Digital Camera

Beyond Megapixels: Mobile cameras rethink the numbers game

Beyond Megapixels: Mobile cameras rethink the numbers game

Once upon a time, mobile megapixels were the key. In fact, not so many years ago, many questioned whether there was any value whatsoever in having a camera built into your phone. Convergence for its own sake is undeniably a problem in today's crossover-soaked market, but it's now hard to argue that photography and the modern smartphone aren't a compelling match. As the technology - and the rivalry - has increased, though, so the simple megapixel has lost some of its clarity, and with the smartphone stakes never higher, there's a revolution of sorts underway to reframe mobile imagery.

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theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

theQ social sharing camera packs 3G for instant uploads

It's the 21st-century version of the Polaroid: Q Lifestyle's theQ camera launches today, a chunky point-and-shoot that's designed to get your shots off the memory card and into the cloud as quickly as possible. The digital camera is optimized for sharing the photos you take across the popular social networks with a single button-press, while Q Lifestyle claims it also delivers more fashion sense to the camera as an object, too.

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Casio EXILIM EX-ZR800 introduced with 18x optical zoom and OIS

Casio EXILIM EX-ZR800 introduced with 18x optical zoom and OIS

Casio has unveiled a new digital camera in its EXILIM line, the EX-ZR800. With this new camera comes 18x optical zoom and a 5-stop/5-axis image stabilization, as well as several other features commonly found on point-and-shoot compact cameras. Although the European announcement doesn't specify the launch date, the company's Japanese division says it will be launched on August 23.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera gets 1/3 cut as Pocket version ships

Blackmagic Cinema Camera gets 1/3 cut as Pocket version ships

Blackmagic has trimmed the price of its Cinema Camera range, cutting the 2.5K sensor cameras by a third as it ramps up for shipping the new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The $1k saving brings both the EF and Micro Four Thirds versions of the Cinema Camera to $1,995 apiece, while the new Pocket Cinema Camera - announced back in April - has begun shipping today. However, those who want its Production 4K sibling will have to wait a little longer.

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