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Silk Labs’ Sense wants the IoT to have some style

Silk Labs’ Sense wants the IoT to have some style

The smart home may be fashionable right now, but it's hardly attractive, something one startup created by a former Mozilla exec aims to change with Sense. Brainchild of Andreas Gal, who until 2015 was chief technical officer on the Firefox team, Silk Labs has visions of a connected camera that's pretty enough that you want to look at it while it's watching you.

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Sony Xperia M5 mid-ranger has a surprisingly decent camera

Sony Xperia M5 mid-ranger has a surprisingly decent camera

You know that smartphone cameras have come a long way when even a non-flagship model can stand proud along with not so recent flagships. That seems to be case with the Xperia M5, a mid-tier smartphone that Sony launched last year with the exact goal of putting a more affordable but competitive smartphone camera in users' hands. And based on the findings of digital photography authorities DxOMark, Sony has almost hit the mark. Sadly but not unexpected, the Xperia M5 still falls far from the top.

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Sony IMX318 Stacked CMOS EXMOR RS image sensor has integrated hybrid autofocus

Sony IMX318 Stacked CMOS EXMOR RS image sensor has integrated hybrid autofocus

Sony has announced a new Exmor RS image sensor that will find its way into smartphones and other devices that use integrated cameras. The sensor is called the IMX318 and it is a 1/2.6 stacked CMOS sensor with 22.5 effective megapixels. This image sensor is more compact and promises better image quality than its predecessors.

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Ricoh GR II Silver Edition to launch in limited quantities soon

Ricoh GR II Silver Edition to launch in limited quantities soon

Ricoh is commemorating its 80th anniversary with the launch of a Ricoh GR II Silver Edition. This camera model is, of course, silver in color, and it will be produced in limited quantities for global distribution. The GR II, which was launched last summer, will be the same as the regular model otherwise, including the same very svelte form factor coupled with the same high-end features and image quality.

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The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

When Apple created the world's most popular smartphone, they made it basic. It took what the personal computer was and took out all the work. Android opened the doors to a much more complex system, allowing both simple and complicated phones to be made. Google expanded beyond smartphones to all manner of devices, large and small, content creator to content consumer. The next game-changer is both. Two devices. One experience. Just like the simultaneous rise of the video camera and the movie screens on which their content was shown.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 puts even more emphasis on selfies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF8 puts even more emphasis on selfies

A new Panasonic digital single lens mirrorless camera (DSLM) has arrived in town and the camera maker is unabashedly marketing it not just to selfie lovers but, curiously, primarily to women as well. The follow up to last year's GF7, the new Lumix GF8 takes after its predecessor in the selfie department. But it tries to do one better, not exactly upping the specs, which are mostly identical, but by introducing new features available in selfie mode that could delight that kind of avid digital photographer.

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HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

HTC M10 “Perfume” might finally have competitive cameras

There was a time not too long ago when HTC tried to make it big in the smartphone camera department with its UltraPixels spiel. The problem with that was it was a rather confusing new marketing buzzword that ended up with little to show for. It eventually ditched that term, save for the front camera, opting for a still underwhelming regular sensor. Now it seems that HTC is finally really stepping up, based on a few leaks that point to what could be an impressive camera pair, that will still be "UltraPixel".

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Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcam

Andy Rubin plans Gmail model for AI-teaching dashcam

Android creator and former Google exec Andy Rubin wants to give you a dashboard camera, but you have to agree to help him build an Artificial Intelligence in return. Speculation about the serial inventor's current project have escalated in the months since he left Google and established Playground, a collaborative incubator for next-generation technologies, and now Rubin is giving a hint of what's to come.

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Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Amidst all the rumors about upcoming smartphones packing dual camera systems, Sony itself has added fuel to the fire. During its third quarter earnings call in the recent past, the company’s chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida answered an analyst’s question about dual camera adoption in the future, saying in part that “major smartphone players” will be using Sony’s dual camera platform.

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Phase One A-series IQ3 100MP medium format camera system now shipping

Phase One A-series IQ3 100MP medium format camera system now shipping

A new super high-end camera for professional photographers has debuted. The camera is called the Phase One A-series IQ3 100MP medium format camera system. It was developed in cooperation with ALPA and slips into the line along with the existing A-series models. The new camera works with the ALPA platform and Phase One XF camera system.

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GoPro cutting lineup to 3 models in effort to boost revenue

GoPro cutting lineup to 3 models in effort to boost revenue

Following the disclosure of severe revenue losses during their latest quarterly results report, action camera maker GoPro has made the drastic decision to reduce its model lineup by nearly half in order to reduce costs. Starting in April, GoPro will continue offering just three cameras: the Hero 4 Black, the Hero 4 Silver, and the Hero 4 Session. Any remaining models are being discontinued.

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Sony A6300 camera boasts 24MP and 4K video in a mirrorless body

Sony A6300 camera boasts 24MP and 4K video in a mirrorless body

Sony has just announced its latest mirrorless digital camera model, the A6300. Fans of Sony's cameras will recognize this as the long-awaited follow-up to the A6000 from 2014, and this replacement is arriving with a number of impressive features. Chief among them are a new 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, the ability to shoot 4K video footage, and a new ultra-fast autofocus system. The A6300 will be arriving in March at $1,000 for the body only, or $1,150 for the kit with a 16-50mm lens.

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