ASUS Transformer Infinity showcases the finest in tablet photography
Josh, Bryce and I had the pleasure of attending the media launch of the new ASUS Transformer Infinity yesterday in Sydney where the Taiwanese manufacturer outlined their new strategy in tablet design. One thing that caught my attention was the importance ASUS are paying to the built-in camera as an integral part of the mobile experience, as evident by their inclusion of some pretty cool camera technology.
For starters, ASUS have included an 8mp CMOS sensor. To me, 8mp is the perfect resolution for a mobile device. It is large enough to produce useful images that are of a good size, but dont sacrifice image quality. The sensor is also backlit, which reduces the need to increase ISO to maintain a high light sensitivity. Say hello to clear photos in low-light situations. On a mobile device. Boom!
Now the optics. Five elements. Thats what we can expect in the kit lens of an entry level DSLR. Now, entry-level may not inspire confidence in you, but remember, this a mobile device, where the manufacturing tolerances are in the hundredths of a millimetre. The optics also feature a nice large aperture of f2.8, a least a full stop bigger than the average mobile devices camera. Why does this matter, you ask? Bigger aperture makes for more light and better images, as well as better bokeh. Bokeh (pronounced ‘boh-kay’) is that cool effect where the subject is in focus, but the background is all blurry. On a mobile device. How cool is that?!
Throw in a neat little dynamic auto-focus mechanism, Full HD video recording and an LED flash, and you have yourself a pretty cool camera, all on a mobile device. Having tried the camera in my own hands today, let me tell you all how absolutely fantastic is is!
The future of mobile photography is looking good…