Samsung Galaxy Camera

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The Samsung Galaxy is an interesting proposition because it offers all the capabilities of a high-end smart phone (except make calls to key … more about that later) with a camera capable point and shoot. It is a new type of product, a point-and-intelligent action of the camera if you want. But how smart is it? Spend some quality time with a find.
Although not the first camera with Android to hit the market, the Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100 camera appears (at least on paper) to be the most complete package. It features a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, 3G/4G connectivity, WiFi, GPS, a 4.8-inch touch screen, all powered by a quad-core CPU with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Specs
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • 1/2.3 inch type CMOS sensor (6.2 x 4.6 mm)
  • F2.5-5.9 4.1-86.1mm lens (23-483mm equivalent in 35mm format)
  • ISO 100-3200
  • Continuous shooting at 4 fps
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • WiFi + 3G/4G connectivity
  • 4.8-inch HD touchscreen

It is difficult to know exactly how to focus the camera Galaxy, Samsung or what the market is looking for. Despite the price tag, it is clearly aimed at enthusiasts of traditional photography, as there are no RAW shooting and small sensor limits image quality. But who else would pay U.S. $ 500 in a camera?

Well, after a week of using the Samsung Galaxy as my carry everywhere camera, I have come to the conclusion that – despite not go ahead with it for the first day or two – it’s a great choice for mobile avid photographers. There is something liberating to share images instantly anywhere, and the 21x optical zoom is a huge advantage over any other camera always connected.
The first thing you notice about the Samsung Galaxy is that it is big. It is much larger than most compact cameras. This is because the back is full of huge touch screen – bigger than I can remember seeing in any camera – which makes the whole experience of composing shots in a much nicer LCD. Although this is similar to smartphones bulging pocket, not slip it into your jeans pocket.

While the screen makes the Galaxy camera bigger than a compact camera, which makes it bigger than a smartphone is the 21x zoom lens protruding (giving a 35mm equivalent focal length format of 23 -483mm) extending as expected when zooming.

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Despite its size and unusual shape, the camera fits well in the hand. The finger-grip does its job and means that the camera is less likely to get out of hand, while also making it easier to hold the camera still when shooting. When using the camera intelligent not to take the photo-features, the lens automatically closes and provides a comfortable grip to hold the device.

Available in white or black (and a WiFi-only version also comes in pink), solid feeling camera also features a pop-up flash, again unlike what most smartphone cameras.

Which begs the question: why was not carrying the Android camera designed to be used as a phone? While it has 3G/4G capability and can be used to send messages or make VoIP calls from applications like Skype, which connects the camera lacks the ability to make cellular calls. The answer is probably not as simple as wanting to lose Samsung camera sales … or be known as the brand that brought this look to the high street!
Because this is essentially a review of the camera, I will not go into too much detail about how the camera works like Samsung Galaxy Android a versatile device. Suffice to say I feel energetic enough running some application that I care to throw at it, and if you ignore the lens on the front (or should be after using it that way?) It feels like it could be using any high end smartphone.

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When initially setting up the Samsung Galaxy, it takes much more time than any other camera I’ve used recently to be ready to shoot, because Android is booting. But waking up from sleep mode that feels much more like a standard point and shoot digital and can be ready to go relatively quickly.
In camera mode the camera is different from Samsung Galaxy cameras most Android devices, since you have the ability to shoot on automatic, intelligent or Expert mode. Unsurprisingly, Auto does all the work for you, while Smart gives you the option of using one of 15 presets. These range from things like taking settings Falls Night scenes.

Other modes include the best smart interesting face, which has a quick burst of five images and lets you select the best facial expressions of the people pictured, before merging them all into one picture. This can be great for group shots where you can not guarantee everyone will be smiling at the same time. Panorama mode stitches a series of images, and outbreaks continued 20 photos in five seconds for fast-moving subjects.
In expert mode, users have PASM (program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual) options, which are controlled through a virtual lens barrel on the screen. Although this is a nice visual touch, which adds a small delay in the imaging process, especially if you are a person who likes to play with the settings between shots.

While you can take a picture using the touch screen, there is also a physical shutter button – they can focus on a media outlet – and the ability to use his voice. This voice control was more useful than I expected (not just a gimmick), and in low light situations where you are using a slow shutter speed, is good to be able to hold the camera firmly with both hands.
Auto Focus (AF) speed is good in bright light conditions and on par with most mid-range budget compact cameras. However, it does struggle in low light and fast-moving subjects. The zoom control (around the shutter button) is a welcome addition … although with a big screen to compose shots, I felt like I was using a phone and kept trying to pinch to zoom.
It seems strange to say of a camera that I enjoyed using, but allowing the Samsung Galaxy down more is the image quality. In good lighting and appropriate topics, the camera may be some high-quality images with good detail and resolution – but as soon as it gets dark, the classic problems of small sensors begin to occur.

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While the images tend to look good on the screen of 4.8 inches, about the size seen in most social networking sites, can suddenly seem very smartphoney when opened correctly on a computer. However, depending on how you use your photos, this may or may not be a problem.

Because the sensor 1/2.3-inch type in the Samsung Galaxy is closer to the compact cameras and smartphones quality budget DSLR or mirrorless camera systems, you will always struggle to get enough light in all but in the best conditions. With high ISO settings (the camera offers 100-3200) no noise noticeable and unpleasant. This really begins to work around ISO 800 … despite some noise reduction also brutal and clumsy detail captured impacts.
Another problem for people who like to edit your images on a computer before uploading (it is not certain that the intended audience for this camera lens) is that images can be shot in RAW.
Most cameras connected (and I mean smart phones) have no optical zoom lens of the camera and the Samsung Galaxy is a fantastic addition to the mobile photography enthusiasts as it opens a new world of photographic possibilities.

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The F2.8-5.9 lens 4.1-86.1mm zoom is not just any little old, is a 21x zoom, which means that you can get in almost all but the most distant subjects. Providing a format of 35 mm equivalent focal length of 23-483mm that is wider than the Galaxy S3 at the wide end, and positively monstrous at the telephoto end.
While the large lens slows to F5.9 at telephoto focal length (ie, greater depth of field and shutter speeds longer), remains competitive with conventional cameras long zoom and could be big as a travel camera.

The aim is also good for macro shots where you can learn about the subject and capture in detail with a depth of field.
With Full HD 1080p and 720p video recording at 30 fps, the Samsung Galaxy has all the video options you would expect in a high-end Android device. Again, what separates smart phone video recording is the zoom lens that is well supported by the optical image stabilization does work when hand holding telephoto zoom. While there is no microphone, the sound quality is decent and comparable to other compact cameras.

Another interesting feature is the video in slow motion, it records at an impressive 120 fps. Although it also means dropping the recording resolution up to 768 x 512 (WVGA) mode is ideal for capturing fast action, or look at something from a new perspective. When played back at 30 fps gives a 4x slow motion effect. There is also the option of applying a selection of filters to the video recordings.
What makes the Samsung Galaxy stand out from all those other compact cameras on the market is the fact that because it is a device connected, you can share your photographic efforts instantly, and because it is powered by Android is therefore able to run many of the applications in the Google Play store.

A camera application is not being able to play Angry Birds while waiting for the perfect shot (although you can). There are many apps that can be added to the photographic potential of the device, and others that are only useful to take a connected device is carrying around.
Again, because this is a review of the camera on the device – and because applications run as they do on any smartphone – I will not go into detail about having used Facebook, Twitter, Kindle and applications Google Maps on the Samsung Galaxy.

Assistant Pre-loaded applications include photos that are creative for on-the-go editing and video editor, which as its name suggests, allows you to remove and rearrange the video scenes, add music and insert text. Artist paper which offers a selection of “artistic effects” with which to display their creativity … or ruin your photos based on your perspective. Also installed application mobile favorite photographers (and people who like to take photos of their food everywhere), Instagram!
There are also a number of other interesting cameras and applications available on Google Play store, and although I’ve tried all seemed to work well on the device, it’s worth double-checking what sizes they support. Some applications are only capable of supporting images smaller than that 16-megapixel camera produced by this.

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The exchange of images can be done through a WiFi or 3G/4G if you have a micro-SIM inserted and an appropriate data plan. And if you’ve ever used a smartphone to share an image online (and who does not?), This will be immediately familiar. Out of the box the camera comes ready to share via email, Google, Dropbox, or directly through Bluetooth, but unsurprisingly adding new options is as easy as installing the application.

There are a couple of interesting ways to share images of Samsung style. Shot Share lets you share images with up to eight other WiFi devices directly, while the share of friends photos automatically tags faces existing contact photos devices, making it easy to share with them.

The capability to automatically back 3G/4G images through the cloud will be welcomed by anyone who has had their camera stolen while on vacation, or suffered at the hands of a corrupted memory card … assuming you have a large plant data adequately.

As I mentioned before, I really do not get along with the Samsung Galaxy when I started using it, in fact I hated it positively! It was not as sensitive as a traditional compact camera, and the image quality was not at all what you’d expect from a $ 500 camera.

But once you realize that a large proportion of the price tag is going on in the non-camera device – think of it as a Samsung Galaxy S3 crossed with Samsung WB850F – is easier to forgive his smartphoney images quality. And the more you use it, the more I began to like.

 

This is a completely different type of camera, bringing together elements of experience with traditional camera smartphone. Personally, for me it was always available connectivity, it was the stand-out feature – rather than the ability to run Android apps – and changed the way I wanted to use the device.

There were pictures of a sudden I wanted to take and share what I had not previously taken either because my smartphone camera would not be at the level (mostly due to lack of optical zoom and manual controls) or because they have had the ability to share directly from my camera dedicated. The Samsung Galaxy DSLR will not replace anyone, but neither is trying.

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However, although I loved seamless connectivity, I’m not sure I could justify the adoption of an additional monthly data plan just to share my photos. Personally, I would have liked the opportunity to get rid of my regular phone and look like an idiot talking to the camera while walking around – and the amount of time I spend on voice calls, I would be willing to take that hit.

G-Form flips iPhone filming on its side

We have seen a lot of cases that become different smartphones cams real action. Because the lens tends to be a phone in the back, most cases involve the assembly of the wide forward during filming smartphone – is not the way to do things aerodynamics.

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G-Form, maker of instant protection harden the material, has presented what he calls a case camming smartphone without compromise. The G90 uses a patent pending multi right-angle/wide-angle lens that allows the film to the thin profile forward. This transforms the smartphone camera wide, cumbersome simply asking a rope snagged on a branch or in a thin, streamlined camera that fits perfectly on the side of the hull, below a skateboard, etc. The G90 also includes protection Shock and water.

The G90 will be available for smartphones like the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and others starting in June.

SD30 3D Magicam

Outside of a fairly makeshift system from GoPro, major action cam manufacturers have stayed out of the 3D game, probably waiting to see if the technology will take off enough to make investing in it worthwhile.

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AEE didn’t wait, building the SD30 3D Magical Camcorder. This full HD 3D action cam uses dual 120-degree wide-angle lenses to capture the 3D effect. Flip the camera over to the other side, and there’s a 2.4-inch (6-cm) LCD screen that provides a real-time look at what you’re filming. Other features include image stabilization, a waterproof case (60 m/197 feet), auto-recording when accelerating, built-in microphone, and 10 x digital zoom.

The SD30 3D launched recently in some international markets for the equivalent of around US$500.

Record 320-gigapixel panorama of London shows in all its glory

Last month, we saw a panorama of Dubai taken from atop the world’s tallest building. It was beautiful, but at 2.5 gigapixels in size, is not exactly the greatest panorama. No, that title now belongs to a 360-degree panoramic photo of London recently, which consists of over 48,000 individual images and boats an incredible resolution of 320 gigapixels.

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To create the huge panorama with its communications tower as a central point, British Telecommunications (BT) contracted the photography company, 360Cities – which is also responsible for the interactive self panorama NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity. Photographers Jeffrey Martin, Tom Mills, Holger Schulze and spent three days on the 29th floor of the BT Tower to capture the photos, sometimes enduring high winds and freezing temperatures.

Four configurations camera is placed around the outer shelf, each composed of a Canon EOS 7D with EF 400mm f/2.8L equipped IS II USM and EF Extender 2x III teleconverters. The cameras were later joined Clauss Rodeon panorama VR Head ST robotic assembly and began to shoot four frames per second, while covering an arc of 360 degrees.
The photographs that comprise the final image was taken shortly after the 2012 Olympics last year, but took a computer three months to join them, not to mention more time to convert the result into an interactive website for people can zoom and scroll to your heart’s content. Overall, the picture amazing 320-pixel size consists of 48,640 individual shots, which have been linked and layered almost perfectly to give the impression of a single, zoom-able image. According photography equipment, if the image is printed with a standard photo resolution, which would be 98 meters (321.5 feet) wide and 24 meters (79 feet) high.
The amount of detail in the picture is impressive to say the least, with some buildings still visible up to 20 miles (32 kilometers) away. Even at a great distance, you can still clearly see the faces of individuals and noted landmarks like Big Ben and the Tower Bridge.

If you want to check out the 360 ​​degree image of himself, BT has an interactive version on their website.

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Intel is not going to give up tablets and smartphones (MWC 2013)

It’s no secret that Intel has had trouble getting into the mobile market. But if there is any doubt as to whether or not the company is in it for the long run ads this week should put to rest. None of these were unexpected, but overall the announcements at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​seem designed to show Intel is still serious about getting their chips in everything from smartphones tablets inexpensive to high end.
The biggest announcement was the Clover Road + platform, which consists of three new 2.0GHz Atom processor, the Z2580, Z2560 and Z2520 1.6GHz 1.2GHz.

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Intel currently has two mobile platforms:

Medfield Android smartphone includes the 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 single core at 400 MHz with PowerVR SGX 540 graphics. (Intel added below the low end Z2420 used by Acer, Lava and Safaricom for smartphones in developing markets and high end Z2480 used in the Motorola Razr i.)

And Clover Trail platform, which includes the 1.8GHz dual-core Atom Z2760 533MHz PowerVR SGX 545 graphics, is used in Windows 8 tablets from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG and Samsung. All these processors are fabricated in one process 32 nm.

Clover Trail + takes the Medfield platform, adds a second core and improved memory controller Clover Trail, and topped off with more capable PowerVR SGX 544 dual-core graphics. Intel says it will offer twice the computing performance and three times the graphics performance of the Atom Z2640.

Despite the code name, + Clover Trail is primarily designed for Android smartphones. The first is the Lenovo K900 IdeaPhone, which has a screen of 5.5 inch 1080p (over 40 pixels per inch), the Atom Z2580, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13mp camera and Android 4.1.2 jelly.
It will be available in the second quarter in China, followed by Russia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, but it lacks 4G LTE so it is unlikely to be sold in the U.S. Clover + Trail but is likely to be used in other devices such as Android tablets too. Asus and ZTE will launch devices based on it too.

+ Clover Trail is made on the same 32nm process as Medfield and Clover Trail. However, monitoring, Merrifield 22nm platform for smartphones, will be available later this year.

For tablets, Intel is planning to send its first quad-core platform, Bay Trail, in time for the holidays. At Mobile World Congress, Intel said it is working with several of the original device manufacturers (Compal, ECS, Pegatron, Wistron and Quanta) to make it easier for customers to obtain tablets with Android and Windows based market quickly.

Intel also is moving forward with cellular modems, which are essential to be competitive in smartphones. The Medfield platform uses the XMM 6260 HSPA + + band while Clover Trail uses the XMM 6360 with twice the theoretical yield (HSPA + 42Mbps). The XMM 7060, single-mode 4G LTE modem that Intel announced more than two years, will be replaced by the XMM 7160, the company’s first multi-mode LTE baseband. It will ship in the first half of this year, and is designed for smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks.

Intel has been working on putting these 3G and 4G basebands on the same chip with the processor, but has not said when it will happen. Almost everyone is trying to catch up with Qualcomm regarding this level of integration.

Finally, Intel has gotten a few more wins for its low-end Atom Z2420 platform, known by the codename of Lexington. At Mobile World Congress, Fonepad Asus announced a 7-inch tablet with 3G voice and data Z2420. A mobile operator in Egypt, Etisalat Misr, is also planning to launch a smartphone based on the chip.

None of these measures will significantly tilt the playing field. Intel dominates the market for PC processors and server, while the arm and the long list of chip designers that use its technology, has the mobile market. (To emphasize this, ARM announced at the show that now has seven licenses for its latest architecture big.LITTLE and 75 companies using their Mali graphics chips at 150 million last year.)

But it does show that Intel has some momentum and has no plans to give up the tablets and smartphones.

The steps for Intel will use its manufacturing advantage for the 22nm Atom chips in the door, while the rest of the industry is launching 32nm and 28nm processors, and use LTE technology to ensure some prominent designs here in U.S.

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Researchers show flexible, stretchable lithium-ion battery

Researchers have announced the development of a lithium-ion elastic could have many applications in the industry, especially with the growing interest in soft computing across consumer segments and other technology.

Using a process called “unravel ordered:” John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois and Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University say their battery can be stretched up to 300% of its original size without losing functionality.

Without taking anything away from the device, its design seems quite simple: the energy storage islands and “serpentine” cable connections are placed on a sheet of polymer. Naturally, the polymer is flexible and elastic, while the wave superposition cabling can go on the trip without damage.
Power-wise, the engineers say their solution works similarly to a standard lithium-ion battery of the same size. It lasts eight to nine hours and can be recharged wirelessly, although the current prototype loses some of its capacity after about 20 reloads, so more research is needed before it goes commercial.

“A major trend in electronics is the development of materials, mechanical design and manufacturing strategies that allow the use of unconventional substrates such as polymer films, metal foils, sheets or rubber sheets,” wrote the paper provides researchers through nature Communications for $ 32.

“The last possibility is particularly difficult because the systems should adapt not only bending but also stretching. Though there are several approaches for electronics, a persistent difficulty is in power supplies that have similar mechanical properties to allow his co-integration with electronics. ”

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Qualcomm says Snapdragon easily exceeds 800 Nvidia Tegra 4

All eyes in the mobile world are in imminent Nvidia Tegra 4 processor. The hardware manufacturer wisely showed potential chip performance this week at the Mobile World Congress, and it was a big surprise that the quad-core Cortex-A15 GPU processor cores and 72 were able to defeat current generation background competitors.

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Qualcomm, the company’s biggest competitor in the market, not the least concerned. The president of the company’s senior vice president of Product Management Raj Talluri The Verge told today that although Qualcomm focuses more on delivery of products to refute the benchmarks of the competition, who still believe that the processor easily exceeds 800 Snapdragon Tegra 4.

Nvidia said supply can be impressive, but the 800 series chip is much more integrated, probably because it has a built-in LTE modem silicon wafer. The new part Snapdragon can also encode and decode 4K content as evidenced by a publishing demo shown on the site. If you’ve ever tried to run a 4K video on your computer, you’re likely aware of how tiring it can be.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is already in line for more than 50 upcoming products. The chip of 2.3 GHz quad-core are expected to appear in several devices later this year. If you remember, the 600 series chip is just around the corner with phones like the HTC and LG Optimus One G Pro set to release soon. This year is definitely preparing to be exciting for fans of hardcore mobile.

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