Like most companies in the smartphone game, HTC wants to pack its top-of-the-range devices with powerful camera tech, and that’s no longer just a case of adding more megapixels. The new HTC One (M8), for instance, hosts a pair of Ultrapixel cameras on its rear that allow you manipulate depth-of-field, among other special features. Talking with UK carrier Vodafone on HTC’s roadmap for camera tech, imaging guru Symon Whitehorn claimed “we could be 4K ready now,” if it actually made sense to do so (burn, Sony). Whitehorn also mused that with phones well on their way to making point-and-shoot cameras obsolete, we could see performance encroach on DSLR territory within two years. To make that happen, however, handsets need to incorporate optical zooming, which according to Whitehorn “is not too far off at all for HTC.” He wouldn’t “give too much away,” he said, “but within 12-18 months we’ll see huge advances in phone optics.” If HTC is indeed this close to adding optical zoom to it camera tech repertoire, let’s hope it can keep things classy — something previous attempts have universally failed to do.
It’s easy to find fast storage if you have a big camera, but not so much if you have a very tiny mirrorless cam that uses microSD cards — more often than not, you’re stuck in the slow lane. You won’t be held back for much longer if Toshiba has its way, though. The company has just revealed the first-ever microSD cards to meet the speedy UHS-II spec, giving them the same performance as the quickest full-size SD storage — and up to eight times the write speed of Toshiba’s earlier microSD lineup. Data reads, meanwhile, are nearly three times faster.
The upgrade should help even smaller cameras and smartphones shoot burst photos as quickly as some pro hardware, and 4K video recording will be relatively pain-free. Toshiba is only providing samples of 32GB and 64GB cards to chip and gadget makers at this stage, and you’ll need to check that whatever device you get supports UHS-II before you splurge on the newer flash memory. However, it shouldn’t be long before you can get truly rapid-fire photography from a device that fits in your pocket.
Whilst the Nokia X wasn’t exactly the flagship high-end spec’d out Android device we were hoping for from Nokia, the camera that is bundled with the device has some pretty nice settings, and we all know Nokia can make a pretty good camera (app).
If Google’s own camera app doesn’t quite do it for you, then the guys over at XDA Developers have managed to port the Nokia X camera software to pretty much any Android device running version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or better.
These settings that the Nokia X camera app features include: ISO sensitivity control, the ability to display a live intensity histogram, configurable noise detection, redeye reduction, anti-banding, and more.
What’s more is you don’t even need ROOT access. Think this is something you fancy trying out? Download the file from here and install it on your Android device. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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There are plenty of cameras that send their photos to your phone, but you frequently have to transfer those pictures yourself — and it’s another hassle to get the pics to other devices. Eyefi thinks it can solve these headaches by launching its own online service, Eyefi Cloud. If you’re using one of the company’s WiFi-equipped Mobi cards in your camera alongside new Android and iOS apps, any photos go both to your mobile device and Cloud right after you’ve hit the shutter button. You only need a browser to manage your shots, so you’re not stuck if you want to see your photos on a new PC.
Cloud costs $49 per year for an unlimited number of uploads, so it’s potentially superior to auto-syncing storage services like Dropbox or Google+ if you take a lot of snapshots. Don’t worry if you’re hesitant to pay up front, though. You’ll get three months of free service just by grabbing the app and signing in. The necessary Mobi cards start at a relatively high $49 for an 8GB model, but you may not have to worry about capacity now that there’s an easy way to back up images before you get home.
It has been a trend for companies to put their standalone apps in the Play Store for quick updating. Google usually does this type of thing with all of their apps. One, however, has never been included in the Play Store… until today. They’ve finally added their camera app to Google Play.
The camera comes with a much-needed interface update, as well as a few new features. It has a huge shutter button, as well as hideaway camera options. Perhaps the biggest new feature in the app is Lens Blur. It does essentially what the HTC One (M8) does, but with software.
To take a Lens Blur shot, take the picture like normal, but move the camera slightly upwards to collect a bit more depth information. It takes a little while to render, but after it’s done, you can change the focus of the photo and adjust the blur intensity. We’ve managed to get some pretty nice shots from the Lens Blur feature so far.
The camera is available for download on devices that are running Android 4.4 Kit Kat, so it’s not for everybody quite yet. If you meet the requirements, head to the Play Store for the download!
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Today is not only hump day, but it also the day the Google usually updates app. Some updates are minor, others are major. Then you have something totally unexpected. Not to long ago we let you all know that Google was working on releasing the stock Android camera app to the Play Store. The launch date was never mentioned, just that it was in the works. However, there is good news regarding the stock camera app today as Google has just released it.
The release of the app also pushes an update out with it that moves the camera app to version 2.1.037. It brings along a new interface and some new features like lens blur mode, which gives you SLR-like photos with a shallow depth of field.
Google Camera snaps quick and easy photos and videos, and has creative picture modes like Photo Sphere, Lens Blur and Panorama.
• Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
• Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
• Panorama mode with high resolution
• 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
• Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
• Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat
You will probably notice that final bullet point in the apps description.
If you happen to be sporting a device that sports anything below Android 4.4 you won’t be allowed to install it from the Play Store. :0( We will get our hands on the apk and give it a run on a few devices anyways and see what happens.
Until then, if you sport a Nexus or another device on Android 4.4+, feel free to hit the link below and go give it a shot.
Getting the APK now by the way, will update with the links shortly.
While Google has continued to toss new features into the camera app shipped on its Nexus devices, many Android phones replace it something else. But just as we revealed a few weeks ago, now it’s available in the Play Store, ready to run on any phone or tablet using Android 4.4 KitKat. Beyond bits like Photo Sphere that we’ve seen before, Google is filling in the blanks on its new “Lens Blur” option. Meant to emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an impressive depth of field effect, it uses algorithms to simulate the large camera lens and aperture your phone / tablet doesn’t actually have. Google’s Research Blog has details on how its done, including a Lytro-like ability to change which object is in focus after you take the shot.
Tired of tilt-shift effects after years of Instagramming, no matter how much math is at work? There’s more to the new camera app than that, it has all the other features we’d heard about too, like a “100% viewfinder” that makes sure you can see everything that will be in the picture on your screen before the shot is taken with no “dropped pixels” and a larger capture button. Panorama shots are better now too, with higher resolution, and Google’s 360-degree Photo Spheres can be captured at up to 50 megapixels.
The HTC One (M8) brought with it a load of new camera features, including its unique Duo Camera setup on its back side. Now, the handset maker is opening up the code that powers the pair in a SDK preview for third-party devs. This means that apps can be designed specifically for the M8′s cameras with DualLens and DimensionPlus APIs baked right in. In other words, developers will get their hands on that bokeh-style refocusing and multi-angled shot selection in addition to depth maps from the pair of cameras. Of course, only time will tell how eager app makers are to latch on to HTC’s smartphone snapshooting tricks, but at least now they’ll have the necessary tools to do so.
Nikon have today announced the Coolpix S810c which brings the popular technology Nikon build into their cameras with the Android Operating System.
With a 16-Megapixel camera, the Nikon Coolpix S810c combines the flexibility of Android and its variety of Apps with a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens and an ISO range of up to 3200, all underpinned by Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology.
The Nikon Coolpix S810c runs Android 4.2.2 and can run apps including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, allowing your pictures to be uploaded directly to your favourite photo sharing site instantly.
The Nikon COOLPIX S810c will be available in early May 2014 in Black or White for around $349.95.
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Liked the idea of Android apps with a proper camera attached? Still itching for a Nikon camera over a Samsung one? Then perhaps the new S810c will win you over where its predecessor didn’t. To start, the rear touchscreen is bigger (3.7 inches this time) while the body of the camera is thinner than the S800c that came before it. There’s also a longer 12X zoom with a 16-megapixel sensor, while on the non-imaging side, it gets GPS and a headphone jack if you’re looking to check audio quality on video or simply play things back and use the point-and-shoot more like a media player than a camera. Compared to the model that appeared two years ago, this one’s running Android 4.2.2. Not the latest, sure, but way beyond the Android Gingerbread OS we wrestled with on the older camera. Nikon has also tacked on its own commenting system to, meaning you can type your thoughts and attach ‘em as soon as the photo’s taken. If your missives simply can’t wait for uploading to Facebook and Twitter, you’ll have to wait until early May, when the camera arrives for $350.