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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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    With other smartphone technology advancements beginning to plateau, such as display quality (resolution, color, black levels, etc.) and CPU capabilities, OEMs are looking to other areas for differentiation. Alongside things like software features and packing massive batteries, one area several manufacturers have started focusing efforts is image sensing, as indicated by the massive achievements in both 2012 and 2013. First was Nokia's PureView technology with the not-so-mainstream, Symbian-powered 808 PureView, which came packed with a 41-megapixel sensor capable of taking up to ...

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    Taking photos is one of Apple's main selling points for its iPhone line-up. We can't deny that ever since the launch of Apple's old iPhone 4, this has garnered a certain level of positive fame for Cupertino. It's only logical that Apple will search for additional usage scenarios for the iPhone's camera because of this, and new patents point to some ideas that may come. Apple has just patented an iPhone camera remote, which is straight forward in its functionality. It connects though Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to an iPhone or iPod Touch and allows you to control all the camera features remotely in ...

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    Many of us were expecting MWC 2014 to be full of the innovations that we didn't get. Smartphones with 2K displays, and significant camera improvements were just some of the things we predicted, and no company delivered. By contrast, the only company that has teased these features on an upcoming handset is Oppo with its Find 7, and a new rumor has just made this device even more attractive. A leaked image taken by this phone according to the EXIF data claims that the resulting photo is of 8160x6120 resolution. If you do the math, this would require a 50 megapixel sensor in order to ...

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    Update: 24 hours have passed, and the answer lies below! Scroll carefully if you haven't yet seen this month's game submission and you want to preserve your chance for an unspoiled guess! 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 ...

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    Update: T-Mobile has responded to our request for clarification. The press material accompanying this device was incorrect; there is no OIS on this unit. The camera movement we saw is a result of the camera's autofocus system. Pocketnow regrets the error. When we first laid eyes on the Sony Xperia Z1S last month at CES 2014, we weren't exactly blown away. Not because there was anything wrong with the device -its specs were great and its glossy glass construction was just as fetching as it had been on the Xperia Z1 we'd reviewed some months before- but because there wasn't much to set it ...

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    Update: The stated 24 hours have expired, and so the answer to our first smartphone guessing game lies below! Scroll down and be amazed (or not, depending on your guess). When it comes to analyzing the quality of a smartphone's camera, there are two main approaches. There's the guided approach: "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 ...

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    Just as we saw earlier that Apple was granted a patent for a smarter stylus, it seems that Cupertino is hard at work at nailing additional patents. The iPhone has always been famous for the good image quality of its camera, but it seems that Apple wants to take things a step further. The company was just granted two patents for interchangeable lenses on the iPhone. One of these patents deals with the lens' ability to enhance image quality through better optics, and the other patent deals with the lens' ability to attach to the iPhone magnetically. These patents aren't new though. Apple ...

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    Rumors of the purported successor to the HTC One, the M8, are only heating up and growing in number. They're becoming marginally more revealing and helpful. Still, we're missing a few pieces of important information. If you've ever tried to put together a giant puzzle without all the pieces, you know at some point, the only thing left to do is to fill the gaps and holes with your imagination. And when it comes to technology, the imagination is in constant danger of distorting the facts and adding extra digits where they don't belong. Some of the most recent tidbits of information on the M8 ...

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    The year is quickly coming to a close, and looking back, it's safe to say this has been the year of smartphone cameras. HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, Sony, and several others have tried their hand at innovating the next breakthrough in camera technology, creating the perfect balance of mobility, pocketability, and image quality. Some, obviously, did better than others. HTC, for one, proved that while the image sensor on the One wasn't the best in the industry, it's meager 4-megapixel sensor packed a serious punch. LG managed to create one of the most balanced mobile cameras to date ...

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    The Nexus 5 has seen its share of coverage this week - not just at Pocketnow, but all across the internet. It's not just the newest major Android smartphone to see release; it's the once-a-year Nexus phone straight from Google. As such, it commands a degree of exclusive excitement, a hipsteresque appeal that merits a whole lot of media coverage - despite bolder devices hitting the market elsewhere. Much of the excitement for the Nexus 5 comes from owners of the current-generation Nexus 4, last winter's Googlephone Of The Moment that warranted almost the same level of feverish fanboyism. ...

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    As we spent the morning anticipating on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, Google's long-awaited Nexus 5 finally got itself announced today. It was a long slog; even earlier today, as the minutes turned to hours and all those "confirmations" started dissolving into the nothingness from whence they came, it was looking like yet another false alarm. But just as we were starting to retool for a November 1 release date, the Nexus 5 hit the Google Play Store. And when units finally start arriving at buyer doorsteps over the next few days, they'll come packing a feature that I ...

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    After comparing the Sony Xperia Z1 with two of the leading Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, we decided not to neglect the Windows Phone fans out there. Whether they want to switch to the Xperia Z1 from the Lumia 925, or some of you want to decide between getting one of these two devices, this is for your, and not only, viewing pleasure. The conclusion is the hardest thing to draw: if you’re a fain of Android, or Windows Phone, there’s little chance anybody can convince you on the contrary. However, if you’re looking for your first phone, you have to first ...

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    Windows Phone is home to some of the best mobile image sensing innovations of late. And while the app situation is improving, there are still many holes in the content selection. Photo editing apps, sadly, is one of those holes. That doesn't meant there aren't any photo editors. There are. And some of them are pretty nice, but they still fall short of the selections on other platforms, such as Android or iOS. Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phones aren't available on Windows Phone, for example. But there are some decent alternatives. Watch this video to learn about the best Windows ...

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    There are few things in this world more gratifying to me than snapping a beautiful photo with a smartphone. I don't consider myself a photographer, I just like to take pictures of various things for fun. The challenge makes it sort of exciting – how I imagine early film camera adopters felt when snapping photos of the most mundane things and developing the film to see how the shots turned out. And proving naysayers (read: pro photogs) wrong in that smartphones can take amazing pictures is an especially sweet bonus. As such, for the last two years, camera quality has been a key factor in ...

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    If you thought the Palm commercials of 2009 were as weird as mobile tech advertising would ever get, HTC and Robert Downey Jr. have something to show you. That's the conversation that kicks off this week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and it's followed by some heartening news about this year's IFA in Berlin. If the rumors hold true, we should be in for some powerfully geeky, if unconventional, tech in Germany this year - and even if they don't, we've got plenty to talk about in the way of chipsets, Nexii, smartwatches, and phablets. If none of those terms make sense to you, ...

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