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Nikon France Confirms they are Working on Next Gen of Compacts

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While talking to “Chasseurs d’Images” French Mag Nikon France President confirms that Nikon is working on next generations of compacts to compete against smartphones.

Take a look at the main points of the interview

  1. Nikon did not stop producing the 810 camera

I feel the first point is bit doubtful since major retails outlets (B&H Store, Amazon.fr) listed S810c camera as no longer available

2. Nikon has plenty “good quality sensors”

They do have good contact with third-party sensor maker(s) And at the same time we agree that DXO Lab DSLR test score tables are dominated by Nikon DSLRs.

3. Nikon is set to announce new products soon

Yes, of course we do know that Nikon D810 is coming at end of July and Nikon D610 replacement is also expected in next few months.

4.  They are working on a small camera to compete with smartphones.

I think they should also allow 3G/4G calls from smartcamera, then only it can compete witth smartphones.

5. Nikon will not quit the camera business and they are spending a lot of money on research and development.

They should

6. Regarding the Nikon D820, an excellent advice to everyone: “Mais il vous faudra encore un tout petit peu de patience pour avoir plus de details!” (You must have a bit of patience for more details)

7. Regarding Coolpix camera: “R&D effort is geared toward markets with the greatest potential, which is the reason for significantly reducing the Coolpix product line”

8.Regarding 100th anniversary: “As for all good celebrations, let us keep the moment of surprise!”

After reading the interview I feel that Nikon is Alive and kicking, they are working hard to bring back compacts camera glory back to camera industry.

We will update you soon as we get any new information.

Also see – Nikon D820 / 850 Coming in July 2017

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KODAK EKTRA - Photographers Smartphone

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Kodak announced new Photographers smartphone named Ektra. Let’s do some research. The Ektra camera was actually a film camera introduced  back on 1941.

According to Kodak the new Ektra is a photography focused Smartphone. And yes it’s actually true to some extent.\Kodak really done a lot of work to design the control and interface of the Smartphone that resembles with today’s compact camera. As you can see the image the Smartphone features physical jog dial button where you can select the type of mode you want, including Manual where you can select exposure, ISO, focus, white balance and shutter speed.

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The camera isn’t anything like Nokia lumia 1020 or highest rated Google pixel Smartphone. The module inside the Kodak Ektra is Sony IMX230 camera module used by Xperia Z4 Smartphone (Announced on May 26, 2015). The IMX230 camera module features 21-megapixel (MP) main camera with f2.2 aperture lens and 192 AF points for Fast Auto focusing and built in HDR recording capabilities.

As far as I know the same camera module is being currently used on Lenovo Vibe X3, Motorola Moto X Style.

The specification of the Smartphone is really impressive since it’s features MediaTek Helio X-20 10-core processor, On the rear side of the Smartphone we have 21 MP camera as we have discussed earlier and on

a 13MP front-facing camera, 3,000mAh battery, 3GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage, and a USB Type C charger. It will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Upcoming Android Smartphones will Automatically Remove Reflections and Obstructions

Android-smartphone-imageThe researchers of MIT and Google have done a tremendous job; they are really dedicated towards their research and succeeded to develop a technique for removing undesirable reflections and obstructions from photos. The method uses a very clever technique, the camera will ask you to move your hand while taking the shot and it will take multiple images, from the multiple shots it will create a final shot by implementing new algo, the new algo will detect the fence or Obstructions punched into one image by removing the fence and putting subject into focus.

All this done with the help of newly developed algorithm developed by the researchers of MIT and Google. The Algo automatically searches for near and far subjects by utilizing the parallax effect and once the subject is identified they can be separated and obstructions.

We will soon see android smartphones camera with such feature OR google can update the camera app in next few months with this new algo, stay with us and get regular updates. Take a look at the video.

Optical Zoom Coming to Smartphones

Another BIG nail in the compact coffin, DynaOptics successfully developed a method to add optical zoom lens inside the smartphone camera module without increasing its size, but new technology needs more R&D before it adopted in large sacle, so it’s not coming too soon.

Samsung-K-zoom-camera But Samsung already manages to compress a large 10X optical zoom lens in ultra compact size, Ulocked version available at Amazon

Smartphone’s camera image quality, resolution and sensor size has improved incredibly in the past few years. The credit for this advancement goes to the manufactures of the smartphone companies who are spending billions of money in R&D of technology and due to this dedicated development in the present time smartphone image quality can overcome the quality of pictures produced by several consumer level compact cameras.

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Leading lens manufacture company “DynaOptics” wants to add  optical zoom technology that would fit into even the very slim bodies of smartphones. s. To achieve this, DynaOptics does away with the conventional zoom setup, which involves lens elements moving along the optical axis to change focal length. Instead, it uses a new system that achieves the same effect with aspherical lens elements moving laterally on a micron-scale.
However presently the technology exists in only prototype format and the next task for DynaOptics would be to miniaturize it further and get it ready for mass production . The mass production will start probably by the first quarter of 2015, hence it is possible that people may see apple iPhone Plus 2 with optical zoom in 2016.

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Get DSLR Type Background Blur From Your Android Smartphone

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Its a new trend in digital photography coming “shoot first and focus later”, the technology first introduced by Lytro in its light field camera (see at Amazon) after that Nokia introduced it re-focus app for windows phone, HTC also joined the force by announcing HTC M8 smartphone and finally google introduced “google camera app” the features DSLR type shallow depth of field and bokeh effects, however the app is currently limited to very high-end android OS based smart devices.

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The app virtually simulate different aperture sizes to achieve desired bokeh effect, so theoretically  now a smartphone can do everything for you just like a DSLR..
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Nikon Coolpix S810c - Android Camera From Nikon

Nikon-Coolpix-S810c-imageNikon Coolpix S810cannounced today, the camera runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, you get 16 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, 12X optical zoom with VR image stabilization and 3.7-inch touch screen LCD.

The camera also records Full HD videos at 60fps, the battery performance is also improved, you can record 360 shots with the new Coolpix S810c . for more details read press release

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NO FILTER NEEDED: THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX S810c WITH THE ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM IS THE SEAMLESS WAY TO SHOOT AND SHARE STUNNING IMAGES

The Next Generation Full-Featured Social Camera Helps Users Step Up Their Photo Sharing With Stunning Images and Instant Access to Their Favorite Apps

MELVILLE, NY (April 10, 2014 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new COOLPIX S810c, which combines Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies and the vast capabilities of the AndroidTM Operating System (OS). Whether photographing friends dancing into the night or fast-action sports, the 16.0-megapixel COOLPIX S810c helps users never again settle for sharing a sub-par cell phone photo to their social networks.

“The COOLPIX S810c combines the best parts of a Nikon camera and the limitless possibilities of the Android Operating System, so users can seamlessly integrate their digital lives with their creative passions,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Nikon COOLPIX S810c users will be able to stay connected and share everyday moments with ease through Full HD video and amazing stills.”

Capture and Share Photos, Without Sacrificing Image Quality
The new Nikon COOLPIX S810c provides users with the power to capture high quality images in low-light or from a distance, delivering the results that would otherwise be a challenge to capture with a smartphone. The COOLPIX S810c features a 16.0-megapixel, backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for excellent low-light ability, and a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens (with24x Dynamic Fine Zoom) to get the sharp shots from up close or far away. Further bolstering the low-light capability of the S810c, the camera has an ISO range up to 3200, as well as Lens-Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) to help banish blurry photos, even while shooting handheld. To capture those special moments, the camera also has a fast continuous shooting mode.

Stay Connected, Share Effortlessly With Built-in Wi-Fi®
Whether liking a status or tagging a photo, COOLPIX S810c users can seamlessly share their most memorable moments with friends and family with the AndroidTM 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Operating System. When accessing Google Play™, users have access to endless apps including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other apps where they can share photos and stay connected. With the Android OS, users can surf the web, read their latest emails, browse through their friends’ photos and videos, navigate with maps as well as many other functions offered by Android apps. The built-in Wi-Fi capabilities of the S810c provide a simple way to directly share photos instantly with friends and family. When no external Wi-Fi network is available, users can also connect to a compatible smartphone or tablet via the dedicated “Connect to S810c” app1 in order to transfer, share and view their images on that smart device. Additionally, the COOLPIX S810c has built-in GPS for location-based apps, as well as a stereo headphone jack, which allows users to operate their camera as a mobile media player device. With the COOLPIX S810c users can easily navigate to their dinner date, while listening to their favorite playlist, and then shoot and share their entrée as well as the night’s details with friends, all with the same device.

Proven Nikon Technologies and Features
Whether sharing, swiping, composing or navigating, users will appreciate the wide and bright 3.7-in. touch-screen LCD monitor with 1.2 million-dot resolution, as well as the ability to capture Full 1080p HD video. Additionally, COOLPIX S810c photographers can explore their creativity with a variety of special and creative effects including user-friendly modes and features like Easy Panorama, which lets the user simply sweep the camera to create an ultra-wide panoramic image. Furthermore, the camera also features a new enhanced battery, allowing users to stay connected longer.

Price and Availability
The Nikon COOLPIX S810c will be available in early May 2014 in Black or White for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95**. For more information on the latest COOLPIX cameras as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1Cameras having Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The “Connect to S810c” application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store. Availability for the application will be announced in the near future.

**SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Specification to be published soon

Sample VIdeo to be added soon

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Press Release and Full Specification

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 is a excellent social camera with high-end specification, the Galaxy Camera 2 features 21X optical zoom, 16M BSI CMOS Sensor, 2 GB of RAM and 2000 mAh of battery life.

Major features

  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Operating System
  • 16.3 MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 21x Optical Zoom f/2.8-5.9 OIS Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent: 23-483mm
  • 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 4.8″ HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video at 30 fps
  • 8GB Internal Memory & microSDXC Support
  • Built-In Pop-Up Xenon Flash
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth & NFC Connectivity

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Remote viewfinder is also available to pair your smartphone with your smart device (you can also use your smart phone as display of this camera), on the rear side we have 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD, that not only allows you to capture images just by tapping the screen it also allow you to edit your images via many online app available via google play store.

Details are below,  price is not disclosed yet.

Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced the Galaxy Camera 2, a successor to the award winning GALAXY Camera which combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with sharing capabilities and an intuitive design to match the most up-to-date smartphones. The Galaxy Camera 2’s revolutionary technology, which includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform makes it faster and easier than ever for users to shoot, edit and share high quality images with friends and family. With a lightweight, retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is the ideal option for photographers who do not want to sacrifice style for technology.

‘Consumers love the Galaxy Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience,’ said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “The result is a more powerful and portable device which continues to embrace the public’s passion for the social features of smartphones, yet also provides superior image control and quality. We are dedicated to making it easier for more people to achieve great results and with the Galaxy Camera 2’s host of creative features, anyone can capture stand out images.”

Fast and Superior Performance
The Galaxy Camera 2 lets users enjoy the full benefits of the Android platform. Intuitive to use and faster than ever before, users can navigate the Galaxy Camera 2 functions with ease-of use and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer period of time and have the ability to take even more beautiful pictures.

A high performance camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 produces images of exceptional quality, unrivalled by smartphone photography. Its 16M BSI CMOS Sensor produces vivid images which are both rich in color and sharp in detail, allowing memories to be captured and reproduced in perfect clarity. With a huge 21x Optical Zoom, photographers can get closer than ever to their subjects. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor, supported by a massive 2.0 GB of RAM, the Galaxy Camera 2 operates at ultra high speed so that the array of intuitive features can be accessed without delay. This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loaded Dropbox app, an exclusive offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for up to two years, so that passionate photographers need never worry about running out of memory ever again.

Simple Sharing and Easy Use
Sharing is made simple with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the Galaxy Camera 2. The all-new innovative ‘Tag & Go’ feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera and devices will be  automatically paired and transter images swiftly using a host of clever functions. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.
The Galaxy Camera 2’s 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD provides users with a beautiful way to view and edit images. Shots are displayed in intense color and detail, while its large size makes it easy to navigate the many apps and features available on the camera. With a lightweight design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is a highly portable option making it the perfect choice for both day to-day, as well as special occasion photography.

Creative Capture
With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes all designed to address different shooting scenarios, which will allow a professional touch or creative twist to any image. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand in securing those winning shots. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery, objects, and then instantly recommends the optimal Smart Mode to ensure that the perfect shot is always captured. New Smart Mode Selfie Alarm guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve. It takes five consecutive, high resolution images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on their favorite social media site.

Videos can also be given a unique twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and create speed up or slowed down movies. Ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster, this feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.

Please visit our CES booth to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Galaxy Camera 2 Product Specifications:

Image Sensor 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS
Lens 21x Optical Zoom Lens, 23 mm Wide Angle, F2.8(W) ~ 5.9(T)
IS OIS
Display 121.2mm (4.8-inch), HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
AP 1.6GHz Quad Core Processor
OS Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Memory 8GB Internal memory (User memory approximately 2.8GB) + microSD slot (up to 64GB) 2GB RAM
*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.
Image JPEG format
16M, P14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 10MP, 9.2M Wide, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
Video MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Full HD 1920×1080 /30fps, 1280×720 /60fps, 1280×720 /30fps, 640×480 /60fps,
640×480(30fps), 320×240(30fps)
Multi Motion Video 768 x 512 (WVGA, x1/8, x1/4, x1/2, x2, x4, x8) /120fps
Audio Format: AVI, MP4/3GP, WMV, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Value-added Features Smart Mode : 28 modes (Smart mode suggest, Beauty face, Best Photo, Selfie Alarm, Continuous shot, Best face, Color bracket, Kids shot, Landscape, Dawn, Snow, Macro, Food, Party/Indoor, Action freeze, Rich tone (HDR), Panorama, Waterfall, Animated photo, Drama, Eraser, Sound&Shot, Interval, Silhouette, Sunset, Night, Fireworks, Light trace)
Built-in Pop-up Xenon Flash
Samsung Link, Samsung ChatON
Story Album, Xtremera, Paper Artist
S Voice
Group Play: Share Music(MP3), Share Picture(JPEG, GIF), Share Document(PDF, PPT), Play Games
Google™ Mobile Services Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Plus , Google Hangouts,
Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Plus Photos, Google Chrome, Google Play Books,
Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Google Play Games,
Google Newsstand, Google SettingNote – The availability of each service may differ by country.
Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
GPS/GLONASS
Bluetooth® 4.0
NFC
Sensor Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor(for OIS)
Bundle Software Samsung Kies (Windows & Mac)
Dimension(WxHxD) 132.5 x 71.2 x 19.3 mm, 283g
Battery Li-on 2000mAh

*The availability of each service may differ by country.
*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
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