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This morning Samsung released the long anticipated Galaxy S4 Zoom, a true crossover between a smartphone and point and shoot camera. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens that sits over a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor and even packs a real Xenon flash for best in class low light performance.
This newest edition to the Galaxy S4 line features a Super AMOLED 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960x540, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device supports LTE and has the usual compliments of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Samsung apps, but the S4 Zoom is twice as thick as the original Galaxy S4 and weighs in at a whopping 208 grams.
On the camera side the S4 Zoom features an aperture range of f/3.1 to f/6.3 and has a maximum ISO of 3200 which should help in low light situations. Other than that, and the zoom being 10x shorter, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is photographically on par with last year's model.
At first we thought we would see Samsung launch the Galaxy S4 Mini at its upcoming London press event, but that ship has sailed. We also thought that we might see a new Galaxy Tablet lineup or the Active and Zoom being released, and while they were, Samsung did not wait for the London "Premiere" event to announce them.
With the event drawing closer every day, analyst are scrambling to figure out what might be unveiled and right now anyone's guess is good as another. This morning VR Zone is reporting that the next candidate in line has to be the new Mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2. This actually makes sense as rumors of the camera's existence have been floating around for months.
Not much is known about the Galaxy Camera 2, but we do know that a 20.9-megapixel sensor, along with a quad-core Exynos processor and 1GB of RAM are the most likely possibilities for the new camera. The device will also feature 8GB of internal storage with an SD card slot for those who feel 8GB is just not enough. Finally the GCam 2 will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will boast a 4.8-inch 720p screen.
Camera+ managed to get one of each of the previous iPhones and take the same picture with each. The resulting images were lined up side-by-side to show the progression of the iPhone's camera abilities. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G are massively behind what the iPhone 5 is capable of. Look for yourself:
As you can see, the iPhone experienced several jumps in ability, thought the largest jump has to be from the 3G to the 3GS. Even still, Apple has continually made the camera better every iteration. With the iPhone 5S, Apple will likely again increase the camera's capabilities.
It's amazing to consider what the iPhone camera is capable of. Especially impressive is how far the camera is come in just six years. It's starting to approach the same quality of image produced by DSLRs, though it still has a bit to go. What are your thoughts on the progress of the iPhone camera?
Samsung has submitted a new camera to the Bluetooth SIG group for Bluetooth 4.0 certification. Allegedly called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it appears to be a new "smart-camera", like the previously released Galaxy Camera.
While it is listed on the Bluetooth SIG website as a "Samsung Mobile Phone", the 3G capable smart-camera focuses more on getting a good shot than making a phone call. Featuring 10x optical zoom and an imaging sensor of unknown size, it also includes a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Samsung has also packed in 8GB of internal storage and support for a micro-SD card. Despite all of the information that has been released, any images of the device have yet to surface, and there is also no information on what processor is used for image handling. If you believe the rumor mill, we should see an official launch in June.
This morning Samsung has shown off a new compact so-called Smart Camera that features a removable lens and touchscreen display. The new NX2000 is essentially a touchscreen version of the NX3000, which was shown off earlier this year.
Featuring a 20.3 megapixel APC-C CMOS sensor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display and an ISO range of 100-25600, the NX2000 is capable of shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second. Video capabilities include 2D and 3D capture at a full 1080p resolution. Samsung says that the NX2000 will be able to use the full line of Samsung NX lenses.
NFC connectivity as well as built-in WiFi and the option to control the camera through Samsung's Smart Camera app for iOS and Android are also included. Samsung has went the extra mile and is bundling Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with the NX2000, saving aspiring photographers about $80 in software.
Shutterfly announced this morning that it has bought photobook software developer MyPublisher for an undisclosed amount. MyPublisher has been developing photobook making software for the past 18 years and is considered one of the leading innovators in the field.
In an interview with TheNextWeb, Shutterfly CEO Jeffrey Housenbold said:
"Shutterfly photo books continue to delight customers, bringing more consumers online to tell their stories and connect with friends and family in creative ways.
By combining MyPublisher's best in class software client with Shutterfly's industry leading cloud based platform, we will continue to drive growth and set the standard for design, choice and quality in the personal publishing and social expression category."
It is just about time for all of those products that were shown off at CES to begin arriving on store shelves. Today Panasonic announced the release of its Lumix DMC-XS1 compact digital camera.
Featuring a 16.1MP imaging sensor, the Lumix DMC-XS1 is a very formidable entry into the compact point and shoot camera market. A 24mm 5x zoom lens brings everything into focus up front, while a 2.7-inch TFT display on the back lets you check for the perfect capture.
The Lumix DMC-XS1 is capable of 720p video capture at 30 FPS. A 690mAh rechargeable battery is also stuffed inside the 17mm thick package, which should provide for about 300 images, before needing to be recharged. Panasonic has created 10 unique case designs for the Lumix DMC-XS1 which should appeal to the younger market.
Red, the make of high-end cinematographic cameras, will begin upgrading Epic-M and Epic-X cameras tomorrow to the new Dragon Sensor for the low price of $8,500. The upgrade will usher the already amazing cameras into the 6K era and will re-define the meaning of high definition.
The new sensor features 6K resolution with 120 frames per second possible at 5K, and features 15 stops of dynamic range. In an interesting turn of events, Red will let owners as well as the public watch the upgrade process live at their booth at NAB.
Red Epic camera owners who wait until Thursday to purchase the upgrade will have to pay $9,500. Those looking to purchase a new Epic-M with the Dragon Sensor pre-installed will be able to pre-order the camera tomorrow for $29,000. For smaller film makers who ordered the more budget friendly Scarlet, they will be able to upgrade to the Dragon Sensor in the near future. Scarlet Dragon pricing is forthcoming and we will keep you updated when more information is released.
Images have surfaced of Panasonic's upcoming Lumix DMC-GF6 MFT camera. The camera which is set to be released tomorrow appeared in white trim, and looking quite nice.
Along with the image, info has also been leaked about the camera's specifications. Packed into the small hosing is a 16-megapixel image sensor, an all-new "Venus" image engine, low light Auto Focus system and WiFi. The camera is capable of burst of up to 4.2 frames per second, and can shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS.
Other notable features include Near Field Communication, an ISO range up to 25,600, and will come with a 14-42mm kit lens. The GF6 is expected to retail at $680 and every indication is pointing to the official launch happening tomorrow morning.
Do Mirror-less Four-Thirds cameras appeal to you? Personally I still prefer a big bodied DSLR, but that is just the photographer in me speaking.
Samsung is set to release its WiFi-only point and shoot camera / smartphone mash-up this month. Samsung took the tech community by storm when it first released the Galaxy Camera which basically features a fully connected Galaxy smartphone on the back of a full featured point and shoot camera.
Now those who want a smartphone / high-end point and shoot camera, but hate the idea of a monthly data fee can rejoice as Samsung is finally going to begin shipping its WiFi only version just a mere three months after it was announced at CES.
The WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Camera will feature a 4.8-inch Super Clear Touch LCD, 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and 21X optical zoom. The Android Jelly Bean powered device will retail for about $50 less than its cellular data connected big brother, which retails at a price point of $500.