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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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    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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