Category: Camera Phones

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Apple iPhone 5C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5C is a plastic version of the iPhone 5, which comes in a variety of colours including blue, green, pink, yellow and white. Unlike the iPhone 5S, which has an upgraded camera module, the iPhone 5C's photographic features are essentially unchanged from the iPhone 5. These include an f/2.4 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with 1.1-micron photosites, single LED flash and 1080p video at 30fps, with no slow-motion 720p option. The Apple iPhone 5C comes with iOS 7 on board, for $99 / £469 for the 16GB variant and $199 / £549 for the 32GB model. Availability is slated for 20 September.

Sony Xperia Z1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Sony Xperia Z1 is an Android phone with a 1/2.3-type 20.7-megapixel sensor, a 27mm (eq.) f/2 lens and 1080p HDR video. Other highlights include a 5" Full HD display with a resolution of 441 dots. a range of photo-related apps, a dust- and water-resistant construction and a 3000mAh battery. The Sony Xperia Z1 is currently available to pre-order for £599 including taxes. Deliveries are expected to start at the end of September.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules attach to your smartphone to provide "image quality and creative options to rival a premium standalone [compact] camera." The 20-megapixel DSC-QX100 combines a fairly big 1"-type (13.2x8.8mm) sensor with a 28-100mm (eq.) f/1.8-4.9 lens, while the lighter, 18-megapixel DSC-QX10 offers a combination of a smaller 1/2.3"-type imager and a 25-250mm (eq.) f/3.3-5.9 zoom. Both the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 boast a Bionz processor, Optical Steady Shot and Wi-Fi with NFC (Near-Field Communications). Both are capable of shooting 1440x1080-pixel videos at 30fps, and each comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 attach to your smartphone with the supplied adapter that fits several popular models. Going on sale at the end of September, both modules (or "lens-style cameras" as Sony calls them) are available to pre-order now via the website below. The suggested retail prices for the Sony QX100 and QX10 are £399 and £179 respectively

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Mobile Phones & Smart Devices Businesses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Microsoft and Nokia have announced that the former will purchase all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, license Nokia's patents, and license and use Nokia's mapping services. "Building on the partnership with Nokia announced in February 2011 and the increasing success of Nokia's Lumia smartphones, Microsoft aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing," the companies said in a statement. "For Nokia, this transaction is expected to be significantly accretive to earnings, strengthen its financial position, and provide a solid basis for future investment in its continuing businesses." The €5.44bn transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE Edition is now commercially available in continental Europe. As the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens. the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has caused quite a stir when it was first announced in June this year. Now the company has added LTE connectivity to the already compelling feature set of the phone: "The introduction of LTE capabilities to the Galaxy S4 Zoom demonstrates our commitment to providing customers with the best possible product on the market," says Simon Stanford, Vice President, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK & Ireland. "It’s powerful, stylish and is perfect for those who want to take outstanding pictures from a device that’s always with them and then share them immediately and easily." The UK availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE Edition will be announced in due course.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nokia Lumia 625

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 625 is an accessibly priced 4G smartphone with a 4.7" WVGA display and a range of integrated camera applications. These include Nokia Smart Camera, Cinemagraph lens, Panorama lens, Bing vision and Nokia Glam Me. The main camera has a 1/4"-type sensor with a sensible resolution of 5 megapixels and a 28mm (eq.) f/2.4 lens. Other highlights include Full HD video recording at 30 frames per second, Touch Focus, a LED flash and manual control over exposure and white balance. The Nokia Lumia 625 will be availabe in the third quarter of 2013 for around €220

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 Captures UK Nightlife at 9:25pm

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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A new campaign, shot exclusively on the new Nokia Lumia 925 camera phone, aims to open the UK’s eyes to some of its hidden nightlife. The company travelled the length and breadth of the UK with photojournalist Nick Ray, to photograph the hidden lives of people at night. The images reveal a homeless community sleeping rough on the urban streets of Liverpool city centre, nurses tending unwanted pets looked after around the clock at an RSPCA animal shelter in Stoke Newington, burlesque performers in Soho getting ready to bring Soho to life, and more. The Nokia Lumia 925 has an 8.7-megapixel  camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and Carl Zeiss optics.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Official Nokia Lumia 1020 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has published 18 high-resolution sample photos captured with the brand new, 41-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. Successor to the Nokia PureView 808, the Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a relatively big 41-megapixel imager, a six-element f/2.2 Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation, a 4.5" PureMotion HD+ OLED screen, Xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The official samples were taken in a variety of locations and lighting conditions including direct sunshine as well as low light.

Click through / scroll down to view the Nokia Lumia 1020 sample images.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a new camera phone with a second-generation 41-megapixel sensor, six-element f/2.2 Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation, mechanical shutter, Windows Phone 8 operating system and PureView technology on board. Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image and creates a 5-megapixel picture that is easier to share to social networks. Other highlights include a 4.5" PureMotion HD+ OLED screen with a resolution of 334ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage and a 2-megapixel secondary camera module. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will launch first in the US exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of $299.99 on a two-year contract. An optional Nokia Camera Grip adds a shutter release and tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of $79.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Hands-On Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom looks like in the flesh? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, the Galaxy S4 Zoom combines a superzoom lens, a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon Flash with the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology.

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the Galaxy S4 Zoom combines a 10x optical zoom, a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon Flash with the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology. The Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available in the UK this summer, pricing to be announced.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Street Football: An Insider’s Perspective

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Events
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HTC has launched ‘Inside Street Football,’ a new exhibition designed to capture the passion and spirit of street football. Captured by an esteemed roster of Getty Images photographers, all of the photos on display were taken with the new HTC One camera phone. The exhibition will be hosted at Top Office Machines, 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, London - a gallery located in a former computer repair shop - from Friday, 24th of May to Tuesday, 28th of May. The images can also be viewed at an online gallery at the website below (also from 24th May).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has announced yet another Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone called the Nokia Lumia 925, which features a new Smart Camera mode. Outfitted with a six-element 26mm (eq.) f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens, 1/3"-type 8.7-megapixel BSI sensor, dedicated camera button, optical image stabiliser, dual LED flash, 4.5" WXGA display with Touch Focus functionality and a resolution of 334ppi; the Nokia Lumia 925 offers auto- and manual exposure, auto and manual white balance, Full HD video recording, and photo sharing over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology. The preloaded Nokia Smart Camera app allows you to shoot a sequence of ten photos at a slightly reduced resolution of 5 megapixels, making it "easier to capture great moments," the company claims. You can choose your best shot or combine the photos into one picture, make a strobe effect to emphasise motion, remove unwanted objects or choose the "best faces" for group shots. The Nokia Lumia 925 will be priced around €469. In addition to Europe, the Nokia Lumia 925 will be introduced into the US by T-Mobile and into China by China Mobile and China Unicom.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sony Xperia XR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Sony Mobile Communications have just revealed their latest smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZR, which is claimed to offer the "highest level of water-resistance" for capturing photos underwater. The Android-powered Xperia ZR, which is capable of shooting Full HD videos, comes with a 13-megapixel camera module and a 4.6-inch, 1280x720-pixel "HD Reality" display featuring an "OptiContrast" panel that reduces reflections and provides clearer viewing even in bright sunlight. The built-in camera's burst mode allows users to shoot an unlimited number of images at 10 frames per second at a somewhat reduced resolution of 9 megapixels. The Sony Xperia ZR will launch in various global markets from Q2 2013.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nokia Lumia 928

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 928 is a new Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone with wireless charging, an 8.7-megapixel main camera and a Carl Zeiss Tessar 26mm (eq.) f/2.0 lens. Other highlights include optical image stabilisation, a xenon flash for stills, a LED light for movies, and 1080p Full HD video capture at 30 frames per second. A second, front-facing camera module is also present, with a 1.2-megapixel sensor and 720p video. In the USA, the Nokia Lumia 928 is exclusive to Verizon Wireless, with sales starting on 16th May. The price is $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a new two-year customer agreement.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Blurb Teams Up with Samsung

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Camera Phones
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Blurb has partnered with Samsung to power world-wide book and magazine print production utilising the Story Album feature of the new Samsung Galaxy S4. The pre-installed Story Album offers auto-generated layouts that instantly convert into “print-worthy publications,” meaning that users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 can automatically create professional quality print photo books and magazines seamlessly from their camera phone images. “People love the convenience and immediacy of camera phone imagery, but they also prize the beauty and permanence of print media,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s CEO and Founder. “By combining the remarkable image quality that the Galaxy S4 offers with the easy production of books and magazines that Blurb brings, everyone gets the best of digital and analogue.” For more information visit the website below.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a new Android 4.2.2 powered smartphone with a 13-megapixel image sensor (and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera). Key photo-related features include a Dual Camera shooting mode enabling users to simulatneously capture images and footage with both camera units; Eraser Shot, which takes multiple images of the same scene in rapid succession and automatically deletes any objects that have moved between frames; a panoramic image mode and Drama Shot, a multi-exposure shooting mode in which the built-in camera takes a large number of photos within an extremely short period of time and combines them into a single photograph that shows the individual phases of the same movement (somewhat like photos taken with stroboscopic flash). Also of interest is the 5” Full HD AMOLED screen, which boasts a resolution of 441ppi,

Website: Samsung Galaxy S4

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HTC One

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The HTC One is a new smartphone with an “UltraPixel” camera and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens. Featuring a 1/3-type sensor with a pixel pitch of 2 microns, the camera module within the HTC One offers substantially better sensitivity than most camera phones, while the bright lens comes with optical image stabilisation to help users achieve blur-free shots at marginal shutter speeds. An intelligent flash, a Full HD, 468ppi 4.7” screen and 1080p HDR video recording capabilities round off the features list from the photographer’s point of view. The new HTC One will be available globally through more than 185 mobile operators and major retailers in more than 80 regions and countries beginning in March.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Alamy to Accept Cell Phone Photos

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International stock photography agency Alamy says it will now accept photographs for its Live News service from camera phones and digital compact cameras. Alamy’s head of news, James Hall, said: “When you think that the most popular smartphone cameras are now 8 megapixels it is obvious that good photographers using these devices will be able to capture and record breaking news and events with a quality that is acceptable to both on- and offline news agencies… We want to allow our contributors to upload stunning News, Sport and Entertainment images to us using the camera they have ready at hand – whether it is a DSLR, a compact camera or a smartphone.” News photographers can upload images to Alamy direct from their smartphone via FTP using existing apps. Note that all images uploaded to the news feed will still have to meet Alamy’s News Picture Guidelines.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LensPen to Launch SmartKlear at CES

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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LensPen will officially launch its new smartphone screen cleaner, SmartKlear, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2013. SmartKlear features the same grease-cutting carbon compound that’s found in the original LensPen and the SideKick tablet screen cleaner. “SideKick is designed for the large touchscreens on iPads and tablets; really too big for iPhones and smartphones,” Keating said. “SmartKlear has a smaller cleaning pad that works great on a phone.” This might also be an interesting product to serious photographers - not only because they tend to have smartphones but also because of the rapid expansion of touchscreen-based technologies in advanced cameras. Replacement cleaning pads for SmartKlear are also available, Keating said.