Archives for January 4, 2013

Samsung speeds ILC camera, adds 3D lens


Samsung Electronics says its providing the first one-lens 3D system capable of capturing both still images and full HD movies in perfect 3D quality, “opening up a whole new world of 3D photography and video recording for consumers everywhere.”

A mirror-free interchangeable lens camera, the NX300 is the company’s new flagship model, and features a new 20-megapixel sensor with an ISO range of 100-25600. The snappier performance comes from a new hybrid auto focus system with phase and contrast detection; a 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps continuous shooting mode; and Samsung’s new imaging engine it says provides outstanding developments in speed, image quality, better color reproduction, and greater noise reduction, as well as support for full 1080p HD video capture in both 2D and 3D.

The camera’s 3.31-inch touchscreen tilts to “make it easier than ever to take high and low angle shots, letting you capture your world from any angle you choose.”

The NX300 also features 14 different settings such as Creative Shot, Landscape, Light Trace or Action Freeze. The new i-Depth “is  an easy and simple way to adjust the depth of an image using the NX Series’ unique i-Function system which enables users to modify camera parameters using the lens itself, adjusting the image without ever having to move off target,” the company says.

The camera has WiFi connectivity to share photos with either an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. AutoShare automatically sends every high-quality photos to the phone; Mobile Link allows users to select and transfer images or album from the camera directly to phone “at their leisure;” the smart camera app’s remote viewfinder function allows for “more inventive and exciting photography,” Samsung adds.
The price will reportedly be about $750.

The 45mm 2D/3D lens, sold separately, “opens up an exciting world of 3D imaging possibilities and is the world’s first one-lens 3D system for a consumer camera,” the company claims. It is capable of capturing both still pictures and full 1080p HD video.

More information is here.


One Billion Cameras Shipped — in phones


One billion cameras were shipped in 2012, ABI Research projects — that is, in smartphones and tablets.

Almost every smartphone shipped today has an embedded rear camera and one in three smartphones have a front-facing camera, the research firm says. The number of media tablets with two cameras is even greater. “Purchasers expect to be able to take photos with their devices, and the popularity of video calling is driving the integration of front-facing cameras.”

Furthermore, ABI adds, 2.7 billion cameras in mobile devices are predicted to ship in 2018. Smartphones account for the majority of camera shipments, at 80% of the volume. More smartphones are anticipated to include front-facing cameras as video calling becomes more commonplace and the implementation of LTE network infrastructure in countries will further strengthen the demand of smartphones with these front-facing cameras.

The majority of smartphone releases this year have kept camera resolution around 8 megapixels, ABI notes. Mobile OEMs have looked into new features such as autofocus, rapid capture mode, best picture, and better image captures for low light environments. “Advancements in imaging technology are opening new doors for smartphones and media tablets,” the analysts add. “Mobile device cameras are becoming more than just a digital camera for taking snapshots of your kids and pet. New services like augmented reality and gesture recognition are now easily conceivable in mobile devices.”

More information on the study “More Than a Digital Camera” is here.