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DynaOptics may have the answer to optical zoom in phones

DynaOptics may have the answer to optical zoom in phones

Smartphone cameras are getting more sophisticated and more capable, but there are just some things that they could not reach that a dedicated diigtal camera can. Usually, this is because of design or shape constraints. After all, you wouldn't want your smartphone to look like camera, unless you actually fancy something like the Galaxy K Zoom. One of those "talents" happens to be optical zooming, but DynaOptics might have just developed a way that will give regular smartphones that same ability without bulking up the camera.

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Taking your smartphone’s camera to the next level

Taking your smartphone’s camera to the next level

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.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 hands-on: Tiny retro snapper packs a punch

Olympus OM-D E-M10 hands-on: Tiny retro snapper packs a punch

Olympus has had a run of success with its OM-D series of cameras, not least the E-M5 we reviewed last year, and now there's the new OM-D E-M10 to carry that torch, a model the company claims rivals APS-C DSLRs while being considerably smaller. In fact, at 63.9mm deep and 516g with the new 14-42mm EZ kit lens, the OM-D E-M10 is even smaller than the body alone of Canon's EOS Rebel SL1. We caught up with Olympus ahead of the new camera's launch to find out what makes the E-M10 so special, what the company had to do to pack so much into so little space, and to see the new lenses - including an updated version of the surprisingly popular fish-eye body cap lens - to go along with it.

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Samsung NX30 Smart Camera adds flexible EVF and new S-line lenses

Samsung NX30 Smart Camera adds flexible EVF and new S-line lenses

Samsung has revealed a new smart camera, the Samsung NX30, running the company's SMART 3.0 software for easy uploads of its 20.3-megapixel images to Dropbox, Flickr, and social networks. Launching officially at CES 2014 next week, the NX30 has an APS-C CMOS sensor with Hybrid Auto Focus, up to 9fps continuous shooting, and an ISO 100-25600 range, along with both a 3-inch swiveling AMOLED display and a tilting 1024 x 768 electronic viewfinder. There are also two new lenses to go along with the new camera.

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Sony QX Lens Cameras work without smartphone aid

Sony QX Lens Cameras work without smartphone aid

Though we've seen the Sony "Lens Camera" devices appear connected to smartphones before, today a set of press photos suggests that the user might be able to use these devices without a companion smart unit at all. Where before we'd assumed that it was the smartphone - or tablet - that allowed a Sony Lens Camera to be controlled, today a set of photos that very much appear to be press-quality (aka real from Sony, more than likely) show a couple of users working with these devices without being physically attached to the smartphone in hand.

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Sony Lens Cameras teased: attaching to all, from Xperia to iPhone

Sony Lens Cameras teased: attaching to all, from Xperia to iPhone

As tipped all the way back near the middle of July, Sony's Lens Cameras (DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100) once again appear to be upon us. These cameras are appearing in press images this afternoon courtesy of Sony Alpha Rumors both on their own and attached to the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia i1, aka Honami. The DSC-QX10 as well as the DSC-QX100 will be working only when working with a Sony smartphone, meaning they've got their own hardware inside not normally found in the body of a replaceable lens system.

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Carl Zeiss no more: classic nomenclature gets short

Carl Zeiss no more: classic nomenclature gets short

This week the team at ZEISS have announced that they'll no longer be branding their lens family with the name of their founder. Though we're not sure how Carl will look upon this decision himself, we'll light a flash bulb in this two-word brand's memory for sure. Carl Zeiss AG and ZEISS will move forward with the one dominant word from here on in - and a history of the brand has been recounted by the company as well, splits and reformation and all.

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