Front-facing flash: is this what our smartphone cameras needed all along?

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When it comes to image quality from the front-facing cameras on our smartphones, our expectations are pretty low. For years now, front-facers have seemed like an afterthought for manufacturers, and we’ve learned not to hope for very much out of them – really, just that they’re there in the first place is all we can ask for. Sure, a few phones have bucked that trend, and new models like the HTC One (M8) really raise the bar, but they’re the exceptions that prove the rule; we’re still resigned to putting up with low-quality, grainy selfies. But what if there was a straightforward, easy way to fix that problem. With its new T2 HD, Lumigon in Denmark asks, “why not give the front-facer a flash?”

If you’ve ever played around with external lighting, you may have noticed what a difference in front-facer performance you can see with just a little extra illumination, and Lumigon is taking this idea and running with it, placing an LED flash next to the front-facing camera’s sensor, ready to help with both still shots and video chat.

We’ll admit: the idea of using a flash to enhance selfies doesn’t sound half bad, but we’re a little less enthusiastic about Lumigon’s belief that this will help with video chats in dark areas; won’t staring into a bright light quickly make it impossible to see whom you’re talking to on your phone’s display? Perhaps we need to try it out for ourselves.

Beyond the front-mounted flash, the T2 HD is a relatively high-end device, with a premium price tag to match. It’s made of steel and glass (and there’s also a real 24-carat gold special edition), is waterproof, has a 4.3-inch 720p display, and storage options go as high as 128GB.  Even for the steel/32GB baseline model, you’re still looking at a price of 730 euros. Sales are set to begin next quarter.

lumigonSource: Lumigon

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!