Posts with tag Camera
Rather serious camera issues
First, we learned that the Galaxy S5 can be spoofed by fake fingerprints and now we have news that the impressive 16-megapixel sensor is having some rather serious issues.
The issue, which seems to only be affecting Verizon devices, causes units to pop up with a random “Camera Error” with seemingly no reason behind the issue. Once this error is received, the camera sensor becomes permanently disabled with none of the usual software tricks working. The only way to fix the problem is to get the device swapped under warranty, which Samsung will do if you call a number or if you go to a carrier.
According to The Verge, the issue isn’t too big yet but it’s still something to be aware of.
Source: The Verge
If Intel has anything to say about it
The “RealSense 3D” camera, as Intel calls it, will be present in some new PCs manufactured by Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, and NEC in various laptops, all-in-ones and two-in-ones. Software partners for this new platform include 3D Systems, Autodesk, DreamWorks, Scholastic, Metaio and even Microsoft’s Skype and Lync services will use it.
The hardware itself is based around a 1080p camera that, like the Kinect, is capable of tracking your individual movements including your fingers and your face. In Skype, it will be capable of removing everything but yourself from the video call, and Scholastic plans to use it in their games for children to bring more interactivity into the game. Intel’s partnership with 3D Systems (and perhaps Autodesk) means that you could also use the new camera as a 3D printer.
All in all, it sounds like something really exciting. Or perhaps it will simply be viewed as a gimmick?
Source: The Verge
Sneaky and rude
This one’s a bit of a bummer and quite surprising on the part of the usually fairly innocent Nikon. According to users of the company’s D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200 and Coolpix P7700 cameras, a new firmware update that was meant to improve battery monitoring performance of their cameras has also done one other more nefarious act, one of injustice – Nikon appears to have taken the new firmware update as an opportunity to kill third party battery support, requiring customers to purchase much more expensive and sometimes lower capacity or lower quality batteries in the process.
To make matters worse, nobody’s yet to find a way to roll back on the firmware update, so if you’ve got an effected Nikon camera your only choice of recourse at the present moment is to go out and buy an expensive OEM battery. Sigh. Nikon, how could you?
Source: Nikon Rumors
Prepare for the flat revolution
The flat revolution has begun. But that’s not just me proclaiming that, that’s Apple – and apparently a large part of iOS’s third party ecosystem. To my surprise, I woke up to not one, not two, but nearly ten updates to my iPhone and iPad’s installed applications requesting access to perform updates. And, you guessed it, nearly all of them have included a brand new flat user design to better match iOS 7.
In the screenshot above, you can see Camera+ (4.0) – my favorite camera application, eBay (3.1), and Pandora (5.0), each sporting a brand new flat user interface in order to seem more at home on Apple’s new operating system. Like Apple, developers have largely decided to remove any traces of skeuomorphism – the digital imitation of a physical object – and have created a new, digitally authentic design centered around “flatness” and, yes, sporting some gradients here and there.
Though many applications will revert to their previous user interface while using the app on an iOS 6 and prior device, you’ll find that many of your applications will already sport their new designs once upgrading to iOS 7. Foursquare has already completed their evolution, and with thousands if not more following today and in the days ahead, it’s a big time for the Apple App Store.
Okay, this is getting out of hand
Move over, Lumia 1020 because you’re about to be replaced by a watch. Yes, a Swiss company called Hyetis has announced they’re working to bring a smartwatch to the world, and it will have a 41-megapixel camera on it.
The smartwatch called Crossbow has what seems to be your typical analogue clock face on it – none of that fancy digital e-ink stuff here. What makes it special is the 41-megapixel camera, of course, but it also claims to support NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and compatibility with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The case is also made of titanium and ceramic, so it should survive getting beat up fairly well.
Interested? It’s going to set you back a whopping $1,200. Hmm. That Lumia 1020 I mentioned a couple paragraphs ago? Yeah, maybe you should just go for that.
Double the flash
The iPhone 5S is quickly approaching now, and you know what that means – as the days get closer to the September 10th unveiling, so will the amount of leaks. Today we’ve got some good news for you camera fanatics among us. If leaked photos of the iPhone 5S’s back enclosure is to be believed, the iPhone 5S will feature a beefier camera system – as we expected – complete with a dual-LED camera flash. Yes, count ’em – not one, but two LED flashes.
What does this mean for you and your photos? Well, first, it means that you’ll be able to take nicer low-light photos with the flash on. A dual-LED flash system will allow more light to light up the surroundings, making dark objects brighter while also improving the scope of the flash. For example, if you ever have tried taking a photo of an entire room in the dark, you might be saddened to see that your iPhone 5’s flash can’t quite light up the entirety of the room. A dual-LED flash would have no such problem, emitting enough light to take a clear and bright photo.
The iPhone 5S is expected to launch with a 12MP camera, up from the 8MP camera found in the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5. This would bring the iPhone’s camera resolution roughly up to par with the Samsung Galaxy S4, although both are still dwarfed by the insanely massive sensor that is the Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41MP camera. But then again, who needs a 41MP camera when you have dual-LED flash?
To launch later this month
Feast your eyes on a leaked press shot of Samsung’s newest invention, the Samsung Galaxy NX camera. Running some variant of Android 4.2, the Galaxy NX is an up and coming mirrorless camera with interchangeable-lenses and a very DSLR-like body. On back is a large high quality touchscreen. We expect this to be delivered in the United States on contract at some carrier, whether that be Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or whatever.
We’re awfully slim on details at the moment outside the fact that it comes with a 20.3 megapixel sensor and 1080p video recording capabilities, but hey, leaked press shots! It exists! Rumors are indicating that the Galaxy NX should be launching later this month, so we should be hearing more about this before long.
Facebook has today updated their excellent Camera application, which offers users the ability to snap a pic, apply an Instagram style filter, and upload it straight to Facebook, and brought to the table some much needed new features.
New features include the ability to sort your images into specific albums – before, any photo posted using Facebook Camera was automatically lumped into a Mobile Uploads folder with no option to move it across albums, and notification support for when your friends like, comment on, or share one of your photos.
Not a bad deal for free, I’d say. iOS users can grab this latest update on the App Store now.