As I’ve always said, “Damn, if this isn’t an awesome time to be in the mobile industry“. It’s no surprise that companies like Sony and Samsung produce incredible cameras to accompany their incredible handsets since they’re no strangers to the stand alone camera. Sony has some of the best camera sensors one is ever going to find in a majority of their handsets. Devices like the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion and Sony Xperia S house a 12 megapixel Exmore CMOS sensor with the ability to capture beautiful shots in a number of different conditions. However, the company is looking to one-up itself by announcing an even better CMOS sensor which touts “RGBW Coding” enabling the ability to capture HDR video.
With all the great features that we are looking forward to in the impending release of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, some are more practical than others. This week, The Verge, had an opportunity to sit down with Matias Duarte to spend a few minutes discussing one of the more ‘add-it-cause-it’s-fun features’ rather than focus on more serious stuff.
The video below outlines a new addition to the ICS’ native camera app that allows you to apply real-time video effects. By applying a tweak-filter, if you will, you can create goofy caricature-like effects and distort the persons face or head as you see fit. While focusing solely on the subjects head, the camera can apply these effects without distorting anything else contained within the video. Feel like making your buddy look a bit pudgier than normal? Easy. Feel like making your girlfriend look a tad skinnier than in reality? Just a click away.
These kooky features will now be found within the native ICS video camera and while not very practical, they are bound to provide a bit of fun in between those times you are enjoying the more serious improvements within Android’s latest, and most definitely greatest, OS to date. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.
It has been rumored that HTC is working on a phone with a 16-megapixel camera. We already have proof that Motorola has a 13-megapixel in the works, and now Samsung just announced its new 1/2.3-inch 16 Megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor – the S5K2P1 – with Samsung’s advanced 1.34 micrometer (um) backside illumination (BSI) pixel technology.
“As the adoption rate of CMOS image sensors in the digital still camera market increases, market demand for imagers such as the S5K2P1, which provides clear and fast video, is expected to grow in 2012,” said Dojun Rhee, vice president of System LSI marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Introducing advanced high-resolution imagers based on BSI pixel technology supports further adoption of Samsung CMOS imagers to compact digital camera and camcorder applications.”
The S5K2P1 is optimized for compact mobile CE devices and is suited for premium smartphones. It supports native 16:9 video at up to 8.3Mp resolution at 60 frames per second. For point-and-shoot images, the maximum resolution is 16-megapixels at 30 frames per second without shutter lag effect.
Full press release after the break:
Eager Flickr users have been waiting for the arrival of a native Flickr app for Android. The wait is over as Yahoo! just released it in the Android Market.
You can now take pictures with your Android phone, enhance it with custom filters, upload it straight to your Flickr account, and share on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
- Share photos only with the people you want to with easy privacy settings.
- Full screen browsing and slideshows for your photos, your contacts photos or any of the public photos from the global Flickr community.
- Share the story behind your photo with titles, descriptions, comments and tags.
- Keep your track of where you took your photo by keeping your location data automatically through geotagging.
Back in July we first heard about the Motorola Dinara which is rumored to have a 720p screen and a 13MP camera. Last month we saw the Dinara or the DROID HD posing with the Bionic. We are still not certain if the Dinara is the same phone as the DROID HD or something different.
Late last month we saw a test photo from the Dinara, but it was only at 9MP (4000 x 2248). The 13MP specs continued to stick, but we wanted proof. We just received proof as another photo surfaced, but this time at 4128 x 3096 or 12.8MP. Sure the photo is blurry, but it isn’t about the quality right now, it is more about the pixels.
This is great news, but lets face it, Motorola’s cameras haven’t been the greatest. 13 megapixels is wonderful, but lets hope they finally figure out that quality is more important.
Late last month rumors of the Motorola Dinara surfaced and we’ve been waiting to get our hands on the device ever since. In addition, there are major talks regarding the device’s rumored 13-megapixel sensor. The picture above was produced from the handset and according to our friends over at Pocket Now, it’s a 4000 x 2248 resolution. The word insane comes to mind, however, it definitely lends some credibility to its rumored sensor size. Furthermore, according to Droid-Life, the Dinara is a Droid Bionic successor housing a TI OMAP CPU, has an HD resolution for its display (possibly 1280 x 720) and a bigger screen than the Bionic’s (4.5-inch). Expect this device to be topped off with some LTE goodness and headed for a possible release this winter. Stay tuned to Talk Android for more info and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Recently TeliportMe generated 47,000 users for the alpha version of 360 and logged over 75,000 panoramas. Yesterday it officially came out of alpha with version 2.0 in the Android Market. 360 allows users to take high quality 360 degree panoramas which can be viewed on the app’s 3D viewer and can be shared via Facebook and Twitter. There is also a public real time feed where users can comment on photos. Since the location is tagged to the photos, users can discover other people close by using its “Around Me” option.
- Create 360 degree panoramas within 1 minute.
- Instantly upload and share interactive 360 views directly to Twitter and Facebook
- View panoramas taken all over the world in your public stream.
- Geotag your panoramas automatically and edit location using maps.
- Flat images will be stored on the SD card which can be emailed and viewed without any special viewer required.
- Saves panoramas directly to the SD card
- View panoramas in app on a 3D viewer
- All panoramas taken are in HD
- Save and share unlimited panoramas and view them online at http://360.vtcreator.com.
Check out the video after the break:
Ever wished you had some stealthy software to catch those ever important and critical shots? How about catching that impossible tech in the wild on your mobile phone’s camera with ease all while looking like you’re taking notes? Yeah, we got what you need. Check out Mobile Hidden Camera for Android, can you guess what it does? You got it. Catch those ever important items, events and actions on camera all without the subject even knowing about it. Mobile Hidden Camera allows you to make the best of your megapixels. At a party and want to catch the local drunk on video? Saw your best friend’s girl with another dude? Get it all on camera as non nonchalantly as it comes. Hit the break for the download and to catch the rest of the specs from the developers themselves. And as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below. » Read the rest
For some reason not all companies have gotten on board with the “we like having a panoramic camera” train. HTC in particular didn’t give their phones the option until very recently. What about those of us that still want this option but have an older HTC phone? Evo? Incredible. Well, thanks to xda member jimbo77 you can enjoy Sony’s own Panoramic Camera App, a sweeping panoramic camera. More info after the break. » Read the rest
Want a good laugh at your friends and family’s expense? Do something fun with all of those photos racking up on your sd card for a change. Check out Funny Camera for Android. Select any of the photos from your gallery and arrange for it to fit within dozens of the already provided templates in the app. Throw a face on Wolverine’s body, place your brother’s head on a hot chick in a bikini and toss yourself up on the shoulders of the Man of Steel himself. There’s tons of options to what you can do with the pic. You can rotate it, change saturation, adjust the brightness, switch from black and white, invert photos and more. Once you have your pic all set up, as expected, there are a number of ways you can share it with friends, family and services like Facebook. One could easily spend all day messing with this app. There is also a “tease your friends” feature which allows you to pick a friends photo out quickly and shoot it to them funny style while offering them the ability to download the app themselves. Want to give it a go? Head on over to the Android Market and give it a try. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.