Category: Camera Phones

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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nokia Lumia 620

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 620 is the third and most affordable in Nokia’s new range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones. On the photography front it offers a five-megapixel camera with a 28mm equivalent f/2.4 lens, LED flash, 3.8” WVGA screen, 720p HD video and a “Smart Shoot” mode that creates a single shot from multiple images, even removing unwanted objects from the picture. Estimated at $249 excluding taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 620 will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

Friday, November 2, 2012

ChromaLuxe Flex Frame Cases

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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ChromaLuxe has launched customisable ChromaLuxe Flex Frame for the iPhone 4/4S, recently released iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. This new camera phone cover allows users to print personalized images on high definition interchangeable inserts crafted from ChromaLuxe’s HD Metal Prints. The Flex Frame’s two-piece cover features a hard-shell design that snaps together for a secure fit that can protect a phone from daily bumps and bruises. A raised bezel keeps the screen elevated from surfaces. Additionally, the antimicrobial additive in each HD photo print insert and select covers helps reduce up to 99.9% of harmful bacteria levels. the company says. ChromaLuxe Flex Frames are available through various retail photo labs, including Walgreens.com and GiftsForYouNow.com.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 Launch in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820, the first devices in Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range, are now on their way to the United Kingdom. The Lumia 920 will be launched exclusively on EE and Phones 4u in the UK, with Phones 4u stocking the full colour range for both the Lumia 820 and 920, with red, black, white and yellow versions available. The Lumia 820 will be available from O2, Carphone Warehouse and Tesco Phone Shop from early November.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DxOMark Now Measures Camera Phone Sensor Performance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Websites
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DxOMark has launched new measurements dedicated to camera performance data for cellphones, smartphones and tablets. The new service, DxOMark Mobile, aims to help consumers analyse and compare the still and video performance of mobile devices, the company says. “Mobile phone image quality has also made considerable progress - for example, the image quality of the Nokia 808 PureView, in first place in the DxOMark Mobile rankings for still photos, is superior to that of a 5-year-old compact camera,” Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer for DxO Labs said in a statement. “And as for video, the best mobile tested in this category, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, outperforms the Canon Powershot 100.” DxOMark Mobile measures many attributes of mobile camera image quality such as color, exposure, texture, noise, and autofocus, in both still photo and video modes. In all, DxOMark Mobile analyzes 14 attributes, assigning each one a score between 1 and 100. An overall DxOMark score lets users rank and make comparisons between camera-equipped mobile devices, as well as between mobile cameras and compact cameras.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Official iPhone 5 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple has posted half a dozen full-resolution sample photos taken with the new Apple iPhone 5. The images are 3264×2448 pixels each and depict subjects as varied as landscapes, children, and macro. You can download all the iPhone 5 samples from the website below.

Website: Apple

Apple iPhone 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5 is a new smartphone with a 4-inch, not-quite-HD (1136x640-pixel) Retina display, 8-megapixel sensor, f/2.4 lens with sapphire crystal cover and a new “dynamic low light” mode. Weighing in at 112 grams, the Apple iPhone 5 is 20% lighter and 18% thinner than the iPhone 4S. It’s also claimed to be “40% faster” at capturing photos, and its screen offers “44% more colour saturation.” The iPhone 5 features Apple’s version of a “sweep panorama” mode, which enables users to capture a 28-megapixel panoramic image with ease. Other photo/video related highlights include a new Shared Photo Stream feature, improved face detection, enhanced movie stabilisation and the ability to take photographs while recording a video clip. The Apple iPhone 5 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, all on a 2-year contract. The first 9 countries/markets - including the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong - will get the iPhone 5 on 21st September, with pre-orders starting as early as this Friday.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 920 is a Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone with an 8.7-megapixel camera, 26mm equivalent Carl Zeiss optics with a maximum aperture of f/2, and “advanced optical image stabilisation.”  Also featuring a 4.5-inch Nokia PureMotion HD+ WXGA IPS LCD touchscreen with Touch AF, the Nokia Lumia 920 can capture Full HD videos at 30 frames per second, as well as high-resolution stills. The Zeiss lens comes with “advanced floating lens technology,” while the phone itself ships with Nokia’s largest ever battery (2000mAh) and built-in wireless charging. Do note that while phone boasts the “PureView” designation first used on the Nokia 808, its 1/3-type sensor is much smaller than the latter’s 1/1.2-type imager. The Nokia Lumia 920 will be available in yellow, red, grey, white and black. Nokia will announce pricing and specific roll-out dates country by country when sales are due to begin.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Camera Interview: £399, October Launch, First of Many Android Cameras

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We sat down with SH Lim, Vice President, Samsung Digital Imaging, HQ, at the IFA show in Berlin to discuss the new Samsung Galaxy Camera and Samsung imaging products in general.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-On Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy Camera digital camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Samsung Galaxy Camera digital camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a sixteen-megapixel superzoom camera with a 4.8” high-definition capacitive touchscreen, 21x optical zoom, optical image stabilisation, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connectivity. The 4.1-86.1mm f/2.8-5.9 lens offers an angle-of-view range equivalent to that of an imaginary 23-483mm lens on a 35mm camera body. In addition to taking 16-megapixel stills, the Samsung Galaxy Camera can also record Full HD movies as well as slow-motion video at up to 120 frames per second. The remote viewfinder feature allows you to see what the camera sees on the display of your smartphone and take a picture from a distance - useful for shooting timid wildlife, for instance. The Samsung Galaxy Camera even offers voice control - you can command the camera to zoom in, zoom out and take a shot without touching it.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sony Exmor RS Cameraphone Sensors

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Sony are extending their Exmor branding to cameraphones with the launch of three new sensors. Two different 8 megapixel and one 13 megapixel stacked CMOS image sensors are due to be launched in October, along with new f/2.2 lenses, autofocusing system, wider dynamic range and HDR.

Website - Sony Japan (Translated)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView Available for Pre-Order at Amazon UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has announced that the 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView is now available for pre-order through Amazon UK, The news comes hot on the heels of a similar announcement by Nokia USA. In the UK, the Nokia 808 PureView will be released on 30th June, for £499.98 (unlocked).

Monday, June 25, 2012

Nokia 808 PureView Hits US Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Via its official blog, Nokia has announced that it is launching the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone in the US. Featuring a 41-megapixel sensor, high-performance f/2.4 Carl Zeiss optics, plus new PureView Imaging and pixel oversampling technologies, the Nokia 808 PureView also incorporates full HD 1080p video recording and a 4” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The smartphone will be available unlocked and unsubsidised through Amazon, starting 8th July.

Sony Ups Production Capacity for Stacked Sensors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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Sony has announced that it plans to invest approximately 80 billion yen in Sony Semiconductor Corporation’s Nagasaki Technology Center to increase the production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. These imagers “layer the pixel section containing back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips containing the circuit for signal processing, in contrast to the supporting substrates used in conventional back-illuminated CMOS image sensors,” the company says. “These products enable Sony to mount large-scale circuits while decreasing the chip size of image sensors, thereby enhancing image quality and functionality and allowing for a more compact size for digital cameras and mobile devices.” These stacked CMOS sensors are going to be used primarily in camera phones and tablets.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Four TIPA Awards for Samsung

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Samsung has won four TIPA awards this year. The ‘Best General Compact Camera’ award went to the Samsung MultiView MV800, while the ‘Best Mobile Imaging Device’ title was awarded to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Samsung also won the Best Photo Monitor Award for the Samsung SyncMaster S24/27A850, with its “new Samsung LED PLS (Plane to Line Switching) technology” and “more accurate colour and a much wider viewing angle than competing monitors.” The company was recognised by a fourth honour with the Samsung OLED TV, which won the Best Photo TV Display Award.

Review: Read our in-depth review of the Samsung MV800 camera

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mobot Takes a Look at the Nokia 808 PureView’s Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Mobot has published a very interesting write-up by Martin James on the much-talked-about 41-megapixel sensor found in the Nokia 808 PureView smartphone. Accompanied by a helpful sensor size comparison chart - reproduced above with kind permission from Mobot.net -, the piece takes a look at the relationship between sensor size, pixel pitch and image quality. Written in a clear, easy-to-follow style, the article is well worth a read.

Website: The bigger picture: the Nokia 808 PureView’s massive image sensor compared

Monday, February 27, 2012

Official Nokia 808 PureView Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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By way of its official blog, Nokia has released three full-resolution, 38-megapixel sample photos taken with the new Nokia 808 PureView camera phone. All three Nokia 808 PureView samples were taken at low, non-standard ISO sensitivity settings (ISO 55 and ISO 58), with the lens wide open. Do they compare favourably with the official sample images from the 36-megapixel Nikon D800? Perhaps not (remember that those samples were captured with some of the best Nikkors out there, using a camera with a full FX sized sensor), but they surely do contain a lot of detail - try resizing them to 14-16 megapixels and you’ll probably agree that this smartphone is likely to give a lot of compact camera manufacturers a run for their money.

Website: Nokia conversations: the official Nokia blog (scroll down to UPDATE #2 for the samples)

Nokia 808 PureView

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia 808 PureView smartphone features a 41-megapixel sensor, high-performance Carl Zeiss optics, plus new PureView Imaging and pixel oversampling technologies. “At standard resolutions (2/3, 5 and 8 megapixels) this means the ability to zoom without loss of clarity and capture seven pixels of information, condensing into one pixel for the sharpest images imaginable,” the company says. At high-resolution (38 megapixel maximum) it means the ability to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards. In addition to superior still imaging technology, the Nokia 808 PureView, also includes full HD 1080p video recording and playback with 4X lossless zoom and the world’s first use of Nokia Rich Recording, which enables audio recording at “CD-like” levels of quality. Other highlights of the Nokia 808 PureView include a 1/1.2” sensor - which is only slightly smaller than the ones found in the Nikon 1 System cameras -, a 8.02mm (~28mm equivalent) f/2.4 lens and a 4” screen. Click through / scroll down for a hands-on video of the Nokia 808 PureView (released by the manufacturer), and a dozen hands-on photos.