HTC M7 to use “ultrapixels” camera sensor?

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Feb 042013

HTC’s next flagship device, the HTC M7, will use a new “ultrapixels” camera sensor that promises to take much better pictures than we are used to from our smartphones. Past rumours have suggested that the HTC M7 would come with a 13MP camera but Pocket-lint has learned that the camera will instead come with three 4.3MP sensor layers (adding up roughly to the rumoured 13MP figure) that will work together to deliver a single image.

Effectively, each final pixel, or “ultrapixel” as HTC will describe it, will be generated using the data from all three sensors. The image generated will not be as large as that of a 13MP camera but promises to be crisper and cleaner and offer better colour accuracy.

Similar techniques have been used by other companies with other devices to achieve similar results. Notable in this category is the Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP camera sensor.

HTC will make its new Ultrapixel sensor a key feature of the HTC M7 when it is announced. The name will presumably help distinguish it from more traditional higher pixel cameras and emphasize the uniqueness of what it offers.

HTC is expected to unveil the HTC M7 at a press event set for February 19th.

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True PureView Windows Phone Nokia EOS smartphone in the works?

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Jan 232013

When Nokia first announced plans to bring PureView to Windows Phone, most expected Nokia to unveil a device that would sport a camera similar to the 41MP one on the Nokia 808 PureView. Instead, the Nokia Lumia 920 was announced with Nokia PureView technology but with an 8MP sensor. It has gone on to impress many with the quality of the pictures it takes despite the different sensor. But now comes word that Nokia may finally release a “true PureView Windows Phone” with the 41MP sensor in tow.

According to The Verge, Nokia is working on a smartphone codenamed EOS. Aside from the upgraded sensor, it will also drop the polycarbonate body in favour of an aluminium one. Nokia is also looking to update the look of its devices for 2013 and the EOS will also sport a new look with squared edges.

The Nokia EOS looks to be a new high-end Lumia model in a product refresh that will also include the Nokia Catwalk, a replacement for the Lumia 920, and a new mid-range device. A Nokia Windows RT tablet is also in the cards. AT&T looks set to be among the carriers to offer the Nokia EOS when it launches.

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Polaroid CEO confirms Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses

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Dec 202012

It appears that the leaked Polaroid IM1836 Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses could be genuine. Just days after the leak, Polaroid CEO has confirmed to Imaging Resource that the company will indeed unveil such a camera at CES 2013. According to an email statement from Scott Hardy, president and CEO of Polaroid:

“There will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013. Additional information and specs will be released during the show.”

Rumoured Polaroid IM1836

If the leaked specifications are accurate, the Polaroid IM1836 will come with Google Android 4.0, a 3.5-inch LCD display, an 18.1MP sensor, a pop-up flash, Wi-Fi, and HDMI and audio outputs. It will also be capable of HD video capture. It will be manufactured for Polaroid by Sakar, a consumer electronics manufacturer.

Details such as availability and pricing should be announced at CES 2013.

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Leak reveals Polaroid IM1836 Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses

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Dec 192012

Polaroid, the famed camera company that went bankrupt in 2008 and has since re-emerged as a purveyor of entry level digital cameras, may be the latest to throw its hat into the new Android-powered digital camera market. Samsung already offers the Galaxy Camera and Nikon recently unveiled the Coolpix S800c. Leaked images and specifications now suggest that Polaroid is about to unveil its own such device, known so far as the IM1836, with one interesting twist: It could well be the world’s first interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera.

Rumoured Polaroid IM1836

Specification details suggest that it will come with Google Android 4.0, a 3.5-inch LCD display, an 18.1MP sensor, a pop-up flash, Wi-Fi, and HDMI and audio outputs. It will also be capable of HD video capture. There are few details about lenses but picture reveal that there will be a 30-110mm one.

There are no details as to availability and pricing at this point. Polaroid has a booth at CES 2013 so perhaps more information will be made available then.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera now available at TELUS

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Dec 182012

Samsung Galaxy CameraThe Samsung Galaxy Camera landed in Canada earlier this month. Initially available only from Black’s Photography stores and The Samsung Storein Burnaby, B.C., it is now also available from TELUS (which happens to own Black’s).

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is first 4G camera powered by Android 4.1 Jellybean. Combining photography and an ultra sleek tablet design, the revolutionary 16MP Samsung Galaxy Camera offers the best of both worlds. Take pro-like pictures with its 21x super long zoom and 1/2.3” BSI CMOS image sensor. The 4G connectivity allows you to share memorable pictures and videos anywhere and at any time on the TELUS 4G Network.

If you’re curious about this hybrid point-and-shoot camera Android device, Samsung has just released an ad starring it and James Franco:

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is now available from TELUS for CA$599.99.

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Video: A closer look at the BlackBerry 10 camera

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Nov 302012

Research In Motion today released a short video giving us a glimpse into how the upcoming BlackBerry 10 camera will work. Not only will it take “great” pictures and HD video but it also promises to “solve some of the problems that you encounter every day when you use a camera.”

One exciting new feature is called Tim Shift. As explained by Arun Kumar, Senior Product Manager, Multimedia at BlackBerry, it allows you to make adjustments to a photo by moving forward and back in time to select the most appropriate photo portion. For example, you can use it to select the moment when your subject’s eyes are open.

BlackBerry 10 will also allow users to personalize photos and share their “life stories with others.”

RIM will unveil BlackBerry 10 and its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, 2013.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera coming to Canada on December 7th

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Nov 222012

Samsung Galaxy CameraSamsung Electronics Canada today announced that the Galaxy Camera [product information] is coming to Canada on December 7th. Billed as “the first truly Connected Camera,” the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a hybrid device that blends the capabilities of a traditional point-and-shoot camera with those of Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices.

“The GALAXY Camera marks the next stage of evolution in the history of the camera and we are extremely excited to make it available to Canadian customers today,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions at Samsung Canada. “Combining world class mobile and digital imaging technologies, The GALAXY Camera gives users the total freedom to take vivid, high quality pictures and videos and share them instantly through their favorite social networking sites or with family and friends without the restrictions of a conventional camera.”

With either 4G or 3G (depending on the model) and Wi-Fi connectivity, users can immediately post their photos to their preferred social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. With access to the Google Play Store, they can also download and use their favourite camera apps, including Instagram. It also comes with a number of Samsung features such as Share Shot.

The Samsung GALAXY Camera will be available on December 7th at Black’s Photography and The Samsung Store, located in Metrotown Mall in Burnaby, B.C. It is expected to be sold unlocked so that you can bring it to your carrier of choice. Pricing information was not announced.

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IFA 2012: Samsung announces Galaxy Camera – a digital camera powered by Android 4.1

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Aug 292012

Samsung Galaxy CameraSamsung today unveiled not only the Galaxy Note II and Windows Phone 8-powered ATIV S but the Galaxy Camera, a device that combines a digital camera with Android 4.1 and wireless network connectivity to create what it calls “a brand new type of device.”

“The GALAXY Camera opens a new visual communication era and shifts a paradigm in communication. With the growth of social networks and the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, people today communicate faster than words. As we increasingly articulate our experiences through pictures and videos the GALAXY Camera has been created to lead the way in this new era of visual communication. Communication becomes more vivid and lively with high-quality images and instant sharing anywhere, anytime,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Galaxy Camera specifications:

  • Type: Digital camera
  • Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1
  • Cellular connectivity (4G model): LTE
  • Cellular connectivity (3G model): Quad-band HSPA+ 21Mbps
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB and microSD cards (micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC)
  • Camera: 16.3MP with 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS, 21x optical zoom, and Xenon flash
  • Connectors: microUSB v2.0, HDMI 1.4 video output
  • Battery: 1,650mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 millimeters / 300 grams
  • Colours: Glossy White

Unlike smartphone cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Camera sports a 21x optical zoom lens that can be controlled either by button or touchscreen. It also comes with the Photo Wizard app which offers 35 photo editing features and a Smart Content Manager app that lets you manage your pictures by creating folders, tagging faces, and even suggesting which pictures to delete when they don’t come out as desired.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera will be available in two connectivity options: One with 3G and another with 4G. Both will also support Wi-Fi. Pricing details were not announced.

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