Panasonic's Lumix line is celebrating a whole bunch of new entries this week at CES. The FH series is expanding with two new slim additions, the DMC-FH6 and DMC-FH8. Both models do 720p video at 30 fps and rock Leica lenses and 5x optical zoom. The 16.1 megapixel FH8 has a three-inch LCD and shoots HD videos in MP4. The 14.1 megapixel F6 captures HD video in JPEG format and features a 2.
Aside from producing smartphones, Japanese OEM Sony once upon a time also were pretty famous for their digital cameras. Now they’re merging the two once again as they announced the “rebirth” of their lens camera by introducing two new models: the QX30 and the E-mount QX1.
At last year's IFA in Berlin, Sony announced its first two "lens cameras," a pair of point-and-shoot cams that clip onto your smartphone. You use your phone's display to control the camera, and while you can technically fire off shots using the integrated zoom toggle and shutter release, there's no built-in LCD.
IFA brings the Sony Lens Camera back to center stage this week with two new models: QX30 and QX1. These machines attach to your smartphone or tablet - or work on their own - as high-powered cameras in their own right.
One of two new Lens Cameras shown this week by Sony is the DSC-QX30, complete with a cool 30x optical zoom. This device works with 60x "Clear Image" zoom as well, sacrificing no pixels as you zoom in digitally.
Smartphone cameras are getting more sophisticated and more capable, but there are just some things that they could not reach that a dedicated diigtal camera can. Usually, this is because of design or shape constraints. After all, you wouldn't want your smartphone to look like camera, unless you actually fancy something like the Galaxy K Zoom.
A new Google smartphone is a big deal, and the Nexus 6 is a very big phone indeed. Largest so far of Google's collaborations with handset manufacturers, and first to see Motorola take the Nexus reins - ironically just as the two firms part company - it's a riff on this year's Moto X but with a new turn of speed and a crazy Quad HD display. It's also the launch vehicle for Android 5.
Samsung appears intent on single-handedly bringing back the word "cameraphone," if theGalaxy S4 Zoomand recently announcedGalaxy K Zoomare anything to go by. The newer of the two does a much better job of hiding its hybrid bloodline, and tomorrow (May 31st) it arrives in the UK at various online and bricks-and-mortar outlets, including at Carphone Warehouse and Samsung's ownExperience stores.
The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have both been unveiled to the public. And lo, the rumor bloggers wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.
As is customary, I've done a post-event roundup of the rumors. However, I went fully overboard this time.
Since Microsoft is touting the phone's front camera as its main feature, it'll come with a Lumia Selfie app just for taking photos of yourself and a free three-month subscription to Skype Unlimited World.Microsoft's new pair of Lumia smartphones are all about taking photos with the front-facing camera.
If at first you don't succeed, there's always next time. After two abruptly canceled launches in Japan and Russia, Samsung might now be eying the mobile world's newest darling. India press have quoted local Samsung execs claiming that the first Tizen smartphone will be headed to the country by November. India seems to be the new China of the mobile industry.
Sony, as expected, unveiled its latest flagship line of smartphones and tablets at an event in Berlin, Germany. The hardware maker on Wednesday introduced the Xperia Z3, the Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact.
If you thoughtGionee's Elife S5.5was ridiculously thin, you'd better hold on to your hat. China has certified an upcoming Android handset from the company, codenamed theGN9005, that reportedly measures 5mm (0.2in) thick; that's half a centimeter less than the wafer-like Elife S5.5, and possibly the thinnest smartphone to date.
If you want to be one of the first to own a Nexus 6 which will be running on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop , then you can either switch to AT&T or if you're already a subscriber, get another line of service through their Next program.
It'd be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense -- we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we've seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks more like a fraternity.