. In a nod to enthusiast photographers,...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Huawei P9 & P9 Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Huawei have launched the new P9 and P9 Plus smartphones with dual-camera modules featuring lenses designed in collaboration with Leica. One of these modules is a conventional 12-megapixel smartphone camera that takes 12-megapixel colour photos through a 27mm (eq.) f/2.2 lens, while the other boasts a 12-megapixel monochromatic sensor. Users may opt to use the two camera modules in tandem - in which case the device combines the two images to create one colour photograph with superior detail and low noise - or use the second camera on its own to take high-quality black-and-white photographs with no Bayer interpolation involved. The P9 supports auto focus based on three focusing technologies – laser, depth calculation and contrast detection – and automatically selects the one that yields the best result in any given environment. The Huawei P9 offers a 5.2" Ful HD display and comes with either 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (€599) or 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage capacity (€649). The Huawei P9 Plus (€749) has a larger frame with a 5.5-inch screen and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, plus dual-IC Rapid Charge.

Huawei have launched the new P9 and P9 Plus smartphones with dual-camera modules featuring lenses designed in collaboration with Leica. One of these modules is a conventional 12-megapixel smartphone camera that takes 12-megapixel colour photos through a 27mm (eq.) f/2.2 lens, while the other boasts a 12-megapixel monochromatic sensor. Users...

Monday, March 21, 2016

Apple iPhone SE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone SE is a new smartphone with a 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and a 4" Retina display. The camera features Focus Pixel technology for fast auto focus, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and improved face detection. Users can record 4K video at a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and HD movies at up to 240 frames per second for slow-motion playback. Just like the iPhone 6S, the SE model can capture extremely detailed panoramic images at a resolution of 63 megapixels. The new iPhone SE will be available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at £359.

The Apple iPhone SE is a new smartphone with a 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash and a 4" Retina display. The camera features Focus Pixel technology for fast auto focus, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and improved face detection. Users can...

Monday, February 22, 2016

LG G5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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LG has unveiled the LG G5 smartphone, a slide-out battery and a modular type design. Featuring two rear-facing cameras - one with a 135-degree UWA lens and another with a 78° lens -, the phone features a collection of powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine different film emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically captures the perfect selfie shot when a face is recognised. The separate LG CAM Plus camera module can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip, an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom, LED indicator and comfortable grip. It also offers separate AF and AE Lock functionality.

LG has unveiled the LG G5 smartphone, a slide-out battery and a modular type design. Featuring two rear-facing cameras - one with a 135-degree UWA lens and another with a 78° lens -, the phone features a collection of powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot....

Thursday, February 18, 2016

LG to Debut “Specialist” X Series Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, LG will bring to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 a new series of smartphones offering one exceptional feature at a price that rivals mid-range models. The first two handsets in the X series — X cam and X screen — will debut at MWC in Barcelona on February 22. The X cam and X screen are designed for customers who do not want or need all the bells and whistles that come with today’s high-end phones but still desire a great camera or advanced display. The X cam sports dual cameras on the rear and delivers "one of the most advanced camera experience in a mass-tier smartphone," the company says. What this means in practice remains to be seen - the only camera-related specifications LG has shared so far are the resolution figures (13 megapixels for the main unit and 5 megapixels for the front-facing camera). Visitors to MWC can see the new X series for themselves at LG’s booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via from February 22-25.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, LG will bring to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 a new series of smartphones offering one exceptional feature at a price that rivals mid-range models. The first two handsets in the X series — X cam and X screen — will debut at MWC in Barcelona...