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Samsung launches the Galaxy K Zoom, its latest smartphone/camera hybrid

Samsung launches the Galaxy K Zoom, its latest smartphone/camera hybrid

Samsung has just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy K Zoom camera-smartphone hybrid at its “Kapture the Moment” event in Singapore. Like the Galaxy S4 Zoom before it, the new device features a 10x optical zoom lens on the front delivering visuals to a 20.7MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation, surrounded by a stippled/perforated case that echoes the Galaxy S5 rear. There’s also a Xenon flash for proper flash photography. Flip it over, and you’ll find a decidedly more standard-looking Samsung phone face – a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED display framed with Samsung’s usual speakers, home button[Read More...]

by 1:48 PM on April 29, 2014 21 comments Camera, Phones
Flickr wants to become your new Instagram app

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 two[Read More...]

by 6:58 AM on April 18, 2014 1 comment Apps, Camera, News
Google releases ‘Google Camera’ to Play Store for devices running Android 4.4

Google releases ‘Google Camera’ to Play Store for devices running Android 4.4

After much speculation, Google has this morning released their stock camera to Google Play as a standalone App. It’s available to all devices running Android 4.4+ and it brings with it a brand new interface. The Google Camera App offers the PhotoSphere experience which Nexus owners have enjoyed for years, but on any branded phone running a version of Android 4.4 and upwards. There’s a host of new features as well including the Lens Blur mode : Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views. Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field. Panorama mode with high resolution. 100%[Read More...]

by 6:56 AM on April 17, 2014 15 comments Apps, Camera
Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

Ausdroid Podcast 108 – An Abundance of Phils

Welcome to episode 108 of the Ausdroid podcast! With special guest Phil Nickinson joining us this week, we had to work out the best way to address both Phils. I’m not sure we succeeded on that front. We took a look at this week’s Android TV rumours and picked Phil’s brain with a quick snog/marry/avoid roundtable on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Spoiler: They’re both pretty good phones! There’s also some local news and a bit of rumour-mongering to round out the show. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Dan Tyson, Phil Tann and special guest Phil Nickinson, Editor[Read More...]

by 1:04 PM on April 10, 2014 7 comments Camera, Chromebook, Podcast
Blinky Bill joins Sony PR to help sell their QX Lens-Style cameras

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[Read More...]

by 8:29 AM on April 9, 2014 1 comment Camera, Manufacturer
Good Deal: Samsung Galaxy Camera only $269 from Kogan

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 variable[Read More...]

by 12:21 PM on April 4, 2014 1 comment Camera
Google set to improve camera app

Google set to improve camera app

Google have been talking about cameras on smartphones for a while now and back in February 2013 Vic Gundotra had this to say about the Nexus range We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras I think most of us will agree that the Nexus 5 doesn’t have the best smartphone camera out there, but it was an improvement over their previous offerings. The next step for Google looks to be an improved camera app and they may even release it into the Play Store. This all make a lot of sense to me and would continue with[Read More...]

by 10:32 AM on April 2, 2014 7 comments Camera, News, Rumours
Samsung releases the Galaxy S5 experience App to Google Play – Try before you buy

Samsung releases the Galaxy S5 experience App to Google Play – Try before you buy

LG did it prior to the launch of the G2 and now Samsung has decided to give it a go, they’ve released an App into Google Play which lets you sift through the features of the Galaxy S5 and get a better idea of what to expect if you’re interested in their latest flagship. The App let’s you take a look at five features of the Galaxy S5 – Camera, Speed, Fitness, Life and of course their Gear accessory lineup. You’re not going to be happy if you’re wanting to look at the Gear 2 and Gear Fit though, Samsung[Read More...]

by 3:35 AM on March 21, 2014 0 comments Apps, Camera, Manufacturer
OnePlus reveals details on the camera sensor for the One

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 selected[Read More...]

by 9:31 AM on March 18, 2014 0 comments Camera, Manufacturer, Phones
Galaxy S5 Zoom is coming – 19MP sensor on-board

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,[Read More...]

by 11:02 AM on March 16, 2014 0 comments Camera, Manufacturer, Phones
Sony QX Lens Style Cameras updated to support Full 1080P and more

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 1440×1080 to 1920×1080, 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” camera in December,[Read More...]

by 6:37 PM on February 5, 2014 0 comments Camera, News
John Nack, Adobe’s Photoshop Guru heading to Google’s photography team

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[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on February 4, 2014 1 comment Camera, News, Other
Polaroid Australia confirms that Socialmatic will be heading down under later this year

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 the[Read More...]

by 10:25 AM on January 9, 2014 2 comments Camera, Manufacturer