Cameras

Yongnuo YN455 mirrorless micro four thirds camera runs Android

Yongnuo YN455 mirrorless micro four thirds camera runs Android

Smartphones were thought to displace entry-level digital cameras sooner or later, but there was a time they were almost positioned to literally do that. The flexibility and openness of the Android mobile platform made it ideal to be used in devices beyond phones and tablets, including digital cameras. At one point, it almost seemed like Android-powered cameras were going to start a new breed of mobile photography tools until they abruptly vanished. Now some manufacturers seem to be reviving this eccentric family of devices, with the Yonguo YN455 as its newest member.

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DJI Pocket 2 Sunset White is more than just a new color option

DJI Pocket 2 Sunset White is more than just a new color option

Summer is at hand, which means a lot of outdoor activity for some people in some places around the world. That, in turn, usually means capturing those moments and making memories, often with a smartphone in our hands. Despite their growing power, some more active people find smartphones lacking in the stabilization department. That's where the mini-camera gimbal DJI Pocket 2 comes, and it now has a Sunset White colorway to match the season.

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Galaxy S22 might not use a 200MP camera from Samsung and Xiaomi

Galaxy S22 might not use a 200MP camera from Samsung and Xiaomi

Smartphone cameras are getting ridiculously large in terms of megapixel count, far surpassing the imaging sensors you'd find even on professional digital cameras. "More" doesn't always mean better, as some phone manufacturers have proven over the years, but that hasn't stopped them from still putting out mobile cameras with triple-digit megapixel counts. Samsung and Xiaomi have even been rumored to be working on a 200MP ISOCELL sensor that might not be used in Samsung's own Galaxy S22 next year.

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Vivo patents a smartphone with a camera mini drone inside

Vivo patents a smartphone with a camera mini drone inside

Many use their smartphones to capture anything anywhere, sometimes even in difficult or dangerous locations and positions. One thing our powerful smartphones will never be able to do is to take aerial photos, at least not without some help from a drone or any other flying contraption. Never say never, as they say, and Vivo seems to be thinking of something to solve that problem. Its latest patent shows a smartphone that houses an honest-to-goodness quadcopter drone to take pictures from above, almost like in the movies.

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Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera puts a modern heart in a glorious retro body

Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera puts a modern heart in a glorious retro body

Nikon has revealed its newest digital camera, though at first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking the Nikon Z fc mirrorless was something from the company's film-based archives. Thoroughly retro in its styling, the "heritage-design" model is the first time we've seen the Z-series embrace a more traditional aesthetic, though inside you're not compromising on hardware.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G leak has one silly flaw

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G leak has one silly flaw

There's a new Samsung Galaxy S smartphone coming to the public in the year 2021 - of that you can be sure. The device we're looking at today is what its leakers suggest will be called the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G. This device looks fantastic, from its four back-facing camera lenses, sensors, S Pen integration, and nearly full-coverage front display. But one flaw remains - right up there on its forehead.

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Ring Car Cam leaks: This could be Amazon’s Alexa dash-cam

Ring Car Cam leaks: This could be Amazon’s Alexa dash-cam

Details and what appears to be an image of Ring's upcoming Car Cam have leaked, with the connected dash cam expected to add security both when the vehicle is parked and while it's on the move. The newest addition to Ring's line-up was actually announced in September 2020 as part of Amazon's big device launch, though at the time no pictures of the Car Cam hardware itself were shared.

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Sony Airpeak S1 drone debuts to take Alpha cameras to new heights

Sony Airpeak S1 drone debuts to take Alpha cameras to new heights

Drones for pros and consumers are nothing new and neither are drones with cameras covering a wide range of qualities. Most of these drones come with their own cameras, however, and few actually let you use whatever professional camera you may already own. That's what makes Sony's first foray into the world of drone photography interesting in that it is designed to be used with a different camera, specifically Sony's own interchangeable-lens Alpha cameras. In fact, the Sony Airpeak S1 drone doesn't come with a camera or even a gimbal of its own.

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Samsung ISOCELL JN1 shrinks a 50MP sensor down to 0.64 micropixels

Samsung ISOCELL JN1 shrinks a 50MP sensor down to 0.64 micropixels

As smartphone cameras start boasting more and more pixels, they've also started to become bigger and bigger. Just like with processors, the challenge for imaging sensors is to cram as many photodiodes on a small surface without enlarging the size of that surface. That's the achievement that Samsung is boasting about with its new ISOCELL JN1 that is able to cram 50 million pixels in the size of a 1/2.76-inch format sensor. Whether it's able to take better or similar quality photos as Samsung's larger 50MP sensors, however, remains to be tested.

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iPhone 13 may return to camera dominance in 2021

iPhone 13 may return to camera dominance in 2021

The next iPhone could very well put Apple back in the driver's seat for smartphone camera innovation, so says today's Digitimes report. It's likely Apple's upgraded collection of iPhone devices set for release in the year 2021 will increase their use of VCMs. Increased demand for VCM components (voice coil motors) point to significant upgrades in 3D sensors and higher-end camera modules for the iPhone 13 family.

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Android 12 Beta 2: Game-changing features toggle ON

Android 12 Beta 2: Game-changing features toggle ON

Today Google revealed the newest build for Android in Android 12 Beta 2. This operating system update is available for the latest Google Pixel phones as well as a variety of 3rd-party partner devices before the final full version is released later this year. Android 12 Beta 2 adds some interesting features, like microphone and camera indicators, microphone and camera toggles, clipboard read notifications, and a brand new "Internet Panel." There's also a newly-empowered Privacy Dashboard.

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Eufy SoloCam security cameras reach preorder

Eufy SoloCam security cameras reach preorder

One of the biggest problems with adding security cameras to your property is typical all the wiring that comes along with installation. For those looking for an easier installation, wireless cameras are available from multiple brands. Eufy has announced that its SoloCam series is now available for preorder.

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