Flickr wants to become your new Instagram app

Yahoo has been busy updating the Android app for its Flickr service. The new app is now offering improved sharing through Dropbox and Google+ (something which has been seriously lagging with Instagram) but in addition to this, the update now brings Instagram-like filters and in-depth editing tools. There is also a new feature which enables users to view each photo's metadata, including which camera an image was shot with, aperture setting and more. However there is a small downside to the new update. Where previously you could sign into the app through Facebook or Google, this update eliminates those... Continue reading

Blinky Bill joins Sony PR to help sell their QX Lens-Style cameras

Sony has partnered up with Wild Life Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour for a bit of a promotion on their QX Lens-Style cameras, enlisting the help of Bruce, Aaron, and Bill - three koalas in residence to help show off the selfie. Sony, with help from the keepers at the zoo, showed off how easy to use the lens-style cameras are, with the Koalas taking their own 'selfies'. Tory Cefai, Product Manager, Sony Australia said of the exercise We wanted to know if the koala could take their own selfie. With the versatility of the cybershot QX and a lot of... Continue reading

Good Deal: Samsung Galaxy Camera only $269 from Kogan

With a Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 announced and hopefully on the way soon it's time for retailers to clear stock of the old model and Kogan is leading the charge, dropping the price on the original Galaxy Camera to just $269 + Delivery. The original still has specs which are nothing to sneeze at with a fairly high 21x optical zoom paired with a 16MP OIS sensor, the Galaxy Camera has a 4.8" 1280 x 720 S-LCD screen, 3G Connectivity (850/900/1900/2100MHz) and is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor and running Android 4.1 (Jellybean). Delivery charges from Kogan are... Continue reading

OnePlus reveals details on the camera sensor for the One

The OnePlus One is slowly coming together and the latest piece of the puzzle to break cover is the camera module. OnePlus has revealed overnight that the One will carry a 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 image sensor. In the 'Never Settle' campaign, there's a lot to live up to, the camera on some of the big name phones released in the last year have been quite exceptional so the camera will have to be something. Luckily OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau is aware of this and has addressed the camera in his latest forum post. The camera module has been... Continue reading

Galaxy S5 Zoom is coming – 19MP sensor on-board

With the launch of the Galaxy S4, Samsung went ahead and released a range of phones based on the S4 name, and it appears that they're about to repeat the process. While a Galaxy S5 Active probably won't be released this time due to the Galaxy S5 coming with IP67 protection, a Galaxy S5 Zoom seems to definitely be on the cards. Like the S4 Zoom before it, the S5 Zoom will again not quite live up to the specs of the original. The camera focused phone has shown up on GFXBench showing details of the hardware including the screen,... Continue reading

Sony QX Lens Style Cameras updated to support Full 1080P and more

We've talked about Sony's QX10 and QX100 "lens-style cameras" a lot in the past, and it's nice to see Sony committing to keeping the cameras up to date with new firmware. Sony's January update introduced a few new features: Users now have the ability to change the ISO setting, an increased video recording resolution from (up from 1440x1080 to 1920x1080, or 1080p) and added a Priority Shutter speed function to the QX100. If you've been waiting to jump on board the lens-style camera bandwagon, Sony isn't actually the only game in town. Taiwan-based Altek launched their "Cubic"... Continue reading

John Nack, Adobe’s Photoshop Guru heading to Google’s photography team

Google has stated for a very long time that it was beginning to get serious about its photography efforts, and today it seems they have been successful in moving one step closer, by snatching Adobe's Photoshop Guru, John Nack to help fulfill their photography aspirations. John Nack, was one of Adobe's Senior Product Managers for Photoshop, and had been with the software company for 14 years. During his tenure at Adobe, he led the company to their software's first public beta (CS3) along with the introduction of notable features like Smart Objects. Until todays announcement, which he made via his... Continue reading

Polaroid Australia confirms that Socialmatic will be heading down under later this year

This week at CES Polaroid announced the Socialmatic camera which fuses retro style instant prints reminiscent of their old school instant cameras & Android into one product and it seems that the company is planning on bringing the device to our shores. One of our readers Anthony was able to find out through the companies Facebook page that the Socialmatic will indeed be coming down under, though at this stage there is no confirmed time frame beyond that they expect the device to hit our shores later on this year: Given that the device has been tipped to hit... Continue reading

Samsung launches the Galaxy Camera 2 – to be shown off at CES

Samsung has overnight released a successor to the Galaxy Camera, their Android based camera released back in 2012. The Galaxy Camera 2 is set to be shown off at CES in Las Vegas next week, but Samsung has jumped ahead of the pack, announcing the device with specs and photos to get some press time ahead of the massive consumer electronics show, which is sure to swamp everyones feed over the next week or so. The Galaxy Camera 2 has seen a few improvements on the original model, but if you're looking for improved sensor or zoom, then you're looking... Continue reading

Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 5 aims to fix camera – rolling out over the next few days

The camera on the Nexus 5 is pretty good, but under certain conditions it was decidedly ordinary, but The Verge has received hands-on time with the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.1 - the update which we first saw in our server logs the other day - as well as an interview with Dave Burke, Google's Director of Engineering for Android, in which he describes what improvements users can expect in the update which is primarily about fixing the camera on the Nexus 5. In the five weeks since the Nexus 5 launched, the Android team has been working on... Continue reading

Android addict Christmas buying guide!

It's approaching the end of the year and the FestivusChristmas season is almost upon us, so it's time to start looking at what to get the Android lover in your life as a gift to open on Christmas morning. There's a lot to get to and we've attmepted to get something for almost everyone's budget, the only thing you'll need to consider for some things on this list are the shipping times, so if it needs to be shipped, get in early to allow for delivery. High End Android Handset Everyone wants a new phone and there's quite a range this... Continue reading

Android Camera API is about to get a shot in the arm

Every Android user has at some stage commented on the camera and the features...or lack thereof in Android, but Google is apparently listening and is working on improving the quality of the native Camera API included in Android to include access to some pretty neat features, mainly to do with RAW capture and burst-mode. Gina Scigliano, Android Communications Manager at Google, spoke to CNet about the updates which are actually supported already in the Hardware Abstraction Layer(HAL) in Android but are not yet accesible by the software side of things, at least by third parties. Ms Scigliano said of the... Continue reading

Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom for Australia

Samsung has today announced that another variant in the the Galaxy S4 range, the photography focused Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available in Australian retailers from next week. Revealed back in June, the Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced as the result of Samsung's 'mission to create a single device that can fulfill the role of both an industry leading smartphone and a high-end compact camera'. It's finally arriving on Australian shores and will be available from Samsung retail partners and Samsung Experience Stores in the Highpoint shopping centre, Melbourne and the George Street store in Sydney priced at $699. At... Continue reading