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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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    The latest product from one of the world’s biggest smartphone makers … is not a smartphone. HTC brought us to New York City –and even took us aloft in a helicopter– to show us the utility of its one-handed action camera, and we've got a hardware tour and some quick first impressions! HTC RE hands-on An inhaler. A periscope. A water pipe. The list of everyday objects the RE resembles goes on and on. But that weird form factor makes it easy to hold, and it also makes the RE stand out - or stand up, if you prefer. It fits easily into a pocket and it’s designed to be used ...

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    Sony's cameras are great. We here at Pocketnow swear by them. Most of us use a version of Sony's micro 4/3 NEX series cameras for our stills and videos. Sony's smartphone cameras, on the other hand, haven't always been the best. But in recent months, that has changed. The shooter on the Xperia Z2 was one of the best Android smartphone cameras money could buy. And preliminary reviews of the Xperia Z3 are showing similar results. But what about the miniature version of the Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact? Well, it shouldn't be all that different. Both use the same 20.7-megapixel image sensor and ...

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    Apple calls the iSight camera dotting the back of its iPhone "the world's most popular camera," and whether or not you agree with that bit of marketing-speak, you've got to hand it to the company: the iPhone has carried some impressive optics for a few generations now. The iPhone 6 camera boasts an 8-megapixel sensor with a pixel size of 1.5 microns and an aperture of f/2.2. It doesn't offer the fancy optical image stabilization of its bigger sibling, but it does carry a form of digital stabilization that combines four short exposures into one refined end product. There's ...

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    Ever since the iPhone 4, Apple's smartphones have carried a reputation for having better-than-average cameras. In 2011, Apple's iPhone 4 rose to become the most popular camera on Flickr – no small feat for any camera, much less a smartphone. And to this day Apple's last four iPhones crowd the Most Popular Cameras in the Flickr Community chart. In order from first to last, those top five cameras are: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Per usual, Apple has made the newest cameras even better in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Of the two, the iPhone 6 ...

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    HTC recently sent out invitations to an October 8th event which included the cryptic message "Double Exposure". Double exposure is a term used in photography to describe the repeated exposure of a photographic plate or film to light, which can often produce "ghost images". Subsequently, Bloomberg reported that we may soon see an HTC camera - no, not a camera embedded in a smartphone or tablet, an actual, stand-alone camera. Thanks to the popularity of the GoPro (a small, rugged camera designed for recording extreme situations and "action sports") a relatively untapped niche has emerged. ...

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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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    The selfie phone is an actual thing – or it's becoming a thing. As much as that makes me not want to live on this planet anymore, it's actually a good thing. No, the word "selfie" itself is a monstrosity. But that front cameras on smartphones are finally getting the attention they deserve is a wonderful thing. Today, the front camera is where fond memories and borderline narcissistic social culture meet. A group of friends out for an increasingly rare night on the town all huddle around one person's phone to capture the fleeting moment forever. Meanwhile, fishing for compliments, a ...

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    Xiaomi is making waves in the smartphone industry. It's ousted LG as the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, sold out of its Mi3 in mere seconds countless times, and created compelling product after compelling product. Still, not everyone is convinced Xiaomi is deserving of all the praise and success it has earned seemingly overnight. The four-year-old company sometimes uses some pretty sheisty tactics. It's accused of ripping off the late Steve Jobs' style – from his wardrobe to his presentation style. The company is said to have been built on similar principles as ...

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    We have previously compared the camera performance of the Galaxy K Zoom with the incredible shooter on the Nokia Lumia 1020, and now it's time to continue are detailed look at the performance of this camera/phone hybrid, with our Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Sony Xperia Z2 camera comparison. It was very clear to some of you which one of the aforementioned performed better, taking the camera as the single factor, so now make sure to watch these samples closely. On one hand, we've got the the Galaxy K Zoom, which relies on physical lens to offer up t0 10x optical zoom to images it captures using ...

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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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