You probably take your smartphone for granted: it's your portal to the internet, an instant messaging machine, a video recorder, music player and, of course, a phone. It's probably also your primary camera. Be grateful for it: smartphone cameras have come a long way.
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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.
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.
Bloomberg is reporting that Nokia is planning to invest in a Californian startup that creates Lytro-style camera technology slim enough to squeeze into a mobile phone. The company in question is Pelican Imaging, which produces a complex sensor array and combines it with algorithmic processing to allow users to adjust an image's focus after it has been captured.
Like it or not, compared to a DSLR, or even a point-and-shoot, your smartphone's camera sucks. They've gotten considerably better over the years, and they will continue to improve, but their tiny sensors and limited optics means image quality, and their ability to accurately process a scene still have a long way to go.
When HTC first showed the world the One last month, it touted the merits of the camera's larger "UltraPixels". Theory says that larger pixels could produce better images than the competition. In practice? We're pretty damned impressed.
As neat as they are, the Lytro camera's re-focusing tricks aren't going to convince most of us to replace our highly pocketable cameraphones. So a California company called DigitalOptics has found a way to give us the best of both worlds with a new ultra-thin sensor that promises Lytro-like tricks.
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?
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.
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.
On its website, HTC is teasing the fact that it plans to offer up a new "camera experience" when it rolls out its as yet unannounced new flagship handset later this month. But while that's all HTC is saying, rumours suggest that it may be a new three-sensor camera.
Here's a side-by-side-by-side of the Nokia Lumia 920's PureView camera up against the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III. It's pretty darn impressive.
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.