Zeiss VR One able to accept variety of smartphones using custom trays
Lens producer Carl Zeiss is stepping into the virtual reality headset market, with its own device. Similar in construction to the Oculus Rift, the Zeiss VR One works by turning a high-resolution smartphone into a display, similar to how the Samsung Gear VR uses the Galaxy Note 4, though Zeiss' effort will in theory be able to work with a wider array of devices.
New camera processes H.264 video on board
Accessory manufacturer Logitech today announced the Logitech Webcam C930e, a business-oriented teleconferencing web camera that includes an extra-wide 90-degree field of view, support for the H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 video encoding standards, and high-definition digital pan, tilt, and zoom. Carl Zeiss-certified glass lenses are engineered to avoid the fish eye distortion common to wide-angle images.
Full-frame sensor touted, pop-up flash confirmed
Images for a new compact camera from Sony, allegedly with a full-frame sensor, have appeared online. Photos of the Sony RX1, spotted by Photoprice.ca, shows a camera similar to the RX100 in terms of size and general build, but is claimed to have a sensor that would compete with more expensive and high-end models used by professional photographers.
Lumia 820 will have optional wireless charging module, same CPU as Lumia 920
Alongside the Lumia 920 flagship released at its Windows Phone 8 event yesterday, Nokia also showed off another handset, the budget-oriented Lumia 820. The previously leaked handset uses a 4.3-inch, 800x480 resolution display and gets the same dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor as the 920. Otherwise, there is 1GB of RAM onboard and 8GB of storage space complemented by a 32GB microSD memory card slot.
AT&T to get a pink Lumia 900 as an exclusive next Sunday
Nokia's Lumia 900 will soon be available in pink, in addition to white, black, and cyan, though it will only arrive at AT&T. The carrier already offers all three colors, with the new pink one being added on July 15. The Windows Phone handset uses a polycarbonate casing, so Nokia points out that scratches won't remove any pink paint, as the entire plastic piece is pink.
Logitech BCC950 combines HD cam, speakerphone
Logitech has just unveiled its BCC950 ConferenceCam, meant for meetings. It's the first device to combine a 1080p webcam with a full-duplex speakerphone. The camera connects over USB and an included remote control or control pad lets users pan, tilt, and zoom the camera to focus on anyone or anything in the room.
Nokia talks about the history of 41MP sensor
Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone, with its industry-beating 41-megapixel sensor, was more than five years in the making at the company, and the company's Damian Dinning now revealed the project was inspired by satellite imaging tech. Nokia has experimented with folding optics for zoom, but found the solution to be slow and noisy, before realizing images taken by satellites use large resolution sensors and then crop the image and zoom in a specific part of the image.
Ideum 65-inch 3D Presenter made for public spaces
Ideum, which makes Microsoft Surface-like computer tables such as the MT-50, has now revealed its 65-inch MT65 Presenter display that hangs vertically, on a wall. The multi-touch 3D display is meant for public consumption and is thus covered by tempered glass. It can recognize and track up to 32 touch points.
Lumia 800 most popular for pre-orders at Orange
UK wireless provider Orange revealed on Wednesday that the just-released Nokia Lumia 800 now holds the record for the number of pre-orders for Nokia smartphones. Half of the pre-orders are from existing customers who also happen to be eligible for Nokia's free Xbox 360 promotion. The record-breaking customer interest comes ahead of Orange's marketing campaign.
Sony NEX-7 DSLR image shows off controls
Earlier rumors that an upcoming Sony NEX-7 digital SLR will mimic the look of an older Konica-Minolta Dimage A2 appear to be mostly true, as a new digital image of the upcoming Sony shooter has been leaked by SonyAlphaRumors. Still, the image is said to be of a pre-production unit, so some changes may still occur, and even the source says so. A rangefinder similar to that of the Fujifilm X100 is visible on the image as well.
Logitech TV Cam uses Carl Zeiss optics for 720p
Logitech has unveiled its TV Cam for Skype, which delivers 720p video chat to user’s living rooms. The device features Carl Zeiss optics and is compatible with Skype-enabled HD TVs. It has sensitive, dual mics with echo cancellation that allows users to sit some distance away from their TV on the couch, for example, but deliver high quality sound and images to family and friends. To further help cater for lounge room use, the device also has a wide-viewing angle of 78-degrees.
Move forced by Zeiss, Schneider joining MFT?
Coming hot on the heels of news that Carl Zeiss and Schneider Kreuznach have signed up to make Micro Four Thirds lenses, Sony has announced that it has opened up the NEX’s proprietary E-mount system to other lens makers. Moreover, in this instance Sony has opted not to charge a licence fee for the privilege, which given its history of pushing proprietary technologies at a fee is somewhat surprising. The NEX cameras compete in the same space as the Micro Four Thirds market of mirror-less compact-bodied cameras that aim to offer DSLR-like photo quality and interchangeable lens options.
Micro Four Thirds standard gains momentum
The Micro Four Thirds format looks as though it is starting to gain momentum with Carl Zeiss joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standard group jointly founded by Olympus and Panasonic in 2008. Carl Zeiss now joins Schneider Kreuznach who also recently announced that they too have joined the standards group. Micro Four Thirds cameras use lenses that are interchangeable like DSLR lenses but lack a moving mirror and a traditional shutter.
Nokia N8 likely coming to Rogers this year
Rogers will bring the Nokia N8 flagship smartphone to its stable before 2011 rolls around, according to a leaked document from the Canadian provider. Unearthed by MobileSyrup, the text in the leaked promotional material is quick to point out this will be Canada's first 12-megapixel smartphone. Otherwise, the phone has a 3.5-inch AMOLED, a 640x360 display, a 680MHz processor and Symbian^3.
Nokia coming to the US end of September
The flagship Nokia N8 is now available for pre-order in the US, with a ship date set for the end of September. It will be the first Nokia handset to use the Symbian^3 operating system, bringing with it multi-touch support, multiple home screens and live home screen widgets. Users can record full HD video on a 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and play it back on HDTVs thanks to the included HDMI cable.
Nokia officially announces, dates X6 16GB phone
The very recently rumored 16GB X6 handset has now been officially unveiled by Nokia on Tuesday. Unlike previously believed, the device will be available in four color schemes instead of just three, with an all-white model the omission and white with yellow highlights replacing the previously believed white with blue variation. At the same time, Nokia has confirmed the device will not include the Comes With Music download service.
Nokia to out 16GB X6 with new color options
Nokia will soon release a 16GB version of its X6 handset in a number of new colors, according to tech journalist and the editor of Mobile-Review, Eldar Murtazin. The device should be available in black, pink on white or blue on white and will be significantly less expensive than the 32GB version at the equivalent of about $500 versus $640. This is due to the smaller capacity, the lack of a headset and the likelihood of going without Nokia's Comes With Music service.
Nokia 12MP Cams in 2010
If a tip provided today proves authentic, Nokia is poised to upgrade the quality of its camera phones significantly in less than a year. Supposed insiders for PhoneReport say the company will boost the sensor resolution up to 12 megapixels, not unlike Sony Ericsson's upcoming Satio, but that it should add optical zoom instead of the digital zoom that most phones are forced to use. The first phone to see the upgraded photography could arrive by late 2009 or early 2010 and may be a prime candidate for Mobile World Congress in February.
Nokia N86 Leak
While not part of its official plans, Nokia has unintentionally revealed an upcoming high-end media phone. A Carl Zeiss lens white paper (PDF) shows an unreleased "N86 8MP" device and clearly links the phone to the sensor and lens mentioned in the document, describing a 2952x1994 resolution and a comparatively quick f/2.9 lens with a 5.5mm wide angle. The image itself provides few indicators besides showing a conventional slider.
Nokia intros GPS handsets
Finland's Nokia at Mobile World Congress in Spain on Monday introduced two new handsets, the 6710 Navigator slider and 6720 classic candybar, both of which include assisted GPS functionality with mapping and geotagging that work together with their 5-megapixel cameras. The cameras have Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flashes. The 6710 Navigator has a 2.6-inch, 320x240 color screen with a built-in 3D imagine engine and a screen optimized for outdoor viewing along with an ambient light sensor.
Nokia Teases 8MP Cam Phone
Nokia today provided a clue on its company blog that it will launch its rumored "Corolla" phone at next week's Mobile World Congress. A photo published at the site (shown here) has an 8-megapixel resolution previously unavailable on Nokia phones, which normally top out at 5 megapixels, and has EXIF metadata that refers to an "undisclosed" device taking the shot with a Carl Zeiss lens.