Because I’m a huge camera geek, the amount of marketing buzzwords thrown in to describe the HTC One’s camera really intrigued me. “Ultrapixels”, you say? 3x the light capturing ability, you say? I don’t believe in buzzspeak, I believe in results; so I decided at the HTC launch to put the One up against the best cameras in the smartphone business: the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia 808 PureView. Check out the sample images after the break.
Android 4.2 is in line to receive a whole bunch of nice new updates. In fact, Adrian, Bob and myself compiled a summary of the three features that we are most excited for.
So, what is probably the most exciting feature by everyone’s books is Photo Sphere. Yes, some may think it’s just a gimmick, but it does have some really cool potential. It pretty much acts as a way to take an image just as the Google Street View truck would. You get a full, 3D effect of your surroundings in a moving image – pretty cool!
The camera has a few other cool options, like filters, non-intrusive menus and other little fixes here and there. The gallery …
Samsung are on a roll over at Unpacked 2012. First the Note II and now Samsung announce the 16MP Galaxy Camera!
Of course the most exciting feature is the Galaxy Camera is as we would expect, Android powered. But rather than being an out and out Android device, the camera is simply powered by a modified-to-suit version of Touchwiz with Android. However, this is a Jelly Bean device. Yes, that’s right, Jelly Bean count 2-0 Samsung. Nice.
Specifically, the unit is an Android–powered, Galaxy-branded, 16MP point and shooter.
The device is of exceptional build quality and features a 4.8″ HD display on the rear with access to a raft of Android-powered apps such as Google+, Gmail, Instagram, Facebook, and more …
Update (Editor’s note): As Graham Bucknell pointed out in the comments below, there appears to be a bit of information on an Australian release. Gizmodo pushed Nikon Australia and got the information that the S800C will set you back around $449-499. It is expected to launch locally on September 27 and I’m sure these things will sell very well. More as it comes.
Nikon have today released the world’s first point and shoot Android powered camera – the S800C. Quite widely rumoured, the unit packs a whopping 16MP and a 10X opitcal zoom with a NIKKOR lense.
What makes it so special, is it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has full WiFi support with B, G and N support.
Nikon rumour-mill site, Nikon Rumours, has been reporting that they’ve got their hands on some renders of the upcoming Android-powered Nikon camera. That is, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered camera that we just don’t know if it is or is not a reality.
From the images you can see that the rumoured Nikon camera runs on Android 2.3. Why a camera manufacturer would use the outdated OS (that does not include many of ICS’ camera-related improvements) is beyond me. However, we have heard of this before and it would seem likely that Nikon would innovate from here onwards and go down this path.
The images above do have an unfortunate error, which could debunk the whole rumour. The image …
So, we’ve got another high-class company taking out some frustration in the modern market on Android OEMs. Fujifilm has elected to take out its patent portfolio and have a browse of what they can sue for today.
And who’s the culprit? Google’s newly acquired Motorola it seems. Fujifilm is taking Moto to the courts for four separate patents which refer mostly to (you guessed it) photography and facial recognition software. If you’re interested in all the mumble jumble than you can hit up any of these links to find out more:
If you’re like me and want the short piece, Motorola is pretty much being taken to court for the process in …
Well, you had them for a couple weeks, and now they’re gone. That’s right, the Facebook team have now removed their shortcuts to Camera and Messenger!
Last month we did a ‘mini-review’ on their then-current update, which introduced the two new shortcuts to the Facebook App features: sharing photos and Facebook chat. It also introduced a couple other features (such as group conversation) which were (and still are) very useful, which they haven’t scrapped. But it seems that due to overwhelming negative criticism they have removed the shortcuts permanently.
Their last update saw the modification of their app images: they added their Facebook ‘f’ symbol to the bottom left-hand side of the two icons. Why? Maybe people didn’t realise they …
I wrote an article some time back about Eric’s vision for the future. Eric’s vision was to have a fully automated house run by Android, and it seems we are getting closer to this idea each day.
Recently Samsung and Panasonic have both noted that they will be investigating integrating Android into cameras. Some people may ask – well, don’t we already have this in every Android phone already?
Not at all! Yes, your camera phone is great for a night out in town taking that photo of your mate sculling his beer. But for when things really matter, most dive back for their compact or DSLR camera. It isn’t simply just down the amount of megapixels your camera …
Samsung seem to have become slightly concerned about Polaroid’s venture into Android powered ‘smart cameras.’ We don’t have any solid evidence (yet) that Samsung has begun research on or manufacturing anything of the sort, but we have gotten word that the Korean tech giant has filed a trademark for a device called, “Samsung Galaxy Camera.”
If this comes to fruition, Samsung will be the first of the major Android manufacturing partners to venture out of the phone/tablet/tv spectrum. This will also mark a major development for Android in that cameras would be a viable market for the multi-talented OS.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a connected camera? Your photos and videos would be uploaded directly to the cloud …