With the official launch event in less than 2 weeks now, we’re still getting very mixed messages about the Oppo Find 7. What we know for sure is that there are going to be two variants of the device, one with a more standard 1080p display and the other with a 1440p display, better known as a 2K display. Earlier today, a leak from red dot 21 suggests that at least one of the devices with have a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13MP camera, though this contradicts the suggestions that the device might actually have a 50MP camera which has previously come in the form of a photo. Well, today we have yet another reason to believe the Oppo Find 7 has a 50MP camera, or to be precise, eight reasons.
Eight more photos have leaked out, which you can check out above, all bearing the resolution of 8160×6120. This massive resolution, which can only be taken by a 50MP camera, has been the basis for the rumour that the Find 7 has such a camera, though it’s definitely a puzzle given all the information we have currently. The only evidence we have is that the EXIF information states that the device which took these photos is the Find 7, but this could easily have been forged. I guess the only way to know for certain is the wait for 11 days till the March 19th event, but for now, we can just enjoy these incredibly detailed photos.
What do you think about these photos? Do you think the Oppo Find 7 could really have a 50MP camera? Let us know what your thoughts are on this rumour in the comments.
Sony’s Alpha 7 cameras shook up the photography world by offering full-frame shooting in a small body, but they also have their fair share of quirks, such as slow startup times and sub-par JPEG images. Some of those problems may vanish very soon, though, as Sony plans to roll out big firmware updates for both the Alpha 7 and 7R on March 19th. The two cameras should start faster, and they’ll also get a nebulous “image quality improvement” — hopefully, that means better JPEG output. The upgrade will also unlock more features when using the PlayMemories Mobile app to control either camera, and there’s better support for a recent 70-200mm telephoto lens. We’re not seeing any attempts to speed up the Alphas’ sometimes pokey autofocusing, but the updates should still help early adopters who’ve had live with some noticeable flaws for the past few months.
Source: Sony Japan (translated)
If you’re a Nexus 5 owner then you’ll know about the bug which causes the phone’s CPU to be maxed out when using the camera, resulting in high battery drain. According to a post by Google on the company’s issues tracker, it seems Google have isolated the issue and will be issuing a fix shortly.
The bug is caused by something called “mm-qcamera-daemon” which causes high battery consumption, and since this process is related to handling camera data, it means that third-party apps can trigger it, so it’s not constrained to an operating system calling function.
According to Google, one particular offender is Skype, which seems to be accessing the camera regularly from the background and by doing so is triggering that bug. We’ll ignore why Skype is trying to access the camera without you knowing…
As mentioned, Google has found a fix for the bug and is bundling it in the next maintenance version of Android, most likely 4.4.3. Until then, the only fix is to reboot the device, and Google are recommending that removing Skype may relieve the issue.
The more significant point is that this bug may not be constrained to Nexus devices, since third-party apps are able to call the camera, so KitKat devices running a Qualcomm chip for camera processing, like the Galaxy Note 3, are also most likely affected. Unfortunately a fix will have to go via the manufacturer for these devices, so may delay the patch being delivered to your non-Nexus device.
If you think you’ve been hit by this bug, drop us a comment below.
[Via Google Issue Tracker]
Oppo may have just stolen Nokia’s camera resolution crown. The Chinese company has posted a whopping 50-megapixel (8,160 x 6,120) photo that was reportedly taken with the upcoming Find 7 smartphone. On a surface level, the image checks out — there’s a lot of detail here, including street signs that suggest Oppo took the picture in Barcelona (despite the likely fake Florida license plate). However, we wouldn’t be too quick to praise the Find 7′s photographic abilities. Oppo is known to occasionally post bogus teasers that don’t translate into shipping products, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the company’s new flagship relies on more modest camera technology.
Source: Sina Weibo (translated)
We’re expecting the Oppo‘s next smartphone, the Oppo Find 7, to be announced on March 19th, and from Oppo’s teasers, it’s suggesting that it could be a better device than the Samsung Galaxy S5. We have no reason not to believe them yet as the device is rumoured to have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 as the S5, and a 5.5-inch, 2K resolution display. The device was also rumoured to have a 13MP camera, but if the latest photo (above) that Oppo has posted on Weibo is anything to go by, the Find 7 might actually have a lot more than just 13 megapixels.
While the photo shown above is scaled down, the original photo was shown to have an EXIF date that suggests it was taken with a Find 7, but most interestingly, has a massive resolution of 8160×6120. For anyone who’s counting, that actually makes for a 50MP camera. And no, that’s not a typo. Whether or not the Find 7 actually has a 50MP will have to wait till the 19th of March, but if its true, that could put Oppo in a very unique position in the Android market; the largest sensor on the Android market is currently the Sony Xperia Z2 at 20.7MP, and not since the Nokia 1020 with its 41MP PureView camera have we seen a smartphone camera that offers such photo quality.
Would you consider the Oppo Find 7 if it actually turned out to have a 50MP camera? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
As winter begins to slowly depart here in the States, some of us here at Engadget are anxious to get outside and shoot some spring-like stills. What’s that? Oh, you are too? Well, we’ve collected a handful of discounted camera options this time around that await on the other side of the jump. Per usual, there’s a range of prices, so there should be something to suit most budgets.
If there are other cameras, lenses and the like you have your eye on that we haven’t included here — join us and add them to your “Want” list. Every time there’s a price cut in the future, you’ll get an email alert!
Canon EOS 5D Mark III (body only)
Regular Price: $3,500
Engadget Global Score: 88
While the Mark III was introduced back in 2012, it has become a workhorse for both stills and video. During the course of our review, our only major gripe was the lack of autofocus while capturing HD video. That steep $3,500 price tag is now seeing a $750 discount though, so the cost of admission has come down significantly.
Pentax K-3 (body only)
Regular Price: $1,300
Engadget Global Score: 90
The Pentax K-3 just went on sale in late 2013 and the reviews are starting to roll in. The verdict? So far, the DSLR as tallied a 90 Engadget Global Score — not too shabby. Despite snappy performance and solid output in the stills department, early adopters have noted a dip in video quality. While the K-3 hasn’t been on the market for a full 90 days, our Price Drop tool shows that $950 is the lowest we’ve seen so far.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 (body only)
Regular Price: $600
Engadget Global Score: 83
Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G5, despite being a body-only purchase, allows beginners to enter into ILC shooting with a fairly modest investment. If you’re unsure about this model though, you can browse all of the company’s offerings and compare them for yourself in our product database. Willing to hold out to save a few more bucks? The 90-day Price History shows that the current price tag is marked $30 above the lowest from back in December.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS
Regular Price: $399
Engadget Global Score: 86
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Spring is just around the corner, so why not consider a rugged point-and-shoot for logging those upcoming outdoor expeditions? The TG-2 offers up respectable performance in a shockproof and waterproof shell for durable performance on the trail. Oh yeah, the current $309 price is on par with the 90-day low, too.
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Rearview mirrors aren’t always as useful as you might like — bright headlights, weather or a basketball team in the back seats can make it tough to see what’s behind you. None of those should be a problem once Nissan’s new Smart rearview mirror reaches cars, though. The peripheral blends a traditional mirror with both an LCD and a rear camera that compensates for bad lighting. Flick a switch and the camera system takes over, giving you a clear view of traffic no matter the road conditions. The smart mirror will first show up in the ZEOD RC Le Mans racer, and Nissan plans to make it an option for everyday cars starting with Japan this spring. Drivers worldwide will get it in 2015. That’s just the start of the automaker’s plans, however. Since the smart mirror is as effective as a large rear window, Nissan expects the technology to influence car design; you may see more aerodynamic vehicles now that there’s less need for glass.
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Samsung’s mirrorless cameras have so far been on the large side due to their DSLR-sized sensors, but the company may be ready to go small… very small. NXRumors claims to have leaked imagery for the NX mini, a tiny shooter that would use a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor like that in Sony’s RX100 Mark II. The technology shift would lead to a body under 1.4 inches thick, and removable lenses that are borderline cute; the initial lineup would include both a 9mm fixed distance lens and a 9-27mm standard zoom. Despite the compact frame, there would be room for a 3-inch flip-up LCD, a built-in flash and the horsepower to shoot at a continuous 22 frames per second. Rumors have the NX mini launching within a month’s time. Pricing is still up in the air, although the sensor choice suggests that the mini would be at the low end of Samsung’s camera spectrum.
Via: Mirrorless Rumors
Source: NXRumors (translated)
Samsung’s new crop of Gear smartwatches are no longer card-carrying members of its Android Galaxy. That’s because Tizen, the company’s open-sourced OS, has taken over the reins for the line begot by the barely five-month-old Galaxy Gear. And, in typical Samsung fashion, the company hasn’t released just one new Gear, but three with very specific areas of focus: the fashionable Gear 2, the functional Gear Neo and fitness-focused Gear Fit. The newly announced trio was on display here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, giving us a chance to get acquainted with their particular quirks and let you know whether or not to free up some space on your wrist.
Based on looks alone, it’s obvious the Gear 2 is Samsung’s new smartwatch flagship. The device not only surpasses its stripped down sibling, the Neo, with the inclusion of a camera just above its 1.63-inch watchface, but it also boasts an all-metal enclosure and removable leather strap. This is in contrast to the Neo’s all-over colorful, plastic design — though it, too, features a swappable strap and even designer support from the likes of Moschino and Nicholas Kirkwood. Their spec differences aside, both the Gear 2 and Neo feature 4GB of internal storage, 300mAh battery, an inbuilt IR blaster (paired with Samsung’s WatchOn app) for controlling your TV, IP67 rating for water-resistance, Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to a portable media player and heart rate monitor (located under the watch face) to aid with fitness-tracking. That latter health-focused bit even goes as far as “coaching” users, via haptic feedback, to increase or decrease their exercise rate.
So how do these two new Gears differ cosmetically from the original Galaxy Gear that inspired them? For starters, Samsung’s done away with the exposed metal screws of the Galaxy Gear’s front face in favor of a sleeker, seamless finish that gently blends into the band. The home button has been moved to a prominent position just at the base of the touchscreen, while the camera and/or IR blaster (depending on the Gear model) reside just above the top edge. The Gear 2 and Neo also sport a bit of user customization, as both now offer a multitude of wallpaper and font options. As for their charging cradle, Samsung didn’t have any on-hand to show off, but we’ve been told they’ll be different than that of the OG Galaxy Gear’s.
Then there’s the Gear Fit. In this trio of Samsung smartwatch amigos, it’s kind of the oddball, what with its 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED display (432 x 128) and narrow focus on health and wellness. The Fit, like its Gear siblings, also features a swappable strap, Bluetooth 4.0 and an IP67 rating for water-resistance, except its battery is rated for longer use at up to four days. Of the bunch, it’s definitely the most physically attractive Gear option and the one we could really see users embracing.
There’ll be no shortage of apps for consumers that plunk down for any of these new Gears. Samsung has stated that it now counts over 100 dedicated apps for its Gear line and with the availability of its open SDK, that number is poised to expand even further. Of course, Samsung’s offering a means of getting to these third-party Gear apps easily via its own curated app store. As for its own pre-loaded selection, Samsung’s made it so that users will have access to the same stable of apps on Samsung’s Gear 2 and Neo: Notifications, Logs, Dialler, Contacts, Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, S Voice, Media Controller, WatchOn Remote, Apps and Settings. While the Fit ditches the IR blaster- and phone-focused apps for the more narrow suite of Notifications, Media Controller, Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, Timer, Stopwatch and Settings.
You’re probably wondering when we can expect to see these new Gears hit retail and just how much each is going to cost. Those are both good questions we, unfortunately, don’t have the answer to right now. Samsung would only go on record to say that the Gear 2, Neo and Fit would be available sometime in April, but that still leaves a giant question mark hovering over their respective prices. While that essential bit’s currently an unknown, we’d bet that, given the breadth of this new Gear line, you can expect there’ll be a range of affordability.
Sharif Sakr contributed to this report.
Looking to pick up Samsung’s much-improved Galaxy Camera 2? The 16-megapixel Android-powered shooter can be yours next month for $450. The device includes Jelly Bean under the hood, and unlike what we experienced with the original cam, this updated version felt quite snappy during our CES demo. There’s a 4.8-inch 720p display, WiFi connectivity (this model doesn’t support 3G/4G) and a boosted 2,000 mAh battery. The lens doesn’t appear to be improved, however, with a 21x zoom and an f/2.8-5.9 maximum aperture range. Samsung is also announcing pricing and availability for the NX30, which ships today for a whopping $1,000 with an 18-55mm kit lens. We think the company would benefit from a more aggressive MSRP there, given the competition in the mirrorless camera space, but if you aren’t turned off by the price, it does appear to be a solid option.