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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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    We've had our eyes caught on Windows Hello for a while. This retina scanning thing, man, is it cool. It's worked well on the Lumia 950 and is working for us while we're writing up our Lumia 950 XL review. But so far, those phones, the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book and several other PCs are the only machines with the tech. Not the case anymore. Tobii, manufacturer of eye-tracker peripherals, has announced that its eye trackers including for its own EyeX Controller as well as the Steelseries Sentry are now compatible with Windows Hello. Peripherals that Tobii makes for other devices are ...

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    When the iPhone 6s was announced with an upgraded 12 megapixel camera, I immediately wondered how that would compare to the 12 megapixel phone camera on the Nokia N8 that I was using many years ago. The reviews for the iPhone 6s's new camera have been pretty good and some are saying it's the best camera on a smartphone ever. In this comparison, we're going to look at how it compares to a few old Nokia phones; the Nokia N8 from 2010, the Nokia Lumia 1020 from 2013, and the Nokia-derived Microsoft Lumia 640 XL which actually was released early this year but is notably a budget smartphone at ...

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    The ink has dried on an agreement between Sony and Toshiba. The two companies have been in talks about the former purchasing the latter's semiconductor factories — factories that also produce CMOS camera sensors for many clients, including smartphone makers. Now we know the finalized numbers on the table and the timeline moving ahead. Sony will pay ¥19 billion or roughly $154 million for the facilities, equipment and other assets from Toshiba's operations located in Oita, Japan and will be under the control of Sony Semiconductor Corporation, a subsidiary. Sony intends to run the ...

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    Nokia saw the need for an optimal optical option in the smartphone market and decided to take apart each step of the picture process for a mobile device. It had the optics; all the optics. But while you can have a nice glass and rack some cool bokeh, it means nothing without translation, without the camera app. The Lumia Camera app, now known as Windows Camera, was the ace in Nokia's second sleeve with some versatile lightroom techniques and creative after effects. But while there was major emphasis on stills, the video suite was shorter-stacked in features. Turns out ...

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    Sony is the camera darling of the smartphone world and with the purchase of Toshiba's imaging unit, boy, does it ever know it. While Samsung has played around with its own snapshot technology, it still does business with Sony for some of its mobile camera work. "Some" may soon include the upcoming Galaxy S7. According to a respected Weibo leaker, it looks like Samsung is asking about Sony's latest IMX sensors for use in its next spring flagship. Samsung is in talks to buy Sony's IMX 300 series camera sensor. Galaxy S7 should still use ISOCELL in addition to IMX 300s, all 20-megapixels. ...

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    That OnePlus X we've been waiting for is here. Coinciding with it, we have a new X-themed app from OnePlus. No, not X-rated, X-themed. It has a pretty rockin' video with soundtrack by Urban Core and just from those 45 seconds alone, you wouldn't be able to tell that it's a OnePlus app. Okay, well, there's that OnePlus X in there. This is Reflexion. It's for iOS and Android and it is a simple shooter that threads a selfie on the wings of the screen with a rear-camera shot at top and bottom. You can adjust the reflection outputs of each pair; the shots are heavily-cropped to Instagram size ...

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    Sony is behind some of the best imaging sensors around, powering some of the top smartphone shooters on the market, from the Galaxy S6 to the LG G4. When we looked at the Xperia Z3, it had one of the better cameras we'd seen at the time ... but since then, other phones (like the aforementioned from Samsung and LG) have seriously stepped up their game, finally even surpassing Apple's long-time imaging lead with the iPhone. The Xperia Z5 has been tested and rated by some as one of the best camera phones around, but can its smaller sibling hold up the family name? Our Xperia Z5 Compact review ...

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    As the V10 was being launched in New York, LG centered our attention to the enhanced video capabilities of the smartphone. From high frame rates to high resolution to high-fidelity audio, it looked like this G Pro successor would have it all. Some people say that things only look good on paper, but I'm just about ready to eat the paper and embrace the future. That's especially considering what we've been through in the history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones. The condensed history of shooting video on our dinky little smartphones In mobile photography this year, we've ...

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    For all the aspects of smartphone design Motorola excels at, it's never really nailed the camera experience. Despite making big promises on the first-generation Moto X and its 2014 followup, each fell flat in the photos department: the pathfinder phone produced terrible low-light results despite its vaunted "ClearPixel" technology, and last year's sequel didn't fare much better despite using a more straightforward 13MP sensor. While the second-generation Moto X camera wasn't "bad" per se, it also certainly wasn't good. With the Moto X Pure Edition (or "Moto X Style" if you're of ...

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    HTC has been in our optical rodeo way too many times. Camera bad. Camera worse. Camera disaster. Sounds like drama much? Probably, but those assessments prove well against the changing camera landscape on smartphones. And each time we find ourselves in the wake of iteration after disappointment after innovation, we put the chips on the table on the Taiwanese OEM's death knell. The company can't get away with this anymore, right? Why is it so hard to do something that we, the media and the tech salon lurkers, characterize as a task so damn easy? Is the camera team incompetent, colorblind ...

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    HTC hasn’t exactly carried a reputation for great cameras in recent years. What began as a bold idea in 2013 with the One M7’s Ultrapixel technology, a statement against the megapixel race in favor of “larger” pixels for pulling in more light, ended in bad execution in the form of an underwhelming 4MP sensor. Last year, HTC pushed forward with its unique Ultrapixel design, and added a depth sensor above for artificial bokeh and other effects. Again, it didn’t go over so well, so this year the company retraced its steps and put a new and improved 20MP shooter into its M9 … can ...

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    The state of play in the mid-range smartphone sector is a crowded one. Nearly all of these devices provide a fluid experience when page peeping or tweet tapping or status swiping. One of the biggest differentiations in this field, though, is how the camera works. This spec usually exhibits the most variation in how manufacturers choose to compromise: the glass, the sensor, the software; all of them are up for the corner-cutting. There's no doubt the Huawei P8 Lite's camera falls victim to this syndrome. The high-contrast picture to the right has a sky blown out, some trees devoid of true ...

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    I recently wrote a piece on the things I'd still like for iOS to do before I'm ready to fully commit and move from my One M9 to an iPhone. Most of those things were features I'd essentially just like to see ported over from Android, but if that's the case, why wouldn't I just stick with what I have? I mean, if Android already has the features I want like custom launchers, tight Google integration, and gesture typing, what sense would it make to switch to a totally different platform? Well ... the iPhone has some pretty sweet accessories. Cases I'll be honest, I don't use cases. I'm ...

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    iOS always gets to bask in the spotlight of attention from mobile consumers, and that’s especially true during device launches and WWDC, the latter of which we just saw last week. But there’s a lot more than just iPhones and iPads out there, and Windows Phone is still a booming platform with a bevy of great and unique features. iPhones are great, just like Android phones and Windows Phones are great, but there are a few things that the people of Cupertino could learn from Windows Phone. A cleaner, more organized interface Consumers seem to have a very straightforward, ...

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    Ahh, BLU. They might buy other manufacturers' devices wholesale, but they do give their darndest to refine them down in sunny Miami, Florida. We're going to find out if their refinements have equipped their latest flagship, the BLU Life One, with a good camera. Keep in mind that this device is retailing on Amazon for nearly $150 with a special pre-sale rebate of $50 going on until June 15th, so we're looking for bang in those bucks. The Life One's Sony IMX135 sensor is a familiar one to Motorola Moto X 2014 owners. The 13 megapixels (4160 x 3120 effective output) are spread over a ...

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    This may come as a shock to you, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted a handheld computer/communicator/sensor device like the tricorders on Star Trek. And while today's smartphones have done a good job on the computing and communicating ends of that spectrum, they’ve left something to be desired on the “sensor” front. So when we were offered a thermal camera accessory for a SEEK Thermal review video, I didn't even mind that it was last-generation hardware; I jumped at the chance. The Seek Thermal hardware is a tiny peripheral that comes in both Android- and iPhone-compatible ...

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    While most users don't really care (or too little) about smartphone camera quality, others are very picky about their stills. Sadly, the device you currently own doesn't always offer the best smartphone camera experience, which was mainly the reason behind Sony's introduction of the QX line-up (with the QX10 and QX100 models, in addition to the QX1 kit) at the 2013 IFA in Berlin. Olympus doesn't want to let Sony take the entire clip-on smartphone camera market, and has introduced the Olympus Air A01, with interchangeable lens. It will be available starting March 6 in Japan, and will go ...

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    Motorola has never been known for its terrific camera performance. I've always appreciated the company's other specialties: its robust hardware, its aggressive styling, and (recently) its innovative software ... but from my first-ever Motorola smartphone to my current daily driver the Moto X, the camera's never made the list of favorites. I've never seen a great photo opportunity and said "Quick! Bring my Motorola phone!" There's always been a smartphone with a better camera, if not nearby then at least on my mind. That's a situation Motorola looks to change with the DROID Turbo camera, a ...

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    Unlike Apple's iPhone or Nokia's Lumia series, Samsung's Galaxy line has never been consistently lauded for its camera performance. While Samsung has proved itself capable of delivering great photos with niche devices like those of the Zoom family, that performance hasn't always bled over to its mainstream offerings. April's Galaxy S5 brought excellent daytime shooting (at the expense of authentic colors) but suffered in low light – and last year's Galaxy Note 3 added wobbly handling and an odd viewfinder to those deficiencies (anyone remember Golf Shot?). Samsung's Note ...

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    Taking photos is an activity practically everyone partakes in, whether it be for a profession, capturing an important moment, keeping track of vital information, or just for fun. Out of sheer convenience, smartphones have quickly become the go-to device for snapping photos for the vast majority of the population, and also because mobile camera technology has improved exponentially since the turn of the century. Smartphones often make rather amazing cameras, and they slip into your pocket much easier than their dedicated point-and-shoot counterparts. It may not be a direct comparison ...

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