When spy shots of the MTC M8 surfaced, one item that really stood out was the existence of two cameras on the back of the device. The companies that helped develop the new two camera system, Qualcomm and Corephotonics, were on hand to demonstrate the new system and talk about what it will mean for the new HTC smartphone. According to Corephotonics, the new system will provide better zoom capabilities for users, it will produce superior images, and enable adjustable depth of field effects even after an image is captured.
Yesterday, the Galaxy Camera 2 was up for sale in South Korea and Samsung has now officially announced that the Galaxy Camera 2 will be available globally starting from March 10.
The device will be priced at $450 and is available for pre-order on Amazon US. It includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity. It seems that the Galaxy Camera 2 will have a WiFi connectivity only, unlike its predecessor, which had a SIM card slot for cellular connectivity as well.
The device should be available before March and if you’re in the US and interested in buying the device, you can pre-order it from Amazon US now.
Source: Amazon US
Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Camera successor at the CES last month and the company has just started selling it in South Korea.
The Galaxy Camera 2 includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity.
The Nokia X is rumored to come with a 5-megapixel camera, however when it appeared on the CamSpeed database, the detected camera was 3MP. To help clear this confusion, a another picture was taken with the Nokia X (A110) and the EXIF data shows it’s a 5MP photo.
The EXIF shows that the picture was taken with flash and a fixed-focus camera with a resolution of 1,920 × 2,560 pixels (4.9 MP). Previous rumors about the Nokia X indicate that the device will sport a 4-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and has a Dual-SIM option. The device is expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) which is set to take place on February 24 in Barcelona.
Earlier today we reported on a leaked image that appears to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come equipped with a 16MP camera. To help make pictures even better, Samsung will also be using some new LED flash components designed for mobile devices, with the Galaxy S5 leading the way. Samsung unveiled several new components including two reflector-integrated flash LED packages, a flip-chip flash LED, and two side-view LEDs. The components are geared to high-end devices with powerful cameras trying to capture a wide field of view.
As we get closer to MWC 2014 and the likely release of the Sony “Sirius” device as the Sony Xperia Z2, we have some new images that reveal some of the camera functions on the new device. Perhaps of greatest interest to many, even if usefulness may be limited until the market matures, is the presence of 4K video recording. XDA member iRimas, who has the device, grabbed the screenshots showing some of the settings for 4K video and some other features.
If the Nokia X ever gets announced, there’s not going to be anything left about the phone to surprise us. The latest leak comes from a CamSpeed benchmark, which is a benchmark typically to measure camera performance. Nokia’s X phone has shown up in some scores with a 3 megapixel, fixed-focus camera. The original specs we’d heard suggested the phone would have a 5 megapixel camera, so this lowers that bar just a bit.
The benchmark also showed the device running Android 4.1. A few rumors floating around said it would run Android 4.4, but it’s looking like that isn’t going to be the case. Considering how heavily Nokia plans on skinning Android for this phone, they may not have felt it necessary to use the latest and greatest software.
After leaking this morning, we have some new information regarding the camera on the HTC M8. According to developer @LlabTooFeR on Twitter, the successor to the HTC One will feature a 5MP camera rather than the previously rumored 2.1MP one. With the twin cameras and dual LED flash on board, HTC seems to be heavily focusing on the camera with its upcoming flagship device. Currently, HTC is rumored to be holding an event in New York City next month.
Sony’s newest entry into the Xperia lineup, the Xperia Z1 Compact, is apparently having some issues with the camera flash in low light situations. According to users on Android-Hlife and the Sony Mobile forums, taking pictures at night outside or in dimly lit areas when using the flash causes light bleeding, which distorts the pictures. Basically, it looks like the light emitted from the flash on the back of the phone is refracted back onto the lens, causing some pretty washed out images.
The issue is looking like its more prevalent on the pink and lime models compared to the black and white, which is pretty odd. Hopefully it’s something that Sony can get worked out through a software update, but camera problems can be pretty tricky.
Motorola continues to push small updates to users of its newest line of devices by adding core apps to the Play Store that are compatible with the Moto X, the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and the Moto G. The gallery app now features an entirely new user interface, including a slide-out side menu, larger thumbnails, a timeline of pictures, quick access to the camera roll, and albums in a more familiar layout.
You can get the new update in the Play Store— just follow the link after the break.