Today the folks at Samsung responsible for cameras and photography equipment have let it be known that the Samsung GALAXY Camera 2 and the NX30 are hitting the USA. These two devices were first shown to us up close and personal at CES 2014. We got to make the comparison GALAXY Camera vs GALAXY Camera 2 and had some first-impressions time with the Samsung NX30 as well. One has Android, the other most certainly does not.
For those of you not satisfied with being able to toss a ball into the sky to capture a sphere of photos, there’s now mortar rounds. Fired from 40-millimeter-capable firearm, these beasts are capable of being shot into the air where they deploy a camera with a parachute. This camera then captures images as it falls gracefully toward the ground.
Nokia's new Lumia Icon may have fairly distinctive looks, but it's what it hears that the Finnish firm is most proud of. The phone's PureView camera system introduces what Nokia is calling "directional audio" recording, which uses twin microphones on the rear of the Verizon exclusive to focus what sound is picked up and what gets ignored. Nokia is so excited by it, it even put it up against an Android best-seller to show the difference; see the demos after the cut.
Among the other cameras Canon has unveiled tonight, the camera maker has taken the wraps off its new PowerShot G1 X Mark II, an update over the previous model that offers photographers a compact body with a larger-than-average image sensor and 12.8-megapixels. We've got the full specifications for you after the jump.
Sony has refreshed its Cyber-shot camera range, giving one of its flagship super-zooms a brain transplant, as well as offering some entry-level point-and-shoots for those still not willing to rely solely on their smartphones. The Cyber-shot HX400V replaces last year's HX300, combining a 20.4-megapixel CEMOS, 50x optical zoom, and new BIONZ X processor.
Sony thinks there's a market for big zooms among those with relatively small wallets, hence the Cyber-shot H400 revealed today. While it packs a 63x optical zoom - bigger even than the zoom on the Cyber-shot HX400V - Sony has opted to keep the price down with a relatively mainstream 20.1-megapixel sensor, smaller than what you'd often find on a superzoom camera.