Category: Camera Phones

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.

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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 active

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The new Samsung Galaxy S6 active is a rugged smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera and a 5.1" QuadHD screen boasting a resolution of 577 pixels per inch. Built to withstand whatever everyday life throws its way, the Samsung Galaxy S6 active has IP68 certified casing that is water resistant up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes, shock resistant, and dustproof. The 16-megapixel rear- and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras are claimed to "launch faster than ever," whilst auto-real time High Dynamic Range (HDR) promises balanced exposures even in contrasty light. Photos and videos are saved unto the smartphone's 32GB internal storage unit. The Android 5.0.2 powered Galaxy S6 active has a 3500mAh battery and a 64-bit octa-core processor but unlike the S6 edge and regular Galaxy S6 models, it appears not to feature optical image stabilisation. In the US, the Galaxy S6 active will be available exclusively atAT&T.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nova Launch Multiple Flash Support through Nova Camera 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Software
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Nova today launched Multiple Nova Support - a new, inventive way to create mobile lighting studios on-the-go. Using the new Nova Camera 1.2 app, photographers can connect and control up to ten Nova Bluetooth Flash devices from one iPhone. Similar to how a professional indoor studio uses multiple sources of light in different positions and at different angles, using multiple Novas enables iPhone photographers to control shadow and experiment with directional lighting effects. “We wanted to put iPhone owners in the driver’s seat so they can create and capture their vision anytime and anywhere by using more than one lighting source,” said Jaimie Walnes, Founder of Nova. “iPhone owners can now create outdoor lighting studios whether they’re at the top of a skyscraper or out on the street. It will be very exciting to see the creativity that will emerge from using this new capability.” To accompany the launch of Multiple Nova Support, the ‘Mint Nova Studio 4 Pack’ is available for $177.

Sony Xperia Z3+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Sony Xperia Z3+ is a new Android phone with a 20.7-megapixel main camera and 25mm (eq.) f/2 lens. The camera module incorporates a 1/2.3-type sensor and offers 4K video capture, HDR exposure blending, as well as sensitivity settings up to ISO12,800. The 5-megapixel secondary camera also features a 25mm equivalent lens for group selfies. The waterproof and dust-tight (IP65/68) Sony Xperia Z3+ has a 5.2” Full HD smart adaptive display and runs on a 2930mAh battery. The phone will launch globally from June 2015.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LG G4c

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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LG have officially launched the LG G4c smartphone. As the smaller sibling of the LG G4, the 5", 720p  LG G4c features an 8-megapixel rear camera module with flash, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for self-portraits. Other popular LG exclusives such as Gesture Shot, Glance View and Knock Code are also included. The LG G4c is scheduled to launch in key strategic markets in the weeks to come – with the UK release date in June. Prices and participating carriers will be announced locally at the time of availability.

Monday, May 18, 2015

LG G4 Availability Confirmed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The new LG G4 smartphone will begin rolling out this week to consumers in key markets around the world. Featuring a 1/2.6"-type sixteen-megapixel sensor, an f/1.8 lens and an external white balance sensor, the LG G4 offers raw photo capture, and a wide range of manual adjustments including shutter speed, focus and ISO sensitivity, as well as optical image stabilisation, laser auto focus and a live histogram. Starting in Hong Kong, the G4 will follow with rollouts in Turkey, Russia and Singapore, eventually including most of Europe, North America, CIS, Southeast Asia, Middle East/Africa and South/Central America. It will arrive in the UK on 28th May.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LG G4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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LG has announced its latest smartphone, which features a 16-megapixel camera module with an external white balance sensor and an f/1.8 lens. The LG G4 has a 1/2.6-type image sensor capable of recording raw images, and offers a wide range of manual adjustments including shutter speed, focus and ISO sensitivity, as well as optical image stabilisation, laser auto focus and a live histogram. Other photography-related features include a Gesture Shutter function, 4K movie recording, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5.5” IPS Quantum display.

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.