Drift Innovation is a seasoned veteran of the action camera world, but there’s no question that it’s facing a lot of pressure lately; models like the Ghost S are huge next to rivals like the GoPro Hero4. The company’s newly launched Stealth 2 camera might just come to the rescue, though. While it captures 1080p video at 30 frames per second instead of 60 like its Ghost S predecessor, it’s also just half the size and 40 percent lighter — rather important when you may be strapping this device to your head. However you use it, the new Stealth should last for a respectable three hours of recording. It also comes with modern conveniences like WiFi remote control and a 300-degree rotatable lens that adapts to difficult shooting positions. This shooter doesn’t tout 4K video or other luxuries, but you’re also paying $249. That’s a solid bargain for a tiny adventure cam that makes relatively few compromises.
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Say goodbye to the days of monochrome night vision footage, folks. Sharp recently unveiled an infrared security camera that captures color 720p video, even in absolute darkness. The trick is an imaging sensor that uses near-infrared for illumination; unlike virtually every other competitor, this camera doesn’t have to resort to conventional lights (and thus give itself away) to get a vivid picture. The device will likely be limited to corporate and government customers when it goes on sale in late November, but it could have a big impact on your safety. Building managers will soon have an easier time identifying intruders, not just spotting them — while the technology might not stop a break-in, it should increase the chances of catching thieves before they strike again.
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It’s not like it was a huge surprise, what with all the not-so-subtle teasers, but the Oppo N3 is now official and puts its unique spin on the selfie revolution that is sweeping the smartphone world. As expected, the Oppo N3 employs the use of a motorized swivel camera, an upgrade over its predecessor’s fragile, manual swiveled one. What Oppo did announce alongside the Oppo N3 was the O-Click Bluetooth remote, which is primarily used to remotely take photos with the phone, but will also let you remotely change the facing of the camera with its nifty buttons. You can briefly see the remote in the launch video below:
Unlike our previous predictions, the Oppo N3 will not employ a monstrous display like the Oppo N1 did, opting instead for a very normal 5.5-inch display which will be powered by a Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3,000mAh battery. If you’re into gimmicks, the rear of the Oppo N3 also features a fingerprint reader, which works similarly to the Apple iPhone version which requires you to tap your finger on it to use. I particularly like the fact that Oppo has kept the thin “Skyline” notification light at the bottom of the device which it first debuted on its Oppo Find 7. The Oppo N3 is going to be available in December for $649.
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If you thought Oppo was done with making eccentric selfie phones, you’re wrong; the Chinese company is back with a new model dubbed the N3 to replace the N1 from last September. The iconic swivel camera at the top is here to stay, but this time we have a 16-megapixel f/2.2 module and it’s motorised! It’s actually much cooler than it sounds: You can quickly flip the camera with a flick gesture on the screen or on the fingerprint sensor on the back — more on that later. In addition to that, the N3 comes with a new O-Click Bluetooth remote that not only acts as a remote trigger, but it also lets you adjust the camera’s angle using the extra buttons.
One other benefit that the motorized swivel camera offers is that the new camera app in Oppo’s Color OS 2.0 (based on Android 4.4) lets you install an Auto Panorama plug-in which, as you can guess, automatically takes a panorama shot while you hold the phone still. Other plug-ins include “HD Picture” (to create super detailed 64-megapixel images), “Slow Shutter,” “Beautify,” “Professional,” “Super Macro” and more.
There’s another new feature placed on the back: The old mini trackpad was apparently not that popular (we weren’t impressed, either), so it’s now replaced by a fingerprint reader — not the annoying swiping type, but the tapping type like Apple’s Touch ID button and the one on the Huawei Mate 7. Once you’ve registered your fingers, you can unlock your N3 by just clicking on the fingerprint reader — naturally with either of your index fingers given the location of the reader.
Spec-wise, the N3 has all the typical numbers you get on a modern flagship smartphone: We’re looking at a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a nice 5.5-inch full HD LCD (the N1 had a 5.9-inch one), NFC and a 3,000 mAh fixed battery. Speaking of which, the N3 does VOOC rapid charging with a smaller charger, meaning you can go from zero to 75 percent in just half an hour. It’s also worth pointing out that the N3 is a dual-SIM LTE phone; it takes a Micro SIM and a Nano SIM. But if you want to add a microSD memory card, you’ll have to give up your Nano SIM slot.
As with the recent Oppo devices, you still get a solid build quality on the N3. Compared to its successor, the N3 has a similar feel thanks to the aluminum alloy frame and smooth plastic coating, but it’s certainly lighter — 192g instead of 213g — and easier to hold due to the smaller screen. Like the Find 7 series, the N3 has a nice glowing “Skyline” light at the bottom for indicating notifications and charging status, except it’s placed underneath a metallic arc which is part of the phone’s aluminium frame. It looks good, but the trade-off is that it may trap some dust.
In summary, Oppo’s made a nice improvement on its N series. It may not be the best-looking smartphone, but the motorized swivel camera and the convenient fingerprint reader should be unique enough to win some people over. If you’re one of them, the N3 will be available for $649 off contract this December, though there’s no word on whether it’ll be offered by carriers with a subsidized price.
The latest round of devices from HTC have all made their way to a new region. The One (M8) Eye, Desire Eye, and RE Camera are all available in India. The price for the One (M8) Eye and RE Camera converts to about $634 and $162, respectively. Pricing for the Desire Eye has yet to be announced.
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In addition the the Eye devices, India is getting more handsets that belong to the Desire line. The Desire 820, 820q, and Desire 516C are all heading to India as well.
The Desire 820 and Desire 820q are pretty much the same device except for the processors used. Both have 5.5-inch displays with 720p resolution, 13/8MP cameras, and 2600mAh batteries. The Desire 820 has a Snapdragon 615 proccessor with 2GB of RAM. The Desire 820q, though, has the Snapdragon 410 with 1GB of RAM based on 64-bit architecture.
Finally, the Desire 516C is a low-end device with a 5-inch display with qHD resolution. Inside is a Snapdragon 200 paired with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is 4GB with a microSD card slot. The front camera is VGA and the back is 5MP. The battery is 1950mAh and the handset has dual-SIM support.
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After Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 at its media event today, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with the new tablet. Several sites have now begun publishing their hands-on first impressions of the iPad Air 2, which we’ve gathered up below to provide an overall impression of the new device.
Image courtesy of Gizmodo
TechCrunch says that although the iPad Air 2’s resolution is the same as the iPad Air, the display looks better than the previous models. By combining screen components, Apple has made “things look a lot more touchable”. The effect is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which makes the display seem like a “high resolution mock-up, rather than an actual display you can interact with and change.”
Image courtesy of The Verge
Gizmodo notes that Apple shaving off .04 pounds and 1.4 mm from iPad Air makes the iPad Air 2 feel lighter than the smaller iPad mini 3 even though it’s a quarter of a pound heavier than Apple’s new 7.9-inch tablet.
Not only is it way, way thinner than the smaller iPad mini 3 — and this will sound crazy — but it feels lighter too. Even though it’s nearly a quarter of a pound heavier, the 6.1mm-thin chassis is so thin and easy to lift with a single hand that it makes the mini seem downright fat by comparison. I feel like I could hold it over my head in bed without any worry of smacking myself. Not something I can say about any other 10-inch tablet.
The Verge has similar thoughts on the iPad Air 2’s thinness, saying it feels like “there’s almost nothing left to take away” and that holding the device is like “you’re holding a screen and nothing more.” The Verge also noted that the new 8 MP camera is much improved over the iPad Air.
One thing is that is definitively better is the new camera, which is now 8 megapixels; it’s a lot faster and shots seemed a lot clearer, at least in Apple’s hectic demo room. Apple made a big deal out of this camera and the interesting apps people are building for the iPad that use the camera; we’ve fought it for years but tablet photography seems to be a thing now.
TechCrunch shares similar sentiments about the iPad Air 2’s camera, noting that the camera improvements are good enough to make some consider the tablet as a worthy camera choice.
The Verge also points out that the lack of a mute switch next to the volume rocker feels like a “casualty of thinness”, and that although users can mute the device by holding down the volume-down button or lock the orientation in Control Center, the lack of the mute switch makes both things less convenient.
Pre-orders for the new iPad Air 2 begin tomorrow, October 17, and will begin shipping next week. Prices for the iPad Air 2 begin at $499 for 16 GB with Wi-Fi.
Did you know that Apple hasn’t changed the 5-megapixel camera on the iPad for three models running? It’s probably fair to hope that the company adding something to the tablet’s imaging prowess at tomorrow’s event. That said, is it really true that the best camera is “the one that’s with you,” if said snapper is a 9.7-inch slate? We decided to take a little trawl through some of history’s most notable iPad photography incidents to find out if people really are holding it wrong.
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LG certainly made a mark during 2014 with the release of the LG G3, solidly placing it in front of smartphone buyers as a legitimate high-end manufacturer. As the company looks forward to 2015, the bar will be raised. In one area, the camera, LG revealed at the Korea Electronics Show today that it is ready to step up with an improved unit that will include 20.7 MP resolution sensor and an improved optical image stabilization system.
LG Innotek, the group that is producing the new camera hardware, indicates the image stabilization correction angle will increase to 0.7 compared to the 0.5 angle in the LG G3 unit. The larger correction angle means better adjustments can be made for unwanted movement like shaking when users try to capture video or images.
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Yesterday a new image surfaced from OPPO showing the new camera for the upcoming OPPO N3 smartphone. This ended lots of speculation and rumors about what form the rotating camera may take. Now the CEO of OPPO released a new image using his Weibo account to share some details about the camera. The biggest news to come from the image is that the sensor will measure 1/2.3-inches in size. This is a sizeable improvement compared to the sensor in the OPPO N1 that measured 1/3.06-inches.
For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have a 1/2.6-inch sensor size while the HTC One (M8) and Apple iPhone 6 have 1/3-inch sensors. In addition to the change in sensor size, CEO Chenming Yong revealed the camera will be a 16MP unit.
According to Yong, OPPO was looking for more than just an increase in the number of pixels captured. They also wanted to improve the quality of the image and improving the sensor size is part of that effort. Between the camera improvements and other rumored specs, the OPPO N3 appears to be on a path to being one of the better devices to hit the market this year.
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Cosmic ray particles hit Earth’s atmosphere all the time, but finding them is tough; even the most sophisticated detectors can only cover so much ground. Scientists at University of California might just have discovered an easy way to pinpoint these exotic elements, however: the camera on your smartphone. The team’s upcoming CRAYFIS (Cosmic Rays Found in Smartphones) app looks for high energy particles hitting the camera sensor on your device as soon it’s both asleep and charging. While one phone wouldn’t collect much data by itself, a gaggle of them would be extremely powerful; 1,000 phones in a square kilometer (0.4 square miles) would capture virtually every particle zooming overhead. They could actually be more effective than existing detection arrays, which tend to oversaturate quickly.
The tricky bit is getting enough people to enlist. The CRAYFIS group is taking sign-ups to beta test its app on Android and iOS, but the odds of getting that many volunteers in a concentrated area could be rather slim for a long time. A comprehensive, worldwide network of detectors would also require a million phones. With that said, it’s not hard to imagine a future where people in densely-packed cities are spotting gamma ray showers simply by leaving their handsets plugged in overnight.
[Image credit: AP Photo/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center]
Via: Ars Technica