Posts tagged with: camera
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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    The HTC 10 is a work in progress. At the time this video was produced, it was still only available for pre-order, and units had not yet shipped to consumers. Given that reviewers had access to pre-release software, we wanted to see how HTC would respond to early criticisms focused on camera performance. This camera represents a significant departure from last year's One m9. Like Samsung, HTC is also walking away from the megapixel wars, reducing resolution to 12MP, while increasing sensor size. This brings us back to the Ultrapixel moniker, and those larger individual dots are designed to ...

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    Update: The podcast is up now and will be sent out at 3pm Eastern on Friday. The HTC 10 makes us wonder if any phone can really be perfect. Galaxy Note 6 rumors are building steam. What might we see on Samsung's next phablet? With the flagship phone market maturing, we'll take a look at why people are waiting longer to upgrade their phones? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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    The Huawei P9 is out with this unique dual-camera module and it has some neat glass from Leica — Leica calls those lenses the "Summarit H 1:2.2/27 ASPH" — as a naming convention, Panasonic has an interchangeable lens authorized by Leica named the "DG Summilux 1:1.4/25 ASPH." As is Leica's wont to make quality lenses for quality rangefinders, though, it did not make the cameras on the P9. So, who made the cameras? Well, MyDrivers seems to believe that Chinese manufacturer Sunny Optical — claimed to be the world's largest mobile phone camera module supplier — has made the module. ...

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    There's little getting around it: if you want the best pictures possible from a digital camera, that means going with the physically largest image sensor you can afford. Unfortunately for the smartphone market, where space is hard to come by and pricing can make or break a phone, simply dropping in a humongous sensor hasn't been the obvious solution it might seem like. Still, we've seen signs of progress, like manufacturers choosing pixel size over resolution with flagship models like the Samsung Galaxy S7. Now a new report suggests that Samsung could be pushing the limits of smartphone ...

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    The planet's tectonic plates have taken a large share of the world's attention this week and mobile technology-related firms have had to respond to these events. Japan Major earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday and Saturday, just north of the city of Kumamoto. As of this post, rescue missions are continuing and growing in difficulty as time passes. But the business impacts of this tremor may make impact some 5,700 miles away in Cupertino. It comes to Apple's major CMOS imaging sensor provider, Sony, which shut down its Kumamoto plant on Friday and has kept ...

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    That picture up there? With the LG G5-ish dual-camera port? And also that Smart Connector? That's supposedly an iPhone 7 Plus. And despite our suspicions of it, a Japanese site covering Apple believes that picture and another one are showing off real (potential) changes. A second picture that we're talking about features CAD renders of some spartan iPhone 7 shells — with due notice to those reserved antenna lines — as leaked from Taiwanese manufacturer Catcher Technologies and picked up by nowhereelse.fr. Editor-in-Chief Steve Hemmerstoffer has also put up a cleaner take on the ...

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    Thursday's the day that Meizu will set onto the world the Pro 6 smartphone. No, it'd be disingenuous to call this an iPhone-wannabe with its antenna lines. Check out that large camera port with the freaky little ring flash below it. Official renders and releases have talked about that inner circle housing a laser autofocus sensor. Here's where rumor has it: that LED ring? Yep, small as it might seem, it could be holding in 10 diodes in there. A good ring flash can get macro (or relatively close-up) subjects completely lit — no shadows at all. For a tiny thing like that, it may be that ...

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    We're going to see numerous smartphone camera experiments over the next several years. Samsung is experimenting with reducing the resolution of the sensor on the Galaxy S7. Asus is experimenting with a hardware optical zoom on the ZenFone. One of the more interesting experiments is using multiple camera sensors. The LG G5 packs two different sensors, with two different lenses. The main 16MP sensor and lens is similar to what we've already seen on the G4 and the V10, but the second sensor is a lower 8MP resolution which is paired with a super wide lens. That second lens approaches a 135 ...

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    The camera on the Galaxy S7 is something of an experiment. Samsung cut back on the resolution, dropping from 16MP on the S6 to 12MP. This effort was made to improve low light sensitivity. At the same time, this camera sensor adopts the Dual Pixel focusing technology found on DSLR cameras in an attempt to speed up focus acquisition. Are these moves just marketing hype, or can we see actual benefits for consumers? Are there any compromises made by lowering the resolution? What the heck is a 4:3 aspect ratio? We're going to cover all of that! We live in a time where the only camera someone ...

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    2016 is off to a fantastic start for smartphone photographers. While we're prepping to review the LG G5, let's compare the current top shooters for each ecosystem. The Galaxy S7 is the new kid on the block. The iPhone 6S is Apple's current flagship, but we can expect the new iPhone SE to perform similarly. We're also throwing in the the megapixel monster Lumia 950. All three are poised to do battle! This trio represents the smaller sized flagship from each respective company. All three shoot native 4:3 aspect ratio frames. The iPhone and Galaxy both have 12MP sensors, while the Lumia saves ...

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    Shooting 4K video on a high-end smartphone has been standard for a short while now — though with the iPhone family, it's a newer addition. It's a feature that few if any true mid-ranger phone have the capability for. And while the iPhone SE is rumored to break at the very end of what a mid-ranger should be priced at, we may be able to see 4K arrive at a new bay. Specifically, one tipster dropped a hint to AppleInsider that the new four-inch iPhone SE will be able to shoot 4K video. A demo video on the device will reportedly feature footage captured on like-devices. It's another rumor ...

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    Ricoh might have taken the lead in the 360° camera vertical with its Theta S. Samsung sidled up to MWC with the Gear 360 with a built-in tripod holding the the device up. But for extreme portability, we ought to give the crown to the LG 360 CAM. The Google Street View team has. It has certified the 360 CAM and has given it API access on the Google Street View app to be able to upload raw images and movies straight into the app — no need to convert the file. The product is first to get the accreditation. With the 16-megapixel 360° images and 5.1 surround sound recording for spherical ...

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    Now that we have an extra week to think about this iPhone SE, we can let a research note from KGI Securities analyst Kuo Ming-Chi. The headline from this note comes up to the camera, now deemed to be 12 megapixels strong like its current-generation "s" compatriots and as opposed to the 8 megapixels that was bandied about. The iPhone SE will likely stick to the A9 processor as talked about, but also have Apple Pay, gently arcing 2.5D glass, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Live Photos and a 1,642mAh battery. There will be 16GB and 64GB models, both costing anywhere within the $400 level. One ...

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    We don’t see “experiment phones” as often as we used to. Smartphone design is largely homogenizing around a limited range of design options and aesthetics. Whenever a company takes a risk, targets a specific niche, it’s always exciting to see what might arrive. Asus is doing just that for the camera crowd, building a phone around one specific feature. This isn’t just a “camera phone”, the clue to their targeted demographic is in the name of the device. Immediately we can drop any pretense of this being an “all rounder” phone, but who is this device actually for? Does the ...

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    It's nice to know that the input of a device can keep up with the output of that same device and vice versa. So when you go to shoot colorful landscapes and artful boudoir with your new Samsung Galaxy S7 camera, you can expect to enjoy it all the more on your Samsung Galaxy S7 screen. The 12-megapixel f/1.7 aperture Dual Pixel autofocus-equipped BRITECELL camera has been paired with a 5.1-inch quad HD Super AMOLED 900 nit-bright screen. And if that word vomit didn't convince you that this phone isn't doing its best to impress you and the critics, well, throw that doubt overboard. ...

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    This is about the only context where putting a cap over a cover makes a lick of sense. Samsung seems to be making a lot of it in general this year with its debut of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge along with the Gear 360. Another product to get the mobile photo buffs out in the world all giddy is the Galaxy S7 Lens Cover. It comes in the form of a rather plain case that subtly invokes a camera grip to really seal the aesthetic deal. The actual lenses that go along into the threaded socket on the S7's camera? They pin down two viewing extremes: a telephoto lens and a fisheye one. And they ...

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    Sometimes it seems that smartphone manufacturers would like nothing more than to give us an utterly flat, two-dimensional handset. And while they continue to make stabs in that direction, right now we're up against a wall where the components that make up our phones are themselves becoming the thinness-limiting factor – and for a lot of models, the biggest problem is the camera. Now, there's definitely progress being made in slimming down camera modules – just look at the expected improvements with the GS7's camera bump compared to that on the GS6 - but some in-development tech could ...

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    If you're not comfortable with the words "maybe," "subject to change," "speculation," "surprise" and "my computer's burning from all this tech, help me," you're probably not going to be excited next week. Backchannel techie Evan Blass said that we were to expect a secondary screen of sorts on the LG G5, but everyone can be mistaken: he later said he was probably looking at the Always ON display feature. Combine that with a freak leak out of India and it's been a hectic day in the LG department. Another surprise? The mid-range X cam handset that the chaebol has pre-introduced may have the ...

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    Post a question publicly about how HTC can improve their smartphone sales and you’ll receive a number of replies from people talking about cameras. @SomeGadgetGuy A camera that wasn't tested by legally blind chipmunks would get my attention. — Russell Holly (@russellholly) February 3, 2016 Is it really that simple? Is that all HTC needs to do to stop the hemorrhaging and turn this ship around? I wonder if this isn’t a convenient reply delivered by us geeks, which ignores other issues facing this company in the consumer space. The camera does need work… To be fair, HTC cameras do ...

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    Who will be the dual-camera king of the hill and who will that king end up serving? While Sony's own mobile hardware sales have sloughed, it's still making money making cameras for many companies including Apple — that company has reportedly been looking for dual-camera system vendors from Taiwan, Korea and Japan. During the company's most recent earnings call, one analyst asked about how OEMs will adopt the technology over the next couple of years. CFO Kenichiro Yoshida responded with an expectation that Sony's own paired camera product would come onto the market sometime next year with ...

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    Cameras continue to be a big talker when it comes to the next generation of iPhones. We heard that Apple would possibly push a quick activation of one of its recent patent applications onto the iPhone 7 Plus. But more musings are signalling the demise of the somewhat kinda-dreaded camera bump that's existed on the last few iPhones. First, word that the iPhone 7 Plus could have a dual rear-camera setup now has some more credence as Digitimes is reporting that several lens manufacturers from Taiwan, China and Japan have sent coupled lens samples for Apple to evaluate. One of those ...

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    The OPPO F1 does not have an engine. It does not pull hairpin turns. And it most certainly will not crash into a heaping pile of flames. But you can drive its eight processor cores up to 1.7GHz. It's manageable enough in the hand to toss around. And while it is possible to crash it in a sense, the software on this thing will try very, VERY hard to not let you do so. As if we already had our fill of auto jokes from the LG V10, this Chinese upstart seems to have added... fuel to the fire. Okay, we'll stop now. The F1 has jumped into a mesmerising mash of metallic mid-range monsters in 2016. ...

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    Hurr durr, it's that joke that every tech YouTuber's making on Twitter, right? But even though Sony isn't really shredding the pipes at CES this year, at least on the mobile end, it's at least trying to impress all of us with some impressive video quality — and it's all coming out of 12 Xperia Z5 Compacts. Those handsets were arranged in a special 3D-printed rig for 360° video and was sent to the Rise Ski & Snowboard Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France to shoot some magic. And since the Xperia Z5 Compact can shoot 4K, Sony decided to do some marketing at call it "48K." YouTube calls ...

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