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There's no question that smartphone OEMs have gone “camera crazy” in recent years. Just a few years ago, it was an oddity to see a smartphone with two rear cameras, and now it's rare to see a new mid-range to flagship smartphone released with any less than three image sensors. Given the demand for multiple high-quality sensors in today's devices, suppliers are finding it hard to keep up with demand. For Sony in particular, the company says that it is running its production lines 24-7 in order to keep up with demand, but even that isn't enough to satisfy its customers. As a result, the company is looking to double capital expenditures for the current fiscal year to roughly $2.6 billion.... Read more...
The log-in credentials for 3,672 Ring camera owners have been leaked this week in a security breach. The leak exposed log-in emails, passwords, time zones, and the names people gave to their Ring cameras. Often those names are specific to where the camera is located, such as "bedroom" and "front door." Using the information that was leaked, an intruder could access the Ring customer's home address, telephone number, and payment information. The payment information included the type of credit card, the last four digits, and the security code. The worst thing about this breach is that it gave the intruders access to live camera footage to all cameras associated with the account. It also gave up... Read more...
Intel has announced what it says is the world's smallest high-resolution LiDAR depth camera. The device is called the Intel RealSense LiDAR Camera L515, and with it, the company is introducing a new type of solid-state LiDAR tech. The L515 uses LiDAR to scan a full scene allowing it to provide a point cloud with up to 23 million points of accurate depth data per second. The camera promises consistent high depth accuracy throughout the entire supported range of the camera starting at 25cm and going up to 9 meters. Intel says that the accuracy of the camera is less than 20mm Z error at maximum range. Intel fits L515 with an internal vision processor, motion blur artifact reduction, and short photon... Read more...
There are few better ways to record memories than video. You have probably recorded clips of birthday parties, vacations, or family holidays here and there. Maybe you enjoy sharing a glimpse of your daily grind to Instagram. Videos help us to share our world with others and reminisce about days gone by. Impromptu filming has become ever more accessible as smartphones have overtaken camcorders with remarkable new capabilities. While smartphone camera quality has improved dramatically year after year with powerful image stabilization capability, shots can still be ruined by human hand shake shortcomings. Most of us need some assistance to get a stable shot - particularly while walking or running... Read more...
The thought of a stranger hijacking your camera and being able to see what you are doing without your knowledge is the stuff of nightmares for most people. Our phones tend to follow us into every area of our lives. Checkmarx decided to see if the cameras that are built into Android phones might be vulnerable to hacking. For their testing, the team took a Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3 smartphone and began to probe the Google Camera app. The team found that there were a number of "concerning vulnerabilities" in the Google Camera app. They also found that the same vulnerabilities impact the camera apps of other smartphone vendors in the Android ecosystem. They specifically cited Samsung's camera app as... Read more...
How good does the camera in your pocket need to be? Well, if your name is Samsung, the answer appears to be "extremely" good. Samsung has started rolling out a new version of the Samsung Camera app in One UI 2.0 beta 4, and a quick tear-down of the new APK (courtesy of XDA Developers) reveals a few interesting secrets. APK stands for Android Package Kit. These files are what the Android operating system uses to distribute and install applications, in some ways similar to an EXE file on Windows. These APKs can also be decompiled using a software tool to reveal their contents. Courtesy XDA Developers In this case, the  teardown uncovered a number of strings which indicate support... Read more...
GoPro cameras were the only action cameras out there for a while, but that's definitely not the case today. There are a bunch of different competitors targeting the action market. In July, Canon rolled out a camera called the IVY REC that aimed right at the GoPro. Not to be outdone, GoPro has unveiled its latest action cameras called the Hero8 Black and the Max along with new mods that go with the camera. The new Hero8 Black camera has some new features that help it to record better video, including HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization. HyperSmooth 2.0 dramatically improves stabilization over version 1.0. GoPro notes that Hypersmooth 2.0 works in all resolutions and frame rates and has a Boost... Read more...
Canon is a big name in the photography world, making cameras that run the gamut from entry-level offerings up to high-end professional cameras. However, Canon has turned to crowdsourced funding site Indiegogo for its latest camera project that is aimed at bringing in new customers who also happen to be casual photographers. The camera Canon has on Indiegogo is called the IVY REC. It's a little camera that has a clip on the side and is meant to be clipped to a strap on just about anything you want to keep it close at hand. It promises to be the "ultimate go anywhere camera" with a clippable design that is lightweight, compact, and rugged. It has no screen to crack; Canon says that the clip area... Read more...
Is 2019 the year of the “foldable” smartphone? It will be if Oppo has anything to say about it. Oppo’s latest patent reveals a foldable phone with no bezels and a unique pop-up camera. Rumor has it that Oppo will officially announce the device by the end of 2019. Renderings of Oppo's Foldable Smartphone-- Image from Let's Go Digital Oppo recently filed a patent with the European Trade Mark and Design Network (TMDN). Oppo has not disclosed anything about the device’s specs, but their patent reveals a few interesting features. First, the device includes an incredibly streamlined design and appears to be bezel-less. Second, the phone includes a pop-up camera. The device includes... Read more...
The smartphone market is hurting right now with fewer and fewer people upgrading their devices each year as changes tend to be minimal. Smartphone makers are more likely to get users to upgrade if they have a key differentiating features, and much of the Android market sets itself apart with innovative camera systems. Samsung is trying this with its 20MP front camera sensor designed specifically for punched hole displays on phones trying to minimize the notch as much as possible. A new report is making the rounds that says Samsung has acquired a camera company called Corephotonics. Corephotonics is notable for two things; one is its fancy Hummingbird camera tech that combines images from... Read more...
An Oppo invite is making the rounds that wants people to tune in on January 16. We won't know precisely what the event is about until tomorrow, but rumors point to technology that is an evolution of tech that Oppo showed off back in 2017 at MWC. That tech was for a slick 5x optical zoom system that uses a prism. That fancy prism was able to bend the light 90-degrees allowing the lens for the zoom function to be horizontal across the device to overcome the packing constraints of thin smartphone designs. As cool as that zoom tech was, Oppo never put it into a commercially available smartphone. That may be changing with rumors pointing to a refined version of that tech making its debut at tomorrow's... Read more...
Google launched its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones in October, and so far the devices have proven to be popular with Android fans. However, there have been some significant issues with these devices including a flaw that prevented the smartphone from saving photos in some instances. Some Pixel 3 devices have also suffered from a bug that resulted in two notches being displayed on the screen. Another Pixel 3 camera bug has surfaced, and this one causes the camera to encounter a fatal error that prevents the camera from working at all until the phone is rebooted. Reports indicate that the failure occurs when owners attempt to use the camera in third-party apps. When the error is triggered,... Read more...
Sony has announced a new digital camera that it claims to be the world's smallest compact camera with a 24-720mm zoom lens: the Cyber-shot HX99 (DSC-HX99). The small size of the camera makes it well suited for travel, yet the high zoom rate allows you to get closer to far away subjects. The lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-720mm High Magnification Zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot integrated. Image stabilization is important at high zoom levels, or you end up with close up, blurry images. Sony integrates a Zoom Assist function that makes it easier to zoom accurately and keep distant subjects in the frame by temporarily zooming-out to show the shooter a wider area. A BIONZ X processing engine... Read more...
Facebook and RED Digital Cinema have been collaborating on what the duo calls the world's first end-to-end solution for 3D and 360 video capture. Facebook and RED are offering a first look at the Manifold camera, which is a studio-ready camera system for immersive six degrees of freedom storytelling, and Facebook notes that the camera will allow creative pros to connect with audiences in a "bold new way." This tech could allow moviegoers to watch the action from inside the film in a much more immersive way than was possible before. However, Facebook and RED note that there is "plenty more work on the horizon." Facebook believes that this camera represents a paradigm shift in the ability... Read more...
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