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Leica TL2 arrives with 24MP, 4K video, and new Maestro II processor

Leica TL2 arrives with 24MP, 4K video, and new Maestro II processor

Following weeks of rumors, Leica has officially launched its new TL2, a compact camera based on the Leica TL-System. This time around, Leica has fitted its TL camera model with a new 24-megapixel CMOS APS-C format sensor, as well as the new Maestro II series image processor. The camera is, despite its compact size, intended for serious photographers in need of serious quality.

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Samsung’s ISOCELL camera brand could debut in Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s ISOCELL camera brand could debut in Galaxy Note 8

Samsung might really be paving the way for its silicon to compete in a broader market. Nothing has been formally announced yet, but it is already expected that Samsung will soon be selling its Exynos systems-on-chip (SoC) to other device manufactures. Now at MWC Shanghai, it is perhaps laying the groundwork for doing the same in the mobile camera space. It has announced a new ISOCELL brand for its camera sensors, hinting at the possibility of expanding the reach of those sensors to other smartphones.

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Sony’s new smartphone CMOS image sensor has its own DRAM

Sony’s new smartphone CMOS image sensor has its own DRAM

Engineering and manufacturing today has gotten so good that it has become possible to cram as many things in such a small space. Take, for example, our smartphones that have enough processing power to handle many of the things that low-end laptops are able to do in such a small space. That combination of small size and big power is what made smartphones such a huge threat to digital cameras, especially the point-and-click variety. Now Sony is taking that game to the next level by revealing a 3-layer BSI CMOS sensor for smartphones that, thanks to modern technology, packs its own DRAM inside.

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iPhone 6S might stick with 8MP camera hardware

iPhone 6S might stick with 8MP camera hardware

After the launch of Apple’s impressive new iPhone 6, a lot of attention was paid to the refresh. Many assume the iPhone 6S (if Apple sticks to their existing naming scheme, which isn’t a foregone conclusion) would have a camera that packed in more magapixels, and an updated chipset. The megapixel rumor was bolstered when Sony announced a new DSLR-ish sensor for mobile devices, which many believed would find its way to the iPhone 6S. A new report says that might have to wait, because Apple is keeping their 8 megapixel shooter for one more year.

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Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony IMX230 brings mirrorless camera features to phones

Sony has just announced a new EXMOR RS sensor and it is poised to take smartphone photography to the next level. Although the new IMX230 has almost the same effective 21 megapixel count as the camera found on, say, the Xperia Z3, this new sensor uses a stacked design that allows it to cram high-end camera functionality in a 1/2.4 size CMOS sensor. Such functionality include an image plane phase detection autofocus system and HDR imaging not just for videos but for still photos as well.

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Phase One IQ250 medium-format camera offers 50MP CMOS sensor

Phase One IQ250 medium-format camera offers 50MP CMOS sensor

Following Hasselblad's announcement yesterday, Phase One has launched its own 50-megapixel CMOS medium-format digital camera. Both claim the title of world's first, but Phase One beat Hasselblad to the punch, with the IQ250 digital camera now being available to photography professionals and those who want the high-quality resulting from a medium-format camera.

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Canon uses high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame sensor to record HD fireflies in the dark

Canon uses high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame sensor to record HD fireflies in the dark

Recording video in the dark often requires a supplementary IR light to be possible, with such small pin-pricks of light as fireflies being invisible in the dark to most camera sensors. Canon has successfully recorded the tiny glowing insects, however, using a full-frame 35mm high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that it had announced back in March of this year.

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Samsung GALAXY NX hands-on: mirrorless Android for the NX lens family

Samsung GALAXY NX hands-on: mirrorless Android for the NX lens family

Enter the Samsung Galaxy NX: a full-sized mirrorless interchangeable lens camera running Android. This is Samsung's biggest effort in bringing Android - their flavor of Android, that is - to the full-on high-powered camera environment. This device works with a "DSLR-class" 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor aside a quad-core 1.6GHz Pega-Q processor behind a system that accepts the full range of interchangeable lenses from the rest of the NX system. That's 13 lenses, if you did not know.

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Toshiba unveils 20MP sensor for point-and-shoot camera

Toshiba unveils 20MP sensor for point-and-shoot camera

Since smartphone cameras are becoming just as good as most compact point-and-shoot cameras, steps must be taken in order to keep point-and-shoot cameras relevant. Toshiba thinks they have a solution and have unveiled the TCM5115CL 20MP image sensor, and it's the highest-resolution ever built specifically for point-and-shoots.

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OmniVision announces low-cost 5MP CMOS image sensor with high-end features

OmniVision announces low-cost 5MP CMOS image sensor with high-end features

A camera is arguably one of the most indispensable features on a smartphone, being a necessary component in certain apps, such as barcode scanners, in addition to providing a simple way to take pictures/video and share them without hassle. The cameras in higher-end smartphones offer a variety of features you won't easily find in less expensive models, and often provide poor images in low light settings. OmniVision aims to change this, however, with its newly announced 5MP OV5645 CMOS sensor.

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OmniVision Report Hints At 8MP iPhone, Nintendo Wii 2 Camera

OmniVision Report Hints At 8MP iPhone, Nintendo Wii 2 Camera

OmniVision has been a longtime supplier of Apple's iPhone camera sensors, so speculation about it supplying an 8-megapixel camera for the next-gen iPhone is no surprise. But with an earnings report today, the company may have confirmed not only those rumors involving the next-gen iPhone but also some rumors involving an upcoming game console.

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OmniVision’s New 5 Megapixel Camera Sensor Allows For Even Slimmer Devices

OmniVision’s New 5 Megapixel Camera Sensor Allows For Even Slimmer Devices

OmniVision has long been supplying Apple's camera sensors, including the 5-megapixel CMOS camera sensor in the current iPhone 4. They've also announced several monster sensors along the way including a 10-megapixel one earlier this year and more recently a 12-megapixel beast. Today, the company announced a brand new best-in-class 5-megapixel sensor that's much thinner than previous sensors and is designed to allow for much slimmer devices.

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