Sony revealed the world’s first curved photo sensor last week, and have today followed it up with a sample image showcasing a new display technology that the company hopes will result in cheaper photo sensors while delivering higher-quality images.
Curved sensors are expected to solve problems that flat sensors have with light falling in front of their focal plane in certain conditions, and can also reduce noise while reducing their manufacturing complexity. Read more »
To celebrate the launch of its selfie phone, the Xperia C3, Sony has dived into the history of the selfie and distilled the info into an easy to digest infographic. If you think “selfie” is a recent fad, you’ll be wrong – one Robert Cornelius took the first selfie in 1839.
This Victorian selfie wasn’t snapped with a cell phone in the bathroom mirror, obviously, Cornelius used the daguerreotype process. Read more »
Today Nikon has finally decided to take the wraps off its successor to both the D800 and the D800E full-frame DSLR cameras that were introduced back in 2012. The new device is called Nikon D810, and it sports a 36.3MP CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter.
The D810 thus keeps the resolution of its predecessors, while coming with Nikon’s Expeed 4 image processing engine (the same as the one in the D4s) that promises to greatly improve the quality of your shots. Read more »
DxOMark has finished the long process of evaluating the Samsung Galaxy S5 camera and has given it the highest score of any smartphone to date, 79/100, though it has to share this spot with the Sony Xperia Z2. That said, the Galaxy S5 records the best video yet beating the Xperia by a comfortable margin.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 got an 80/100 score for still photography. It was commended for very good Exposure, White balance and Color rendering in good light. Read more »
Panasonic has announced a new compact or point and shoot camera, called the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The company claims it is the first camera in its class to feature 4K video recording.
The FZ1000 has a 1-inch 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, same as the one on the Sony RX10. It also has a massive 25-400mm (F2.8 – F4.0) zoom lens. The camera can shoot up to ISO12,800 with relatively low noise. The FZ1000 has an ultra fast auto focus with Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus technology that allows it to focus in 0.09 seconds at the wide end and 0.17 seconds at the tele end. Read more »
We announced our Photo Compare Tool almost four years ago and since we’ve amassed a huge collection of camera samples from all the phones and tablets we’ve tested. Since photos are taken in controlled conditions, it allows direct comparison between devices.
However, we recently discovered that time – and the sun – have taken their toll on one of our charts. Read more »
Sony has announced the third model in the popular and fantastic RX series of Cyber-shot cameras, the RX100 III. The RX100 III features the same compact design as its predecessors but turns everything else up to eleven.
Inside, the RX100 III has the same 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type backside illuminated CMOS sensor from the RX100 II but it combines it with a brand new lens and processor. The lens is now a 24-70mm instead of the 28-100mm on the previous two models but more importantly now has an aperture range of F1.8-F2.8 instead of F1.8-F4.9. Read more »
Nikon has announced two new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras in the US. The first is the 1 J4, which was announced once previously (but without the pricing and the availability) and the second is the 1 S2, which is its cheaper sibling.
The Nikon 1 J4 replaces the previous 1 J3. It has a new 18.4 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor with an ultra fast 20 fps burst mode at full resolution. It also has 171 contrast detect focus points and 105 phase detect focus points for greater accuracy. Read more »
4K video recording is slowly starting to become a standard feature in high-end Android phones, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will remain the first phone to have this feature. And it wasn’t just a number on the spec sheet but a well executed feature, which is why it’s not surprising to see it being compared to a DSLR.
In this video, the 4K video of the Note 3 was compared to the 1080p video of the Canon 5D Mark III, a highly proficient camera as far as video recording is concerned. Read more »
Oppo will launch an attachable lens-style camera a la Sony QX in the near future. Live images of the upcoming gadget made the rounds on the Chinese social network Weibo.
The live photos show the bulky-looking snapper attached to an Oppo Find 7. Read more »
Leica has announced a new T-System of cameras, with the first one being called the Leica T. The Leica T is a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, milled out of a solid block of aluminum in a way only Leica can.
Inside, the gorgeous body is a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor with 1080p30 video recording ability. On the back is a 3.7-inch touchscreen display. You can also get an optional viewfinder, that also comes with GPS built-in. Read more »
Lytro unveiled its proprietary self-titled camera – the first of its kind – back in 2011, and now its decided to follow it up with a new light field camera called Illum.
The Illum sports a more conventional design compared to the original’s box-shaped configuration, as well as a revamped interface running on Android that lets you see your 3D scene while you frame it. Read more »
The next generation Galaxy S Zoom device will be dubbed Galaxy K Zoom instead and will be unveiled in less than two weeks. The number of leaks for the K Zoom has been relatively low, but now the first alleged camera sample has appeared.
Update:It turns out that the photo is actually coming from a Sony H200 digicam and not the upcoming K Zoom smartphone and the EXIF has been modified. Move along people, there’s nothing to see here.
The EXIF info lists the device as Samsung SM-C115, in line with previous leaks. Read more »
Sony has released an update for the QX10 and QX100 camera accessories that make them a bit easier to work with. One of the additions is the ability to use the shutter button in half press mode to focus before shooting, which makes one wonder why this wasn’t enabled before.
The second change is improvement to the NFC performance. The connection speed has been improved so now the device will pair quicker with your NFC-enabled smartphone, provided you have the latest PlayMemories Mobile app (v4.2 and above). Read more »
Nikon unveiled a new addition to its interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras dubbed 1 J4. According to the company this is one of the fastest interchangeable lens compact cameras for continuous shooting with autofocus tracking currently on the market.
The compact shooter is said to come with many of the features recently introduced with the company’s more advanced 1 V3 model, except in a more affordable package. Read more »