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Toshiba creates Project Ara’s first 5 MP camera module

Toshiba creates Project Ara’s first 5 MP camera module

"We did it!", says Toshiba. And given the difficulty and significance of their achievement, it's not difficult to imagine their pride over it. The company has just been able to develop the first working camera module for the Project Ara module smartphone. Though only 5 megapixels in size, Some might initially belittle it because of its 5 megapixel sensor size, but given certain requirements and idiosyncrasies of a Project Ara module, even just a little bit like this already counts a long way towards a consumer-usable device.

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Fly12 camera doubles as bicycle headlight

Fly12 camera doubles as bicycle headlight

Cycling can be a dangerous ordeal, namely because of vehicles and the hostility that sometimes exists between drivers and cyclists. For this reason, many cyclists choose to have a camera on their bike, a dash cam of sorts that keeps tabs on surroundings and that serves as evidence in the case of an accident. Fly12 is one of the newest cameras for cyclists to surface, and it brings a bit more to the table than your average action cam -- namely, it doubles as a headlight when its dark and as a safety light when its daytime.

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SpotCam HD Pro: a durable security cam for outdoors

SpotCam HD Pro: a durable security cam for outdoors

SpotCam has announced the upcoming arrival of its new SpotCam HD Pro, a consumer-level security camera designed specifically for outdoor use (though, of course, it'd do just fine indoors, too). The camera is reasonably durable and both water/dustproof (IP65 certified), which is enough to withstand the rain or any dust that's blowing around. This is coupled with a mixture of cloud-based footage storage, mobile control via Android and iOS apps, and simplistic functionality that makes setup fairly quick and painless.

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Inside the charming indie movie filmed entirely with iPhone 6

Inside the charming indie movie filmed entirely with iPhone 6

If you still needed convincing that smartphone cameras are more than capable of professional results, "Romance in NYC" may do the trick. Shot not only entirely from the a single character's point of view, but using nothing more than an iPhone 6 and a selection of apps and accessories, the 15 minute short was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in late 2014 and is now making the rounds of the festival circuit. I caught up with director Tristan Pope to find out what made him put down his pro-camera kit for a smartphone, how the iPhone 6 delivered in unexpected ways, and why he ended up wearing a GorillaPod like a Hannibal Lecter mask.

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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Museums tell visitors to leave their selfie sticks behind

Museums tell visitors to leave their selfie sticks behind

Selfie sticks are easy to mock and are an excellent way to embarrass your friends. To be fair, they're also a decent way to get a snapshot of yourself and your significant other in front of something without asking a stranger to handle your phone. That use is proving to be a problem in some museums, however, and now the banhammers are coming: a couple museums in New York have banned the use of selfie sticks on their premises, and they're not the only ones. The reason is due to safety.

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CAMpanion mounts GoPro cameras on smartphones

CAMpanion mounts GoPro cameras on smartphones

The GoPro's tiny size is both a plus and a minus, depending on how you're using it in any given moment. The smartphone app and its live viewfinder feature comes in handy, but unless the camera is mounted somewhere, managing both devices at once is tricky. CAMpanion aims to solve this problem by mounting the GoPro camera onto the back of a smartphone, where it can more easily be managed using the smartphone app, and has the added benefit of utilizing the smartphone's light when in dim settings.

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Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Nikon Coolpix AW130, S33 rugged cameras launch in March

Among Nikon's new cameras this week are a pair of rugged compacts, the Coolpix AW130 and the S33. The latter of the two is bid as a family-friendly option, while the AW130 is targeted at the more adventurous outdoorsy types with more demanding needs. Both are able to withstand shocks, cold temps, water exposure and more, and the AW130 includes a couple different wireless connectivity options for easy pairing and image transfer. Both cameras will be arriving in March at different price points with a few color options.

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Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon has introduced a trio of new compact high-zoom cameras in its S-Series, and rounding out its new ultra-zoom lineup are a couple additional Coolpix cameras: the P610 and the L840. These cameras are more robust than compact shooters but smaller than a DSLR, both offering features relatively similar to the new S-Series compacts with the addition of ultra-zoom ratings. The P610 is the higher end of the two models, though both are substantial offerings; both models arrive in March.

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