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Apple buys camera-technology company LinX

Apple has reportedly acquired camera technology company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., for approximately $20 million. LinX is a small company based in Israel and specializes in very small camera modules that are suitable for implementation in smartphone cameras. According to LinX, its multi-lens camera modules are capable of a range of special effects such as the ability to refocus an image after it has been captured, measurement of the true dimensions of objects, 3D object modeling and real time background replacement for video calls. Click through for more information

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review

The Note 4 is the latest iteration of Samsung's top-end line of so-called 'phablets'. In terms of design the new model is very close to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3, but under the hood, things have been upgraded significantly. A 1/2.6-inch 16MP BSI CMOS image sensor and F2.2 maximum aperture are shared with the Galaxy S5 but the Note 4 has gained an optical image stabilization system which makes it the first Samsung smartphone with this feature. Read our full review at connect.dpreview.com

DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras [UPDATED]

In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving, making smartphones important photographic tools for many. We've made a list in no particular order our current favorite smartphone cameras for those who are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade their current device. UPDATED TO INCLUDE SAMSUNG NOTE 4 Read more

Microsoft announces Surface 3 tablet running full Windows

Microsoft has announced the latest model in its Surface line of tablets, the Surface 3. The big news here is that, unlike its predecessors which were running Windows RT, the new model comes with a full version of Windows 8.1. This means, like on the more expensive Surface Pro models, you can install and run any Windows application including Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, making the Surface 3 a real alternative to a conventional PC. Read more

Enlight for iOS launches with high-end photo editing tools

The developers behind Facetune have created a new app called Enlight, a general purpose image editor. It challenges apps like VSCO Cam and Adobe's own mobile image editors, with adjustment tools, presets and various filters. Read more

Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter

A poor built-in LED-flash is still one of the smartphone camera's most glaring weaknesses. We've seen a number of accessory makers addressing the problem with different external light solutions. The latest one comes from Vision global which has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production of its Flasher accessory. Read more

Sony Xperia Z3 camera review

The Sony Xperia Z3 is the successor to the Xperia Z2, and in terms of both camera specification and design it's more of an evolutionary update than a major overhaul. In terms of camera specs the new model comes with the same 20.7 MP resolution on a 1/2.3 sensor as its predecessor but the new G-lens offers a wider equivalent focal length of 25mm. Click through to read our full review on connect.dpreview.com

Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac

Two former Apple engineers have just launched Astropad, an app for Apple's iPad and Mac computer that turns the former into a drawing tablet for the latter. It works with most styluses, and allows use of applications like Photoshop for image retouching and editing with more precision. Read more

Apple reveals Photos beta for developers

Last year Apple announced that it would replace both its desktop image management and editing applications, iPhoto and Aperture with one single app called Photos. Now the company has released a preview of the new software with a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 which has been made available to developers. As expected, Photos is much more consumer-geared than pro, and emphasizes iCloud Photo integration. Read more

Perfectly Clear App for Android updated to version 4, iOS update to follow

Athentech has released the latest version of its auto-enhancement photo editor Perfectly Clear App for Android, bringing it up to version 4. With the latest update users are given several new features for further improving their photographs, as well as new detection algorithms for the Next Generation Beautify feature specifically. Click through for more details

Moment phone case brings two-stage shutter button to iPhone 6

Moment, a Seattle-based company that is known for its high-quality smartphone accessory lenses has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product idea, the Moment case. The Moment case is a case for the Apple iPhone 6 that offers a two-stage shutter button, allowing you to half-press to lock focus and exposure. The connection to the phone is electronic without any mechanical components. The grip links to the iPhone via a low-energy bluetooth connection. Read more at connect.dpreview.com

Google Nexus 6 camera review

The latest in Google's line of showcase devices - the Nexus 6 - was designed and built in cooperation with US company Motorola. The Nexus 6 comes with the same dual-LED ring flash as the Motorola Moto X and a 13MP imaging sensor. However, at F2.0 its aperture is a touch faster and it comes with an optical image stabilization system which should make for improved low light performance. Click through to read our detailed review of its camera's performance

Kodak announces IM5 Android smartphone

Before CES there were rumors that we would see a Kodak-branded mobile device at the show, but those who were expecting an innovative, imaging-centric gadget have been disappointed. The Kodak IM5 has arrived and appears to be nothing more than a nondescript, mid-tier Android smartphone with Kodak branding. Read more

Asus announces Zenfone Zoom smartphone with 3x optical zoom

At its CES press conference in Las Vegas Asus has announced the ZenFone Zoom, a smartphone with 3x optical zoom lens that is only 12mm thin. The ZenFone Zoom runs Android 5.0 and features a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS screen and up to 128GB of built-in storage. Read more

Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US

Introduced at Photokina 2014, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Android smartphone boasts a 20MP 1-inch type sensor with an f/2.8 lens. Originally only available in France and Germany, it has been announced at CES 2015 that Panasonic's smartphone creation will be making it to American shores later this year. Read more

Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review

Despite using the same name as its predecessor, the new Moto X is a very different device. Its 5.2-inch 1080p OLED screen, thin bezels and aluminum body give it a premium feel. In the camera department it offers a 13MP sensor and F2.25 aperture, 4K-video and a dual-LED ring flash. We put it through our comprehensive testing - see if the 2014 edition is a better choice for mobile photographers than the original Moto X. Read review

Huawei Honor 6 Plus offers three 8MP cameras

Huawei has announced the Honor 6 Plus with not one, not two, but three 8MP cameras. One serves as a selfie-capture unit at the front while the other two are lined up side-by-side on the rear of the device. As on the HTC One M8 the dual lens setup allows for refocusing of already captured images. Read more

Camera FV-5 update brings DNG Raw capture to Android

The latest update for Camera FV-5, a third-party camera app, makes Android the second mobile OS to allow capture of Raw image files. The app has been rewritten to take advantage of the improved camera support under the latest Android version, 5.0 Lollipop, now offering an option to save a DNG file with your JPEG image. Read more

Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket

It seems ultra-portable LED-based external light sources are the flavor of the season. Last month brought the Lume Cube, and today there is Relio. Relio is a 35mm small aluminum cube that uses a USB connection as power source for its LED light. It can be mounted on tripods and other camera supports using a 1/4-inch standard thread. Read more

CamsFormer is a programmable smartphone trigger for DSLRs

The feature-rich CamsFormer, currently looking for funding through Kickstarter, is a device that plugs into your camera or flash and is controlled wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. It can trigger up to two cameras and allows you to remotely view and change a range of shooting parameters on your camera. Read more

New photo filters added to Twitter iOS and Android apps

Twitter has launched an update to its mobile apps for iOS and Android bringing a range of new photo filters. In addition to new filter options, filter strength can now be adjusted via a slider, providing more control over the final result. Read more

Lumu smartphone light meter app updated with reflective mode

Even for photographers who would not even think about taking pictures with a smartphone camera, with the right accessories your phone can be a very useful photographic tool. The Lumu light meter is a great example - it plugs into the headphone socket of a smartphone and, with the help of the dedicated Lumu app, turns your smartphone into a fully-fledged light meter that can help enhance your understanding of a scene's lighting situation. Click through to read more

Google Nexus 6 DxOMark Mobile Report

The Nexus 6 is Google's showcase phone for Android 5.0 'Lollipop' and the first Nexus device made by Motorola. It comes with a dual-LED ring flash, a 13MP sensor with a fast F2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and 4K video recording. DxOMark Mobile put the Nexus 6 through its image quality tests and has just published the results. Read more

Lume Cube is a high-power external lightsource for your smartphone or GoPro

Just announced by a company of the same name, the Lume Cube is an off-camera lighting option that can be used with a smartphone or GoPro Hero action camera. Thanks to its silicone shell it is water resistant and a 1/4-inch thread makes it mountable on a tripod or other camera support. Additionally, it can be attached to most surfaces magnetically or using a suction-cup. Lume Cube is controlled via an Android or iOS smartphone app. Read more

Samsung developing 360 degree panoramic 3D camera for VR headsets

Samsung is showing off a prototype camera that captures 360-degree 3D images in an effort to provide content for its virtually reality headset, the Samsung Gear VR. Using cameras arranged into 8 stereoscopic pairs around the device's perimeter, the prototype (called Project Beyond) can capture 3D still panoramas, with single frames measuring 35MP. Learn more

DxOMark Mobile Report added to our Amazon Fire Phone review

We just updated our full review of the Amazon Fire Phone's camera capabilities with data from DxOMark's mobile analysis. With an overall score of 69, the Fire Phone lands at 18th on DxO's mobile rankings, tied with the HTC One M8 and coming in well behind flagship phones from Apple, Samsung and Sony. Read more

Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review

The iPhone 6 Plus, introduced alongside the iPhone 6, offers one distinct feature that its sibling doesn't - optical image stabilization. In all other respects, their 8MP cameras, F2.2 aperture lenses and updated AF systems are the same. On paper the 6 Plus doesn't represent a great leap forward in terms of camera tech, but how does it perform in the real world? Read more

Apple unveils iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and new 27in iMac with '5K' display

After unveiling its new iPhone models last month, Apple announced two new tablets today - the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The iPad Air 2 features a new Apple A8X chipset which Apple claims is 40% faster at the CPU level than the processor used in its predecessor. The iPad Air 2's cameras have been upgraded too, and both new tablets also gains the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile Apple also announced a new version of its 27in iMac desktop computer with a 5120 x 2880 screen resolution. Click through to read more

Google announces Nexus 9 8.9-inch tablet

Alongside the new Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone Google has also launched a new Nexus tablet, the 8.9-inch Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 is the first HTC-made Nexus device since the original Nexus One in 2010. Despite the different manufacturers the Nexus 9 specifications are equally high-end as those of its smartphone cousin. The new tablet comes with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display that offers a 2,048 x 1,440 resolution and top-of-the-line interior components. Click through to read more

Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS

Google has launched the Nexus 6, its latest showcase phone that comes with a brand new version of Android, 5.0 'Lollipop', and an interesting-looking camera specification. The device comes with the same dual-LED ring flash as the Moto X and a 13MP imaging sensor. However, it adds a slightly faster F2.0 aperture and an optical image stabilization system into the mix. Read more 

Quick Review: Using Iconosquare to manage and grow your Instagram following

Instagram's straightforward user interface is geared for posting and viewing photos, but if you've got an eye on growing or managing a large following, you'll soon run into the app's limitations. Iconosquare aims to give Instagram users basic metrics about their content and help manage large groups of followers. We tried the service out to see how it works and how useful it is. Read more

Hipstamatic updates Cinamatic with manual video controls

Cinamatic, Hipstamatic's iOS app for capturing short video clips, has been updated to implement manual control over focus, exposure, white balance, shutter speed and ISO. This has been made possible by changes to the camera API in iOS 8. After the launch of the new OS manual control had been implemented in several still photography apps very quickly but Cinamatic is now the first video app to come with the additional controls. Read more

Camera51 for Android guides your photo composition

Since the launch of iOS 8, manual camera apps for iPhone photographers have been in the news. Now it seems the makers of Camera51, a new camera app for Google's Android OS, are going the opposite way. The new app not only sets exposure and white balance automatically, but also aims to optimize how your shot is framed. Read more

Netflix is seeking Instagram users to photograph movie locations

Netflix is looking to hire a trio of photographers who will travel the country snapping photos and posting them to the entertainment company's Instagram account. The three Instagram users selected for the roles will travel with expenses paid for two weeks, taking pictures of iconic movie and TV locations. Learn more

DynaOptics wants to bring zoom lenses to smartphones

Camera modules in smartphones have rapidly improved over the past few years, but on the whole their lack of optical zoom is still a major limitation. Traditional zoom lens designs are generally too bulky for increasingly slim mobile devices, so tech startup DynaOptics is introducing something a bit different. Read more

More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam

With the release of Apple's latest mobile OS version, developers have been scrambling to take advantage of newly unlocked camera controls. In the wake of this development new apps have emerged, including Manual Cam, one of the best implementations of manual control on the iPhone we've seen so far. Read more

Amazon Fire Phone camera review

The Fire Phone is Amazon's first foray into the smartphone hardware business. It offers unique features like a Dynamic Perspective 3D-user interface, using four front-facing cameras to track the user's face and adjust how content is displayed accordingly. It's outfitted with plenty of cameras, but is it suitable for a mobile photographer? Our sister site, connect.dpreview.com aims to find out in a full review. Read more

'Manual' app brings manual camera settings to iOS8 devices

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8, offers camera app developers access to previously locked manual controls such as focus, shutter speed and ISO. A new app called Manual not only makes use of the manual controls offered by iOS 8, but puts them at the center of the user experience. Read more at connect.dpreview.com

DxOMark Mobile tests iPhone 6 Plus

DxOMark has put Apple's iPhone 6 Plus through its mobile imaging tests and the results are in. Tested alongside its iPhone 6 sibling, the 6 Plus has the added benefit of optical image stabilization. Both phones scored well enough to place them at the top of DxOMark's mobile rankings, pushing the Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 down the list. Take a look at the full test results and how the iPhone 6 Plus compares to its sibling and its peers. Read more

DxO Mobile Report ranks iPhone 6 on top

DxOMark has put Apple's latest through its mobile imaging tests and published its findings. This assessment put the iPhone 6 (and its iPhone 6 Plus sibling) at the top of its mobile rankings, pushing the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 to positions three and four, respectively. See how the iPhone 6 performed in DxOMark's testing and find out how it compares to its peers. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z3 ties for first

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's latest waterproof flagship smartphone, picking up where the Z2 left off. Like that phone it's 4K capable and also offers an atypically-large 1/2.3"-type sensor. Just like the Z2, that's a 20.7MP Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor nestling behind a 27mm equivalent F2.0 lens. All this has encouraged Sony to offer ISO 12,800, which it says is the highest of any smartphone. Learn more about how it performs

Photokina 2014:  Polaroid Socialmatic combines camera, printer and Android OS

The Polaroid Socialmatic was first announced a while ago but is still in development and expected to ship sometime later this year. However, at the Polaroid stand in Hall 5.2 Photokina visitors can already get their hands on a few prototypes and play with the unique device. The Socialmatic combines a 14MP camera, an Android smart device and a Polaroid Zero Ink technology printer. Click through to read more.

Olympus shows 'Open Platform' Micro Four Thirds camera module

Olympus is using Photokina to show a prototype 'Open Platform' camera module. Developed with the MIT Media Lab, the module is a Micro Four Thirds compatible unit that can be controlled from a smart device. Like Sony's QX series, the Olympus has its own shutter button but it also offers a hotshoe an is built around a more open software platform to allow developers to create apps to control it.

Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone with 1-inch sensor

Panasonic has announced a smartphone with a 1 inch sensor. The Lumix DMC-CM1 comes with the largest imaging sensor we have seen on a smartphone - its 1-inch 20MP chip matching the sensors in premium compact cameras such as Sony's RX100 and Nikon's 1 series, being multiple times larger than the 1/3-inch sensors that are common on more conventional smartphones. The large sensor is coupled with an F2.8 Leica lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 28mm. Click through for more details

New Apple iPhones feature phase-detection AF

Last week saw a slew of new Android and Windows Phone devices launched at IFA in Berlin, and today it was Apple's turn. The company has announced two new smartphones - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 'Plus' which feature new 8MP imaging sensors with phase-detection autofocus and (in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus) optical image stabilization. Read more at our sister site, connect.dpreview.com

IFA 2014: The mobile imaging highlights

IFA in Berlin is one of the most important trade shows of the year for the makers of smartphones and other mobile devices. We spent the last week attending press conferences and roaming the show floor in the German capital and saw an abundance of new devices being launched and on display. With the show about to finish, let's have a look at the mobile imaging highlights at IFA 2014. Read more

Nokia announces Lumia 830 with OIS and innovative camera modes

At an event in Berlin, Nokia has today announced the Lumia 830. Dubbed an 'affordable flagship,' the device's camera module offers a 10MP 1/3.4-inch CMOS sensor and F2.2 maximum aperture. What sets the 830 apart from many competitors is the optical image stabilization system which, according to Nokia, is the thinnest in any of its devices, allowing for the 830's slim physique. Read more

Samsung introduces Galaxy Note 4 phablet with OIS

Samsung has announced the latest iteration of its top-of-the-line phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, at simultaneous events in New York and Berlin today. In terms of design the new model is very close to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3, but the big news about the Note 4's 16MP camera is its optical image stabilization system - making it the first Samsung smartphone to offer this feature. Read more

A new Mix: Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iOS

In June Adobe announced Photoshop Mix, an image organization and manipulation app for the Apple iPad which can sync with Photoshop CC for desktop computers and Lightroom Mobile via Adobe's Creative Cloud.Today the software maker has released Photoshop Mix 1.1, the first major upgrade to the new app. Improvements include support for large panoramic images and PNG fields as well as the option to open files directly from Dropbox. Read more at connect.dpreview.com.

Instagram Hyperlapse app creates smooth time-lapse video

Last week Microsoft announced development of a technology that turns shaky first-person video into smooth, stabilized hyperlapse videos. Now it appears that Instagram has beaten them to market with a similar product. They've announced Hyperlapse, an app that converts videos of up to 45 minutes into smooth and stable time-lapses with a speed of up to 12x faster than the original. Read more

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