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Apple snagged a patent from the USPTO for a bayonet mount for the iPhone that would be used to attach and swap out interchangeable camera lenses. It could be used for any iOS device, ostensibly, but it really only makes sense on a mobile device with a high-quality camera. Apple notes in the patent that problems with existing means of attaching objects to mobile devices have failed to be aesthetically pleasing and also are not designed to release from the device in the event of a drop. Other solutions for interchangeable lenses on mobile device cameras employ measures such as magnets, but Apple... Read more...
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is coming soon, but its release is reportedly being delayed by an issue with its camera. Specifically, according to Korean news site ETNews, is that Samsung can’t figure out a way to fit all the parts for the device’s 16MP camera together without damaging the lens. The lens module is comprised of six plastic parts, which is one piece more than the 13MP module; however, while the number of parts has increased, their thickness has not decreased, thus leading to a situation wherein the whole unit is a hair too thick. The lens could... Read more...
Sometimes a company has an idea that hits everyone right in the zeitgeist. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are terrific indicators of what people will be interested in buying, because they speak volumes with their support. We’ve seen it in the recent past with projects like Pebble, OUYA, and the Oculus Rift, and smartphone camera lens maker Moment is enjoying some of that same grassroots success. Moment was looking to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter, but it blew way past that amount right away, netting $100,000 in just 28 hours. Currently, with 25 days to go in the campaign, Moment has raised... Read more...
It’s a fact that for most of us, our primary camera is the one baked onto our smartphone. For some shots that’s been fine, and the ability to immediately share photos and video is tremendous, but the world could do without yet another shaky, far-away clip of kids’ soccer games, etc. Moment is addressing the issue of needing better lenses for our phones by developing high-quality external, easily-attachable lenses. They’ve developed wide-angle and telephoto lenses that attach to your smartphone using a tiny metal mount that doesn’t harm your device and can be mounted... Read more...
It’s an old story in tech that one evolving area of a market cannibalizes another, and it’s possible that’s what’s happening with smartphones and high-end digital camera sales. Citing IDC’s research, the WSJ notes that shipments of DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses will drop 9.1% to 17.4 million units, down from 19.1 million last year. One IDC analyst, Christopher Chute, told the WSJ that he’s found that some consumers are eschewing a high-quality camera such as a DSLR and instead spending their dollars on smartphones and tablets. Nikon Df DSLR There’s... Read more...
There's no need to squint, and there's no need to check your calendar: you're living in 2013, but this camera looks like it built in an era that many have forgotten about. Out of left field, the Nikon Df has arrived. The company has thrived on selling huge, high-end DSLRs to professionals, but it struck out with lackluster interchangeable lens options. Now, the Df aims to strike a balance between the two worlds: it's small in terms of being a full-format camera, but it's versatile enough to woo those are serious about imaging. The Df is a full-frame (FX) camera, and amazingly, it ships with the... Read more...
Maybe you still own a point-n-shoot camera or maybe you don't because the pictures from your smartphone are good enough for Facebook. Either way, most would agree that even though built-in cameras on mobile devices are getting better, they're still not as good as dedicated point-n-shoot devices, especially in low light situations. Interestingly enough, Samsung, which has a presence in both markets, is trying to close the gap. The South Korean handset and camera maker has reportedly developed a 13-megapixel camera module for smartphones with superior low light performance. Supposedly the camera... Read more...
The days when camera phones were novelties that shot blurry, low-res photos seem so far away that it’s ridiculous. Innovation in that space has exploded, and Samsung is pushing the envelope even more with a new advanced pixel technology for CMOS sensors in cameras called ISOCELL. ISOCELL is designed to increase the light sensitivity of the CMOS sensor and result in better color fidelity in low-light situations. More technically, “ISOCELL technology forms a physical barrier between neighboring pixels – isolating the pixel. This isolation enables more photons to be collected from... Read more...
Numbers aren't liars, and sales figures from typical point-and-shoot cameras are confirming one thing in particular: that industry is dying. Impressive upgrades in smartphone camera technology has enabled the iPhone to become the most popular camera listed on Flickr, and phones in general are taking the place of conventional P&S shooters. Another wrinkle in all of this is the consumerization of higher-end technologies. Some features that were previously reserved for cutting-edge DSLRs can now be found in a newer breed of camera: the interchangeable lens model. Nikon's first few entrants into... Read more...
Sony wants to move up the ladder in the mobile phone industry, and it plans to do with a new smartphone that boasts a 20.7 megapixel camera. The company is taking aim at third place (behind Apple and Samsung, which represents a healthy share of the market. Can a high-end camera make that sort of difference for a smartphone and its maker? On paper, the Experia Z1’s phone camera looks like it really could rival some traditional, digital cameras. And we’re not just saying that because it has a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor. The camera also has a high quality lens in the Sony F2.0 G Lens. (Keep... Read more...
There's really no arguing it: the smartphone camera is killing the conventional point-and-shoot. There's just no great reason to carry around a $200+ compact camera, when high-end phones like the iPhone boast such capable sensors in a product that most Americans already tote around daily. So, what's a camera company to do? Pivot. Samsung produces both low-end and high-end cameras, as well as smartphones, and it's merging the two to some extent with the Galaxy NX. Positioned as a unique member of the successful Galaxy line, the Galaxy NX is said to be the first connected Compact System Camera (CSC).... Read more...
Nokia's battle in the global smartphone race is an intriguing one, and those who follow technology have long wondered if the company's decision to hitch its wagon to Microsoft was a wise one. When Stephen Elop came in as CEO, Nokia was in a rare position: it could choose which platform it wanted to support for the foreseeable future. Of course, choosing Windows Phone was a polarizing choice. Android loyalists yearned to see Nokia hardware running Google's mobile OS, while early fans of Windows Phone were thrilled to have such a well-regarded hardware maker on-board. Since the Windows Phone OS alone... Read more...
Nokia's battle in the global smartphone race is an intriguing one, and those who follow technology have long wondered if the company's decision to hitch its wagon to Microsoft was a wise one. When Stephen Elop came in as CEO, Nokia was in a rare position: it could choose which platform it wanted to support for the foreseeable future. Of course, choosing Windows Phone was a polarizing choice. Android loyalists yearned to see Nokia hardware running Google's mobile OS, while early fans of Windows Phone were thrilled to have such a well-regarded hardware maker on-board. Over the past couple of... Read more...
When the folks behind Fuel3D say they have a 3D camera scanner, they’re not talking about a simple stereoscopic device; rather the Fuel3D is a “fully 3D surface scanner consisting of a large number of physical and color measurements” including geometric stereo and photometric stereo data, which it then combines to create the image. The kicker is that the device—which kind of resembles a Roomba--costs under $1,000, and it works just like a point-and-shoot camera. You simply attach a tag called a target to the person or object you want to scan and snap the picture.... Read more...
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