Tagged With cameraphones

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It's no secret that a smaller version of the Galaxy S4, known as the Galaxy S4 Mini, is on its way. Nor is it hush-hush that a camera/phone hybrid known as the Galaxy S4 Zoom is coming. While there's still no information about when these will arrive on our shores, we just got a little play time with them. Here are our first impressions.

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A pair of photos posted to the Flickr account of Microsoft's Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore appear to be the first real-world samples taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020. Rumour has it the photography-oriented phone will be announced at an event in New York on Thursday. From what we can see in these images, the camera could be incredible.

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Rumours have swirled about the existence of a Galaxy S4 Zoom cameraphone for the past few months, and now Samsung has officially announced its existence. The phone packs a 16MP sensor and is capable of 10x optical zoom, achieved by rotating a ring that surrounds the lens.

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Did you hear about the HTC One's fancy new "UltraPixel Camera"? HTC touts the camera as an end to the "megapixel wars". UltraPixels! Revolution! And, yes, the technology sounds very promising, but, uh, wait a second, what is an UltraPixel anyway?

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A zillion new smartphones are going to be announced soon at Mobile World Congress, each promising camera advancements that may or may not live up to the hype. But before we get there, we wanted to take stock of how good the cameras are in the smartphones you can buy now. Here's how the flagships measure up.

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Given the ubiquity of the camera phone and their ever increasing quality, there are people who are perfectly content having their mobile device also serve as their only camera. I, for one, would likely experience something akin to severe withdrawal if I had to give up my dSLR and shoot exclusively with my mobile phone.

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Innovation is alive and well at RIM, especially in the anti-creepshot vector. A new patent, issued to the company yesterday by the USPTO, would cut down on "inconspicuous" camera shots like the ones taken by corporate espionage enthusiasts and total pervs.

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When we watched the latest ad from Nokia showing off its PureView technology and ridiculously fluid optical image stabilisation, we were stunned. Excited. Happy. If the camera on the Lumia was that good, we wanted it. But it was faked. Nokia isn't showing off what the Lumia 920 can do — that video was shot with a big DSLR.