Category: Camera Phones

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...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Zeiss Teams Up with ExoLens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses

Felleowes' ExoLens brand and Zeiss have announced their collaboration in the design and development of accessory lenses for camera phones. The companies presented the first jointly developed accessory lenses at the Fellowes booth (no. 31016) at CES 2016. The first three lenses – wide-angle, telephoto and macro (pictured) – are scheduled to be launched later this year. The new lenses can be used on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus with customised mounting brackets (the companies plan on releasing brackets for more devices in future). The ExoLens bracket features a standard tripod mount (1/4”-20) as well as a cold shoe for mounting accessories. All lenses incorporate the T* anti-reflective coating from Zeiss, which minimises reflections at the glass-to-air surfaces and improves the transmission of light.

Felleowes' ExoLens brand and Zeiss have announced their collaboration in the design and development of accessory lenses for camera phones. The companies presented the first jointly developed accessory lenses at the Fellowes booth (no. 31016) at CES 2016. The first three lenses – wide-angle, telephoto and macro (pictured) – are scheduled to...

Monday, December 14, 2015

Daily Deal - 50% Off the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera!

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones, PhotographyBLOG
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Today only - get 50% off the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera!

The innovative Panasonic DMC-CM1 scored 4/5 Recommended when we reviewed it earlier this year, concluding "the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 is a brave and largely successful attempt to bring together the best features of a smartphone and a camera into one unified device..."

Get the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera

Today only - get 50% off the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera! The innovative Panasonic DMC-CM1 scored 4/5 Recommended when we reviewed it earlier this year, concluding "the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 is a brave and largely successful attempt to bring together the best features of a smartphone and a camera...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

MPL Macro Lens for Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Lenses
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Inventor Thomas Larson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a highly portable stick-on macro lens for cell phones. Available in two versions, offering 4x and 8x magnification, the MPL Macro conversion lens comes in a convenient coin-sized case, and enables users to take compelling close-up shots with their smartphone's built-in camera. Compatible with nearly all phones and tablets, the universal MPL Macro lens attaches to your smart device without any adhesives. "This is a project I started as an undergrad two years ago, and have been able to finance solely through crowdfunding and direct sales (no investors or grants)," Thomas says. "I use the extra funds from crowdfunding and sales to work on less commercially viable mobile microscopes that I hope will have an impact on education and world health." Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Kickstarter page.

Inventor Thomas Larson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a highly portable stick-on macro lens for cell phones. Available in two versions, offering 4x and 8x magnification, the MPL Macro conversion lens comes in a convenient coin-sized case, and enables users to take compelling close-up shots with...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Danny Kleinman Shares Tips for Budding Filmmakers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Daniel ‘Danny’ Kleinman, title sequence designer for the James Bond series and director of Sony’s recent ‘Made for Bond’ advert has shared his tips for capturing action sequences. The ad follows a tense chase across London’s South Bank as Moneypenny fights off mysterious villains to deliver Bond’s Xperia Z5 phone (pictured). Danny advises budding action film makers to film on at least two cameras, rehearse the action at half speed if possible, get reaction shots, use the right kit and double check that everyone is happy with their roles in the action and understands the cues.

Daniel ‘Danny’ Kleinman, title sequence designer for the James Bond series and director of Sony’s recent ‘Made for Bond’ advert has shared his tips for capturing action sequences. The ad follows a tense chase across London’s South Bank as Moneypenny fights...

LG V10 Becomes First Smartphone to Meet SanDisk’s ‘EPIC’ Guidelines

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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SanDisk has recognised the new LG V10 as the first smartphone to meet SanDisk’s guidelines for ‘Extreme Photo-Imaging Capabilities’ (EPIC). SanDisk EPIC is a SanDisk led marketing initiative which strives to foster and proliferate the incorporation of high-quality imaging capabilities in mobile devices. In meeting the SanDisk EPIC guidelines for smartphones, the LG V10 offers a variety of advanced video and photography capabilities, including, among others, multi-shot image capture in raw format and 4K Ultra HD video recording and playback. “An increasing number of our customers rely on their smartphone as their primary device to capture their memories in both photos and video. So, it was critically important to us to give the LG V10 truly exceptional imaging capabilities. We are thrilled for our LG V10 to be the first smartphone to meet SanDisk’s EPIC guidelines,” said Dr. Ramchan Woo, vice president of LG mobile communications.

SanDisk has recognised the new LG V10 as the first smartphone to meet SanDisk’s guidelines for ‘Extreme Photo-Imaging Capabilities’ (EPIC). SanDisk EPIC is a SanDisk led marketing initiative which strives to foster and proliferate the incorporation of high-quality imaging capabilities in mobile devices. In...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Google Introduce Huawei Nexus 6P

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nexus 6P is a new Huawei-built phablet with a twelve-megapixel primary camera, f/2 lens, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash and laser-assisted auto focus. Other highlights include a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 518 pixels per inch, USB Type-C connectivity, 4K video capture at 30fps, reduced-resolution movie recording at up to 240fps for slow-motion playback, and a front-facing camera with an 8-megapixel imager and an f/2.4 lens. Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Nexus 6P will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB editions, with prices starting at £449/$499 for the 32GB model.

The Nexus 6P is a new Huawei-built phablet with a twelve-megapixel primary camera, f/2 lens, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash and laser-assisted auto focus. Other highlights include a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 518 pixels per inch, USB Type-C connectivity, 4K video capture at 30fps, reduced-resolution movie recording at...

Google Announce LG Nexus 5X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The LG Nexus 5X is a new smartphone featuring a 12.3-megapixel main camera with an f/2 lens, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash, laser-assisted auto focus and 4K movie capture. The phone also boasts a 5.2" Full HD LCD screen with a resolution of 423ppi, a USB Type-C connector and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2 lens. Running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Nexus 5X is available to preorder for £339/$379.

The LG Nexus 5X is a new smartphone featuring a 12.3-megapixel main camera with an f/2 lens, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash, laser-assisted auto focus and 4K movie capture. The phone also boasts a 5.2" Full HD LCD screen with a resolution of 423ppi, a USB Type-C connector and a 5-megapixel front-facing...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Apple Announce iOS 9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Software
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Apple have just announced iOS 9, which will be available on Wednesday, 16th September as a free software update for iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini (all versions). This update shall bring a longer battery life, improved multitasking with Split View and a new Picture-in-Picture mode. The brand new iCloud Drive app enables users to easily access any file they had previously saved to iCloud from their Home screen, while the revamped Notes app now allows you to add photos to your notes or take a new one with your device's built-in camera. Also, you can now use Siri to search for photos based on date, location or album name by telling the assistant to "show me photos taken in Paris last summer," for example. There are other enhancements including faster typing, more robust security, support for public transport in Maps, plus an all-new News app; but in our understanding, there are no major OS-level changes that directly affect the photo-taking experience on currently available devices (Live Photos are reserved for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus).

Apple have just announced iOS 9, which will be available on Wednesday, 16th September as a free software update for iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini (all versions). This update shall bring a longer battery life, improved multitasking with Split View...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Apple iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple today introduced its latest smartphones, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable new ways to access features and interact with content. They also boast a transformative new approach to photography called Live Photos, bringing still images to life by capturing a moment in motion. High-definition video improves with support for 4K — with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels — and the expansion of optical image stabilization to video on iPhone 6s Plus. The main camera module has been updated with a 12-megapixel sensor and an Apple-designed image processor. The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for $0 down with 24 monthly payments starting at $27 and $31, respectively. Both models will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and the US beginning Friday, September 25.

Apple today introduced its latest smartphones, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable new ways to access features and interact with content. They also boast a transformative new approach to photography called Live Photos, bringing still images...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Lenovo VIBE S1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Lenovo has launched  the 5.0” Lenovo VIBE S1, a unique smartphone with two front cameras. The 8MP primary front camera takes the sharpest photos and a 2MP secondary front camera analyzes depth of field information to replicate human binocular vision. After taking a selfie with both cameras, there are various options to modify the selfie by selecting from a number of built-in photo editing tools. ‘Blur’ allows refocusing anywhere within the frame (up to 3 focal planes). With ‘Cut Out’, people can be cropped out of a selfie and then placed on any other image (from a wide selection preloaded on the VIBE S1 or downloaded from the Internet), and even on a photo taken with the 13-megapixel rear camera of the smartphone. The VIBE S1 will be available starting in November in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold. Pricing starts at $299.

Lenovo has launched  the 5.0” Lenovo VIBE S1, a unique smartphone with two front cameras. The 8MP primary front camera takes the sharpest photos and a 2MP secondary front camera analyzes depth of field information to replicate human binocular vision. After taking a selfie with both cameras, there...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sony Promotes Xperia Z3 with Low-light Art Murals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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This weekend saw the first of five ultraviolet art murals appear across London as part of a collaboration between Sony Mobile and a series of street artists to bring to life the low-light photography capabilities of its Xperia Z3 smartphone. The project was kicked off by artist Dan Kitchener, well-known for his modern impressionistic street scenes at night. His mural adorns the Hat and Feathers Pub at 2 Clerkenwell Road and has already sparked considerable conversation on social media. The next seven weeks will see five artists in total take to the streets of the capital and create murals around the theme of ‘I Can See in the Dark’ which aligns with Sony’s latest ‘I Can’ advertising campaign. The second mural, created by artist Zina, will be live from 20th July on the Great Eastern Bear Gallery in Shoreditch.

This weekend saw the first of five ultraviolet art murals appear across London as part of a collaboration between Sony Mobile and a series of street artists to bring to life the low-light photography capabilities of its Xperia Z3 smartphone. The project was kicked off by artist Dan Kitchener,...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Toshiba Release New 16-Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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Toshiba today announced “T4KC3”, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for tablet- and smartphone camera modules. This 1/2.7"-type chip has a pixel pitch of 1.12 microns, and allows 30fps recording at full resolution. Phase-Detection Auto-Focus achieves quick focusing, and makes it easier for mobile devices to capture high quality images and movies, the company says. “T4KC3” also incorporates Toshiba’s Bright Mode technology, which boosts image brightness up to four times and enables HD video capture at 240fps equivalent, and supports high dynamic range imaging. Additionally the new sensor incorporates 16Kbit OTP (one-time programmable memory), which can store lens shading correction data for four conditions at maximum, such as indoors and outdoors, daylight and sunset. Sample shipments are scheduled to start in September this year.

Toshiba today announced “T4KC3”, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for tablet- and smartphone camera modules. This 1/2.7"-type chip has a pixel pitch of 1.12 microns, and allows 30fps recording at full resolution. Phase-Detection Auto-Focus achieves quick focusing, and makes it easier for mobile devices to capture high quality...