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Shortly after the highest court in Massachusetts declared upskirt photos fair game, smartphone companies responded by releasing a firmware update that would brick devices that took such photographs. There was a sharp uptick in upskirt images uploaded to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, but there was just as steep a falloff the firmware updates were pushed out. [click to continue…]
The Samsung NX30 mirrorless camera and the new Galaxy Camera 2 have been officially announced a while ago, but so far neither price nor availability of either camera had been disclosed. That is until today, when Samsung officially announced pricing and availibilty for both the NX30 and the Galaxy Camera 2.
Good news for those waiting for the NX30 to finally hit store shelves: the camera is available as of today in kit with the 18-55m lens for an MSRP of US-$ 999.99. Those craving for the Galaxy Camera 2 will have to hold out a little longer. The new Android-powered point-and-shoot will be available in March for an MSRP of US-$ 449.99.
In the meantime, you can take a closer look at both cameras in our hands-on reviews. That of the NX30 can be found here, and that of the Galaxy Camera 2 can be found here.
Moment is a new Kickstarter campaign that aims to improve the mobile photography space. Currently, Moment comprises two lenses: Moment Wide and Moment Tele. As their names suggest, wide is for wide angle and tele is for telephoto. In order to mount the lenses on your iPhone, you attach a metal plate that sits around the camera and twist the lens into place. Galaxy and iPad mounts are still in the prototype stage, but the folks behind the campaign plan to have the mounts ready when they start fulfilling orders.
On the spec sheet for iPhone 5S, the Wide has an 18mm focal length, and the Tele has a 58mm focal length. For the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Wide has a 19mm focal length, and the Tele has a 62mm focal length. These measurements are 35mm equivalents. When all’s ready to go, Moment lenses will be available for: iPhone 4S, 5, 5S and 5C; iPad 2, 3rd gen and 4th gen; Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4.
The campaign just launched, and it’s already amassed over $43,000. If the trend continues, it’ll blow way past its goal. Moment isn’t the first of its kind for mobile devices, but it looks to be among the best in a long while. With Moment, iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S owners will have a stronger reason to reach for their devices in order to make a photograph.
At CES 2014, one of the less exciting items we found were these Kodak-branded lens-camera devices that seem to mimic the Sony QX cameras. But apparently, JK Imaging wasn’t the only company that wanted a piece of the smartphone add-on camera cake. Photo Rumors now reports of the Vivitar IU680, another lens-camera smartphone add-on, but this one is admittedly a bit different.
In fact, we think the Vivitar IU680 looks like the bastard child of a Ricoh GXR and a Sony QX camera … it’s a lens-camera add-on that works with your smartphone or tablet, but just like the Ricoh GXR, it features interchangeable lens+sensor modules. Most strikingly though, these lens+sensor modules look remarkably similar to those that are used on Sakar’s Polaroid-branded Android-powered system cameras …
While we have to give it to Vivitar that they came up with a slightly different version of Sony’s QX camera, it is till just that: a slightly different version of Sony’s QX camera. And we keep up the sentiment that the Kodak and Polaroid brands are being used for all kinds of less-than-mediocre stuff that puts the names of these two once so dominant and influential companies to shame.
There’s no word yet on either pricing or availability of the Vivitar IU680.
Though VSCO Cam has been out for iOS devices, it only recently came to the Android platform. The very popular camera and photo app is an alternative to Instagram and can seriously make mobile photography fun for many folks.
When Sakar first presented its Polaroid-branded Android-powered interchangeable lens camera, everyone’s first thought was, “haven’t I seen this somewhere before?” And indeed, it seemed as if the design team responsible for the camera’s styling had simply copied-and-pasted the design of Nikon’s 1 series camera–or, more precisely, the J1 model of that series. As was inevitable, Nikon eventually sued Sakar for copying the J1′s styling in October of this year.
On December 4th now, both parties agreed on an injunction before court, with the effect that Sakar may no longer “manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.” Which, if we’re honest, doesn’t seem to be a huge loss. After all, the camera had little to offer that isn’t already available: a Nikon 1 J1-styled body, interchangeable lens+sensor modules à la Ricoh GXR, and an Android system just like the Samsung Galaxy NX.
Whether or not Sakar will reintroduce the camera with a different styling remains to be seen.