Tag - Cameras
In part one of our feature pitting the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge against the iPhone 6s Plus, we took a look at the design, displays and performance of the two devices. Although the Galaxy S7 Edge has arguably the better design aesthetic when compared with the iPhone 6s Plus, its vaunted double-curved edge display has questionable practical value. Similarly, the S7 Edge's excellent high resolution quad-HD display offers a great VR experience, thanks to its additional pixel density -- but in general use, the still-decent 1080p resolution of the iPhone 6s Plus is going to deliver much better overall efficiency and frame rates in games. Samsung might have also taken a lead in multi-core performance, but the iPhone still has an substantial advantage in the key single-core performance metric. So how do the two stack up when it comes to cameras, software, ecosystems and the overall end-to-end user experience?
Sony has added another mirrorless camera to its Alpha camera line, this time as a follow-up to the A6000 announced almost two years ago. The A6300 bears a similar resemblance to its predecessor, with the new model including a slightly smaller 24.2-megapixel APS-C Exmor sensor with a BIONZ X image processor, with the combination allowing it to record 4K video in Super 35mm format, namely capturing footage without pixel binning.
Canon has unveiled a new version of its EOS-1D X digital camera aimed at the professional market, one it initially released four years ago. The EOS-1D X Mark II is an upgraded version of the original, housing a new 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, giving it a boost in terms of speed and image quality, as well as allowing it to film 4K and 1080p video at 60 and 120fps respectively with a "Dual Pixel" CMOS autofocus.
Apple's ad campaign for the iPhone 6s line has continued with three new TV ads released this weekend, continuing the "only thing that's changed is everything" theme and expanding the role of actor Jamie Foxx, who had a brief cameo in an ad released earlier this month. The earlier ads focused on the new abilities of the iPhone's 3D Touch feature, currently a true distinguishing feature from other smartphones. The latest ads feature Foxx interacting with Siri, and highlighting the iPhone's new cameras.
Red Camera has launched the latest in its line of high-specification cinematography cameras, this time with a slightly cheaper model that aims to offer a similar specification set to the higher-priced models but at a lower price point. The Red Raven weighs 3.5 pounds, making it the lightest in the Red stable, with its compact size making it extremely useful for filming from drones or for filming situations where weight and space are at a premium.
GoPro has launched a new entry-level version of its action camera, which provides many of the functions expected from the rest of its range but at a lower price. The Hero+ takes a similar form to the existing Hero camera, but the manufacturer has added Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to the device, giving users the ability to frame up their shots and remotely monitor what the camera is recording via the GoPro app and the Smart Remote.
[Updated with shipping date and price for the United States] Sony has unveiled a second generation of its existing Alpha A7s, with the successor adding 4K video to the full frame mirrorless camera, without the need for an external recorder. The Alpha A7s II uses a similar 12.1-megapixel sensor with BIONZ X image processing, and matches the original's expansive ISO range of 50 to 409,600, but its video capabilities have been boosted to offer 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at up to 120fps, allowing it to be used for slow motion recording.
Panasonic has introduced its own action camera that is designed to be worn for point-of-view videos. The HX-A1 is a cylindrical HD camera that weighs a light 45 grams (1.5 ounces) and is capable of surviving a few knocks and elemental challenges without an extra housing case, including being shockproof from drops at a height of 5 feet, waterproof to a similar depth, dustproof, and able to work at temperatures as low as 14F (-10C).
CNBC is reporting that Apple has acquired camera technology company LinX, which creates camera sensors utilizing multi-aperture imaging alongside image processing tech to improve general performance in cameras, including low-light capture, color fidelity and more. The Israel-based firm has been successful at creating sensors that can pack more information into images (allowing for some refocusing, similar to the technology used in Lytro's "light field imaging") in smaller cameras.
Canon has unveiled a pair of video cameras capable of capturing 4K footage, but are located on two different ends of the market. The XC10 is a high-end video camera that will cost $2,500 when it goes on sale, while the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera is aimed at cinematographers, and is estimated by Canon to carry a hefty price tag of around $20,000 when it ships later this year.
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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj