Back in October of last year, camera manufacturer Kodak officially announced a new smartphone called the Ektra. True to the brand’s background in photography, the Ektra is a camera-centric mobile device, and at times, even looks more like a camera than a cell phone. Well, the Kodak Ektra is now made available for purchase from third party retail companies such as Amazon and Best Buy for a price of $400.
Nowadays, a smartphone's camera plays a vital role on how marketable the device will be. Since most smartphone users today are active on photo sharing apps like Instagram and Facebook, it is perfectly understandable why many are looking for a phone that comes with a capable camera. So when OnePlus made an announcement on its partnership with DxO, it came as a delightful surprise to many.
According to a report recently published by SamMobile (which cited South Korea based tech website Naver), Samsung’s upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S8, is said to be capable of shooting video footage at 1,000 frames per second (fps).
Samsung recently tweeted that the Exynos 9, its new processor offering, will have support for dual camera smartphones. This is made possible through the South Korean mobile giant’s Dual ISP (Image Signal Processor) technology. Dual camera configurations are nothing new, of course.
The quality of cameras on mobile devices have taken a huge leap of improvement over the last decade or so. Indeed, smartphone cameras nowadays are so good that various filmmakers have already tried (and succeeded) in shooting movies using their own iPhone devices. And now thanks to a new technology from Sony, capturing video footage via one’s handsets will continue to get even better.
The biggest social media giant in the world is making some major changes to its in-app camera, infusing it with augmented reality driven features made popular by Snapchat. The new features included animated face masks, superimposed graphic elements, and geofilters, plus filters that incorporate artistic themes inspired by Van Gogh (among many others) as well as a number of new reactive filters that react depending on how the user moves his body.
With the roll out of iOS 10.1, Apple has brought the Portrait mode to owners of the iPhone 7 Plus. The Portrait mode was actually already made available in beta, allowing a limited number of iPhone 7 Plus users to take images with a bokeh effect (blurred background). But with the latest update from Apple, this particular feature can now be experienced by every iPhone 7 Plus owner.
Kodak used to be a global brand when it comes to photography. But recent years have seen the company go through a series of struggles. About three years ago, it fought through possible bankruptcy, essentially refusing to throw in the towel as its film business becomes less and less relevant in the age of digital photography. But now, it is venturing into smartphones, but never forgetting that the brand is still all about cameras.
Xiaomi is said to be readying to officially unveil its new Mi 5s smartphone some time later this year. This flagship device from the Chinese phone maker is expected to come with lots of new features, which include a pressure sensitive display screen as well as an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Well, there is some new speculation that Xiaomi’s Mi 5s device will also be fitted with dual cameras on its rear side.
When LG unveiled its newest flagship device, the LG G5, at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain in February early this year, the smartphone wowed the world with its cool, modular approach to mobile design.
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