Category: Camera Phones

Monday, January 27, 2014

Nokia Introduces DNG Camera Colour Profiles

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has released DNG colour profiles for the Nokia 1520 (pictured) and the Nokia 1020 camera phones. These camera profiles allow Lightroom users to simplify their raw image conversion workflow when working with images shot under fluorescent or halogen lights, daylight, or with the phones' built-in flash. These camera color profiles are only available for Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020 and will only work in Adobe Lightroom, the company warns.

Source: Conversations - Nokia

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sony Focuses on Speed for 2014

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Sony are set to unveil more new compact, bridge and mirrorless cameras at next month's CP+ show.

In a briefing held by Sony UK today, company representatives stated that a new ultra-zoom bridge camera will be announced in February with a faster processor than previous generations. The mystery product was demoed live with no annoying "Processing..." messages while images were saved, and burst shooting continuing indefinitely until the memory card is filled, albeit at a reduced frame-rate. The new super-zoom bridge model is just a small part of Sony's emphasis on faster speed for their 2014 cameras, which will also encompass faster auto-focusing speeds.

In addition to the bridge camera, new compact cameras will be announced in February, along with new compact system camera models at both the CP+ show and Photokina later in the year.

Meanwhile, the Sony Cyber-shot QX10 smartphone module apparently sold out in the UK during the Christmad period. Aided by strong sales of the more expensive QX100 model, the Sony QX series will definitely continue into the second generation.

Monday, December 16, 2013

FLTR Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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FLTR, the world’s first-ever weekly magazine dedicated to smartphone  photography and published exclusively on the iPhone, has launched today. Created by the team behind the British Journal of Photography, FLTR includes exclusive interviews with both amateur and professional photographers highlighting the latest techniques, apps, devices, trends and accessories in smartphone photography. Edited by Olivier Laurent, associate editor of British Journal of Photography, FLTR is now available to download from the Apple App Store.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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With Black Friday upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded-up all 7 Holiday Gift Guides that we've published in the last week. If you're looking to buy a camera, make sure to check out our expert guides first!

DSLR Cameras

Compact System Cameras

Premium Compact Cameras

Superzoom Compact Cameras

Compact Cameras

Smartphones

Accessories and Software

LG G2 Smartphone Features Optical Image Stabilization

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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In a sign that smartphones are definitely coming of age from a purely photographic point of view, LG are really pushing the optical image stabilization technology inside their new G2 smartphone with the release of an entertaining video campaign starring none other than a chicken.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nokia Announces UK Availability of Lumia 1520

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia UK today announced the availability of the Lumia 1520, its first 'phablet' with a 6” high-definition display. The Nokia Lumia 1520's 20-megapixel camera carries the 'PureView' branding, although its 1/2.5-type sensor is considerably smaller than the 1/1.2-type imager of the PureView 808 or the 1/1.5-type sensor of the Lumia 1020. Other highlights include a Zeiss-branded 26mm (eq.) f/2.4 lens, dual LED flash with three selectable modes of operation, a 3400mAh battery with integrated wireless charging and a Full HD display with a resolution of 368ppi. The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be on sale from O2 retail, Vodafone on-line, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u and widely available from independent retailers via Micro-P from 6th December priced from approx. £38 per month on contract.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 - Smartphones

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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In the sixth part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite smartphones, with something for every budget.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Official Nokia Lumia 1020 Raw Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Via its official blog, Nokia has published four raw DNG files that show off the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. Nokia's Juha Alakarhu announced last week that the company is adding DNG support to the Lumia 1020 and new Lumia 1520 handsets, which has caused quite a stir in the photography community around the world. "“Overall, I’m so proud of what we have achieved in Nokia," Alakarhu says. "We have the amazing camera hardware, very powerful camera user interface, and now the raw support." To read more on the subject and to download the full-resolution raw and JPEG samples, head to the website below.

Website: Nokia Conversations

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Motorola Spearheads Development of Modular Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Motorola has partnered with Phonebloks to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. "We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines," Motorola's Paul Eremenko wrote in a blog post. The envisioned modular smartphone would consist of an endoskeleton and several replaceable modules. This way, if you only wanted to upgrade your phone's camera or battery, you could do so without having to purchase a whole new handset. Motorola is currently recruiting 'scouts' from all over the world to join their Ara project, which coordinates the development efforts.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nokia to Add DNG Support to Lumia 1020 & Lumia 1520

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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According to a tweet by Nokia's Juha Alakarhu, the company is adding raw DNG support to the Nokia Lumia 1020 (read review) and Lumia 1520 camera phones. The Nokia Lumia 1020 (pictured) is a 41-megapixel smartphone with a fairly big, 1/1.5-type sensor and a 26mm (eq.) f/2.2 lens, while the new Lumia 1520 has a 20-megapixel camera module with a considerably smaller - although in camera phone terms, still sizeable - 1/2.5-type imager and a 26mm (eq.) f/2.4 lens.

Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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In addition to the Lumia 2520 tablet, Nokia has launched two new 6" 'phablets' called the 1520 and Lumia 1320. The Nokia Lumia 1520's 20-megapixel camera carries the 'PureView' branding, although its 1/2.5-type sensor is considerably smaller than the 1/1.2-type imager of the PureView 808 or the 1/1.5-type sensor of the Lumia 1020. Other highlights include a Zeiss-branded 26mm (eq.) f/2.4 lens, dual LED flash with three selectable modes of operation, and a Full HD display with a resolution of 368ppi. The Nokia Lumia 1320 also comes with a 6" panel but features a lower resolution (1280x720 pixels, 245ppi), and a 5-megapixel camera with a tiny 1/4-type imaging chip. The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available  for $745, whereas the Lumia 1320 can be had for $339 before taxes and subsidies.

Monday, September 30, 2013

InfoTrends Finds Camera Feature Ranks High in Mobile Phone Purchase Decision

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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InfoTrends’ latest survey results show that 92% of cellphone owners use these devices to take photographs, and the embedded camera is the second most important feature in the purchase decision when choosing a phone. Photo editing apps also enjoy increasing popularity. Carrie Sylvester, Consultant for InfoTrends’ Consumer Services, recommends that digital camera and mobile phone vendors offer users their own branded app, or support the more popular apps that allow digital photos to be edited and shared. InfoTrends’ 2013 U.S. Mobile Imaging End-User Survey is available for purchase through the website below.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Official Apple iPhone 5S Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple has posted half a dozen full-resolution sample pictures captured with the newly announced iPhone 5S. Boasting larger photosites, dual LED flash and faster auto focus than its predecessor, the Apple iPhone 5S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK from 20th September.

Website: Apple iPhone 5S Sample Photos

Apple iPhone 5S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5S boasts an 8-megapixel "iSight" camera module with larger sensor photosites, faster auto focus and a brighter lens than its predecessor. Other highlights include a double "True Tone" LED flash, 10fps continuous shooting and 720p HD video recording at 120fps for slow-motion playback. The new True Tone flash, which uses an amber and a white LED, variably adjusts colour and intensity for over 1,000 combinations so photos taken with a flash appear more natural, the company says. The new camera app in iOS 7 offers real-time photo filters courtesy of a new, 64-bit A7 processor that also promises faster overall operation. The Apple iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver or grey, and will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB variant and $399 for the 64GB version, fpr "qualified customers." In the UK, the iPhone 5S sells for £549 (16GB), £629 (32GB) and £709 (64GB). The product will hit the shelves on 20 September 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