Category: Camera Phones

Monday, February 27, 2012

Nokia PureView Imaging Technology White Paper

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has published a white paper on the PureView imaging technology that powers its brand new, 41-megapixel camera phone. “The Nokia PureView Pro imaging technology is the combination of a large, super high resolution 41M[ega]pixel [imager] with high performance Carl Zeiss optics,” the authors say. “The large sensor enables pixel oversampling, which… means the combination of many pixels into one perfect pixel. PureView imaging technology is the result of many years of research and development and the tangible fruits of this work are amazing image quality, lossless zoom, and superior low light performance.”

Website: Nokia Europe | Nokia 808 PureView White Paper

Samsung Introduces High-Speed 8 Megapixel CMOS Imager for Camera Phones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones

Samsung today unveiled its new high-speed, 1/3.2-inch, 8-megapixel CMOS imager, the S5K3H7, utilising advanced 1.4-micron back-side illuminated (BSI) pixel technology. The Samsung S5K3H7 supports a frame rate of 30fps at full resolution and 1080p Full HD video recording. The new sensor also provides 720p HD video recording at 120fps and VGA movies at 240fps for slow-motion playback, and allows still photography with practically no shutter lag. Mass production is expected to start next month.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Phones4u Posts Camera Phone Shootout Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Phones4u, specialists in mobile phones and related products, have pitted three of the top camera phones against the new Sony Xperia S to find out which one is the fastest in terms of capturing a photo. The three competitors included the iPhone 4S, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Nokia Lumia 800 (which we also reviewed recently). Click through / scroll down to see which handset won the Phones4u photo shootout!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Jessops to Offer In-store Printing Facility Directly from Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Jessops’ customers can now order prints from photos stored on their smartphones by connecting them directly to the in-store photo kiosks. “Printed photos are still the best way to enjoy treasured images but it’s often hard to get your photos from your phone to print,” said Stephen Cochrane, Head of Jessops Photo. “Now it couldn’t be easier, come into any Jessops store, connect your phone to our photo kiosks using the supplied mobile adapter and we’ll do the rest.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 Hands-On Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones, CES 2012
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A detailed hands-on look at the new Nokia Lumia 900.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is an impressive new Windows phone with an 8 megapixel camera, a 28mm f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens on the rear and an f/2.4 wide-angle lens on the front, a 4.3-inch AMOLED 800 x 480 touchscreen, and a dual-LED flash.

Take a closer look at the Nokia Lumia 900 in our photo gallery.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

SoftBank Mobile Preloads SugarSync on New Android Camera Phones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Software
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California-based SugarSync has announced that Japan’s SoftBank Mobile will be preloading SugarSync on two new high-end Android camera phones in order to provide their users with an easy way to auto-sync photos directly from their Android devices to their computers. “As the cameras on smartphones become more advanced, and as more of us use our smartphones as our primary point-and-shoot cameras, most people need a simple solution for getting photos off of their phone and back to their computers,” said Laura Yecies, CEO of SugarSync. “With SugarSync’s AutoSync technology, your photos are automatically synced from your phone to your computers as you take them – without having to fumble with wires.” The two camera phones in question are the Panasonic Lumix phone 101P and the Sharp Aquos phone 102SH.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple has just announced the iPhone 4S, featuring an all-new camera module. The Apple iPhone 4S has an 8-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 35mm (eq.) f/2.4 auto-focus lens comprising 5 precision lens elements, and features improved white balance, face detection and 1080p Full HD video capture with audio. Additionally, the new iPhone 4s inherits the LED flash and tap-to-focus functionality of the iPhone 4. The first 7 countries - including the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, France and Germany - will get the iPhone 4S on 14th October. The device will be launched in 22 additional countries on the 28th. In the US, the 16GB version will cost $199, the 32GB model will be available for $299, while the 64GB iPhone 4S can be had for $399, all on a 2-year contract.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Panasonic Lumix Phone P-05C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Panasonic Japan has announced that it is about to start shipping the Panasonic Lumix Phone P-05C, the world’s first camera phone featuring optical image stabilisation. Equipped with a multi-coated, bright f/2.8 wide-angle lens, the Panasonic Lumix Phone P-05C offers a so-called My Colour Mode with digital filters such as Miniature, Soft focus and Pinhole. In addition, the phone is also capable of shooting Full HD video. There is a dedicated website for the phone, but it’s available in Japanese only.

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Photojojo Announces SLR Lens Mount Adapter for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones
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Photojojo has announced what must be the craziest iPhone accessory yet: an adapter and case that allow you to attach a Canon or Nikon lens to the device. Turning your valued SLR optics into an add-on accessory for a smartphone does not sound like the greatest of ideas, especially given that you obviously lose auto focus (and aperture control too, at least with Canon lenses and most modern Nikkors), not to mention that if you’re willing to lug around a bulky SLR lens you might as well use it on a real camera - but we’re sure it’s crazy enough to ignite the imagination of many iPhone aficionados looking for some telephoto reach and shallow depth of field. If you’re one of them, Photojojo will be happy to sell you the case-adapter combo at $190 (for the iPhone 3) or $249 (for the iPhone 4).

Website: Photojojo’s iPhone SLR Mount

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nokia N9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia N9 is a new smartphone / camera phone with an 8-megapixel image sensor and a Zeiss-branded wide-angle auto-focus lens. Nokia claims the N9 has “the fastest camera on any phone ­– from launch to focus to capture”, with features like Touch AF, a 3.9” AMOLED screen and an f/2.2 maximum aperture. In addition to capturing eight-megapixel stills, the integrated camera can also record HD-quality video with smooth continuous AF. Running on the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan operating system, thee Nokia N9 will be available in three colours - black, cyan, and magenta - with 16GB and 64GB storage options. The N9 is scheduled to be in stores later this year, with availability and local pricing to be announced closer to the sales start..

Thursday, March 24, 2011

iPhone - A Photographer’s Perspective

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Geekaphone has published a five-part series on using the Apple iPhone as a photographic tool. Written by Steve Russell, the series comprises four in-depth articles and a photo gallery. In Part One, Russell takes a look at how the iPhone compares to a DSLR camera. Acknowledging that in “some ways, comparing the camera in the iPhone 4 to a high end DSLR is like comparing a hamburger from the local pub to an 18 oz. porterhouse from Peter Luger’s Steak House in New York”, he starts with the limitations of the camera phone before moving on to the advantages. Part Two and Three examine a few photo editing and photo management apps, .while Part Four is a review of Takayuki Fukatsu’s QuadCamera app and three Jelly Lenses. You might not agree with every argument Steve puts forward in these articles, but the series does make for a good read.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nokia N8 Billboard Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia UK has launched a search for photos taken with its Nokia N8 camera phone for a national billboard advertising campaign. The Nokia N8 billboard competition opened yesterday and runs for four weeks, closing on 7th April. UK residents can enter the competition by visiting Nokia’s Facebook page. The winner will get their image blown up to the size of a huge 96 sheet, billboard advert and displayed near their home.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Samsung Develops 12-Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor for Camera Phones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Samsung has announced its new 12-megapixel CMOS imager based on a back side illuminated (BSI) pixel architecture. The new chip is designed to address an 8.5mm x 8.5mm auto focus camera module with a height dimension of 6.0mm for slim mobile phones. The tiny 1/3.2” sensor supports 12-megapixel full-resolution images at 30fps, and 1080p Full HD video at 60fps, as well as 720p at 90fps and VGA movies at 120fps for slow-motion playback. Samples of the 12Mp imager are available to smartphone manufacturers now with mass production scheduled in the third quarter of this year.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nokia Push N8 Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has produced two different, special Nokia N8 prototypes to show the world what’s possible with these camera phones using a bit of creativity. The prototypes have been produced within the framework of the Nokia Push project, which began in September 2009 when the company called on the hacker and modder community, asking what they could dream to do with the Nokia N900 (the N8 was not available back then). The PushKAPing - KAP stands for Kite Aerial Photography - prototype allows photographers and filmmakers to capture photos and videos with a Nokia N8 suspended from a kite rig by letting them use another N8 on the ground to control exactly what is being shot. The Push Skating prototype takes the world of skate games away from the games console and back to the streets by allowing skaters’ boards to communicate with their N8 to score every single little move they make. Nokia now have four of each prototype to give away to anybody who can inspire them with a creative treatment of how they would show the world what is possible with them.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Panasonic Lumix Phone

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Ever wanted to make phone calls from your Panasonic Lumix camera? You’ll soon be able to, as Panasonic Japan are running an online teaser advert for a new Lumix branded smartphone, which will make its official bow at the CEATEC Japan show next week. The as yet un-named Panasonic Lumix Phone will sport a 13.2 megapixel sensor, 3.3 inch LCD screen, weight 146g and measure 116x52x17.7mm, feature the new Mobile VenusEngine processing engine and use micro SDHC cards. No word yet from outside Japan on global availability or otherwise.

Altek Leo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Like the Altek T8680 we wrote about a few months ago, the new Altek Leo is an Android-powered camera phone with a 3x optical zoom lens. The main difference is the sensor, which is a 14-megapixel CCD as opposed to the 12-megapixel imager found in the T8680; and the addition of 720p HD movie capture. The Altek Leo features a separate camera power button that allows its users to quickly switch it to camera mode without having to scroll through a mobile phone menu trying to activate the camera function. A shutter release button, zoom rockers, xenon flash, GPS receiver, blink and smile detection technologies and a suite of photo editing functions are also on board. At the moment, the innovative handset - which also includes a 3.2”, WVGA-resolution, multi-touch capable LCD screen - appears to be targeted at the Chinese and Taiwanese markets only, although some sources suggest that it may become available in Europe early next year.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Camera Phones ‘No Threat to Real Photography’, Survey Finds

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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A UK-wide survey, whose findings have been unveiled today, asserts that the rise of camera phones poses no real threat to traditional photography. The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Polylooks, Deutsche Telekom’s online photo agency, found that only about a fifth of Britons believe their camera phone is sufficient for their photographic needs. Nearly one in three (28%) respondents owned an SLR camera, with ownership higher among more senior age groups. Polylooks’ survey also found that men (17%) were almost twice as willing as women (9%) to spend more than £400 on a camera. Nearly a tenth of all respondents entertained the thought of going pro at some point, and exactly 10% considered submitting their images to microstock sites. “The British passion for photography remains as strong as ever,” said Norbert Weber, head of Polylooks. “While many of us now have a decent camera as part of our mobile phone, our study shows that not only do most British consumers prefer to use a high-quality camera for personal photography, but that a comparatively large amount would like the option to make money from their images.”

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Apple iPhone 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple has officially launched the iPhone 4, which features a back-illuminated 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, a LED flash and 720p HD video recording. The extra slim smartphone actually has two cameras - the second one being a front side unit that allows one to take self-portraits simply, albeit in VGA resolution only. The main, rear-facing camera is capable of shooting 5 megapixel stills and HD movies at 30 frames per second, and features tap focus - in other words, you can tell the camera what to focus on by simply tapping the subject on the iPhone’s 3.5”, 326ppi Retina Display. Two things that are basically standard features on today’s compact cameras but are missing from the Apple iPhone 4 are optical zoom and image stabilisation. The iPhone 4 makes do with a fixed lens, offering only 5x digital zoom (which is still an improvement over the iPhone 3Gs). Geotagging, on the other hand, is on board for both photos and videos. Available from 24 June, the iPhone 4 comes in two versions (16GB and 32GB), priced at $199 and $299, respectively.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nokia N8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia N8 is a new 12-megapixel camera phone that can also record HD-quality movie clips. With a Carl Zeiss lens, xenon flash and a sensor that allegedly rivals those found in compact digital cameras, the Nokia N8 comes with 16GB of built in storage space and a MicroSD memory card slot. Users can also share location and photos via Facebook and Twitter, using a single app directly on the home screen. Available from the third quarter of 2010 at an estimated retail price of €370, the Nokia N8 comes with free global Ovi Maps walk and drive navigation, guiding people to places and points of interest in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Camera Phones to Shoot Raw in Future?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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OmniVision has announced a new 1/4-inch, 5-megapixel RAW CMOS image sensor based on its 1.4-micron OmniBSI backside illumination (BSI) technology. OmniVision’s 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel allegedly delivers best-in-class low light sensitivity (680-mV/lux-sec) and a small footprint, making it ideal for the ultra-compact camera modules used in mobile phones and notebooks. The sensor provides 10-bit images in RAW RGB format with complete user control over formatting and output data transfer. It is also capable of recording 720p HD video at 60 frames per second (fps) and 1080p HD video at 30 fps. The 720p/60 HD video is captured in full field of view with 2 x 2 binning, which doubles the sensitivity and improves the signal-to-noise ratio.