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The Xshot from China's Vivo benefits from a two-stage physical camera button on the side

As the image quality and resolution of smartphone cameras continue to increase, extra baggage in the shape of a compact camera becomes less and less appealing. China's Vivo is about to release a flagship LTE-capable Android phone that makes a standalone snapper even more of an unnecessary burden. The Xshot features a 13 MP camera at the back with a deliciously fast F1.8 lens and optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP selfie cam to the front, along with 4K video and high-end audio as added pot-sweeteners.  Read More

The new Life Pure XL from Blu Products

Miami-based Blu Products has unleashed a new 5.5-inch display smartphone that's reported to include market-leading processing, memory, display and camera tech. The Life Pure XL is built around Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 mobile processor, which gets support from up to 3 GB of RAM, and features a 16 MP rear-facing camera with a compact camera-like image sensor and an AF selfie snapper to the front.  Read More

Google Camera's new Lens Blur effect simulates bokeh

With the new Google Camera app, you can choose where your photo is focused after you shoot, and then dial in whatever amount of lens blur you like to separate the subject from the background. It's a very clever piece of software that simulates the bokeh effect you get from using an expensive, large-sensor SLR camera and an expensive, wide aperture telephoto lens.  Read More

The HISY lets you take smartphone photos, without holding the phone

Like 'em or not, it looks like selfies are here to stay. Using the just-released HISY, however, they don't have to possess that "I'm holding my phone out at the end of my arm" look. It's a simple Bluetooth device that lets you prop your smartphone up and get out in front of it, then remotely trigger the phone's camera once you're in place. I recently got my hands on a HISY, and gave it a try.  Read More

One of Moment's lenses, designed for use on mobile phone cameras

A new start-up is set to start producing mobile phone camera lenses that it claims will "capture better images than anything else on the market." US-based Moment this week launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of its lenses, and doubled its target within 28 hours.  Read More

The Snooperscope adds night vision to smartphones

Ever since Paris Hilton and her night vision outtakes took center stage, the technology has grown exponentially in popularity. Now, a product called Snooperscope aims to bring similar technology to the masses through the use of smartphones and tablets.  Read More

OmniVision has unveiled a new 12.7 megapixel camera chip sensor capable of full resolution...

While smartphone cameras may never be able to fully replace a high end digital camera, they're definitely giving it a darn good try. We've already seen the first 8-megapixel camera phones hitting the streets, and now OmniVision has announced the development of a 12.7 megapixel camera chip sensor capable of full resolution stills at 24 frames per second. As well as helping ensure that mobile photographers are able to grab all the action by minimizing shutter lag between shots, the new sensor also caters for in-device image editing and high dynamic range photography.  Read More

Samsung has unveiled a new 1/3.2-inch 8-megapixel CMOS imager

Samsung has unveiled a new 1/3.2-inch 8-megapixel CMOS imager, the S5K3H7, which utilizes 1.4um backside illuminated (BSI) pixel technology for capturing photos in low-light situations. The sensor is designed to be used in high-end smartphones, and promises zero shutter lag, along with the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps while using less power than the sensors that came before it.  Read More

The Macro Cell Lens Band captures detailed macro images

The cameras on most smart phones tend to be rather simple affairs so it's not surprising that savvy inventors have dreamed up numerous add-on attachments such as mini-microscopes and wide/telephoto adapters. They do tend to be rather elaborate and brand-specific, however, not to mention somewhat pricey. Not this one though - the Macro Cell Lens Band is a simple close-up photography solution that has two definite pluses - it works on any camera equipped phone and it's very inexpensive.  Read More

Sharp's 12-megapixel sensor has built-in image stabilization and is capable of capturing 1...

Mobile phones may have the opportunity to get even thinner. Sharp has recently taken the wraps off its new 12-megapixel smartphone camera sensor, which it claims is the thinnest camera sensor on the market. Measuring in at a mere 5.6 millimeters thick, the sensor has built-in image stabilization and is capable of capturing 1080p high-definition video. The optical image stabilization in the lens makes it ideal for situations where pictures are often blurry due to camera shake, such as low-light situations.  Read More

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