Tiltable touch display, 179-point phase detection points in new Sony Alpha camera
Sony has unveiled another mirrorless camera in its Alpha range, one which it calls the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera. The α5100, effectively replacing the NEX-5T and arriving seven months after the α5000 received an update, has the same 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a BIONZ X image processor as used by the α6000, though it exchanges the electronic viewfinder for other additions.
High speed photos taken with help of smartphone app, compatible with many current cameras
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Miniature Polaroid action cam measures 1.4-inches cubed, records 1080p video
A miniature Polaroid-branded life-logging action camera is now available for preorder globally. The Polaroid Cube, first shown at CES in January under the C3 name, measures just 35mm (1.4 inches) in each direction but has a shockproof, water-resistant rubber casing with a built-in magnet for quickly attaching it to metal surfaces.
Bokeh control, gyro sensor used in retro-styled Pentax Q-S1
Ricoh has launched another camera in its Q-range of Pentax compact snappers, which it claims is one of the world's smallest and lightest with interchangeable lenses. The Q-S1 has a 12.4-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, housed inside a retro-styled body which customers are able to heavily personalize, thanks to its wide selection of color combinations.
New PowerShot digital bridge cameras include up to 42x optical zoom
Canon has increased its range of versatile PowerShot digital cameras with two new additions. The new PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS are both bridge cameras with DSLR physical styling, with the two touting extended-range zoom lenses capable of providing wide focal ranges, and though they have similar image processors and sensors, they do offer different photographic experiences.
Optical zoom in Pentax XG-1 extends to 208-times magnification with digital assistance
Ricoh has launched a new bridge camera with a long optical zoom and similar physical styling to DSLR cameras. The Pentax XG-1 houses a 16-megapixel back-illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200, behind a 52-times optical zoom lens giving 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from a 24mm ultra-wide-angle to a 1,248mm super telephoto lens.
Internet camera looks good on paper, runs into problems in everyday use
Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras have become popular due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging, based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review.
Android Wear devices can take photos using paired smartphone camera
Google has updated its Camera app, allowing it to work in tandem with a smartwatch running Android Wear. Version 2.3 of the app, slowly rolling out on Google Play, adds the ability for Android Wear devices to remotely control the camera app's shutter function, though the update also introduces a few other new additions to the software at the same time.
Nikon D4S features appear in new D810
Nikon has launched a follow-up DSLR to its D800 digital camera. Having the same resolution as its predecessor, the 36.3-megapixel sensor in the new D810 is an FX-format version which leaves off the optical low pass filter and works with the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in the D4S, allowing it to improve image detail for both still shots and for video recording.
Nest co-founder says it is about products 'that keep us connected to our homes'
Nest, now owned by Google, has revealed that it is buying Dropcam, a smart home-monitoring camera. The deal for the company cost Nest $555 million in cash, and will see the Dropcam team moving to Nest's Palo Alto headquarters. Despite the fact that it is now owned by Google, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers says that the team behind Dropcam will be "indoctrinated" to Nest privacy policies, which -- currently -- are far more strict than those of Google. Critics, however, are skeptical.
Curved image sensor still in development, mimics human eye
Sony has shown off a new style of camera sensor for the first time, one that has a curved surface. The unnamed curved CMOS sensor is said to offer a number of benefits when compared to normal, flat sensors used in modern cameras, with engineers claiming it to be 1.4 times more sensitive to light than flat equivalents at the center of the sensor, and twice as sensitive at the edges.
Lumix FZ1000 able to take 8MP stills during 4K video capture
Panasonic has introduced a bridge camera that is capable of recording 4K video, as well as standard photographs. The Lumix FZ1000 uses a one-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor that can capture QFHD content, with the 20.1-megapixel sensor also capable of producing 8-megapixel photographs from the 4K video feed while the footage is being recorded.
New options give photo buffs even more reason to use native Camera, Photos app
This is the first of a series of articles rounding up the various known and little-documented new features in Apple's forthcoming OS updates for the Mac and iOS devices.
While Tim Cook, Craig Federighi and others discussed iOS 8 in some detail during the keynote presentation at Monday's WWDC kickoff of the week-long developer conference, time constraints prevented the company from going into great detail about more than a handful of marquee features. As developers and beta testers are discovering, however, Apple has stuffed the upcoming update full of new and enhanced features both minor and major in the year since iOS 7 debuted, including some with tremendous future potential.
Samsung offering NX30 for DSLR trade-ins in June 4th Times Square event
Samsung will be offering owners of older DSLR cameras to trade their equipment for a new mirrorless NX30 for free. The "Ditch the DSLR" event, held in Times Square, New York City on June 4th, will see the electronics giant providing a "sizable amount of NX30s" to attendees, with Imaging-Resource noting the company will also be providing a $50 coupon for the Samsung NX Mini to attendees pledging to switch, but without trading in on the day.
Third generation of RX100 updates image processor
The third iteration of Sony's RX100 digital camera has been unveiled by the company. The Cyber-shot RX100 III improves upon the design of the preceding RX100 II by pairing the same 20.1-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with the Bionz X image processor, used in the Alpha A77, which is said to enhance picture quality and reduce area-specific noise for low-light shots.
App removal comes as company looks to future Creative Labs offerings
Facebook has pulled its Poke and Camera apps from the iOS app store, bringing an end to the apps which were launched as direct competitors to popular mobile apps such as Snapchat and Instagram. The Verge reports on the discovery of the app removals on Friday, stating that the removals come two years after the launch of the apps.
Mirrorless NX3000 has 20.3MP sensor, Wink Shot mode
Samsung has added another mirrorless camera to its NX range of shooters. The NX3000 is a retro-styled camera similar to the NX300, offering a 20.3-megapixel APS-C image sensor, though unlike the NX300 and the newer NX2000, it opts for a smaller side grip, and switches out the larger rear LCD displays for a smaller 3-inch 320x480 version with 180-degree tilting and more room for rear buttons.
Action cam uses 20 megapixel, CMOS image sensor to capture 1080p footage
Pyle Audio, a company known for stereo components and pro audio tools, has introduced a new action camera into their consumer photo lineup. The eXpo Hi-Speed HD action camera captures 20 megapixel images through a sensor featuring CMOS image sensor technology.
Sensor inside updated Alpha A77 II 20 percent more sensitive than predecessor
Sony has launched another camera in its Alpha range, updating the Alpha A77 it released in 2011. The A77 II is a DSLR with a 24.3-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor, similar to the previous model but claimed to be 20 percent more sensitive, though this time Sony has improved the 19-point autofocus of the A77 to have 79 points, including 15 cross points in the center.
16.2MP sensor used in Leica T designed with Audi
Camera manufacturer Leica has unveiled a new interchangeable-lens mirrorless digital camera fashioned from a single block of metal. Made in collaboration with Audi Design, the Leica T has an aluminum unibody design that moves away from the textured finishes of older cameras created by the company, with the solid frame holding a 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor.
Lytro Illum 40-megaray resolution a significant improvement on original camera
Lytro has unveiled its second camera using light-field photography. Just like the original Lytro camera, the Lytro Illum allows photographers to change the point of focus of a shot after the shot has been taken, with the camera's construction updated to look more like a traditional DSLR instead of the original's compact and unusual body.
Advances in phone optics expected by HTC within 12 to 18 months
HTC is looking towards adding optical zooming to its smartphones, the company's camera expert has revealed. Symon Whitehorn advised in an interview that the company expects to see "huge advances in phone optics" in relation to optical zooming within 12 to 18 months, and suggesting a smartphone could reach a DSLR level of imaging performance in 18 to 24 months.
Coolpix S810c uses Android Jelly Bean, has 16MP sensor
Nikon is adding another camera to its popular Coolpix line, with an Android-based device. The Coolpix S810c runs on Android 4.2.2, an upgrade from the Android 2.3 used in the Coolpix S800c two years ago, and while it has a similar 16-megapixel sensor to its predecessor, its optical zoom has been improved from 10x to a greater 12x, doubling to 24x using "Dynamic Fine Zoom."
LG starts Android 4.4 update roll-out for G Flex in South Korea
LG has started to roll out the Android KitKat update to the G Flex smartphone. The update for the curved mobile device will include LG's Knock Code security system, among other changes, with units located in South Korea being the first to receive Android 4.4. Other markets are also expected to receive the software update, though the timing for this will depend on the region and individual carriers.
Head, arm-mounted Panasonic camera offers 200fps video function
Panasonic has revealed its first wearable camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video. The HX-A500 is unusual in its design, consisting of the camera sensor attached to an earpiece connected to an armband-mounted main unit instead of a self-contained box like the GoPro range, with the camera and unit weighing 31 grams and 119 grams (1.1 ounces and 4.2 ounces) respectively.
Sony a3500 retains specifications, appearance of a3000
Sony Australia has leaked the company's upcoming a3500, by putting the Alpha-range camera up for pre-order through its website. Photographs and specifications of the 20.1-megapixel interchangeable-lens camera are available to view, despite the lack of an official launch by the company, with the snapper having few in the way of improvements over its predecessor, the a3000.
NX mini has 20.5MP sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC, flip-up display
Samsung has launched a new mirrorless camera that it claims is the world's slimmest and lightest. The NX mini's body weighs 158 grams (5.5 ounces) and measures 22.5mm (0.88 inches) thick, but still offers a 3-inch flip-up HVGA touchscreen display that flips 180 degrees, making it useful for "selfie" photographs or, as Samsung terms it, group "wefie" shots.
171-point contrast detection AF in Nikon 1 V3
Nikon has revealed the third generation of its Nikon 1 V-series of mirrorless cameras. The 11.4-ounce Nikon 1 V3 offers an 18.4-megapixel AF CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter, up from the 14.2-megapixel version in the V2, the new Expeed 4A image-processing engine, and the ability to shoot at 20fps with continuous AF, pushed to 60 when focus is locked.
Lumix GH4 shipping in late April, May, priced at $1700 for the body alone
Panasonic has released more details about shipments of its Lumix GH4 camera, following its formal unveiling early last month. The 4K-capable device and its optional YAGH interface unit will be shipping to customers in late April or May, depending on the country, with the 16.05-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera being priced at $1,700 for the body alone.
Three bridge cameras, two compact cameras heading to United States
At the same time as launching the α6000, Sony has revealed a new collection of five cameras to add to its existing Cyber-shot range. The Cyber-shot HX400V, H400, and H300 are bridge cameras with high-magnification optical zooms, while the Cyber-shot WX350 and W800 are thin and compact point-and-shoot cameras, including one set to be sold for under $100.
Phase-detection, contrast-detection AF help provide 11fps AF tracked shooting
One month after updating the α5000, Sony has launched another Alpha camera with what it claims uses the world's fastest autofocus in an interchangeable lens camera. The α6000 is able to focus on a subject in 0.06 seconds using Sony's Fast Hybrid AF system, consisting of a 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor working with a contrast-detection AF.
Deal would double number of camera sensors supplied by Sony
Sony is preparing to supply Apple with front image sensors for a future iPhone release, according to a report. While Sony already provides the vast majority of CMOS sensors for the rear cameras of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the manufacturer has apparently entered negotiations to offer both the front and back camera modules to Apple for its devices.
Draft IPO from sports camera producer remains confidential
Action camera manufacturer GoPro has filed plans for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, the company has revealed. The confidential submission on Friday, accompanied by a short press release announcing it, is one of the first major steps for the company to shift from being a privately-held business and into a publicly-held version.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam EC5-12 Blaster to feature 1.77 inch color screen
A new prototype from Nerf shows the company taking new steps in embracing technology: a new blaster in their N-Strike line will have a mounted video camera for recording the dart-slinging action as it happens. Yahoo Tech was able to try out the Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam EC5-12 Blaster -- a motorized, clip-loading platform that shoots darts to 90 feet, featuring a 1.77-inch color screen.
Lumix GH4 increases high-resolution video recording options
Panasonic has unveiled a new mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video, as a successor to the Lumix GH3. While the Lumix GH4 takes after the appearance of the previous model, albeit slightly smaller, it boasts an improved focus on video work, with Panasonic also launching an accessory that adds a host of connections and extra controls ideal for videographers.
Five-axis image stabilization replaced by three-axis version in OM-D E-M10
Olympus has added to the OM-D camera collection with another mirrorless Micro Four Thirds snapper. The E-M10 takes after the E-M5 in terms of its appearance, but it manages to shrink down into a more compact body, and though it could be considered the entry-level camera of the OM-D range, it still manages to add in a few features its two-year-old stablemate does not have.
Rumored X-T1 could have 16MP sensor, weather-sealing
Fujifilm is teasing a new retro-styled X-mount camera that it will be launching at the end of this month. Thought to be called the Fujifilm X-T1, the camera could potentially replace the X-Pro1 as the company's flagship camera, and though the teaser image gives little in the way of clues as to what the camera is capable of, the large number of dials on the top suggest it to be a manual-friendly device.
Galaxy Camera grows up in 2014
At first glance the Galaxy Camera 2 appears to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, featuring the same 16-megapixel sensor, 21x zoom lens and 4.8-inch LCD display. However, a closer inspection reveals several notable improvements that take this camera beyond the first generation.
Now-withdrawn SnappyCam could take up to 60 pictures per second
Apple has confirmed that it has bought a one-man company called SnappyLabs, makers of iOS-only camera app SnappyCam. The app (prior to being withdrawn) was able to take full-resolution picture at up to 30 frames per second, three times more than Apple's camera software offers in "burst mode." With resolution scaling, the app could even manage up to 60 frames per second with continuous, DSLR-like shooting.
NFC, Wi-Fi connectivity features in new Samsung cameras
Samsung has revealed two cameras it will be presenting at CES next week. The Galaxy Camera 2 is an Android-based point-and-shoot device that appears to offer a few upgrades when compared to the original device, while the NX30 mirrorless camera appears to be more a successor to the NX20 rather than the NX300, and is accompanied by a couple of new removable lenses.
Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction
Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.
Valve makes Left 4 Dead 2 free on Steam until 10am PST on December 26th
Valve Software treated customers of its Steam game store to an unexpected holiday gift, by making Left 4 Dead 2 free to play. The team-based first-person-shooter for PC and Mac, which sees a group of survivors attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse, is free to claim through the online store until 10am PST on December 26th, according to PC Gamer, after which it will revert to its usual price.
Combining knowledge of imaging, mobile divisions could lead to better cameras on phones
Samsung has combined two of its businesses relating to smartphones and cameras into one larger business, according to a report. The company's Digital Imaging and Mobile Communications businesses are now apparently a single unit, one which could potentially lead to more impressive cameras on Samsung smartphones in the future.
booq's Python slimpack stores up to two DSLRs and four mid-size lenses
Today, accessory maker Booq has announced its latest photographer's carrying pack, the Python slimpack. Tailored to keep all gear safely secured and easily-accessible, the Python slimpack possesses multiple padded pockets and a main camera compartment that is plush and red, highlighting and protecting black camera gear.
Upgrade to Canon EOS M retains sensor, adds Wi-Fi
Canon has launched a revised version of its EOS M mirrorless camera. The upgraded EOS M2, announced in Japan, retains the appearance of the original but manages to improve its autofocus speed to approximately 2.3 times as fast as its predecessor, as well as using its Hybrid CMOS AF II to scan over 80 percent of what the viewfinder is able to see.
Camera sensor arms race continues with claimed 20MP component
Samsung is reportedly working on a new camera module capable of taking 20-megapixel photographs. The company's Advanced Development Team is apparently hoping to get the high-resolution component ready for shipping in the second half of 2014, something which could coincide with a future major smartphone release, such as a successor to the Galaxy Note 3.
Belkin offers Black Friday customers discounts on purchases from online store
Belkin, an electronics accessory manufacturer, has announced their upcoming promotional offers for Black Friday this year. Customers shopping online can receive deals such as $20 off every $100 spent, up to $500. Buyers at Belkin's online Factory Store will be able to receive an additional 15 percent off orders placed on Black Friday. On December 2 -- 'Cyber Monday' -- buyers will receive 30 percent off everything between 6AM and 10AM PT.
New camera API for Android not included in KitKat release
Google could be working on a way for Android devices to handle RAW image files, alongside the current JPEG images created by the current camera. The public source code for the mobile operating system shows a camera API for Android that was not added to KitKat before its release, due to a comment claiming it was "not ready yet" for inclusion.
Sports 16.2MP sensor, ISO 204,860, 39-point AF system
Nikon has launched its new retro-styled DSLR camera, one it teased for the last week and leaked just before its launch. The Nikon Df is a full-frame DSLR in a 1.5-pound, weather-sealed body with a 16.2-megapixel sensor and an EXPEED 3 processor, similar to that of the D4, with the device also boasting a sensitivity range that goes as high as ISO 204,800.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom reaches US on November 8th
Samsung has confirmed earlier rumors that AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer its Galaxy S4 Zoom to customers, from November 8th. Priced at $200 on a two-year contract or $25 per month under AT&T Next, the Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch qHD screen with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor on the back with optical image stabilization, a Xenon flash, and a 10x optical zoom.