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27
May

Samsung improving exposure control on Galaxy S6 smartphones


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When Samsung rolls out the Android 5.1 update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, users will find a new camera feature that should make it a little bit easier to grab a great shot in challenging light conditions. Similar to a feature found in Apple’s camera app on iOS, users will be able to vary the exposure setting dragging their finger on the screen. What will make this extremely useful though is that the adjustment can be made while the user is preparing to take the picture and they will see a live preview on their screen.

Probably the two biggest uses of this feature will be when shooting a poorly lit scene or when shooting something with lots of backlight. In the case of low light situations, users will be able to lengthen the exposure to brighten things up while framing their shot. Likewise, when shooting a subject with lots of background light that may be fooling the camera sensor into shortening the exposure leaving the primary subject underexposed, users will be able to fix that before ever taking the shot.

Adjusting exposure in post-processing is nothing new, but this feature will help users avoid that additional step. It also means users can take proactive steps to make sure they capture all the detail they need. Samsung is expected to roll out some other new camera features in June when Android 5.1 is released, including shutter speed control. So we should see even better shots from users who know their way around manual camera settings, although most users should benefit from the touch-based exposure control.

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19
May

James Cameron backs a contest to build better movie drones


Director James Cameron

You can already record some decent footage with a drone if you’re so inclined, but “decent” isn’t good enough for director James Cameron. He’s lending support to C-Prize, a New Zealand competition meant to improve drone technology for the movie and TV producers. The challenge will reward those who develop tech that makes drones quieter, more stable and better at tracking moving subjects — all important when you’re shooting your magnum opus with a robotic camera. You’ll have to pitch your idea by July 5th, but the mad scramble could be worth it if it earns the gratitude of Cameron and other filmmakers hoping to spice up their aerial shots.

[Image credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images]

Filed under: Cameras, Home Entertainment, Robots, HD

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Via: Stuff.co.nz, Gizmodo

Source: C-Prize

18
May

Nikon’s doggy camera mount snaps when Rover gets excited


Dogs, it’s fair to say, are easily excited. Walks, treats, sniffing other dogs’ butts — for man’s best friend, life is a non-stop thrill ride. Now, to help you capture these moments of canine euphoria, Nikon has developed a camera mount that reacts to their heart rate. So when your favorite pooch spots something particularly awesome, the shutter will fire automatically, giving you an SD card full of the highlights. Nikon’s “Heartography” setup consists of two parts — an elastic heart-monitoring band and a “SmartCase” for the camera. Heart rate data is transmitted over Bluetooth and shown on the mount’s OLED display, where you can also tweak the minimum threshold for each new snap. Unfortunately, this appears to be just a kooky R&D project though, rather than a serious consumer product. In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with something like GoPro’s Fetch mount — it’s lighter and more flexible, but you’ll have to scrub through the footage to find the good bits.

Filed under: Cameras, Nikon

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Via: Nikon Rumours

Source: Heartography

18
May

Fujifilm outs the X-T10, an $800 interchangeable lens camera


If you’ve been holding out for a cheaper model of Fujifilm’s X-series flagship, the X-T1, today is your lucky day. The company has just revealed the X-T10 interchangeable lens camera, featuring a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor (with built-in phase detection autofocus), an EXR Processor II and compatibility with Fujinon lenses — that’s great news for people who are already invested in the ecosystem. It will also pack the revamped AF system Fujifilm announced last week, which is said to be speedier and more accurate overall, particularly in low-light conditions and when trying to capture moving subjects. Most importantly, perhaps, Fujifilm is pricing its X-T10 at a reasonable $800 (body-only), or you can shell out an extra $100 for the XC16-50mm kit.

I had the chance to handle the new camera recently and came away generally impressed. The hardware is compact, lightweight and feels solid in the hands, even without the grip accessory. Put simply, think of it as a smaller X-T1. And in case you’ve never played with one of those, just imagine a solid aluminum piece with a sleek design. Although what Fujifilm showed me was a pre-production version, I’m told it wasn’t any different from the unit hitting stores in June.

Filed under: Cameras

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13
May

This drone follows you down the trail after you toss it up in the air


Aerial footage is a nice way to capture those action sports endeavors, and it’s even better if you can fit the gear in your backpack. Lily ticks those boxes, and all you have to do to launch it is toss it up in the air. Once airborne, the camera UAV will follow you down the slopes or along the trail thanks to a tracking device that you wear on your wrist (or stuff in a pocket, we’d surmise). It’s a similar setup to the Airdog we saw on Kickstarter last year. On board, the drone packs a camera capable of 12-megapixel stills, 1080p footage at 60 frames per second and 720p video at 120 fps. Those optics offer a 94-degree filed of view and the settings can be dialed in with a smartphone app. You can take the thing out on the water too, as the drone is waterproof and floats — should it land in the rapids.

The GPS tracker not only ensures the Lily stays close by, but it alerts the drone to elevation changes (like jumps). That circular gadget offers controls that launch the drone, snap a photo and tell it whether to fly in front, behind, to the side or circle you. It’ll also position the UAV closer or further away to properly document the action. As you might expect, there’s a waterproof case for the accessory, too. There’s also a built-in microphone to capture every expletive you utter coming down the mountain. Lily won’t ship until February 2016 as it’s still in the prototype stage. If you’re willing to put down some funds now, you can secure one for $499. When the drone arrives early next year, it’ll be priced at $999.

Filed under: Cameras, Misc

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Via: Mashable

Source: Lily

10
May

Rhino Slider Evo is a modular camera motion tool


We don’t cover a ton of pro-level camera gear here at Engadget (though it’s far from unheard of). But, a cool gadget is a cool gadget whatever it’s for — and this new motorized slider system from Rhino is one of them. For the uninitiated, sliders are what allow videographers and photographers to get those smooth, gliding shots. As for Rhino, they came to my attention through their GoPro accessories — in particular the 360 swivel mount which is about the most fun way to wear your action camera. While camera gear can get pretty expensive (and complex) very quickly, my experience with Rhino’s GoPro kit has been that is sits right in the “prosumer” sweet spot, so when I heard the company was making a motorized slider, I was particularly keen to try it out. The Rhino Slider Evo is currently launching on Kickstarter (it’s fully funded already), but I managed to get some time with a pre-production unit to test it out.

This isn’t Rhino’s first Kickstarter, and the working unit I tested shows that all the design and development heavy lifting has been done already. The system itself is modular depending on your needs (more on this later), and the price is $1000 for the basic slider plus the motion control system. This isn’t pocket money, but if you’ve looked at similar options from the likes of Kessler, you’ll know this is where things start for something solid.

The model I tried is the 24-inch carbon-rail version. I already have one of Rhino’s regular/non-motorized sliders, and am a big fan. You might prefer metal rails (this is an option too), but for me, the added ruggedness of the carbon fiber is actually a bonus. I strap my current slider to the outside of my backpack when I head out without a worry. Perhaps not something you want to do with the Evo though, as the motion system throws in a few more delicate parts (like a rubber belt), but all that to say, the carbon fiber rails are great for outdoor use.

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My biggest frustration with all manual sliders though, is that I kinda suck at keeping a steady hand. It’s something you have to practise, so that you get a perfectly smooth motion, but I struggle. Also, more advanced moves like starting fast then slowing down, or vice versa, are difficult (for me, at least). Oh, and if you want to do those time lapses that include a bit of gliding motion? That’s pretty much impossible with a manual slider too. The Evo is hardly the first one with motion control (a motor to move the camera), but it definitely solves all the above problems, along with some other neat tricks.

The basic slider is good to go out of the box. It has a brake, and adjustable feet for uneven surfaces. Just put your camera on top and you’re sliding. The motion control part isn’t much more complex. There’s a motor that clips on one end, and a controller unit that plugs into that (the controller’s also magnetic, so it can stick to the motor). And that’s it for setting up. The magic is in the controller itself. There’s a decent size display, a large, clickable dial and a simple UI that lets you select different modes for video or time lapses. The basic controls include distance, duration and any “ramp” in or out speed for a custom slide. I had a motorized slide going in about three minutes after opening the box. The first thing I noticed? It’s surprisingly quiet.

Perhaps the features that interest me most, are the ones I likely actually need the least. Example: you can accessorize the Evo with a “parallax” mount that will rotate the camera on an axis as it slides, or skip the motor completely, and use an optional “inertia” wheel for judder-free slides that require no power at all. This is a great compromise for me, as I love the power-free convenience of a manual slide, but the smoothness that the wheel provides. Battery life isn’t too much of a concern though, in an afternoon of testing, (and plenty of slides) there was still well over 50-percent remaining. If, like me, you don’t really need the extras, the basic kit has everything you’ll need, plus easily updatable firmware means new features could come at a later date. You can also make the slider longer just by slotting in more poles. There’s a lot of flexibility here.

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a motorized slider pretty much since I first tried a manual one. I just love the smooth results that a motor provides, and I’m a sucker for moving time lapses. If your camera is compatible, Rhino’s controller can trigger your shutter, too, which is especially handy for night time lapses, as it only takes a picture when it’s not moving (so avoids blurring).

The Evo’s biggest selling points for me are how easy it is to use, and that it’s pretty rugged. The option to be able to upgrade it with other accessories (and to some degree, it’s also backward compatible with previous models) is also an indicator that you might get more life out of it than you expect. A thousand bucks is certainly a chunk of cash for the initial investment, but if you’re teetering on the edge of doing professional work, or already earning a living from you camera, these numbers shouldn’t be daunting. Rhino Slider Evo is planned to ship by August.

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Source: Kickstarter

9
May

Blind camera shootout – the votes are in…


A few days in Malta a couple of weeks ago for the IFA 2015 GPC presented the opportunity for an impromptu smartphone camera shootout between four heavyweights of the smartphone industry: the Huawei P8, the Honor 6 Plus, the Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC One M9.

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Unlike past shootouts, we didn’t tell you which handset took each picture and instead, over the past week, thousands of you have cast your vote for which handset you think took the best picture. Now, the results are in but before we reveal the winner, let’s take a closer look at each of the scenes and I’ll let you know which handset I think took the best picture (in my unprofessional opinion).

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In the scene capturing the Bank of Valletta building in the capital of Malta, Phone C was most accurate in capturing the scene but Phone B was a little less oversaturated.

Winner: Phone C

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Phone D captured the flag with most accuracy but Phone C compensated best for the varying colours of the building.

Winner: Draw (Phone C / Phone D)

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The winner here is actually Phone A as it captured enough detail in the sky and compensates for the white balance most accurately. Phone C was a close run second, Phone C did well to capture the building but failed to capture the sky and Phone D was somewhat accurate in portraying the building and sky.

Winner: Phone A

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It’s tough to pick a winner here as none of the images are completely accurate. Phone A doesn’t capture a lot of colours, Phone B has a weird hue, Phone C doesn’t compensate for the light in the scene and Phone D also fails to capture a lot of the colours. Having to pick a winner, I’d say that Phone C comes closest.

Winner: Phone C

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This scene was quite interesting as it was a gift to Queen Elizabeth and Phone B captured the colours most accurately. Phone A is a very close second while Phone D comes third and Phone C rounds off the list.

Winner: Phone B

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This was an interesting test of focusing on a large scene and the results are quite close between Phone B and Phone C. While Phone B is very good, Phone C depicts the sky and handles the changing scene the best and wins this round.

Winner: Phone C

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An interesting test as it was pointing each camera upwards and trying to focus on the chandelier in the iconic Manoel Theatre. Interestingly, Phone B wins this but Phone D is the best at capturing the individual parts of the chandelier and not being affected by the light rays from the chandelier.

Winner: Phone B

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This test actually showed how each phone handled a complex scene with subjects both near and far. Overall Phone B and Phone C are really close but Phone B wins it thanks to a little more detail in the sky.

Winner: Phone B

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A clear winner for me here is Phone B which captures detail in all parts of the image.

Winner: Phone B

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Phone C has the least saturation and most life-like colours so it wins this scene. Phone A comes quite close, Phone B captures a lot of detail but oversaturates almost all parts of the image and Phone D comes a distant fourth.

Winner: Phone C

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Phone A wins this scene for me as it appears to be the most life-like, while Phone B is slightly oversaturated and Phone C just appears to be a little dull.

Winner: Phone A

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This was an interesting test as there were rays of sunshine from the left and each device had to capture detail in both near and far. The winner for me is Phone B as it was the one which captured both parts of the scene but also depicted individual rays of sunshine.

Winner: Phone B

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Nothing quite like an image that might gross you out. It’s difficult to pick a winner for this one as Phone C has the most detail but doesn’t fully compensate for the lack of light while Phone B picks up the light but loses a little detail in the cockroach leg. I’ll probably give this to Phone C with Phone B a very close second.

Winner: Phone C

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This is an interesting test and all four devices do well  but the winner is Phone B as it keeps the colour of the building while also saturating the sky to make an overall nice image. Phone A and C come second as the former captures the building while the latter captures the scene well but is slightly oversaturated. Phone D is the most saturated for both the sky and the building.

Winner: Phone B

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Another interesting test of the zoom capabilities of each handset and the winner is Phone C as it picks up the detail of the structure, the dome and the red IFA boxes attached to the dome. Phones B and D come a close second while Phone A finishes the collection.

Winner: Phone C

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The second last scene and the first test of the night capabilities. The test proved interesting but the winner is Phone C as it was the only one to capture detail in the brickwork without noise. Phone B comes a close second, Phone D is third and Phone A – which has a fair amount of noise and a lack of detail – comes in fourth.

Winner: Phone C

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Now to the final scene and one of my favourite as the test is see whether each smartphone can capture the IFA 2015 sign – before it takes centre stage in a fireworks display – just in front of the red steps. It’s almost a dead heat between Phone A and Phone C but the former wins it because Phone C overcompensates the white balance and produces a lighter scene that’s doesn’t accurately capture the colour of the steps.

Winner: Phone A

The winner is…

So according to my results, the overall winner is Phone C, which is closely followed by Phone B. Phone A comes in third and Phone D brings up the rear. That’s my opinion but how did YOU vote?

Over the past week, over 3000 votes have been cast in the shootout and here’s how they stacked up at the time of writing:

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So the Galaxy S6 Edge takes it from the Honor 6 Plus, which is closely followed by the Huawei P8 and rounding off the contest in last place is the HTC One M9. The Galaxy S6 Edge winning the contest is no surprise as the camera is very capable but the Honor 6 Plus in second deserves a special mention: at a price of £299 ($450), it’s almost half the price of the other contenders but beats them all to second place.

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The Huawei P8 has a fabulous camera and it’s interesting that both of Huawei’s devices have registered almost the same number of votes. For many years, Huawei’s cameras have been progressively getting better and the latest modules are capable of producing fantastic photos that can rival most smartphones.

As for HTC – well it’s a tough one. I’ve been rather critical of the Taiwenese manufacturer but I do think that the new 20MP module in the HTC One M9 was always going to be challenge to optimise properly. Hopefully the woes of the M9 camera – many of which were pointed out in the comments on the original post – can be fixed with software updates but this remains to be seen.

Thanks for voting in the blind comparison and we’ve got another one planned for you! We’ve listened to some of the feedback and our next comparison – which will be up next week – will see the iPhone 6 Plus pitted against the LG G4 and the Galaxy S6 Edge with a DSLR as a control photo. As always, it promises to be epic so stay tuned!

Now check out the full reviews:

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9
May

Anti-graffiti device nabs taggers by sniffing their fumes


Australian taxpayers spent a whopping $34 million last year to remove graffiti from Sydney’s commuter trains. To combat this urban blight, the Australian Department of Transport is rolling out an electronic “nose” that alerts authorities in real-time. This device, dubbed “the mousetrap”, activates when it detects paint marker and spray-can aerosols. It then immediately engages a closed circuit recording of the crime before alerting the police, who pick up the perp at the next stop. The program has already undergone viability testing and, according to CBC News, has caught 30 vandals red-handed. Sydney Trains, the government-owned rail company that operates the region’s commuter lines, hasn’t disclosed how many of the devices will be deployed, only that they’ll be swapped between service lines at random intervals.

[Image credit: New South Wales Police Force/Australia Broadcasting Corporation]

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Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corp

6
May

Sony unveils the selfie-centric Xperia C4 with 5.5-inch Full HD display and 5MP wide-angle front camera with flash


 

Sony Xperia C4 (2)It wasn’t too long ago that the Sony’s successor to the selfie-centric Xperia C3 was first seen, and now it’s official. Sony has taken the cover off its Xperia C4 smartphone that is once again aimed to take advantage of the selfie craze. 

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We’ll get to the rest of the specifications in a moment, but let’s discuss the C4’s main claim to fame, the front camera that boasts a soft LED flash. That’s right, the C4 not only has a LED flash to complement its rear camera, it also has one on the front so that you can take better quality selfies. After all, no one likes a dull selfie, am I right? Needless to say, these higher quality selfies deserve to have their own special name, and what could be better than to call them PROselfies? The front facing camera also has a 25mm wide-angle lens with an 80-degree field of view, helping you to capture your crowd of besties in the (PRO)selfie.

Rest of the specifications:

  • 5.5-Inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080)
  • Octa-core MediaTek MTK6752 processor @1.7GHz (64-bit)
  • Mali 760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 128GB)
  • 13MP Rear-facing camera with flash, AutoFocus and Image stabilizer
  • 5MP Front-facing camera with 25mm wide-angle lens and flash
  • Dimensions: 150.3 x 77.4 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 147 grams
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Durability: Scratch-resistant

The Xperia C4 supports LTE in selected markets only, and although a dual-SIM version will also be available, it will no doubt only be sold in selected markets. The handset can be had in White, black and mint colours from June 2015. Sony hasn’t released any details on pricing at the time of writing. What do you think? Is the Xperia C4, with its 5.5-inch display, 5MP (PRO)selfie camera and front-facing flash, the phone for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Full Press Release:

Sony launches next generation “selfie smartphone” – Xperia™ C4
Capture your best selfies with a high-quality 5MP front camera and a raft of fun Xperia camera apps
Enjoy your entertainment to the fullest with a large 5.5” Full HD screen powered by Sony’s BRAVIA® TV technologies
Super-fast Octa-core processor makes multi-tasking easy, without running out of power
London, 6th May 2015 – The selfie phenomenon is about to kick up a notch with the introduction of Xperia™ C4 – Sony’s next generation PROselfie smartphone, featuring a best in class 5MP front camera, a Full HD display and superior performance.
“Following the success of Xperia C3, we are proud to introduce Sony’s evolved PROselfie smartphone,” said Tony McNulty, Vice-President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia C4 caters to consumers that want a smartphone that not only takes great photos, but also packs a punch. Benefiting from Sony’s camera expertise, the 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens lets you capture perfect selfies, while its quality display and performance features provide an all-round advanced smartphone experience.”
We all like a high-profile selfie – so go ahead and get snapping:
You can now stage the perfect selfie, getting everything – and everyone – in shot, thanks to the powerful 5MP front camera with 25mm wide-angle lens. Sony’s Exmor RTM for mobile sensor, soft LED flash and HDR features means the pictures will always be stunning, even in those ‘hard to perfect’ low light conditions.

Superior auto automatically optimises settings to give you the best possible picture and SteadyShot™ technology compensates for any camera shake. With 13MP, autofocus and HDR packed in there is no compromise on the rear camera, which delivers great shots for those rare moments you’re not in the picture.
You will also be able to get even more fun out of your smartphone with a suite of creative camera apps such as Style portrait with styles including ‘vampire’ and ‘mystery’ to add a unique edge to your selfie. Moreover, apps such as AR mask give your selfie a twist by letting you place a different face over your own face or others’ faces while you snap a selfie.
Experience your entertainment in Full HD.
Now you can enjoy every picture and every video in detail with Xperia C4’s 5.5” Full HD display. Watching movies on your smartphone is more enjoyable thanks to Sony’s TV technology – such as Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 and super vivid-mode – which offers amazing clarity and colour brightness. Enjoy viewing from any angle with IPS technology.
Great video deserves great audio to match, so Xperia C4 features Sony’s audio expertise to deliver crisp and clear audio quality. With or without headphones, you can sit back and enjoy your favourite entertainment in all its glory.
The design of Xperia C4 has also been crafted with precise detail and care to ensure every aspect amplifies the sharp and vivid display. A minimal frame around the scratch-resistant screen enhances both the viewing experience and the smartphone design, while its lightweight build feels comfortable in the hand. Xperia C4 comes in a choice of white, black and a vibrant mint.
Superior performance, with a power-packed battery that just keeps going
Whether you’re running multiple apps, checking Facebook, snapping selfies or listening to the best music – you can do it all at lighting speed thanks to Xperia C4’s impressive Octa-core processor. Powered by an efficient 64-bit Octa-core processor, Xperia C4 makes it easier than ever to multitask and switch between your favourite apps, without affecting performance. Ultra-fast connectivity with 4G capabilities means it’s quicker than ever to download your favourite audio or video content and surf the web without lag.
The large battery (2,600mAh) provides over eight hours of video viewing time, meaning that the entire first season of Breaking Bad can be binged uninterrupted, while Battery STAMINA Mode 5.0 ensures you have complete control over how your battery is used.
Xperia C4 is compatible with more than 195 Sony NFC-enabled devices including SmartBand Talk (SWR30) and Stereo Bluetooth® Headset (SBH60).

You can also customise the smartphone with the protective desk-stand SCR15 Cover or with a full range of original Made for Xperia covers.
Xperia C4 will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets from the beginning of June 2015.

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5
May

Samsung working on camera improvements for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge


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Yesterday TalkAndroid posted some camera shootout results comparing the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. While both cameras are able to produce excellent images that are nearly indistinguishable, one of the takeaways was that the LG G4 had more features and flexibility available to users willing to dig into the camera settings. This is because LG decided to enable more features that Google makes available in Lollipop like support for Raw images and specific camera settings like ISO or shutter speed. Sources say Samsung may be working to narrow the gap by adding new features to their camera app as part of an update to Lollipop 5.1.1.

The update appears to be something Samsung is scrambling to include at the last minute, possibly in response to the features LG is delivering on the G4. T-Mobile recently pushed out an unfinished version of Lollipop 5.1.1 to owners of the Galaxy devices on their network and others have early versions of the 5.1.1 ROM for testing and review and the new camera app features are not present in any of these versions.

Sources have not provided any details on exactly what features or updates Samsung plans to add in the final Lollipop 5.1.1 update, but some expect the company to go ahead and enable the full Google camera API. Sources also indicate the new features should be delivered on devices codenamed Samsung Zen and Samsung Noble, the latter of which is suspected to be the Galaxy Note 5.

source: SamMobile

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