Even Japanese OEM Sony is now trying to cater to the selfie-loving crowd. With a 5 megapixel front camera complete with soft LED flash, the Xperia C3 is being poised as the best selfie smartphone. While that may arguably be true, in almost everything else, the mobile device falls rather flat.
The next step in image sensor technology as created by Sony appears to be bending the way they see the world. Sony is inventing a set of curved CMOS image sensors that are curved, creating a surface which is able to capture images far more like a human eye than any flat image sensor could.
Smartphones come in all varieties, and while some focus on dominating one sort of functionality more so than the rest, photography is a fairly solid feature that gets attention from makers across the board. Improvements are continually made in the realms of both software and hardware, and several smartphones have cropped up in recent times that take photography to the next level (the Lumia 1020, for example). If you don't have one of the latest and greatest handsets, however, that doesn't mean you can't boost your smartphone's photography ability to the next level.
On its blog yesterday, Adobe introduced Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 release candidate. With this comes support for six additional cameras from Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and Panasonic. A variety of new lens profiles have also been added, as well as some new features for those using Photoshop CC.
Android sits at the base of the next OPPO smartphone with a 5-inch display and a flip-able camera and flash. This is the OPPO N1 mini, the smaller version of the original OPPO N1 (which came with a massive 6-inch display). This smaller version does not yet have confirmation of the other stand-out feature the original edition had - CyanogenMod OS.
Sony's new RX100M3 can't stop leaking, and hot on the heels of the full spec list come images showing the camera and its unusual pop-up viewfinder. The compact 20.1-megapixel shooter manages to squeeze an electronic viewfinder (EVF) into its pocketable body, with a 1.4m dot resolution for those times you don't want to use the 3-inch adjustable display.
Sony has taken a scalpel to the a7, chopping open its full-frame mirrorless camera to show off what's going on inside the unusual shooter. The video - which also shows the results of cutting a Vario-Tessar FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens in half like a sub - gives an inkling of just how crammed the camera's internals are.