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Ricoh Theta Review

Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera review: The coolest new gadget to debut at IFA

Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera review: The coolest new gadget to debut at IFA

By on September 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM.

Surprise, surprise. Most of the world is still focused on Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, the Galaxy Note 3, Sony’s new lens cameras and the Xperia Z1 hero phone, so it would be easy to forget about some of the other companies showing off new gear at IFA 2013. As it turns out though, one of the coolest new gadgets to debut at IFA this year — if not the coolest — comes from an unexpected source: Ricoh. That’s right, the same company that makes the giant photocopier sitting in the back of your office. Ricoh makes plenty more than just copiers, of course, and I’ve spent the past week checking out the its new Theta 360-degree camera, which was just unveiled at IFA Thursday morning. More →

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Sony Cyber-shot QX10 Hands-on

Hands on: Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 turn any iPhone, Android phone into a Cyber-shot camera

Hands on: Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 turn any iPhone, Android phone into a Cyber-shot camera

By on September 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

The quality of images captured with smartphone cameras improves dramatically with each new generation of devices. In fact, we’re getting to the point where photos taken with top of the line smartphone cameras like the Lumia 1020 and iPhone 5, and pictures captured by basic dedicated point-and-shoot cameras are nearly indistinguishable. But right now there’s only so much that camera sensor and optics makers can do in the small amount of space available in today’s razor-thin smartphones. What if that limitation was somehow eliminated entirely, however, and almost any iPhone or Android smartphone currently on the market could be instantly transformed into a top-notch Cyber-shot camera? With Sony’s new QX10 and QX100 smartphone accessories, the company has achieved just that. More →

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Samsung Galaxy NX Preview

Hands-on with Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy NX camera

By on June 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM.

Hands-on with Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy NX camera

If you ever wondered what an Android-powered DSLR camera would be like, you’re in luck. Samsung on Thursday took the wraps off of its Galaxy NX, an Android-based camera with interchangeable lenses. The 20.3-megapixel camera feels similar to other high-end cameras. What makes it stand out, however, is Android. Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface runs without a hitch over Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean thanks to the NX’s 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The camera also includes a 4.8-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and 4G LTE connectivity. The NX also sports a 4,360 mAh battery to ensure that it can carry you through a day of shooting. Samsung did not reveal pricing or a release date for the Galaxy NX but while we wait for more info, out hands-on photo gallery follows below. More →

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Samsung Galaxy NX Specs

Samsung debuts Android-powered Galaxy NX camera with interchangeable lenses

By on June 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM.

Samsung debuts Android-powered Galaxy NX camera with interchangeable lenses

Samsung on Thursday unveiled a brand new take the modern camera: The Galaxy NX. Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy NX is the first Android-based camera with support for interchangeable lenses. And unlike the NX’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Camera, this new model features impressive specs and is intended for serious photographers. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Camera Wi-Fi Only Model

Samsung debuts more affordable Galaxy Camera

By on February 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM.

Samsung debuts more affordable Galaxy Camera

Samsung (005930) on Tuesday announced a Wi-Fi only version of its Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The device is equipped with a 4.8-inch 720p HD display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor and a 16.3-megapixel sensor with a 23-millimeter wide angle lens that is capable of 21x optical zoom. It also includes 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. While the company did not announce pricing or availability, the Wi-Fi only model is expected to cost significantly less than comparable models with 3G/4G connectivity that start at around $499. Samsung’s press release follows below. More →

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Camera module

Toshiba’s new Lytro-like mobile image sensor could revolutionize smartphone photography

By on December 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

Toshiba’s new Lytro-like mobile image sensor could revolutionize smartphone photography

Cramming more megapixels into a smartphone with the thickness of a pencil is not the future of mobile picture-taking. Smartphones have hit a threshold where 8-megapixels is more than enough for taking crisp still shots and 1080p HD video. Many smartphones even perform decent under low-light conditions. But according to the Asahi Shimbun, Toshiba (TOSBF) has a new camera module that could change the way we take photos on smartphones anda tablets, forever. More →

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Polaroid Android Camera

Leak reveals Polaroid’s Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses

By on December 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM.

Leak reveals Polaroid’s Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses

Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Camera and Nikon’s (NINOY) Coolpix S800c are just the beginning of a swath of Android-powered cameras. Newly leaked images and specs point to Polaroid reviving its camera business with what could be the world’s first Android camera with interchangeable lenses. With no official name yet, the tentatively named IM1836 camera will reportedly feature a 18.1-megapixel sensor, 3.5-inch touchscreen, pop-up flash, Wi-Fi, HDMI and Android 4.0. More →

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera Release Date

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE launches December 13th for $549.99

By on December 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE launches December 13th for $549.99

As expected, Verizon (VZ) announced on Tuesday it will sell the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Camera with 4G TLE online December 13th for $549.99, $50 more than what AT&T (T) is selling its HSPA+ version for. In addition to the white model, Verizon will also sell en exclusive Cobalt Black model. The Galaxy Camera features a 16-megapixel image sensor, 21x optical zoom lens, 1.4GHz quad-core processor,  a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, microSD card slot and a 1,650mAh battery. With Android and 4G LTE, the Galaxy Camera is well-equipped for both fast photo editing with apps like Instagram and for sharing to social networks such as Facebook (FB).

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Camera Release Date

Verizon may soon launch Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE

By on November 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM.

Verizon may soon launch Samsung Galaxy Camera with 4G LTE

Samsung’s (005930) ingenious idea to cram Android Jelly Bean into a camera with a 21x optical zoom, 4.8-inch screen and with cellular connectivity is nothing short of impressive. The only bone we have to pick with the Galaxy Camera is that it’s only available on AT&T (T) in the U.S. and it only supports HSPA+ instead of faster 4G LTE networks. A newly discovered FCC filing indicates Verizon (VZ) is already testing a variant of the Galaxy Camera on its 700MHz band that does have 4G LTE, however. Verizon and Samsung haven’t made any official announcements yet, but it’s likely that battery life for the Galaxy Camera will take a hit with LTE turned on. If you’ve had your eye on the Galaxy Camera but can’t live without LTE, it might be best to hold out just a little longer — Verizon’s pricing for the Galaxy Camera will likely be similar to the $499.99 AT&T is selling it for.

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy Camera Release Date

AT&T launches Samsung Galaxy Camera on November 16th for $499.99 with 4G and Jelly Bean

By on November 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM.

AT&T launches Samsung Galaxy Camera on November 16th for $499.99 with 4G and Jelly Bean

AT&T (T) announced on Monday it will release the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Camera with “4G” HSPA+ on November 16th for $499.99. The Android-powered camera is equipped with a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, 1.4GHz processor, large 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, 21x optical zoom lens and the latest build of Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Camera will be available with the following plans data plans: AT&T Mobile Share ($10 for up to 20GB) and AT&T DataConnect  with 250MB ($15), 3GB ($30) and 5GB ($50). AT&T’s press release follows below.

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Samsung’s 16MP Galaxy Camera will arrive on AT&T first with HSPA+

Samsung’s 16MP Galaxy Camera will arrive on AT&T first with HSPA+

By on October 4, 2012 at 4:06 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Camera AT&T 4G

Samsung (005930) and AT&T (T) announced on Thursday its Android-powered point and shoot Galaxy Camera, first revealed at IFA in Berlin will be headed to AT&T in the U.S. with “4G” HSPA+ data on board. The Galaxy Camera will not support LTE data speeds. The Galaxy Camera is the first compact camera to integrate Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its interface to allow for instant photo uploads and sharing to a variety of social networks through Android apps. The camera boasts a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, 1GHz quad-core processor and 21x zoom lens. A firm release date and price hasn’t been announced, but AT&T and Samsung say the info will be coming in the next few weeks. AT&T and Samsung’s press release follows below.

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iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S cameras compared – improvements are barely noticeable

iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S cameras compared – improvements are barely noticeable

By on September 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM.

iPhone 5 iPhone 4S Camera Comparison

The iPhone 5′s svelte frame and all of its scratching, light-peaking and poorly delivered iOS 6 Maps app might be the talk of the town, but what about its new and improved 8-megapixel camera? Apple (AAPL) didn’t spend too much time talking about the iSight camera at the iPhone 5′s unveil event because it’s mostly the same as the one found in the iPhone 4S. Thankfully, iMore grabbed an iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S and did a fantastic shoot-out between the two device’s rear cameras. Does the iPhone 5′s camera actually live up to Apple’s marketing hype of “40% faster photo capture, better low-light performance, and improved noise reduction?” Ehh, it just barely edges out the iPhone 4S’s year-old camera.
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