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Samsung preps ultra-thin 8MP phone camera

updated 09:10 am EDT, Tue March 18, 2008

Samsung Ultra Thin 8MP Cam

Samsung this morning revealed what it says is one of the world's smallest high-resolution cameras yet. Although capable of 8-megapixel shots, the new camera is roughly as wide as a coin and a third of an inch thick, allowing it to fit into far thinner and more compact phones than even many 5-megapixel cameras. The sensor is also more powerful than most at its size with up to ISO 1600 light sensitivity, anti-blur and noise correction, and both face and smile detection for portraits.

The optics are also said to be flexible with a 30mm wide-angle equivalent and extremely close macro shooting up to 0.4 inches away from the lens. Samsung explains that the new camera will be used both in Korea and abroad and that it should find its way both into cellphones as well as digital cameras and other portable media devices. Production samples will start arriving for customers in May but should reach shipping products sometime in the second half of this year, though the company has not named any launch partners.




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  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Amazing uselessness!

    Yes! Now you can show off your drunken night-out pictures in high res! What could be more glorious?

    I guess it gives the engineers at handset manufacturers something to do :-.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wide angle w/dig zoom

    ...is a decent compromise if the sensor & lens res is good - helpful for those such as realtors, contractors, trade shows travellers, social events, etc...

  1. gitcypher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @ danviento

    Uselessness? An 8mp phone camera smaller than a quarter. Are you kidding?

  1. powerbooks

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Much needed for

    More and more international conferences start banning photography now, while making the conference sizes bigger and bigger, making it harder to take notes. I want one now for my next trip to Japan in May!

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