HTC M8 may feature an upgraded 5MP camera


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.
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact having light bleed issues from camera flash


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.
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Motorola updates gallery application on newest line of devices

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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.

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Pictures of upcoming Sony D6503 leak


iRimas from XDA shared a few pictures of the upcoming Sony D6503 handset today, which appears to be an updated version of the Sony Xperia Z1.

The device appears to have smaller bezels, which could mean a 5.2-inch display. There are also larger speaker holes at the bottom of the phone, and a SIM tray appears to be on the left side of the device as well. It also appears as though there’s room for a microSD slot on the side as well.

The volume rocker, power button, camera key, magnetic pins, headphone jack, and the LED notification light seem to be in the same place as they all were on the Z1, including the camera placement on the back.

Specs haven’t been revealed yet, but we’re expecting Sony to take everything up a notch with their new device. Hit the source link for more pictures. 

Source: Xperia Blog

Polaroid Socialmatic delayed in move to merge retro style with modern Android power


Polaroid has been working on a new camera that they think merges some old-school style with the utility of a modern Android-powered device, the Polaroid Socialmatic. Of course, anyone who remembers old Polaroid cameras knows part of the magic was seeing the picture spit out of the camera and then waiting for it to “develop” so everyone could see the image that was just captured. With the ability to view images virtually instantly on a smartphone screen, there is not much utility in being able to print an image any longer, but Polaroid thinks there may still be some consumers out there that want to re-live the experience. The Polaroid Socialmatic delivers at least partially on that front by providing the capability to print 2×3 copies of images using Zero Ink (Zink) printing technology.
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Qualcomm to show Snapdragon 805 camera improvements at CES


There is no doubt that Qualcomm is using CES to show exactly what the new Snapdragon 805 processor is capable of. A few days ago, we saw a preview of the Ultra Sound Note technology being used. Today, Qualcomm has released another set of videos that gives a look at what the processor can contribute to photography. Chroma Flash, Action Shot, and OptiZoom are all brand new. Chroma Flash takes two photos — one with flash and another without. By doing so, it merges the images together so users do not have a cold photo from the device’s flash.

If your camera struggles with focusing on a particular object, Action Shot aims to solve that problem. Upon tapping the object, the camera will remain focused on it as it moves across the screen. OptiZoom is similar to Action Shot as it has to do with keeping things in the shot. OptiZoom keeps an object in the frame as it is moved around.

Hit the break to watch a short video on each feature. And be sure to stick with Talk Android for our CES coverage.
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Samsung announces Galaxy Camera 2 and NX30, could not wait until CES


After receiving certification in India last week, Samsung has decided to pull the cover off of the successor to its Galaxy Camera. The Galaxy Camera 2 (pictured above) has the same 16MP sensor, 21x zoom capable lens, and 4.8-inch display from before. The changes come in other ways. The battery is now fatter at 2000mAh and the weight has dropped to 9.2 ounces. To power Android 4.3, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM is on board.

Samsung also took the cover off of the NX30 camera (pictured below), the NX20′s successor. This cameras sensor is 20.3MP and takes just 80 milliseconds to find what needs to be focused on. The display is based on one of Samsung’s Super AMOLED touchscreens and it can tilt and swivel to your desire. Samsung has not yet given a release date or price on either camera. Hit the source link to view the press release on each device.

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Dual 5MP camera unit announced by Toshiba, will allow for stereo-3D shots for both smartphones and tablets


Toshiba is making waves in the smartphone camera industry, as the manufacturer just announced a dual-5MP camera module which generate a 13MP image through upscaling. With this development, the camera can be thinner than current 13MP cameras. Smartphones will be able to be made thinner as a result as well.

The dual camera unit also comes with a companion chip which will allow for the simultaneous recording of both image and depth information. The depth data will be applied to objects captured in the image— the result will be somewhat of a stereo-3D image.

While Toshiba hasn’t announced any particular release date on the module, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of it and how smartphone manufacturers will adapt to the new camera technology.

Hit the break for the full press release below.

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Sony’s Xperia Z1 MotionShot camera app available on any device with Android 4.0 and up


Need to get your hands on the Sony Xperia Z1 camera app? Thanks to XDA Forum Member xperiaZ2, you can. Android devices running at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher can download the app that allows users to snap a photograph with motion. This merges the motion into one single image for your viewing pleasure. To download, hit the link below. Just make sure you have at least 500MB available to install the MotionShot camera.

Source: XDA Developers [Download Link]

Moto X Camera update rolling out with manual focus and exposure control

Moto_X_Back_Camera_Lens_Motorola_Logo_TAThe next version of Moto X’s camera, version, is rolling out in the Play Store as we post. The update includes the ability to manually control focus and exposure, support for additional languages, and other bug fixes. To manually control focus and exposure, you need to swipe from the left and access the camera’s minimal settings menu, and tap the icon that looks like a finger pointing to a square. From there you can drag the box anywhere to set focus and exposure.

You can find a download link after the break for the updated camera.

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