Archives for February 14, 2011

Samsung improves 8 megapixel phone sensor

Samsung Electronics’ upcoming image sensor will enable high resolution still photography and slow-motion video capture on mobile phones.

The 8 megapixel S5K3H2 is a 1/3.2-inch back-side illuminated CMOS imager with a 1.4 micron pixel.
The sensor captures 15 frames per second at full resolution, 1080p video at 30 fps, 720p at 60 frames per second,  and VGA at 120 fps for slow motion.
The slim form factor fits in an 8.5mm by 8.5mm auto focus camera module with a height dimension of 6.0mm, Samsung says.
The S5K3H2 is sampling now, and scheduled for mass production in the second quarter of this year.

Samsung updates phone and tablet with 8MP camera

Samsung Electronics claims its upcoming Galaxy S II phone’s Super AMOLED Plus screen is “the most advanced mobile visual display ever created…the best in quality in color gamut, contrast ratio and edge sharpness.”

The 4.27-inch touchscreen has an 800-by-480 resolution. The 8.49 mm thick phone has an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel sensor in front. Samsung says its “AllShare” technology lets customers “capture, create and then share their experiences hassle-free.”
The phone runs the Android 2.3 OS.

Samsung also announced a larger tablet: the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has, you guessed it, a 10.1-inch TFT display. The touchscreen has a 1280 by 800 resolution. The 8 megapixel main camera has an LED flash and captures 1080p video. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera is aimed at video calls. The tablet runs the Android v3 (Honeycomb) OS on a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. The device weighs 1.23 pounds and is 0.4-inches thick. It will launch in Europe and Asia in March. Pricing was not announced.

Samsung reports it sold two million of its first Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch tablet PC.

CIPA announces camera shipment outlook for 2011

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) announced the outlook on the shipment forecasts by product-type concerning cameras and related goods for the 2011 term.

The total shipments of digital cameras in 2010 (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) reached 121.5 million units, marking a new record.

CIPA began compiling records in 1999, when digital cameras were still in their infancy. Since then, digital camera shipments recorded steady growth, reaching 100 million units for the first time in 2007, but in 2009 sales slackened year on year for the first time due to the impact of the global recession.

Despite these conditions, at the beginning of the 2010 term CIPA announced a return to growth in its shipment forecast, and even that forecast was substantially surpassed as shipments exceeded 120 million units and expanded the market to an unprecedented scale.

In a breakdown by product type, shipments of digital cameras with built-in lenses (i.e., compact digital cameras) totaled 108.6 million units, a year-on-year increase of 13.2 percent, shipments of cameras with interchangeable lenses (including digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, as well as so-called mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and interchangeable unit cameras) reached 12.9 million units, a 30.0 percent increase, and shipments of lenses for interchangeable lens cameras amounted to 21.7 million, a 34.8 percent increase, exhibiting solid growth overall with especially conspicuous results in categories with higher added value, namely cameras and interchangeable lenses that serve as resources for business system deployment.

The forecast for total shipment (the cumulative total of shipments from January to December) of digital cameras in 2011 is 131 million units, a year-on-year increase of 7.8 percent.

In a breakdown of digital cameras by product type, shipments of cameras with built-in lenses and those with interchangeable lenses are forecasted to reach approximately 115.5 million (a year-on-year increase of 6.4 percent) and 15.5 million units (a year-on-year increase of 20.2 percent), respectively.

Of particular note is the expectation that the rapid growth trend will continue in the category of digital cameras with interchangeable lenses for markets outside Japan, with shipments of 13.8 million, a year-on-year increase of 21.1percent, anticipated.

The total shipments of lenses for interchangeable lens digital cameras continue their marked growth in step with the expanding market for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses and the broad range of product offerings, with a forecast for 2011 of shipments of 26.4 million units, a year-on-year increase of 21.7 percent.

Staples annouces Earth-friendly janitorial and kitchen products

Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc., Framingham, Mass., announced  its new Sustainable Earth by Staples janitorial paper products and compostable kitchen items including cups, plates, and cutlery. Staples developed these eco-preferable alternatives by using renewable resources, such as plant-based plastics and sugarcane, as well as recycled fiber and post-consumer content.

Cooliris launches LiveShare “hyper-personal” group photo sharing

Cooliris, Palo Alto, Calif., announced LiveShare 1.2, a new and hyper-personal way to communicate with friends across mobile and web through live, shared group photo streams. LiveShare lets you create streams on the fly, make them as private or public as you want, and see the stream update in real time with the photos from all the people in the group. Whether it’s seeing what your best friends are doing right now, capturing a day at the park with the kids, or a bachelor party that needs to stay in Vegas, LiveShare gives you one photo stream for each event, rather than multiple albums in different places for different people. LiveShare is now available free on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7, as well as at

Cooliris also announced that it has raised $9.6 million in Series C funding from existing investors, which include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Deutsche Telekom’s T-Venture, DAG Ventures, and The Westly Group. The company will use these new funds, and strategic partnerships, to further scale its monetizable user base and revenues.

For more on Cooliris, read a new article in TechCrunch, and listen to a DIMAcast interview with Michelle Turner, executive vice president of Cooliris.