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    The Fire Phone is many things to many people: a funky 3D screen; a portal to a Prime membership; a refreshing escape from the normalcy of the typical smartphone world; a gimmick to be disregarded until the next generation – the list goes on. But whatever your personal opinion, the fact remains that as Amazon's first-ever smartphone, the newest Fire is indisputably significant. And part of its significance lies in its camera. The Amazon Fire Phone camera is a 13MP sensor backed up by the usual slew of glowing marketing material on the device's purchase page: it's a "custom-tuned camera ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera is improved over last year's Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom in terms of the imaging chip. Instead of last year's 16MP shooter, we now have a 20.7MP system. Of course, we still have 10 times optical zoom, thanks to Samsung's own lens, as well as optical image stabilization (that comes in handy every time, especially if you are zoomed in). We'll have plenty of impressions and thoughts on the camera capabilities of this phone-camera crossover, but, for now, we'll leave you with a couple of Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera samples. We've got outdoors images in both zoomed ...

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    When I first tried the One M8, I was pleasantly surprised. For the first time ever, I actually liked Sense. I've used Sense UI from its very first release on the CDMA HTC Hero in 2009 and every following iteration on HTC hardware since. Each time, the custom UI felt overbearing – it used too many resources, the animations were excessive, and most of the changes introduced were changes for the sake of change. Sure, some versions of Sense looked nice, but the bugs, slow updates, and inconsistencies weren't worth the trouble. Sense 6 was somehow different. Last year, HTC lightened the load ...

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    When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided style: "We had a gander at the new [Smartphone] from the fine folks at [Smartphone Manufacturer], and we took its camera out for a spin to see how it performed under a variety of lighting conditions. When it comes right down to it, this camera is [excellent][great][good][not so good][horrendous] ... and here's why." And then there's the choose-your-own-adventure method: "We took [Smartphone] for a test drive to see how its camera performed, and rather than taint the results ...

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    HTC built the One E8 as a companion device to its One M8 flagship, intending it as a more flamboyant, slightly cheaper version of the same. It's a phone for markets where dual-SIM support matters, a phone for folks who prefer flashy polycarbonate over brushed aluminum ... and most importantly for our purposes: it's a smartphone that places resolution above creative design when it comes to its camera. With its high-end One M8, HTC opted for an unconventional optical arrangement: a 4MP "UltraPixel" camera working in tandem with a dedicated depth-finding sensor to enable some faux bokeh ...

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    When you consider where we were with mobile imaging just five or six years ago, modern smartphone cameras are incredibly impressive – some definitely more than others. In the last two years, several new technologies have been introduced. Optical image stabilization (OIS) has become something we all would love to see in every smartphone, at least until software stabilization is up to snuff. OIS allows the camera to keep the shutter open longer without being susceptible to the natural shakiness of your hand. This, theoretically, should improve low-light imagery on smartphones, though that ...

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    If smartwatches really want to catch the public's eye, they need to prove to us that they're genuinely useful pieces of hardware worth adding to our lives: giving us something we didn't have before. For some smartphone users, the convenience of wrist-borne notifications may very well be enough, while others of us are waiting to see what additional capabilities arrive. With Android Wear smartwatches now live, developers are already delivering updates for apps that bring new Wear components. Google's getting in on that action itself, and today releases a new Camera app that lets Wear devices ...

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    When LG announced its 2014 flagship smartphone late last month, the new device's camera was one of the halo features the company focused on (haw) during its unveiling. LG had impressed us with optical achievements before: the optically-stabilized shooter built into last year's G2 was one of the highlights of our review of that device, and even its OIS-less counterpart in the curvaceous G Flex managed a few fun shots during our time with it. But this time, LG intimated, was different. A 13MP sensor with a laser-assisted autofocus, dual-LED flash, and something called "OIS+" provides the ...

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    Image credit, left to right: John Gamble; Clay Butch Benskin; Helen Breznik • Since its invention, photography has gone from being a complex craft mastered only by experienced professionals to being easily accessible to all. Pretty much everyone these days carries a smartphone in their pocket, with an always ready-for-action camera. The rise of mobile photography and the ability to shoot and share instantaneously has revolutionized the field and created what has been called a 'democratization of photography'. While many are still wondering about the possible implications of the ...

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    I'll be the first to admit I was a little hard on the One M8's camera abilities and HTC for its decision to stick with only 4.1-megapixels in its flagship smartphone's camera. I'm not here to beat a long-dead horse. I've explained multiple times that 4.1-megapixels is simply a gross camera resolution in a day and age where QHD displays are common on laptops and tablets and 4K televisions are a increasingly common thing. Even today, while I'm more impressed by the M8's camera than I ever thought I'd be, I'm still turned-off by its output resolution more than anything. The absolute best ...

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    A 5MP fixed-focus camera with no flash, no stabilization, no front-facing selfie-shooting counterpart, and no fancy features to speak of. Yes indeed, the Moto E camera is about as bare-bones as it gets. On Motorola's specs page for the Moto E, where even the most minor features are called out in elaborate detail, the optics section is laughably spartan: Of course, such is life on the low end of the smartphone spectrum. We already have some guidance that's helped set our expectations in this area: the Moto E's Windows Phone-based competitor, the much-cheaper Lumia 520, went under our review ...

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    Oppo, unlike many other manufacturers, is taking this camera race to a new level, but not through hardware. Instead, Oppo is taking it to the competition via software, and in a way that, logically, doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. The Find 7 and Find 7a both come with 13-megapixel IMX214 CMOS sensors from Sony. In the standard shooting mode, they max out at … 13-megapixels, of course. But if you enable what Oppo calls Super Zoom (or HD Picture, soon to be Ultra-HD … trust us, we're just as confused as you are), the pair of phones are capable of capturing 50-megapixel images. No. ...

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    "Once we’ve got the 3D pose of each photo, we compute the depth of each pixel in the reference photo using Multi-View Stereo algorithms. MVS works the way human stereo vision does: given the location of the same object in two different images, we can triangulate the 3D position of the object and compute the distance to it. How do we figure out which pixel in one image corresponds to a pixel in another image? MVS measures how similar they are -- on mobile devices, one particularly simple and efficient way is computing the Sum of Absolute Differences (SAD) of the RGB colors of the two ...

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    Michael published the review of the HTC One M8 last Tuesday. In his time with it, he snapped dozens – maybe even hundreds – of photos, not only because that's protocol when reviewing a phone, but for two important, additional reasons: the Duo Camera is a primary feature of the M8, and its camera, especially the resolution, has been a controversial topic since the phone was made official. I've voiced my opinion about it. I wasn't impressed, based on what Michael and many other first-round reviewers had posted. The camera seemed gimmicky, the images it produces are often noisy and lack ...

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    I'm tired of telling you what to think about the HTC One M8 camera. Actually, telling you how to feel isn't what a review is supposed to do; ideally, it provides information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not to buy a particular product. But that information needs to be placed in the proper context, and that always involves injecting some opinion –sometimes a great deal of it– into a piece. Finding a balance between the subjective and the objective is the tough part. Nowhere is that tougher than when discussing a smartphone's camera performance. We're not a ...

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