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.

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Application of the urine sample allows users to detect diseases with iPhone

Ever thought a smartphone could detect what was in the urine? Well, now you can. A new iPhone application developed by MIT entrepreneur Ingawale Myshkin, unveiled at the TED conference this week, allowing people to take urine samples with your mobile device.
Obviously, the mixture of urine and electronics do not mix, so this application instead uses the smartphone’s camera to determine what is in the urine. Nicknamed Uchek, the user application involves urinating into a cup, putting a urinalysis strip color coded in the cup, making the picture of the results, and then let the application do its magic.

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Uchek can detect up to 25 diseases, including diabetes, urinary tract infections, and pre-eclampsia. Can also measure levels of glucose, protein, ketones, and more. According to Wired, 1,200 samples of tests showed that the application was more accurate than humans interpret color-coded strips.
Ingawale goal is to help people become more aware of what health problems they may have or to monitor their conditions. Ideally, to provide additional information to a physician.
“The idea is to get people closer to their own information,” said Ingawale at the TED conference yesterday, according to Wired. “I want people to understand better what is going on with their bodies.”
Uchek is working its way through the approval process and Ingawale Apple is also working on an Android app, according to Wired. The application will cost 99 cents and users can buy a pack of strips and a user guide with color code for $ 20.

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Second passcode bypass flaw discovered in iOS 6.1 this month

Apple has released iOS 6.1.2 a week ago to address, among other things, a failure that allowed bypass the lock screen of the iPhone and password select data on the device. But to the dismay of Apple, plus a password bypass vulnerability was discovered that once again lets users know that accessing a locked device without knowing the four-digit PIN.

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The second vulnerability surfaced this month is similar to the first, which involved the use of the function of the phone screen, emergency call feature and the power button to bypass the lock screen. From there, however, accounts vary as to the level of access that you may have.

The original note on the Full Disclosure blog says that this new method allows an attacker to gain access to the phone book and voice mail contact list. Connect the device to a computer via a USB cable and you can still access other data such as photos allegedly without the password. The latter, however, can be only partially true.

According to TNW, the system user files are encrypted and unviewable on a computer when the iPhone has a passcode enabled. The problem here is that if the iPhone was connected to a computer and once unlocked, then your file system will always be visible on the machine. If your phone has never been connected to a particular computer and unlocked, this court will not grant any access magician.

In related news iOS, Apple is testing the latest beta version of software that prevents the use of evasi0n popular jailbreak software. One of the creators evasi0n was recently able to test and confirmed the update patch, tell us. It is unclear at this time when we can expect to see the iOS 6.1.3 which fixes or specific to accomplish.

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HTC One beats Xperia Tablet Z to Best in Show at MWC 2013

In the inaugural MWC TechRadar Awards, there could be only one Best In Show – and our crack team of experts felt that the HTC One the cream of the crop of this year’s Mobile.
The One also took the coveted award for Best Phone, while the best was the impressive Sony Tablet Tablet Xperia Z and the Audience Award went to Firefox OS.
“It was extremely difficult to judge these awards – congratulations to the winners!” said Gareth Beavis, phones and tablets to TechRadar editor.

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“The absolute level of competition shows that we are in a strong 2013 in terms of technology and new levels of innovation, with full HD screen, waterproof design, next-generation connectivity and even new ways to charge our phones is very much on the plane. ”
Explaining why the best phone HTC One had described him as “refreshing” to “combine innovation with customer needs.”
“While we were very impressed with the efforts of LG, Sony and Huawei, HTC spectacular combination of design, technology and alternative cutting chamber advanced specifications have created a buzz around its true launch imminent,” he added.
When it came to Best Tablet was a hard-won battle for Tablet Xperia Z. Gareth said: “Another close fight between Sony and Samsung, but the Xperia Z Tablet prevails due to its lightweight design, integration and display quality pure NFC – which proved very difficult to find a flaw in our preview.
“Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was a strong contender, as the S Pen / screen size combination is really awesome, but the Xperia Tablet Z beat him thanks to his impressive Reality Display”.
The People’s Choice Award, and was open source operating Mozilla that took gold.
“Firefox OS has had a bad start in life, but the truth was revealed at MWC 2013 thanks to a number of manufacturers pledging to support the device platform,” said Gareth, explaining the motivations of judges .
“It can be designed for emerging markets, but the operating system has a real chance of making waves in smartphone budget and could herald a new way of developing applications for mobile in the future.”
And finally, the Best in Show – Gareth describes him as “an extremely difficult category to call.”
But the show floor was opened for HTC: “. You need only look at the rows of people clustered around the position of HTC to play with Him to see that this is where the buzz at the show this year”
If all that talk about first class mobile madness has left thirsty for more mobile action, catch up with all the news, hands on reviews and in-depth analysis in our MWC 2013 full round up.

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Add text to your Instagrams with TitleFX

TitleFX is similar to another universal iOS app that I covered last month called Over HD. Both apps cost $1.99 at the moment and let you add cool-looking titles to your photos before sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. The apps are similar to one another, but if there can be only one, I’d go with TitleFX.

For starters, it’s easier to use than Over HD and its menu wheel. For another,TitleFX also lets you angle text so that it’s on an angle or vertical instead of always horizontal. On the other hand, TitleFX lacks Over HD’s cropping feature, which Instagram users will bemoan.

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To get started, tap the Photo Library or the Camera button from TitleFX’s home screen to load a photo. You can also paste in a photo from your clipboard, while tapping on the Recent button will show you the last 20 photos you added text to.

After loading a photo, double tap the default text telling you to “double tap to edit.” Enter your text and choose how to align it. Don’t worry too much about your alignment choice here; you can drag the text around on the photo after this step to reposition it.

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With your text entered, you then will use the five buttons at the bottom of the screen to punch it up. At the top are undo and redo buttons to aid the editing process. From left to right, the five buttons along the bottom are: font, size and angle, color, effects, background. There are are 29 font choices by my count, the majority of which are really cool. After settling on a font, the next button displays two sliders to adjust the size and angle of your title; you can’t simply pinch to resize the title on the photo. After choosing the font color, any effects, and a background for your title area or declining any of these options, tap the share button in the upper-right corner to save your photo or share it via these methods:

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For Instagrammers reading this, TitleFx doesn’t offer any cropping to turn a rectangular shot into a square. The app opens your titled photo in Instagram, providing the necessary white bars around the rectangle to maintain its shape. Over HD, to its credit, lets you crop a photo if you’d like all of your Instagrams to be square.

One other note on the sharing options: the Postcard option comes courtesy of Sincerely.

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Change your Facebook cover photo using the Android app

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Last night, Facebook pushed an update to its Android app that lets users update their cover photo from directly within the app. In the past I had covered an Android app that helped you create a new cover photo, but it required you to use the Web site in order to actually change the photo.

To change your cover photo using the Android app, make sure you’re running the latest version of the Facebook app. Pull up your own timeline and tap on your cover photo. You can then select “View Photo” or “Change Cover”; of course, we want the latter option. Select your new cover photo from the Gallery, align it and then tap “Use” to upload the photo. Watch the video below for a walk-through of the process:

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As for iOS users, well, you’re going to have to wait until Facebook gets around to updating the app to bring back the feature. Prior to Facebook ditching HTML5 for a native version of the app, users were able to change their cover photo from an iOS device.

Samsung Galaxy Note Receives Official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Upgrade: How To Install?

Well! Here comes good news for all the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 users. If you own one, continue reading this article. The original Galaxy Note – the first phablet of Samsung has received Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade.

According to a SamMobile report, the rollout will be phasewise and if you are not able to receive it, do not worry as it will be arriving soon all the users across the globe.

In the new Jelly Bean update, Samsung seems to have ditched the old UI and has provided the all new Nature UX Interface, which comes in the Jelly Bean upgraded Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini.

Back in August 2012, Samsung promised that it will be rolling out the upgrade in March 2013, however, the Jelly Bean upgrade seems to have arrived earlier than mentioned. Further, the users of International Galaxy Note can upgrade to the latest version of the OS either using Kies or OTA.

The South Korean tech giant has added tons of new features to the handset with the new Jelly Bean upgrade including the ones mentioned below.

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Upgrade: How To Install?

* Android 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
* Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
* Multi-View (Multi Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
* Multi-View can also be disabled
* Page Buddy
* Notification Panel can now be customized
* New Additions in Notification Panel
* Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
* Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
* Samsung’s Cloud services
* Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
* New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
* 2 Home screen modes
* New Notifications bar
* Google Now

How to Download OTA Upgrade?

The OTA (Over The Air) update can be downloaded easily. All you need to do is check for the update manually from Settings → About → Software update. Please note, the update is still in process, hence some users might receive the OTA update in coming days.

How to Download Jelly Bean Upgrade Using Samsung Kies?

Step 1: Install Samsung Kies from the website on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your Galaxy Note to the PC using the USB cable.

Step 3: Once it is connected, check for the Jelly Bean upgrade is available, if yes, click on Firmware Upgrade button.

Step 4: Ensure that you backup all the data including contacts, multimedia content and others to your computer before upgrading.

Step 5: Once the download and upgrade process is complete, Galaxy Note will restart.

Step 6: Disconnect the device from the computer and reconnect the cable again to restore the data.

Talking about specifications, Galaxy Note features a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED capacities touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.4GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal memory, micro SD card for expandable memory up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetoooth, micro USB 2.0, optional NFC and a 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery with 25 hours talk time and 820 hours standby.

Further, the phablet comes with stylus support for convenient usage and is priced at Rs 28,050 approximately.