Posts Tagged ‘smartphonecamera’

New Chemical Iris Technology May Change the Way Smartphone Apertures Work

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As smartphones have gotten smaller and smaller, the need for the cameras inside of them to shrink has become more pressing. One area where there’s a lot of room for improvement is in the traditional mechanical aperture.

As we begin to hit the physical limit of the overlapping blades, researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern have designed an exciting new ‘micro iris’ that uses small chemical rings rather than a physical blades, dramatically shrinking the size of the aperture components in the camera. Read more…

Some Samsung Galaxy S5 Units Plagued by Camera Failure

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Samsung is proud of the camera in the Galaxy S5 smartphone. So proud, in fact, that the company released an ad that called the iPhone out by name. But the company may have jumped the gun now that it has been confirmed that an unspecified number of Galaxy S5s have shipped with cameras that don’t work at all. Read more…

Leaked Product and Sample Images Show Off 50MP OPPO Find 7 Smartphone

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The DSLR megapixel war has slowed down dramatically over the past few years as companies focus on low-light capabilities and other components of the cameras. But it looks like someone forgot to tell the smartphone market. Read more…

Vivitar Working on Interchangeable Lens Smartphone Add-On

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Whatever you want to call the emerging category of camera/lens assemblies that snap onto a smartphone, there no doubt it’s growing. Case in point: Sony’s QX line and JK Imaging/Kodak’s SL series will soon by joined by a Vivitar model that made a very quiet debut last week at CES. Read more…

Samsung’s New Camera Module Promises Steadier & Brighter Shots for Smartphones

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Samsung seems to be hard at work making sure that smartphone camera quality continues to improve in leaps and bounds. In addition to debuting ISOCELL technology a couple of weeks ago, the company has now announced a new smartphone camera module that will offer twice the optical image stabilization of anything on the market, while also capturing better photos in low light. Read more…

The OPPO N1 Smartphone is the World’s First to Feature a Rotating Camera

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Back in July, Chinese electronics company OPPO confirmed that it was working on an “N-Lens” line of camera-centric devices that would be the “most important flagship series for OPPO going forward.”

Well, the first of these devices has officially arrived, and although it is still more of a smartphone with a camera than a camera that can make calls, the phone packs some interesting features, including (according to OPPO) the world’s first rotating smartphone camera. Read more…

Acer’s Newly-Announced Liquid S2 is the First Smartphone to Shoot 4K Video

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The ability to shoot 4K video is usually reserved for higher-end cameras, but that’s all changing. Just like ultra-high pixel counts made their way onto smartphones with Nokia’s 808 PureView and Lumia 1020, 4K video has now infiltrated the mobile device world as well. Read more…

Nokia Claims the Lumia 1020 is ‘The First Smartphone to Put the Camera First’

A few months ago, an Apple commercial touted the iPhone as “the world’s most popular camera.” Nokia’s new ad for the Lumia 1020 takes a less statistical approach: the company is admitting that the 41-megapixel behemoth is first a camera, and then a phone. Read more…

You Can Install the Improved Android 4.3 Camera App on Most Android Phones

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Here’s some good news for the smartphone photographers out there who are sick of all the iPhone-only news that seems to flow down the pipeline daily. It turns out that anybody with an Android 4.0 and later phone can install a copy of the superior Android 4.3 camera app without even having to root their phone. Read more…

Samsung Springs a Leak and We Get Our First Look at the Galaxy S4 Zoom

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With a mechanical shutter and a 41-megapixel PureView sensor, the leaked pictures and video of the upcoming Nokia Lumia phone codename “EOS” have caused quite a stir.

Nokia, however, isn’t the only one that knows how to spring a leak when it comes to high-end smartphone cameras. Samsung also has a high-level camera phone up its sleeve, called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, and yesterday marked its first significant leak. Read more…