Category: Camera Phones

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lenovo VIBE Shot

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Lenovo VIBE Shot is new camera-smartphone crossover device featuring a 16-megapixel imager with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a 6-element lens with optical IS. The camera's tricolour flash enables photographers to shoot in low-light conditions while matching the colour composition of the light emitted by the flash to that of the ambient light source. Another standout features of the Lenovo VIBE Shot iinclude an infrared AF system which is claimed to be "twice as fast as normal autofocus," a 5" Full HD display and a physical shutter release. The Lenovo VIBE Shot will be available starting in June, starting at $349.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Full UK and Ireland Availability Announced for Panasonic CM1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Panasonic UK today announced that following a successful initial launch phase of its Android-based, raw-capable Lumix CM1 camera phone (read review), it will now be widely available nationwide from mid-April. The Panasonic CM1 is unique in that despite its slim profile, it packs a 1"-type 20-megapixel sensor and a Leica branded 28mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens with a physical iris diaphragm. The smartphone/camera hybrid will be available from CameraWorld, Dixons Travel, Harrods, Jessops, London Camera Exchange, Park Cameras, Warehouse Express and Wilkinson Cameras. Furthermore, Panasonic has revealed that the DMC-CM1’s current Android 4.4 KitKat operating system will be upgradeable to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS in May, giving users access to many new features including notification control, battery management and extra security.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Olympus Air

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Olympus Japan has announced a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled camera unit designed for use with smartphones. The Olympus Air features a Four Thirds sized 16-megapixel MOS sensor, a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, an electronic shutter with a top speed of 1/16,000s, an 81-point AF system, a shutter release and a tripod socket. Weighing-in at 147 grams, the Olympus Air can be controlled via a smartphone app. Going on sale on 6 March 2015, the Olympus Air has a recommended retail price of 36,504 yen. The product will only be available through the Olympus Online Shop, and there is no word on international pricing.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Asus Zenfone Zoom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Asus has unveiled an 11.95mm thin smartphone with a 13-megapixel imager, 3x optical zoom and optical image stabilisation. The Asus Zenfone Zoom's rear camera features a 10-element 3x zoom lens and a "revolutionary" laser auto focus system, and comes with a camera app that allows the user to set shutter speed and ISO sensitivity manually. Other highlights include a 5.5" IPS screen with 1920x1080 pixels and a resolution of 403ppi, a dual-colour Real Tone flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with an f2 lens. The Asus Zenfone Zoom is powered by a 3,000mAh lithium-polymer battery and runs on Android 5.0.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Panasonic DMC-CM1 Available in the UK

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The Panasonic DMC-CM1 smartphone will be available in the UK. The Panasonic CM1 was planned to initially launch in France and Germany only, but due to high interest a number of cameras will be available in the UK from 1st December. The CM1 will be available online through Panasonic Direct as well as selected retailers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Microsoft Announces UK Availability of Lumia 735

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Microsoft today announced the availability of the Lumia 735 in the United Kingdom. Featuring a 6.7-megapixel main camera module and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a 24mm equivalent lens, the Lumia 735 comes with Windows Phone 8.1 on board, and sports a 4.7-inch HD OLED display with "Super Sensitive Touch" for glove and nail usage. Contract pricing is expected to start at £19.99.

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.