When EyeFi first launched the Mobi card, it seemed as if they greatly improved the service. The Mobi card was centered around transferring JPEG images to your phone quickly and easily through a two step process. If you wanted to send RAW images, you’d need to go with something else like the Eye-Fi Pro card.
Today though, the company is announcing not only a rebranding but a new service in EyeFi Cloud. The cloud is a premium service that they are pitching to those that use multiple devices. EyeFi Cloud enables someone to shoot and image, send it to their phone (or other device) which then in turn beams the images into the cloud. When the images hit the cloud, they’re accessible from your other devices such as your computer, tablet, or phone.
But we’re not sure that it’s for everyone.
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Move over Samsung–you’re not the only game in town trying to get further into the Android-powered camera world. Today Nikon introduced the Coolpix S810c, a 16MP point-and-shoot camera preloaded with the 4.2.2 version of Android Jelly Bean.
Nikon promises the camera will let users launch all their favorite Android camera apps without the compromises of a lackluster smartphone snapper. The Coolpix S810c is equipped with a 12x optical zoom Nikkor lens, albeit with an unimpressive f3.3-6.3 variable aperture. It might not produce very shallow depth of field but the Coolpix backside illuminated CMOS sensor should make up for the lack of light coming through that somewhat narrow aperture lens. Read on for more about Nikon’s new Android camera plus the new 18-300mm lens for its DX DSLRs.
More details are after the jump.
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Earlier last year, we had a peek at Adobe Lightroom Mobile behind closed doors. It was in an Alpha stage at that point but had most of the functionality that the company wanted to get out with its release today. Fast forward to last week, and we were invited to sit with Digital Imaging Product Manager Sharad Mangalick to be briefed about the new Adobe Lightroom Mobile. If you’re the type of person that does some very minor edits to their photos (as most users seem to do) then you’re in for a real treat. While the mobile version of the product isn’t as robust as its desktop brother, it still gives the user quite a bit of control over their images as well syncing with the also announced Adobe Lightroom 5.4.
At the moment, Adobe Lightroom Mobile is only available for the iPad. Sharad tells us that they’re focusing on the iOS version right now that the Android version will be done afterwards. Working with Android provides a host of problems, the least of which are the different screen sizes.
Coupled with calibration software like those from Spyder and X-Rite, Lightroom Mobile can be a great use to photographers that have a need for it. And like the full version of Photoshop vs Photoshop Elements, not everyone needs it.
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With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung introduced the first Android smartphone with an integraded point-and-shoot like zoom lens to its portfolio. Now that the Galaxy S5 has been announced, it is safe to assume that it as well will receive a ‘Zoom’ variant with a pimped-up camera feature. The S5 Zoom has indeed already been in the news lately, and now a first picture allegedly showing the device has popped up, plus some extra specs.
What we see in the picture could indeed very well be the successor to the S4 Zoom, which according to Digital Trends may not be called ‘S5 Zoom’ but rather ‘K Zoom’–for whatever reason. As is apparent from the leaked photo of the S5 Zoom, the lens has a much slimmer profile than that of the S4 Zoom. Unfortunately, the grip seems to have been removed, which means the new camera phone might not be as ergonomical as the old one.
As for the specs, the Galaxy S5 Zoom (or K Zoom) will allegedly sport a 20 megapixel sensor, a 10x optical zoom with imge stabilization, a xenon flash, a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
According to this Image Sensors World report, however, the ISOCELL sensor used in the S5 Zoom will only sport 16 megapixels of resolution, but on the upside include phase detection pixels for faster autofocusing. Correction: the article by Image Sensors World is on the Samsung Galaxy S5, not the S5 Zoom. We apologize for the confusion.
It is said that the device may be announced some time in May, which means we’ll have to hold out just a bit longer until we know for certain whether the picture above shows the real thing, and what its final specs will be.
Oh, the relief. For weeks, the online world was hanging in suspense, eagerly awaiting the official announcement of the rumor-shrouded successor to last year’s HTC One, the HTC One. And today, finally, the device was officially unveiled. And lo and behold, it turns out to be just as awesome as predicted. For us photography nuts, the most notable change in the new HTC One are the dual cameras on the back.
The primary camera appears to be the same 4 MP UltraPixel module as in last’s years One, featuring a fast f2 lens with a 28mm-equivalent angle-of-view. The awesomeness however begins when we take a look at the secondary camera–which really isn’t so much a camera. Rather, it’s a depth sensor that records depth information for every photo and embeds it in the picture’s metadata. And what you can do with that is what makes the new HTC One stand out from the crowd.
Thanks to the additional depth information, foreground and background in pictures taken with the new HTC One can be edited separately after capture. For example, the background can be selectively blurred so as to mimick a fast DSLR lens, or foreground and background can be separately overlaid with different filters for cool effects. According to Engadget, HTC will also release a SDK that allows developers to create apps specifically for the dual cameras in the new One. We’re curious to see what they’ll come up with.
Apart from the innovative dual cameras, the new One is a pretty solidly equipped 5″ handset sporting a Full-HD screen, a 2.3 GHz quadcore processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory (that can now finally be expanded with a microSD card,) and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat overlaid with HTC’s latest Sense 6.0 UI. So if you’re currently looking for a new device, you might want to seriously consider the new HTC One.
Smartphones are steadily becoming more and more serious picture and video taking machines, and so more and more serious photographers embrace their capabilities. Though still nowhere as sophisticated as most higher-end digital cameras, smartphones today offer good image quality and often a plethora of manual settings. On the downside, they often lack some of the functionality of full-fledged cameras such as DSLRs or mirrorless offerings.
Apple has decided to take on that problem, and has patented a remote control for the iPhone’s integrated camera. But it’s not just a remote control. As we would expect from Apple, they’ve done the full monty, and have made it wireless plus given it its own secondary display. According to the patent description, the device exchanges all kinds of information with the camera, such as operating mode, settings, as well as preview images and video.
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