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LifePrint portable printer uses augmented reality app to bring photos to life

A portable photo printer called LifePrint, now seeking funding on Kickstarter, creates 'living' photos by combining a printed photograph with a digital video. An augmented reality app makes this possible, so that when a print is viewed through a smartphone's camera, the video appears where the photo is located, making it seem as if the image - called a HyperPhoto - has come to life. Read more

Huawei demonstrates ultra-fast charging battery technology

While processing power and camera quality in smartphones have been improving at a fast pace in recent years, battery life and charging times have only made comparatively small steps forward and remain a major bottleneck in smartphone performance. Chinese manufacturer Huawei has presented some potential battery tech advancements: two prototype removable lithium-ion batteries that can be fully recharged in only a few minutes. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to come with 1/2-inch 12MP sensor

We've all witnessed the megapixel race in digital cameras and, just a few years later, the trend has caught on in the smartphone camera sector. Lately though, manufacturers seem to putting more of an emphasis on low light performance. This may be the case with the newest Samsung Galaxy device, expected to launch in early 2016, which is rumored to use a 1/2-inch 12MP imager. Read more

Macro stick-on lens brings close-up capability to smartphones

Most smartphone cameras seriously struggle when it comes to macro photography. A number of accessory macro attachment lenses are available, but many of them are device-specific and bulky enough to discourage carrying every day. Now the makers of the 150x Micro Phone Lens microscope attachment have come up with an ultra-portable and very affordable solution compatible with virtually all smartphone cameras - a stick-on macro lens. Read more

DSCO by VSCO simplifies GIF-creation

Animated GIFs are more popular than ever and there are a number of apps available to help with their creation. Now VSCO, the company behind the successful VSCOCam app, has launched its contribution to GIF-making. Read more

Snapseed for Android update brings DNG Raw editing

Google has announced Snapseed version 2.1 for Android, introducing the ability to edit Raw DNG files. While quite a few high-end Android smartphones have allowed Raw shooting for some time, editing those files hasn't been easy. This update to the extremely popular Snapseed app will certainly change that. Read more 

Samsung launches enormous 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet

With smartphone screens growing larger and nearing what used to be tablet territory, it's probably natural that the latter are increasing screen size as well. Apple launched the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September and now Samsung, which already has the 12.2-inch Galaxy Tab Pro in its line-up, has gone one step further and launched the gigantic Galaxy View with an 18.4-inch display. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Motorola Droid Turbo 2

The Droid Turbo 2 is Motorola's latest high-end device, bearing a 21MP sensor and an F2.0 aperture. Camera specs are mostly shared with the Moto X Style, but the new provides a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, shatter-proof display and a battery good for 48 hours on a single charge. With a DxOMark Mobile score of 84 the Droid Turbo 2 cracks DxOMark's top mobile rankings. Read more

Super charged? Motorola Droid Turbo 2 preview and samples

The Droid Turbo 2 is Motorola's latest high-end model for US carrier Verizon, and in terms of specification ranks even above Motorola's current flagship Moto X Style. With the Sony 1/2.4-inch 21MP IMX230 sensor and an F2.0 aperture, the camera specification is pretty much identical but the Droid Turbo 2 offers improved performance in a few key areas. We got our hands on the Turbo 2 before launch - check out our impressions sample images. Read more

InVisage posts short movie shot with its QuantumFilm HDR smartphone sensor

For a few years now, InVisage has been working on a new kind of smartphone image sensor that claims to offer higher dynamic range and zero rolling shutter than the chips currently found in mobile devices. It appears the technology is now at a stage where its benefits can be demonstrated, and for this purpose InVisage has commissioned a short movie called Prix  shot entirely on a prototype device using InVisage's QuantumFilm technology. Read more

Quick review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

Usually at DPReview Connect we focus on high-end devices from established smartphone manufacturers. However, sometimes we come across devices from lesser-known manufacturers that, because of their specification and price point, have the potential to make excellent alternatives for budget-minded mobile photographers. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is such a device. Read more

Instagram's Boomerang app creates animated-GIF-like video loops

Following the success of last year's excellent Hyperlapse app for creating smoothly stabilized time-lapse videos, Instagram has today launched its second 'special feature app'. Boomerang captures a burst of still images over one second and combines them into a video that plays backwards and forwards continuously, resembling something not unlike an animated GIF. Read more

HTC One A9 launches with 13MP and OIS

HTC has today announced its newest member of the One smartphone family, the One A9, which slots into the HTC device line-up just under the flagship One M9. In the camera department the new model comes with a lower 13MP sensor resolution than the M9 with its 20MP chip, but on the plus side offers a slightly faster F2.0 aperture and an optical image stabilization system which could easily make it the better option in low light. Read more

Microsoft provides additional detail on Lumia 950 and 950XL cameras

Earlier this month Microsoft launched the long-awaited successors to the Nokia Lumia 930 and 1520: the Lumia 950 and 950XL. Now a post on the Microsoft Devices Blog provides some more detail about the camera hardware and software in the new models, along with some impressive-looking sample images. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Apple iPhone 6s

The camera in the new Apple iPhone 6s comes with an increased pixel count, better responsiveness and an updated panorama mode. Our friends at DxO have just released their full report on the iPhone 6s camera, and you can read the whole thing at our sister site, Connect. Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 comes with larger screen and more power

Today Microsoft not only launched two new smartphones with PureView camera, but also the latest incarnation of its high-end Surface Pro tablet capable of running full desktop apps, such as Adobe Photoshop CC or Lightroom. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Google Nexus 6P

With its 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display the Nexus 6P is a little smaller than last year's Nexus 6 in terms of both display size and overall dimensions. It comes with an aluminum shell and overall high-end specs, along with a new 12.3MP Sony sensor and an F2.0 aperture. DxOMark's mobile evaluation puts it at third place in its rankings - find out why. Read more

Can the iPad Pro be a serious editing tool for imaging professionals?

When the original iPad was launched, speculation began about when tablets would replace laptops for most users. That has yet to happen, and in the hands of photographers tablets are more often used for presentation rather than image editing. The iPad Pro has the hardware to become a serious image editing device, but will it become one in reality? Lars Rehm weighs in. Read more

Motorola Moto X Style / Pure Edition camera review

Replacing the 2014 Moto X, Motorola's flagship Moto X Style has received a complete overhaul in the camera department. It comes with a Sony IMX 230 1/2.4-inch 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and a dual-LED flash, while an F2.0 aperture and 4K video recording remain unchanged from the predecessor. We put its camera through our range of studio and field tests for this full review. Read more

DxOMark report puts Sony Xperia Z5 on top of mobile rankings

DxOMark has published its test results for the Sony Xperia Z5, a high-end smartphone with a 23MP 1/2.4" BSI CMOS sensor, F2.0 lens and dual-LED flash. Calling its hybrid AF system 'impressive in all conditions,' the Z5 takes the top spot in DxO's rankings, sending the Samsung S6 Edge to second place. Read more

Google announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones

Google has today launched two new Nexus showcase-devices, giving consumers more choice in terms of device dimensions after last year's 6-inch Nexus 6 wasn't universally well received for its large size, among other reasons. The Nexus 5X is made by LG and seen as an upgrade to the original Nexus 5 from two years ago, and the Nexus 6P is made by Huawei. Read more

HTC reveals camera-focused Butterfly 3 and One M9+ 'Supreme Camera'

Just when you thought HTC's smarpthone line-up couldn't get any more confusing, the Taiwanese manufacturer has launched two new models, both with a focus on camera capabilities and performance. Read more

Facebook launches 360-degree video

It seems 360-degree videos might be here to stay. In March, Youtube started to support the immersive video format, and now Facebook has introduced the technology as well. Soon, Facebook users will be able to share and view 360-degree videos in right from their News Feed. Read more

Instagram has 400 million active users

It seems there's just no limit to the growth of Facebook-owned mobile image-sharing platform Instagram. The company just announced it has reached a stunning 400 million active users, an increase of 100 million compared to the figures released in December 2014. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: LG G4 takes second place in rankings

DxOMark has released its test results for the LG G4, which boasts a 16MP 1/2.6" sensor and F1.8 lens. Other camera features include a laser system to support autofocus speed and accuracy, 3-axis optical image stabilization and an LED flash. We've updated our LG G4 camera review with a summary of DxO's findings - find out what makes the G4 worthy of DxO's top 10 mobile rankings. Read more

solidLUUV and ultraLUUV are stabilizers for smaller cameras and smartphones

After a successful Indiegogo campaign, German startup LUUV is looking to fund mass-production of its smartphone, action cam and compact camera stabilizer solidLUUV on Kickstarter. Read more

Sony Xperia Z5's 4K display shows most content at 1080p

The new Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, announced at IFA, is the first production smartphone with a 4K display. However, Sony also claims the new device offers approximately two days of battery life on a single charge. How does it manage such impressive battery life with a high resolution display? Sony explains. Read more

Amazon reveals thinner Fire HD tablets

Amazon has today updated its Fire tablet line and announced three new models, the Fire HD, Fire and Fire Kids. Not only are the new models lighter and thinner than the previous generation, but with their introduction the Kindle name is dropped from the Amazon tablet lineup. Read more

Free version of Camera+ for iOS available now

Paid apps have been in decline for some time across all platforms and now the makers one of the most popular camera apps for iOS, Camera+, have decided to adopt the so-called freemium model and offer a free version of their app that can be expanded via in-app purchases. Read more

Recipients of Getty Images Instagram Grant announced

Three winners were announced for the inaugural grant, meant to to reward photographers who use Instagram as a means to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world. Read more


iPhone 6s and 6s Plus come with 12MP camera and 4K video

Along with the iPad Pro Apple has announced today the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with a number of improvements under the hood including in the camera department. Sensor resolution has been upped to 12MP and the number of phase detection sensors on the chip has been increased by 50% as well. The camera is also now capable of recording 4K video. Read more

Apple touts photo-editing capabilities of 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple has launched the long-rumored iPad Pro today. With its 12.9-inch Retina screen offering 2732 x 2048 resolution the new model is the largest in the iPad line-up. In its presentation, Apple showcased a range of new software applications that take advantage of the iPad Pro's features including Photoshop Fix, which lets you edit images of up to 50MP size using the new Apple Pencil. Read more

Red Dot Camera wants to bring the Leica experience to your iPhone

Red Dot Camera is a new camera app for iOS by Lifelike Apps. Its makers, who call themselves avid Leica M shooters, have tried to convert the look and feel of the legendary camera series to an iPhone app complete with rangefinder-style manual focusing. Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium features first 4K screen on a production smartphone

Sony announced the Xperia Z5 Premium today, boasting a 5.5" 4K display. It was unveiled alongside the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and each offers a new 23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with an F2.0 lens. A new hybrid AF system claims to acquire focus in 0.03, which would make it the fastest AF system on any current smartphone camera. Read more

Narrative Clip 2 wearable camera shoots 1080p video

Narrative, maker of the Clip wearable camera, has launched the Clip 2. In addition to a sensor resolution boost from 5MP to 8MP, the Clip 2 is capable of shooting 1080p video clips unlike its stills-only predecessor. Read more

Astropad Mini turns your iPhone into a graphics tablet

The makers of the Astropad iPad app have launched a version for the iPhone, aptly called Astropad Mini. Like the iPad version, the new app allows you to use your Apple device as a graphics tablet when working with imaging applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom using Astropad's LIQUID technology for communication with the Mac. Read more

Outside of the box: Instagram now allows landscape and portrait formats

Instagram's latest update brings a fundamental change with it. Since the app's launch in 2010 users have been limited to posting images in square format. However, today this has changed. After installing version 7.5 of the app, you can post your images in portrait and landscape formats. Read more

Apple offers to replace faulty iPhone 6 Plus camera modules

Recently we've heard reports of some Apple iPhone 6 Plus cameras failing and producing blurry images. Apple has acknowledged the problem and is offering to replace the faulty camera unit for free. Read more

Parallax View: Apple patent hints at 3D effect in photos

Patent spotting site Patentlyaple has discovered an Apple patent application titled "Parallax Depth Rendering" which describes a methodology for rendering images and video that, when viewed on a standard 2D display, give the impression of showing a 3D view. Click through for more details

Huawei's Honor 7i comes with 13MP flip-out camera

Huawei has launched a new smartphone - the Honor 7i. In many ways the Honor 7i is very similar to its sister model the Honor 7. However, one major differentiator between the two models is the camera. On the 7i the Honor 7's conventional 20MP module has been replaced with a 13MP camera unit with dual-LED flash that, thanks to a flip-out mechanism, can be used as both front and rear camera. Click through to read more at

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 comes with new image signal processor

Qualcomm has announced the latest generation of its top-end chip, the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to start appearing in devices in the first half of 2016. It comes with the brand new Spectra camera ISP (Image Signal Processor), which it claims will make a number of improvements in image quality. Read more

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung has today announced two new smartphones in its mobile device line-up. With their large 5.7-inch screens the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ both qualify as phablets and share most components, including camera hardware borrowed from the Galaxy S6. Read more

500px launches redesigned iOS app

The online image sharing network 500px has redesigned its iOS app in an apparent move to compete with mobile platforms such as Instagram and EyeEm. With its white background, the new design looks simpler and more streamlined than the previous app. Read more

LxMeter transforms your smartphone into a light and flash meter

The LxMeter from Italian manufacturer Optivelox has introduced an accessory that turns your smartphone into a light meter. It's similar to the Lumu light meter, but provides flash meter functionality and is capable of working with Android devices via a dedicated app. Read more

Updated Kodak Moments app lets you share, edit and print your images

An update to the Kodak Moments app makes it a one-stop-shop for editing, sharing and printing, eliminating the need for a separate app to send images to Kodak's Picture Kiosks. Read more

Samsung starts mass-production of thinner 16MP sensor with 1.0μm Pixels

Samsung has announced the start of mass-production of its S5K3P3 image sensor for mobile devices. The new chip is 20 percent thinner than previous generations. At under 5mm thickness, the new sensor can be used in ultra-thin smartphones without creating the protruding camera modules we've seen on some of the latest Samsung Galaxy models. Read more

DxOMark Mobile Report: Motorola Moto X Style

DxOMark has put Motorola's brand new Moto X Style to the test. With a 1/2.3" 21MP BSI CMOS sensor, F2.0 lens and dual-LED flash it's no slouch in the camera department. See where it lands in DxOMark's mobile rankings. Read more

Motorola Moto X Style preview and samples

The Moto X Style is Motorola's brand new flagship smartphone and replaces the 2014 edition of the Moto X, using a 1/2.3" 21MP BSI CMOS sensor and F2.0 lens. We've had a chance to try the new model before launch, and we took it out to capture a range of sample shots in varying light conditions. Read more

Google to phase out Google+ Photos

Google launched the stand-alone Photos app with unlimited storage in May. Now it has announced it will be phasing out its predecessor, Google+ Photos. On August 1, the Google+ Photos Android app will stop working and soon afterwards the iOS and web versions will cease to be operational as well. Read more

Samsung launches thin and lightweight Galaxy Tab S2 tablets

Samsung has launched a new generation of high-end Android tablets, a clear competitor to Apple's iPad Air 2. The Galaxy Tab S2 comes 8 and 9.7 inch display sizes, and at 5.6mm is a touch thinner than the Apple competitor. Read more

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