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So far, a week before the Mobile World Congress, Samsung has separately announced 5 new gadgets. Most of these are mobile phones and the fifth one is a camera that does not have a SIM card slot and 3G connection but has Wi-Fi, which makes it a lot less expensive-perfect for bloggers and tech reporters.


Although a Samsung camera sounds interesting, tech enthusiasts aren't really buying it because it's a fairly new gadget from Samsung and hiccups and fixes are sure to make up most of its time. Experts are even betting on a Galaxy Camera II a few months after it will be released.


One thing is for sure, many enthusiasts are giddy at what else could come out of Samsung's sleeves before the Mobile World Congress-could it be another tablet or an entirely new smart phone that has avoided the eyes of speculators? Along with other providers, this year will surely be another exciting MWC.

 

Source: Samsung Press Release

 

 



A batch of test photos for the latest Samsung Galaxy S IV has been leaked, confirming in some way the 13MP rear camera. The photos registered a resolution of 4128 x 2322, which a 9.6 MP and a 13MP can take. It has also been divulged that it will introduce a feature called Orb, which enables 360-deg panorama shots.


A Samsung engineer allegedly states that the Orb may be better than the Photo Sphere and that the camera will have Facebook and Twitter integration. The photos have since been taken down from the Google+ account where they have been grabbed.


Also, there are unconfirmed reports the Galaxy S IV will likely use the Sony Exmor RS sensor, which is what Sony uses for its top-of-the-line smartphones. If this report were true, HDR imaging and recording will be possible and better quality on images taken in low light.

 

Source: androsym




It's only a few days to go before Samsung's star smartphone is launched and looks like there's no stopping more rumors from showing up on the news. Another bunched of "leaked photos" have come out claiming that they were the images of the S4 but somehow, more people are already suspicious about its authenticity, following a barrage of news about "leaked" this and that.


The latest to come out is Samsung Galaxy S 4's alleged ability to take 3D pictures, based on the company's recent patents. People are really getting creative (investigative?) with their sources! Last week, Samsung released a vague teaser that only left people with more conjectures.


Another reason for surmising that the S4 will come with 3D photo capability is apparently because of the (drumroll...) poster! Since it's in 3D, then it's just normal to deduce that the phone will be able to do that. Possible or simply inane. However, we have to give it to Samsung for keeping how the smartphone looks like for days since the release of the teaser. With the kind of hype that this phone is receiving, all of these rumors might just be true. We'll know in a couple of days.


Source: patent



Samsung's Galaxy Camera will launch in a WiFi-only version later this month, it features a  16MP CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, and 4.8-inch LCD touchsreen will retail for $449.99. The device also features a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 8GB of internal storage. It is expected to launch with Android 4.1.2.


The Samsung GALAXY Camera (Wi-Fi) will be available later this month for $449.99 at www.samsung.com and authorized Samsung retailers. For more information on the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung GALAXY Camera and the full line of Samsung digital cameras, lenses and accessories, please visit www.samsung.com.


Press Release:


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced a Wi-Fi version of the Samsung GALAXY Camera, giving photo enthusiasts another option to further their creativity and sharing potential. Centered on the AndroidTM Jellybean 4.1 platform, the GALAXY Camera is a powerful point-and-shoot camera with a familiar, intuitive user interface and access to Android applications from the Google PlayTM market.


"The GALAXY Camera Wi-Fi blends cutting-edge digital imaging technology with Samsung's latest line of class-leading Android devices," said Ron Gazzola, Vice President, Marketing for Digital Imaging, Samsung Electronics America. "Focusing on features that simplify the user experience, the GALAXY Camera Wi-Fi offers an intuitive approach to feature-rich photography, without the need to be constantly connected."


Boasting a 21x optical zoom, 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor and class-leading 4.8-inch HD Super Clear Touch LCD, the GALAXY Camera makes it easier than ever before to capture breathtaking images, edit them with users' favorite apps and then share over Wi-Fi to family and friends.


The GALAXY Camera's photo interface blends the capabilities of an advanced camera with an easy-to-use touch interface, so users can learn and grow with their photography skills with each use. An innovative Smart Mode places camera settings at users' fingertips, letting them fine-tune and adjust settings like shutter speed, aperture and exposure by simply manipulating sliders on the screen. The GALAXY Camera also offers a selection of different scene modes to help users define the appropriate settings for a particular scenario, whether they want to capture flowing waterfalls, an action-packed sports event, and more.


Editing with Ease:


The GALAXY Camera integrates a new Photo Wizard tool, featuring a comprehensive set of 35 editing features, designed to take advantage of the camera's high-resolution touchscreen and make powerful enhancements on-the-go. Additionally, the Smart Content Manager offers innovative organizational tools for photos, with options to quickly and easily create folders and tags or suggest which photos can be deleted if they don't come out the way the user intended. Lastly, Samsung's Paper Artist app allows users to stylize and edit their photos with options to create new images that appear to be sketch-drawings or watercolor paintings.





 



The rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to launch in September and according to a new report, will be the first Samsung device to feature S Orb panorama camera.


The S Orb feature reportedly will be rolled out to other Samsung Android handsets including the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 after google releases the Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.  Perhaps during Google IO 2013.


If you are not familiar with S Orb, it's Samsung's own version of 360 degree panorama. The S Orb was supposed to make it under the hood of the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S4, but just like we've told you in the initial report this would have happened only if the new camera software was ready in time for the launch event.


Are you looking forward to the S Orb?



 



Wow, thanks to XDA, the sdk for one of the best camera features is available for download, only works with ROOTED Galaxy Nexus at this time.  Droid-life has put together a list of instructions for easy installation.


Instructions:


1. Download the 4.2Camera.zip (mirror) file.
2. Place the zip file on the root of your phone's storage.
3. Reboot into your recovery.
4. Just in case, make a backup.
5. Flash the 4.2Camera.zip file. (No need to wipe anything)
6. Once installed, reboot your phone.



If you have any questions, please head over the Xda Developers forum at the link below.


XDA-Developers


 




Verizon is set to considerably update their Galaxy Camera and will apparently have more features such as the S Memo, Smart Modes, Help App and a view finder. The device will surely be popular among bloggers, professional photographers, hobbyists and even reporters who like high-powered Wi-Fi cameras for correspondence. This 16MP camera runs on a quad-core chipset on Android 4.1, upgradable to the Jelly Bean version 4.1.2.


It is available for $550 on Verizon and they also have a more flexible payment plan for those who do not want to pay that much in a single transaction.


The update will bring about new Smart Modes for various atmospheric conditions and will bring the total modes to 19. Furthermore, using an application, you can also use your other devices (even iPhone) to view your photos, which is very convenient.


Source: VerizonWireless



Leaked by Sammobile, it seems like Samsung will be coming out with a camera phone that features a 16 megapixel resolution, called the Galaxy S4 Zoom.


Samsung goes in a very well-defined direction with this product. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, will certainly appeal to those that are passionate about photography, that don't feel like carrying a camera with them at all times, but want more than a phone camera can do.


Similiar to the Galaxy Camera, which Samsung introduced at IFA Berlin last year. Samsung downgraded the screen size of the Galaxy S4 Zoom to a 4.3" qHD SAMOLED display. The phone self-will have 8 GB of storage, MicroSD up to 64 GB, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS and Android OS Jelly Bean and of course Samsung's own Touch Wiz Nature UX interface.


Rumors also mentioned that the processor is likely to be dual-core or quad-core sadly the processor and RAM aren't finally decided yet.


 



The leaked image which was uploaded to the Picasa web albums has a resolution of 2322 x 4128 pixels, which is what a 13MP sensor produces in 16:9 mode. This means that Samsung will again equip its flagship smartphone and phablet with identical camera modules - a tradition that has been going since the first Galaxy Note came to life.


The photo's EXIF data shows an f/2.2 aperture and a 31mm lens, which again is the same as the Galaxy S4's setup. Some reports had previously suggested the Note 3 would feature image stabilisation, bringing it inline with current top-shelf offerings from Nokia, but this has yet to be confirmed.


We think a Q3 2013 release could be on the cards - slightly later than its 2012 Galaxy Note August release date, but developing a 6.3-inch OLED display can't be easy work!


Pricing on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is yet to even be rumoured, but we think it will probably be more expensive than the Galaxy Note 2. After all, the screen is much larger.


Source: picasa


Samsung has announced the Galaxy NX: the world's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera running the Android operating system. The Galaxy NX takes a 20.3 megapixel, SLR-style mirrorless camera and adds 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, connectivity and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The camera sports a gigantic 4.8" HD LCD touchscreen - with which you'll control nearly all camera functions.


Specs and features


 

  • 4.8-inch touchscreen display
  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • microSD support
  • Camera features: 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DRIMe IV Image Signal processor, advanced Hybrid Auto Focus system, 1/6000 sec shutter speed, 8.6fps shooting, up to 25,600 ISO, built-in Pop-up flash, lens shift image stabilization and various smart camera modes including Photo Suggest, Story Album, Smart Mode (30 different modes), Multi Exposure, Animated Photo, Sound & Shot, Camera Studio
  • 3G/4G LTE support (but no voice calls support)
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • 4360mAh
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Other software: Samsung Kies, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Size: 136.5 x 101.2 x 25.7 (37.65) mm
  • Weight: 410g(without battery) / 495(with standard battery)

 

Press Release:


Samsung Galaxy NX will be available sometime this summer for an undisclosed price.


Introducing GALAXY NX, The First Interchangeable-Lens Camera with 3G/4G LTE & Wi-Fi Connectivity


Always connected, the Samsung GALAXY NX turns every picture into a story worth telling


LONDON, UK - June 20, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the GALAXY NX, the first 3G/4G LTE Connected Compact System Camera (CSC). Versatile and easy to use, the GALAXY NX combines cutting edge optical performance with connectivity capabilities and galaxy of applications based on Android eco-system, all in one stylish package. The result is a new type of connected device which allows users to turn their experiences into a story that can be instantly shared with anyone they choose, from wherever they might be, in amazing color and outstanding detail.


"The GALAXY NX reflects the unique needs of a user who needs to take professional photos and share them immediately in any situation. For those who want to express themselves and the exciting moments that make up their lives quickly, easily and on the go, the GALAXY NX is an ideal choice" said Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics.


Share everything, from anywhere


With the 3G/4G LTE technology, the GALAXY NX allows photographers to stay constantly connected with their world. Promising speedy sharing whether on the move or right at home, the GALAXY NXs' seamless connectivity transcends the current offering to photographers, providing a device which puts the sharing of professional level images at its heart. The GALAXY NX embraces the era of visual communication to provide an outlet for passionate photographers to express their exciting experiences immediately, in spectacular quality.


The GALAXY NX is equipped to help you capture the scene and mood of every hotspot you visit.Photo Suggest provides location based recommendations of popular photography spots, sourced from a huge library of images taken by fellow photographers across the world. Story Album lets users enjoy timeless memories by displaying special moments on one timeline, reframing and resizing them to create digital photo books which can be viewed and shared on other devices.


Stunning picture quality


Superior image quality is available whenever and wherever with the GALAXY NX and array of interchangeable lenses. The 20.3MP APS-C Sensor produces images which are bright and detailed, even in low light conditions, while the DRIMe IV Image Signal Processer delivers the speed and accuracy which today's photographers demand.


Life moves fast and the GALAXY NX makes sure that you don't miss a moment. Its Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) System ensures accurate phase and contrast detection for crisp, vibrant shots, while the 1/6000 sec shutter speed and 8.6fps shooting lets you capture the action as it's happening.


The flexibility offered by the GALAXY NX's selection of Interchangeable Lenses places creative control firmly in the hands of the photographer, opening up a world of imaging possibilities, whatever the scenario. From compact pancake lenses and an ultra-wide fisheye to exquisite longer prime and zoom lenses, the extensive range of lenses help change users perspective on their world to create images which are truly special and help them to tell their story in a new way. True 3D Creator also brings an added element of realism to the GALAXY NX results, allowing users to shoot images and movies in 3D with Samsung's 45mm 2D/3D lens.


Simple and easy to use


With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the functionality of a smartphone is utilized to improve the photographic experience. Users can choose from an entire universe of Android apps to help personalize their GALAXY NX and do more than just shoot amazing photographs and video, from editing images to adding special effects to staying in touch with friends and family.


The GALAXY NX is packed with features which help photographers to take images that embody their passions and express their unique outlook on the scenes they are shooting. More than 30Smart Mode lets users choose the optimum settings for the environment they are capturing, as well as create fresh, artistic images. ‘Multi Exposure' merges two different shots together to produce one distinctive image, while ‘Animated Photo' connects continuous shots of up to five seconds, creating a moving GIF file. For added realism, ‘Sound & Shot' stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken, so moments are captured exactly as they happened.


For added personalization, Camera Studio allows users to easily customize settings with their most frequently used applications or camera modes, making sure their photos are captured exactly as desired every time.


For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxycamera.

 



Samsung Galaxy Note III is a device that many folks are looking forward to, as Samsung has managed to prove that there's market for phablets - you just have to do (market) it right. The company has also re-convinced many people that there's still use for a stylus.  For a couple of months or so now, we've been gathering all kinds of intriguing details about the upcoming Note III, which is to be unveiled at IFA 2013 in September.


The Galaxy Note III is expected to have an octa-core Exynos 5420/quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 1080p display of 5.7-6″, a 13-megapixel camera possibly with optical image stabilization, LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) connectivity, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with an improved TouchWiz UI.


Please take this as a grain of Salt as we don't know how fake this picture is.




The Galaxy Note 3 is presently available on the market for anybody has an interest in, however the Rumor mill has already been getting busy on the next Samsung flagship. Based On ETNEws The new sony and Samsung LSI are preparing themselves for any putting in a bid war being the primary supplier from the camera, which based on sources will have a 16 Mega pixel sensor.  It's likely to be put into the Samsung Galaxy S5.


Samsung LSI has that ISOCELL technology allow it an advantage in addition to optical image stabilization, but that is only accessible inside a 13 Mega pixel module for the time being. Additionally, there are the truth that Samsung LSI belongs to Samsung itself therefore it has better connections round the Mobile division.


Next come some gossips concerning the specs from the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Joseilbo. They're very positive and, you might argue, slightly impractical. First in regards to the CPU, that is stated to become 64-bit octa-core Exynos. We have learned about this chipset before and it is stated to become a 14nm Exynos 6. 4 GB of RAM can also be pointed out, however that sounds a lot more like a wishlist than actual insider information.


We have heard the next Galaxy S line up will even have the ability to withstand water and mud which it'll have eye-checking tech. Can be if the introduction of individuals will really finish promptly so that they reach the Galaxy S5, though.  We looking forward to Samsung announcing it at the MWC next February.



 



One of those benchmarks was AnTuTu and the team behind the app did some digging and claims that the G900 is the Galaxy S5.  The benchmark detected a 16MP camera (5,312 x 2,988) - not 13MP as the current S4 (and its Snapdragon 800-powered Advance version) or the Galaxy J. That's also the resolution of the leaked photo.


Other info from EXIF reveals that the camera had an f/2.2 aperture and a focal length of 4.6mm. Assuming the camera lens will be 28mm equivalent in 35mm terms equivalent, the sensor size comes in at 1/2.5" - the size of the 20MP in the Nokia Lumia 1520.


There is indeed some speculation that since the photo has 16:9 aspect ratio, the full resolution of the sensor could be 21MP (for a 4:3 sensor).


Anyway, the phone that did the benchmarks was G900F, while this one is G900V. If Samsung keepsits naming convention straight, this would be the Galaxy S5 for Verizon.


Whether that will be the 16MP ISOCELL camera we heard about or a regular shooter, we'll have to wait and see.



Some leaked images from Chinese sources on Weibo and provide a few more snapshots of the 41-megapixel camera phone to complement the Nokia EOS PureView pictures leaked online last week and the camera video that also appeared.


The smartphone is rumoured to pack a 41-megapixel Carl Zweiss image sensor in the rear with Xenon flash, potentially with optical image stabilisation and variable aperture. From the images we've seen so far, the camera should bulge out from the rear of the smartphone, slightly distorting its otherwise straight back.


Although the actual screen size is unknown, it should offer 1290 x 768p resolutions and 32GB of internal storage. 


Engadget has promised a few more photos in the coming days, and hopefully they'll unravel more mystery before Nokia lets the cat out of the bag next month.

 



The developers of CyanogenMod announced the merging of HDR functionality into the CM 10.1 camera app yesterday, High Dynamic Range AKA HDR mode is a process that takes multiple images of a shot and then merges them together to produce a single photo. The technique is useful when a scene contains both bright and dark areas, though it can also be used effectively to add some "pop" to an image.


When someone snaps a photo with the function, a total of three pictures (one at minimal, neutral and maximum exposures) are taken and combined into a single HDR image with the help of an algorithm.


Differences in shutter speed, sensors and optics means quality will vary across smartphones, but the CyanogenMod team says that mid- to high-end devices outfitted with decent imaging hardware - especially those with zero shutter lag - should perform admirably. The CyanogenMod team also  recommends using a stand or tripod to thwart movement and vibration from fouling up photos.


Check it out here


https://plus.google.com/+CyanogenMod/posts/475qXznBeen

 



Android Authority has voted Camera MX one of the best camera apps for Android phones.  Camera MX has one of the best overall camera software. What used to be just a simple point, focus, and shoot even has evolved into complicated ISO and white balance settings.


Camera MX is free. You can unlock an effect package that gives you even more creative possibilities for only $0.99 (£0.79): Stunning effects (HDR, TiltShift & Little Planet), awesome frames and overlays and the functionality to trim your videos and keep only the best parts.


TAKE PHOTOS & VIDEOS:


+ More than 20 customizable realtime photo effects: Vintage Lomo, Color Splash, Pop Art, Black & White, Sepia etc.
+ Combine photo effects, looks and borders while taking photos
+ Take cool videos of any length
+ Take amazing photos of yourself using the self-timer for the front and back camera
+ Never miss awesome snapshots thanks to the Quickstart icon


EDIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS


+ A complete photo studio: Image Editing with Auto optimization, brightness, contrast, saturation, rotation, white balance etc.
+ Present your photos as animated slideshows complete with a background music


ORGANIZE & SHARE


+ Share your edited photos on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
+ Display your photos on maps using GPS data
+ Full overview of your photos and albums


Google Play Store Link


 




Google's new Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One phones go on sale today, also called the "Google Play Edition"-- and in an unexpected twist, the devices are giving us a glimpse at some subtle changes that appear to be on the way to Android.


If you thought the version of Android installed on the Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One would be identical to AOSP, think again. Reviewers at some media outlets able to get their hands on test units noted a few, relatively minor differences between stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the software pre-installed on the Google Play Edition phones. Though not much more than subtle UI enhancements, the incongruities are worth a quick look.


Here are some things that have caught my eye so far:


  • A new Camera app interface
  • A slightly tweaked app drawer design
  • A new live wallpaper
  • A new default lock screen clock
  • A different boot animation

Check out all the details here


 


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