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Lytro launches Illum as second light field camera with 8x optical zoom

04/22, 12:23pm

Lytro Illum 40-megaray resolution a significant improvement on original camera

Lytro has unveiled its second camera using light-field photography. Just like the original Lytro camera, the Lytro Illum allows photographers to change the point of focus of a shot after the shot has been taken, with the camera's construction updated to look more like a traditional DSLR instead of the original's compact and unusual body.

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HTC explores optical zooming for cameras in 2015 smartphones

04/18, 6:36am

Advances in phone optics expected by HTC within 12 to 18 months

HTC is looking towards adding optical zooming to its smartphones, the company's camera expert has revealed. Symon Whitehorn advised in an interview that the company expects to see "huge advances in phone optics" in relation to optical zooming within 12 to 18 months, and suggesting a smartphone could reach a DSLR level of imaging performance in 18 to 24 months.

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Nikon reattempts Android-powered camera with Coolpix S810c

04/10, 6:53am

Coolpix S810c uses Android Jelly Bean, has 16MP sensor

Nikon is adding another camera to its popular Coolpix line, with an Android-based device. The Coolpix S810c runs on Android 4.2.2, an upgrade from the Android 2.3 used in the Coolpix S800c two years ago, and while it has a similar 16-megapixel sensor to its predecessor, its optical zoom has been improved from 10x to a greater 12x, doubling to 24x using "Dynamic Fine Zoom."

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Briefly: Android KitKat reaches LG G Flex, Nikon exchanges D600

03/28, 8:33am

LG starts Android 4.4 update roll-out for G Flex in South Korea

LG has started to roll out the Android KitKat update to the G Flex smartphone. The update for the curved mobile device will include LG's Knock Code security system, among other changes, with units located in South Korea being the first to receive Android 4.4. Other markets are also expected to receive the software update, though the timing for this will depend on the region and individual carriers.

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Panasonic HX-A500 wearable camera captures 4K-resolution video

03/24, 2:09pm

Head, arm-mounted Panasonic camera offers 200fps video function

Panasonic has revealed its first wearable camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video. The HX-A500 is unusual in its design, consisting of the camera sensor attached to an earpiece connected to an armband-mounted main unit instead of a self-contained box like the GoPro range, with the camera and unit weighing 31 grams and 119 grams (1.1 ounces and 4.2 ounces) respectively.

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Sony Australia lists a3500 on website before official unveiling

03/24, 11:03am

Sony a3500 retains specifications, appearance of a3000

Sony Australia has leaked the company's upcoming a3500, by putting the Alpha-range camera up for pre-order through its website. Photographs and specifications of the 20.1-megapixel interchangeable-lens camera are available to view, despite the lack of an official launch by the company, with the snapper having few in the way of improvements over its predecessor, the a3000.

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Samsung NX mini offers 'selfie'-friendly functions, wink triggering

03/19, 9:21am

NX mini has 20.5MP sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC, flip-up display

Samsung has launched a new mirrorless camera that it claims is the world's slimmest and lightest. The NX mini's body weighs 158 grams (5.5 ounces) and measures 22.5mm (0.88 inches) thick, but still offers a 3-inch flip-up HVGA touchscreen display that flips 180 degrees, making it useful for "selfie" photographs or, as Samsung terms it, group "wefie" shots.

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Nikon 1 V3 launches with 18.4MP sensor, 20fps continuous AF mode

03/13, 7:46am

171-point contrast detection AF in Nikon 1 V3

Nikon has revealed the third generation of its Nikon 1 V-series of mirrorless cameras. The 11.4-ounce Nikon 1 V3 offers an 18.4-megapixel AF CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter, up from the 14.2-megapixel version in the V2, the new Expeed 4A image-processing engine, and the ability to shoot at 20fps with continuous AF, pushed to 60 when focus is locked.

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Panasonic prices Lumix GH4, YAGH interface in US, Europe

03/10, 12:56pm

Lumix GH4 shipping in late April, May, priced at $1700 for the body alone

Panasonic has released more details about shipments of its Lumix GH4 camera, following its formal unveiling early last month. The 4K-capable device and its optional YAGH interface unit will be shipping to customers in late April or May, depending on the country, with the 16.05-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera being priced at $1,700 for the body alone.

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Sony extends Cyber-shot camera range in US with five new additions

02/12, 8:35am

Three bridge cameras, two compact cameras heading to United States

At the same time as launching the α6000, Sony has revealed a new collection of five cameras to add to its existing Cyber-shot range. The Cyber-shot HX400V, H400, and H300 are bridge cameras with high-magnification optical zooms, while the Cyber-shot WX350 and W800 are thin and compact point-and-shoot cameras, including one set to be sold for under $100.

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Sony a6000 claims to use world's fastest autofocus at 0.06 seconds

02/12, 6:51am

Phase-detection, contrast-detection AF help provide 11fps AF tracked shooting

One month after updating the α5000, Sony has launched another Alpha camera with what it claims uses the world's fastest autofocus in an interchangeable lens camera. The α6000 is able to focus on a subject in 0.06 seconds using Sony's Fast Hybrid AF system, consisting of a 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor working with a contrast-detection AF.

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Nikkei: Sony in negotiations to supply iPhone front camera modules

02/11, 3:39pm

Deal would double number of camera sensors supplied by Sony

Sony is preparing to supply Apple with front image sensors for a future iPhone release, according to a report. While Sony already provides the vast majority of CMOS sensors for the rear cameras of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the manufacturer has apparently entered negotiations to offer both the front and back camera modules to Apple for its devices.

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GoPro plans to go public, submits IPO documents with SEC

02/10, 5:10am

Draft IPO from sports camera producer remains confidential

Action camera manufacturer GoPro has filed plans for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, the company has revealed. The confidential submission on Friday, accompanied by a short press release announcing it, is one of the first major steps for the company to shift from being a privately-held business and into a publicly-held version.

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Nerf prototype adds video recording capabilities to blaster

02/08, 12:30pm

Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam EC5-12 Blaster to feature 1.77 inch color screen

A new prototype from Nerf shows the company taking new steps in embracing technology: a new blaster in their N-Strike line will have a mounted video camera for recording the dart-slinging action as it happens. Yahoo Tech was able to try out the Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam EC5-12 Blaster -- a motorized, clip-loading platform that shoots darts to 90 feet, featuring a 1.77-inch color screen.

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Panasonic launches Lumix GH4 with 4K video recording capabilities

02/07, 5:46am

Lumix GH4 increases high-resolution video recording options

Panasonic has unveiled a new mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video, as a successor to the Lumix GH3. While the Lumix GH4 takes after the appearance of the previous model, albeit slightly smaller, it boasts an improved focus on video work, with Panasonic also launching an accessory that adds a host of connections and extra controls ideal for videographers.

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Olympus launches $700 OM-D E-M10 16MP mirrorless camera

01/29, 5:18am

Five-axis image stabilization replaced by three-axis version in OM-D E-M10

Olympus has added to the OM-D camera collection with another mirrorless Micro Four Thirds snapper. The E-M10 takes after the E-M5 in terms of its appearance, but it manages to shrink down into a more compact body, and though it could be considered the entry-level camera of the OM-D range, it still manages to add in a few features its two-year-old stablemate does not have.

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Fujifilm teases X-mount camera launch with shot of dial controls

01/20, 6:32am

Rumored X-T1 could have 16MP sensor, weather-sealing

Fujifilm is teasing a new retro-styled X-mount camera that it will be launching at the end of this month. Thought to be called the Fujifilm X-T1, the camera could potentially replace the X-Pro1 as the company's flagship camera, and though the teaser image gives little in the way of clues as to what the camera is capable of, the large number of dials on the top suggest it to be a manual-friendly device.

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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

01/09, 6:53pm

Galaxy Camera grows up in 2014

At first glance the Galaxy Camera 2 appears to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, featuring the same 16-megapixel sensor, 21x zoom lens and 4.8-inch LCD display. However, a closer inspection reveals several notable improvements that take this camera beyond the first generation.

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Apple buys SnappyLabs for high-speed iPhonography burst tech

01/05, 9:22pm

Now-withdrawn SnappyCam could take up to 60 pictures per second

Apple has confirmed that it has bought a one-man company called SnappyLabs, makers of iOS-only camera app SnappyCam. The app (prior to being withdrawn) was able to take full-resolution picture at up to 30 frames per second, three times more than Apple's camera software offers in "burst mode." With resolution scaling, the app could even manage up to 60 frames per second with continuous, DSLR-like shooting.

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Samsung outs Galaxy Camera 2, NX30 mirrorless camera before CES

01/03, 6:04am

NFC, Wi-Fi connectivity features in new Samsung cameras

Samsung has revealed two cameras it will be presenting at CES next week. The Galaxy Camera 2 is an Android-based point-and-shoot device that appears to offer a few upgrades when compared to the original device, while the NX30 mirrorless camera appears to be more a successor to the NX20 rather than the NX300, and is accompanied by a couple of new removable lenses.

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Archos reveals home automation, wearable devices for CES 2014

12/30, 2:13pm

Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction

Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.

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Briefly: Free Left 4 Dead 2, Altek launches Cubic 'lens camera'

12/26, 5:56am

Valve makes Left 4 Dead 2 free on Steam until 10am PST on December 26th

Valve Software treated customers of its Steam game store to an unexpected holiday gift, by making Left 4 Dead 2 free to play. The team-based first-person-shooter for PC and Mac, which sees a group of survivors attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse, is free to claim through the online store until 10am PST on December 26th, according to PC Gamer, after which it will revert to its usual price.

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Samsung merges mobile, camera arms to help smartphone differentiation

12/13, 10:14am

Combining knowledge of imaging, mobile divisions could lead to better cameras on phones

Samsung has combined two of its businesses relating to smartphones and cameras into one larger business, according to a report. The company's Digital Imaging and Mobile Communications businesses are now apparently a single unit, one which could potentially lead to more impressive cameras on Samsung smartphones in the future.

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Briefly: booq's Python camera slimpack, Mionix's NAOS gaming mouse

12/05, 11:41am

booq's Python slimpack stores up to two DSLRs and four mid-size lenses

Today, accessory maker Booq has announced its latest photographer's carrying pack, the Python slimpack. Tailored to keep all gear safely secured and easily-accessible, the Python slimpack possesses multiple padded pockets and a main camera compartment that is plush and red, highlighting and protecting black camera gear.

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Canon launches updated EOS M2 with improved autofocus, smaller body

12/03, 7:58am

Upgrade to Canon EOS M retains sensor, adds Wi-Fi

Canon has launched a revised version of its EOS M mirrorless camera. The upgraded EOS M2, announced in Japan, retains the appearance of the original but manages to improve its autofocus speed to approximately 2.3 times as fast as its predecessor, as well as using its Hybrid CMOS AF II to scan over 80 percent of what the viewfinder is able to see.

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Rumor: Samsung developing 20MP camera sensor for 2014 smartphones

12/02, 6:57am

Camera sensor arms race continues with claimed 20MP component

Samsung is reportedly working on a new camera module capable of taking 20-megapixel photographs. The company's Advanced Development Team is apparently hoping to get the high-resolution component ready for shipping in the second half of 2014, something which could coincide with a future major smartphone release, such as a successor to the Galaxy Note 3.

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Briefly: Belkin's Black Friday deals, Bublcam 360 cam's Kickstarter

11/18, 3:00pm

Belkin offers Black Friday customers discounts on purchases from online store

Belkin, an electronics accessory manufacturer, has announced their upcoming promotional offers for Black Friday this year. Customers shopping online can receive deals such as $20 off every $100 spent, up to $500. Buyers at Belkin's online Factory Store will be able to receive an additional 15 percent off orders placed on Black Friday. On December 2 -- 'Cyber Monday' -- buyers will receive 30 percent off everything between 6AM and 10AM PT.

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Android API shows possible future RAW, burst mode support

11/18, 2:54pm

New camera API for Android not included in KitKat release

Google could be working on a way for Android devices to handle RAW image files, alongside the current JPEG images created by the current camera. The public source code for the mobile operating system shows a camera API for Android that was not added to KitKat before its release, due to a comment claiming it was "not ready yet" for inclusion.

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Nikon launches Df retro-styled full-frame DSLR camera

11/06, 5:15am

Sports 16.2MP sensor, ISO 204,860, 39-point AF system

Nikon has launched its new retro-styled DSLR camera, one it teased for the last week and leaked just before its launch. The Nikon Df is a full-frame DSLR in a 1.5-pound, weather-sealed body with a 16.2-megapixel sensor and an EXPEED 3 processor, similar to that of the D4, with the device also boasting a sensitivity range that goes as high as ISO 204,800.

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Briefly: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom at AT&T, AA mobile device rule changes

11/05, 5:58am

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom reaches US on November 8th

Samsung has confirmed earlier rumors that AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer its Galaxy S4 Zoom to customers, from November 8th. Priced at $200 on a two-year contract or $25 per month under AT&T Next, the Galaxy S4 Zoom has a 4.3-inch qHD screen with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, and a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor on the back with optical image stabilization, a Xenon flash, and a 10x optical zoom.

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Leak shows full-frame Nikon Df with retro styling

11/04, 2:21pm

Camera pictured ahead of formal unveiling

Nikon's rumored Df camera appears to have been revealed ahead of the company's formal unveiling. Live images and renderings posted by Nikon Rumors show a retro-styled body pairing leather-textured black surfaces with silver or blackened metal and a slew of manual knobs and controls, while an FX badge corroborates earlier leaks pointing to a full-frame 16.2-megapixel sensor tucked inside.

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Samsung Galaxy NX reaches FCC with AT&T LTE support

10/29, 1:03pm

Galaxy NX mirrorless camera heads closer to US release

The Samsung Galaxy NX has been spotted passing through the FCC with support for AT&T's LTE and HSPA mobile networks. The filing strongly suggests that Samsung's Android-based mirrorless camera, one that it launched in June, will be making its way to the United States with its cellular network connection intact.

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Nikon teases camera launch, rumors suggest retro DSLR

10/24, 12:08pm

First Nikon Pure Photography video gives little away about mystery camera

Nikon is planning to announce a new camera, one which is believed to be a retro-styled DSLR in a similar vein to other recent releases. The first teaser video for a campaign titled "Pure Photography" and accompanying images is believed to be a full-frame camera called the D4H, one which could possibly ship with a hybrid electronic and optical viewfinder.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP camera for AT&T leaked

10/17, 7:47am

Smartphone with 10x optical zoom allegedly heading to AT&T this year

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will be heading to AT&T in the future, according to a new rumor. A leaked image of the hybrid compact camera and smartphone shows it as having icons for AT&T services on its screen, as well as connected to AT&T, strongly hinting that the carrier will soon be offering a subsidized version on its network.

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Sony Cybershot RX10 uses 20.2MP sensor, 24-200mm Carl Zeiss lens

10/16, 6:27am

Cybershot RX10 uses same image processor as A7, A7R

Sony has added another bridge-style camera to its RX range, one which uses the same 1-inch 20.2-megapixel BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor as the RX100 II. The Cybershot RX10, launched at the same time as the A7 and A7R, uses a 24-200mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with an aperture of F2.8 at all focal lengths.

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Sony rumored planning A7 full-frame mirrorless Alpha camera launch

10/13, 7:28pm

Low-resolution photo shows similar body to NEX-7

Sony could be releasing a new full frame mirrorless camera in its Alpha range later this week, according to a rumor. The A7, partly shown in a low-resolution image, appears to have a similar basic body as the NEX-7, though it appears to have a raised section for a more central and higher viewfinder, along with a raised hot shoe.

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Leica camera designed by Ive to be auctioned November 23

10/08, 7:51pm

One-off design will raise money for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Maleria relief

Pictures of the one-off Leica M Rangefinder special edition co-designed by Apple's Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson have surfaced, revealing a unsurprisingly elegant yet sparse design with a Dieter Rams-inspired off-white and aluminum design that would fit right in with Apple's products. The camera will be auctioned off on November 23 for Product (RED) and includes a 50mm 2 Summicron lens. Proceeds will be used to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria outbreaks in Africa.

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Nikon D610 announced, increased shutter speed compared to D600

10/08, 6:38am

Faster 6fps shutter, 3fps quiet continuous shutter mode in D610

Nikon is adding more speed to the successor of its full-frame D600 DSLR, along with a few minor tweaks, as rumored in August. The Nikon D610, using a 24.3-megapixel FX-format sensor with an EXPEED 3 image processor, ups the 5.5fps shooting rate in the D600 to 6fps, along with a new Quiet Continuous Shutter mode which quietens the shutter but keeps a 3fps shooting rate.

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Ricoh launches 24MP Pentax K-3 digital SLR with 27-point auto focus

10/08, 5:41am

Pentax K-3 uses anti-aliasing simulator, eliminates optical AA filter

Ricoh has added a new digital SLR to its Pentax K camera series, one with a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. The Pentax K-3, rumored late last month, uses its new PRIME III imaging engine, as well as an anti-aliasing simulator that has the same level of moir reduction as an optical anti-aliasing filter, which can also be adjusted in tensity or switched off altogether.

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GoPro upgrades Hero3 action camera line with Hero3+ Black, Silver

10/01, 6:42am

New GoPro action camera smaller, lighter than Hero3

GoPro has made a number of improvements to its action camera line, and has introduced the Hero3+. Offering a 20-percent smaller and lighter design than its predecessor and 30-percent more battery life, the Hero3+ boasts a new lens arrangement and new video capture modes, along with even more mounts and accessories.

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Pentax K-3 with rumored 24MP APS-C sensor leaked in photograph

09/27, 12:11pm

Pentax K-3 shown with similar body to K-5 model camera

A photograph of what appears to be a new camera from Pentax has allegedly leaked. The image of the Pentax K-3 appears to show an APS-C device with a similar body to the Pentax K-5, though it is said that it Ricoh will be making a change to the display on the rear, though it will apparently not be a flippable or hinged version, and will also not be a touchscreen.

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Nikon 1 AW1 touted as 14.2MP waterproof interchangeable lens camera

09/19, 5:18am

Can survive 49ft dives, 6ft drops, temperatures of 14 Fahrenheit

Nikon has added a waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof camera to its Nikon 1 range. The Nikon 1 AW1 is an interchangeable lens camera with a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, which can survive in water to depths of 49 feet, can survive falls of up to 6.6 feet, and will work in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Fujifilm shipping entry-level X-A1 mirrorless camera later this month

09/17, 5:47am

Retro-styled camera mimics X-M1, retains most functionality

Fujifilm has launched another mirrorless camera in its retro-styled X-series, just three months after launching the X-M1. The previously-leaked Fujifilm X-A1 is lower in price when compared to earlier releases in the range, and though it loses some of the high-end components, it still manages to retain the styling and many of the features of its more-expensive counterparts.

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Fashion house Burberry to use iPhone 5s cameras for fashion show [U]

09/12, 8:30pm

New model will be the exclusive camera documenting runway showcase

[Updated with promotional video] Luxury outerwear designer and historic fashion house Burberry will be using the new iPhone 5s exclusively to document in HD video and still images its Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show in London next week, according to an announcement from both Apple and the clothier. The designer will get early access to the iPhone 5s, which is not expected to formally debut until September 20, for its September 16 women's wear show -- which will be streamed live from London's Hyde Park on the Burberry website. The entire show will be captured using the iPhone 5s' advanced camera.

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Leica C compact camera includes 12.1MP sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC

09/11, 7:09am

Boutique camera uses programmable ring around 7x zoom lens

Boutique camera maker Leica has launched its latest compact digital camera, one which includes Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The stylish Leica C houses a 1/1.7-inch, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, while its f/2.0-5.9, 7x zoom lens has a 35mm-equivalent range of between 28mm and 200mm, and a programmable ring surrounding the lens for mode selection.

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Olympus shipping OMD E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera in October

09/10, 6:23am

Weather-sealed camera automatically adjusts sharpness for each lens

Olympus has launched a new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, one that leaked early last month. The OMD E-M1, claimed by the camera maker to be the successor to the Olympus E-5, uses a 16.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor combined with a new TruePic VII image processor for noise reduction at high ISOs, and a new Fine Detail Processing II engine for configuring the appropriate sharpness for individual lenses and reducing video compression artifacts.

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Retro-styled Fujifilm X-A1 mirrorless camera photographs leak

09/06, 11:34am

Accompanying launch press release suggests official announcement imminent

Fujifilm is preparing to launch another retro-styled digital camera in the near future, if leaked images and a document are to be believed. A press release proclaiming the launch of the unannounced X-A1 mirrorless camera states that it will have a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with its general appearance mimicking that of the X-M1, launched in June.

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Sony QX100, QX10 'lens camera' images, advertisement leak

09/03, 2:22pm

Smartphone case with lens camera mount shown for first time

Just one day before Sony holds an event at IFA in Germany, a new collection of images for its anticipated lens camera launches has leaked. The images, which provide a close look of both the QX10 and QX100 lenses, is accompanied by a newly-leaked advertisement that demonstrates how the devices could be used with a smartphone.

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Sony A7000 to have Z-shift sensor for improved lens compatibility

09/02, 9:07am

Sensor rumored to shift 18mm to accommodate Canon, Nikon lenses

Sony is close to launching a camera which will work with lenses from other camera mount systems, but still retains autofocus. The A7000, in the same product family as the recently-announced A3000, works as normal with E-mount lenses, but will apparently use a "Z-shift sensor" to help with focusing for indirectly-compatible lens assemblies.

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Sony rumored to name 'lens camera' concept 'EspressOn' at launch

08/28, 7:58am

EspressOn devices said to launch at same time as Honami smartphone

Sony may have decided upon a product name for its pair of lens camera devices, according to a new rumor. The DSC-QX100 and the DSC-QX10, camera units contained inside a camera lens and designed to wirelessly connect with a smartphone, will allegedly be named "EspressOn" when the two devices are launched.

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