Category: Camera Phones

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Samsung Galaxy K Zoom smartphone, which offers a 10z optical zoom lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung’s industry-leading Galaxy experience. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom provides a 10x optical zoom in 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 price and availability of the Galaxy K Zoom will be announced in due course.

Friday, April 25, 2014

OnePlus One

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The OnePlus One is a high-end, mid-priced smartphone with a 13-megapixel camera module and a 5.5-inch, 401ppi Full HD display. Key photographic features include a Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor, a six-element lens with an aperture of f/2, dual LED flash, 4K video recording with stereo sound, and 720p/120fps movie capture for slow-motion playback. The 16GB variant will sell for $299, and the 64GB version will cost $349.

Website: OnePlus

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lensbaby for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Lenses
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Lensbaby have announced that their Sweet Spot Lens, originally developed for the Apple iPhone, will also be available for certain Android handsets. The company has added a $50 Android pledge level to the project's Kickstarter page and vowed to commence development on an Android app "shortly." The Android version of the lens and associated smartphone app will be available in October.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sony QX10 and QX100 Firmware Update 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Sony has issued a firmware update for its DSC-QX10 and QX100 camera-lens modules. Version 3.00 enables users to focus with a half-press (and take a photo with a full-press) of the shutter release, and improves upon the "NFC One-touch connection." Note that this requires PlayMemories Mobile app version 4.2 or later.

Website: Sony UK

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia today announced three Windows Phone 8.1 powered Lumia smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 930 (pictured) is a flagship smartphone with a 20-megapixel PureView camera module with a 1/2.5-type sensor, dual LED flash, an optically stabilised 26mm eq. f/2.4 Zeiss lens, 1080p videos and a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display offering a resolution of 441ppi. The Lumia 630 and 635 each features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1/4-type imager, 28mm eq. f/2.4 lens, 720p movies and a 4.5-inch, 218-ppi, 854x480-pixel screen. The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, available from $599. The Nokia Lumia 630 will be launched in May, beginning with Asia,South America and Europe, at $159 for the single-sim variant, and $169 for the dual-sim version. The Nokia Lumia 635 is expected to be broadly available, including in the US starting in this summer, from $189.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Lenses
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Lensbaby has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for the Apple iPhone. As Lensbaby's first add-on lens designed specifically for mobile devices, the Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens will be compatible with the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c models. The new optic lets iPhoneographers pick a single spot of sharp focus within the frame, and allow the rest of the image to be dominated by gradually increasing blur. “Our customers have long been requesting a Lensbaby for their mobile devices,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “A lens in the mobile phone market is a bit of a departure for us, hence a Kickstarter campaign. This is the first of many mobile products we have in development, and we wanted confirmation from our customers that they really do want an optical way to create a sweet spot of focus in their iPhoneography.”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Interview: HTC’s Imaging Specialist Symon Whitehorn on the new HTC One (M8)

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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We sat down with HTC’s Imaging Specialist, Symon Whitehorn, this week to discuss the new HTC One (M8) smartphone.

"Whilst smartphones have already pretty much swallowed up point and shoot cameras, swallowing up the likes of a DSLR is a real challenge. But we can close the gap and certainly give you some of the experience."

Click through to read more about Symon Whitehorn's take on the camera industry and the HTC One M8.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HTC One (M8) Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new HTC One (M8) smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the HTC One (M8) smartphone.

HTC One (M8)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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HTC today launched its new flagship Android smartphone. The HTC One (M8) offers a 5-inch Full HD display and a new camera module with faster auto focus and an intriguing UFocus feature that allows you to shoot first and focus later, quasi-Lytro style. The technical solution employed is completely different, though: the HTC One (M8) is not claimed to have a light-field camera - instead, it has a separate depth sensor, which collects distance information about the various elements in the frame, making it easier for the on-board software to achieve a credible background blur at the postprocessing stage. Like its predecessor, the HTC One M8's main camera has a 4-megapixel, 1/3-type BSI sensor with a 2-micron pixel pitch, and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens - but it no longer features optical image stabilisation. The 16GB version will set you back $199, while the 32GB variant will cost $249 (or $649/£530 unlocked).

Monday, March 24, 2014

LifePrint WiFi Printer for Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Printers
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Los Angeles-based LifePrint has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the commercialisation of its new product, a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-enabled photo printer for smartphones. Measuring roughly 6.5" long x 4.5" wide x 1.5" thick and weighing in at approximately 1.5 lbs, the LifePrint wireless smartphone printer produces prints of standard 3"x4" size. "Beautifully designed and smaller than an iPad Mini, the LifePrint photo printer lets you instantly print photos from wherever you are - simply open the LifePrint app (iOS & Android), select a photo and hit print," the company says. "Take LifePrint with you to print on-the-go or send a photo directly to a friend’s LifePrint printer so they can instantly hold that special photo in their hands." Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's Kickstarter page.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kodak SL25, SL10 and SL5 Smart Lens Camera Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Kodak PixPro SL25, SL10 and SL5 smart lens cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Kodak PixPro SL25, SL10 and SL5 smart lens cameras.