It has been said in the past that the smartphones are the new digital cameras. It is evident that smartphones will soon replace digicams and the new Samsung Galaxy s4 zoom is proof of that. This phone is equipped with an impressive 16 megapixels and 10x optical zoom lens. Making it the first of any smartphone available in the market with this kind of feature.
The makers of Samsung is exceeding the user’s expectations. The Galaxy S4 Active and the Galaxy S4 mini began the trend of smartphones having the features of a regular digital camera, with photos being the same high quality. The Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom has 4.3-inch 960 x 540 Super AMOLED display, it also has 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz. The front facing camera has 1.9 megapixel.
The price for this new smartphone is yet to be announced. The release in the US and in Europe will be towards the fourth quarter and will be available in the UK this summer.
Digital cameras are great for taking photos. It’s amazing how one person without any background knowledge on photography can come up with beautiful photos with the use of a tiny camera. It is perfect for taking still shots but what it lacks in awesomeness is recording videos.
Videos take up a great amount of space and most digital cameras have limited amount. Transferring videos to a computer can be slow and creating a DVD ca also be a problem. Recording videos on a digital camera is a secondary feature, an added bonus per say. A digicam also has no microphone that will allow for the video that will prevent picking up unnecessary noises in the background.
When it comes to recording videos, it is still better to use a standard camcorder. It is easier to edit videos and make a DVD with one. Though digicams are cheap, it still will not give the best results for video recording
Choosing the right camera for you is tricky, there are numerous manufacturers and hundreds of different models so when you step out there, it will be a huge confusion when you find yourself inside a store. So before you get out there, you need to do some research first.
There are three types of digital cameras. The first one is the point and shoot digital camera
A point and shoot digital camera is the cheapest you can get in the market. It is also called the compact camera. These are more advanced version of a camera phone where you point to the thing you want to capture, and shoot. It’s very easy to use and it’s small and light, convenient to take anywhere. It has a lot of features and will automatically be set into the best features when in use
Semi Professional Digital camera looks very much like a point and shoot but with higher resolution. It also gives the photographer a bit more freedom when it comes to creativity with photos.
Digital SLR is the highest quality digital camera. It gives the photographer complete control over the outcome of the photos. It is ideal for professional photographers because handling one needs to be learned.
Austin based Lynx Laboratories has just made history by making the world’s first ever point-and-shoot 3D modeling camera. Yes, this is indeed possible. The Lynx A Camera is the next big thing to hit the market. With 3D content being all the rage these days. The user friendly, tablet looking device has a front-mounted optics including a 3D sensor, a 140inch color LCD screen, 500GB storage space, an Intel Core i5 2.6GHz processor, and USB 3.0 and HDMI connections. All done hand held and within minutes. No need to wait for hours or days.
This product is not cheap, however. You would have to shell out $1799 if you want it to be yours. Totally a worthy purchase. Though the company is still considered a newbie in this industry, it has already gained a lot of supporters and good reviews from well established people like Dr. Sriram Vishwanath, Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas.
2013 will be a year for greater and much more advanced technology. People are getting more and more demanding with their gadgets and companies are trying to give the people their wants and needs. This goes the same with digital cameras. Ed Lee , group director of Info Trends Worldwide Consumer and Professional Imaging Services lets us in on what’s to be expected in the camera scene this 2013. “Wi-Fi connectivity will make its way into more cameras this year. In 2012, 23 cameras were announced with Wi-Fi connectivity, almost double the number that were introduced between 2005 and 2011.” This is already quite evident since a lot of people are already using their smart phones for taking photos and immediately uploading it on social networking sites to be seen by people online. This task can not be done by just a regular digital phone alone. Keep an eye on these cameras with wifi this year if you are one of the many who can’t wait to share their photos to everyone online!
What do you know? Polaroid still exists! It’s been a long long time since the market has offered this one step – instant cameras but Hongkong based design group CARBON has created an interesting take on polaroids. It even looks looks exactly like one! This novelty digital camera is a replica of the Polaroid SX-70. The housing is very retro but what’s inside is really a 5-Megapixel digital camera. What it does is, when it’s paired with a PictBridge printer, it produces polaroid style photos. It also supports MicroSD card with memory up to 32GB. You can transfer files the normal way by plugging the camera to your computer via a USB. The photos will appear with the signature white frame that the polaroid is well known for. The good part is, you need not shake it to make the photo dry. This camera is a perfect Christmas gift to loved ones. It is affordable and runs with just 2 AA Batteries.
Image resolution of a digital camera is often limited by the camera sensor (typically a CCD or CMOS chip) that turns light into discrete signals, replacing the job of film in traditional photography. The sensor is made up of millions of “buckets” that essentially count the number of photons that strike the sensor. This means that the brighter the image at that point the larger of a value that is read for that pixel. Depending on the physical structure of the sensor a color filter array may be used which requires a demosaicing/interpolation algorithm. The number of resulting pixels in the image determines its “pixel count”. For example, an image 640×480 big would have 307,200 pixels or is approximately 307 kilopixel image; and an image 3872×2592 big would have 10,036,224 pixels or is approximately a 10 megapixel image. -Wikipedia
Because during Christmas time, everything gets a bit more awesome! Some people, the very few who gets super excited with customizing everything and making it look Christmass-y then you are in for a treat. and if you are a lover of digital cameras, then this is a double treat! HighKey has produced different kinds of clever camera straps. They have readily made or you can choose to have a strap made with any image of your choice. They provide a Photoshop template to make things a bit easier for customers. It is made of good quality and durable. It costs around 20 pounds. Another item available are custom engraved leather camera bag. Krintech offers leather engraving service, which uses a laser to cut designs into leather. The price here depends on what you want engraved and the size. Last minute shoppers also don’t need to worry because they do one-day service.
Ever tried taking a picture and find it to be all fuzzy? Well in photo lingo that is called noise. Sometimes when a camera’s weight is not right, the user tends to create unwanted movements while taking pictures. Other times noise is caused by a slow shutter speed. Whatever the reason may be, you don’t want noise in your pictures.A lot of digital cameras out in the market now have a noise reduction feature. While this feature was more common in SLR, many point-and-shoot models have it now too. Although it does not totally eradicate that unwanted noise, it does however, make all those noise-filled photos easier to fix.
When Lytro, the world’s first light field camera, first came out there was much talk about it becoming the best digital camera for people on the go. It’s as if people were predicting the Forex, with sceptics on one side and enthusiasts on the other. Well now, we know that Lytro may not have had the biggest reception, but it is doing well enough and those that have embraced it are really happy with its performance.
More good news for Lytro users, and perhaps something that would entice consumers to get their first Lytro camera, is the fact that Lytro announced earlier this week new features that will appear on both newer units and even the old ones. John Mello of Tech News World reports that these new features include the ability “to control the camera’s shutter speed, light sensitivity (ISO) and bright-light exposure settings, as well as lock the exposure in a scene while changing its composition.” Even old Lytro cameras will get the new features since it will come as a firmware upgrade.
Image via Lytro