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Samsung's Ultimate Selfie Camera

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Samsung's Ultimate Selfie Camera

Your more self-absorbed customers might have an easier way of taking self portraits with the Samsung NX mini, a camera with a flip-up 3-inch display and hands-free "wink shot" mode for the perfect selfie.

Once it detects a wink the camera shoots automatically after 2 seconds. The feature even handles multiple persons in-shot for "wefies," as well as a bevy of social connectivity options via wifi and NFC. Clever!

As well as selfie-taking capability Samsung says claims the NX mini is the slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera around, being 22.5mm fat and 158g heavy. The metal body carries a 1-inch 20.5MP BSI CMOS sensor, with shutter speeds of up to 1/6000 sec and a 6fps continuous shot mode.

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The Polaroids of CES 2014

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The Polaroids of CES 2014

Ailing photography pioneer Polaroid makes a comeback at CES 2014 with a pair of surprises-- the long awaited retro-styled Socialmatic camera and the C3, an wide-angle action camera inside a small cube.

The Socialmatic has been a long time coming. It started off as a 2012 concept for a modern take on classic instant-print cameras, before Polaroid actually took up the idea to make an actual camera. And like the concept, it still combines a 14MP digital camera with a Zero Ink (ZINK) printer inside a likeable square-shaped package.

It also features a rear-facing 2MP shooter, 4GB internal storage (expandable via microSD card) and connectivity via wifi and Bluetooth. Control comes through a square 4.5-inch touchscreen, with Android as OS.

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The First Tizen Device: A Smart Camera

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The First Tizen Device: A Smart Camera

Samsung reveals the first consumer device running on Tizen, the open source Linux-based mobile device OS, at the Tizen Developer Summit-- not a smartphone or a tablet but a camera, specifically NX300M smart camera.

The NX300M is a refresh of the Android-powered NX300 mirrorless camera. It features a 3.31-inch AMOLED rotatable touchscreen, 20.3MP APS-C sensor, dual-channel wifi and NFC support.

Technically the camera is not the first Tizen device available. That particular honour belongs to a developer-aimed 10.1-inch tablet from Japanese vendor Systena.

If you recall, Tizen is a standards-based cross-architecture software platform built on the bones of MeeGo, a now-dead Nokia-Intel Linux-based mobile device OS. The project was first announced on 2011 and devices running on the OS were supposed to be available by H2 2012-- but work hit a number of snags as chief backer Samsung bits on too many Tizen-related projects, including a Mobile Lite and smart TV versions, than it can apparently chew.

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Intel Details "Depth Sensing" Cameras

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Intel Details

Intel is working on "depth sensing" cameras to "bridge the gap between the real and virtual world," perceptual products and solutions director Anil Nanduri tells IDG News-- a technology to appear in ultrabooks and laptops by H2 2014.

According to the company such cameras will bring about a level of interaction far beyond keyboard, mouse or even touchscreen interfaces, being able to identify characteristics, contours and shapes of items in view.

"You'll add the ability to sense your excitement, emotion-- whether you are happy or smiling," Nanduri says. "The algorithms and technologies are there, but they are getting more refined, and as they get more robust, you'll see them."

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Autographer Wearable Camera Ships

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Autographer Wearable Camera Ships

After over 6 months of beta testing OMG Life launches the Autographer-- the so-called "world's first intelligent wearable camera" for customers wanting to further document their lives.

The concept behind the Autographer is similar to other wearable cameras, such as the Memoto. Users wear the camera (via clip or lanyard) and it automatically snaps photos, using 5 sensors (colour, temperature, magnetometer, motion and acceleration) to determine when to best take a picture.

The device measures 37.4 x 90mm, weighs 58g and carries a 5MP sensor, 136-degree glass hybrid wide-angle lens and 8GB of internal storage allowing it to save up to 28000 images (or 2000 images per day for up to 12 days).

It is also truly hands-free, with no means of framing or timing shots. A notification link light simply lets one know when it takes a photo.

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Bloomberg: Nikon Eyes Smartphones

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Bloomberg: Nikon Eyes Smartphones

As point-and-shoot camera sales drop, so do Nikon earnings-- therefore there is no surprise when president Makoto Kimura admits to Bloomberg the company is looking into ways to tap into smartphone growth.

“The number of people taking snapshots is exploding by use of smartphones that sold 750 million or so last year and are still growing,” Kimura says. “We’ve centralized our ideas around cameras but can change our approach to offer products to that bigger market.”

According to Kimura camera sales "across the industry" for the April-May period are down by about -25% Y-o-Y basis, while Nikon results come "a little short" to "fairly low" estimates.

The Nikon imaging division expects expects the overall compact camera market to shrink by -12% during fiscal 2013, while high-end models might grow by 9%. In fact the company hopes high-end demand will compensate for slower compact sales "for several more years," even as the company looks for more growth drivers.

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Smartphone+10x Optical Zoom=Galaxy S4 Zoom

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Smartphone+10x Optical Zoom=Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung takes a second shot at the marriage of point-and-shoot camera and Android smartphone with the Galaxy S4 Zoom-- an Android 4.2 handset with a 16MP camera and 10x zoom lens grafted at the back.

The device should remind readers armed with longer memories of the Galaxy Camera, the 2012 Samsung take on the Android-powered digital camera. However customers can make calls with the Zoom, a functionality the Camera lacks.

Specs-wise the Zoom is similar to the recently announced Galaxy S4 mini-- a 4.3-inch device packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB storage (expandable via microSD slot), 2330mAh battery, LTE/3G connectivity and a slew of Samsung software additions.

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Wearable Lifelogging via Memoto

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Wearable Lifelogging via Memoto

A Swedish company has plans for a wearable camera-app combination allowing customers to automatically capture "every moment" of their lives-- the Memoto, a lifelogging device the size of a postage stamp.

The little device carries a 5MP camera, a GPS and an accelerometer. It clips onto clothing and automatically takes a photo (complete with timestamp and GPS position log) every 30 seconds.

A micro USB port allows recharging and connection to PC.

Once connected to PC the camera uploads photos to the Memoto Web Service and Android/iOS app. The web service and app organise photos into "moments" based on GPS, time, accelerometer and light levels in order to create an easily searchable "photographic memory."

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Canon Reflects on Mirrorless Cameras

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Canon Reflects on Mirrorless Cameras

Canon announces the EOS M-- the first take on the fast-growing "mirrorless" camera segment from a company best known for bulkier single-lens-reflex (SLR) models.

"Mirrorless" cameras lack conventional mirror-based viewfinders (using a digital equivalent) allowing for lighter, more compact bodies with the capability for intechangeable lenses.

The EOS M has an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and uses lenses from the Canon SLR range, as the use of "EOS" name indicates. It ships with either a standard 22mm Continue reading...

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