When we first saw Polaroid’s Socialmatic camera, the obvious conclusion to make was that the company had simply decided to turn the Instagram logo into a device. Of course, given that the social network’s logo was based on Polaroid’s device designs, it’s a surreal case of pop culture eating itself. Polaroid’s jumping on the bandwagon of connected cameras - devices that straddle the line between point-and-shoot snapper and smartphone, but there’s one small tweak that’ll see this hardware stand out against the Lumix CM1 and Lumia 1020: this one’s also got an old-school photo printer tucked inside.
Sony, who makes cameras and smartphones among other things, seems to be bent on appealing to the nascent selfie generation. This time, however, it might just be taking things a bit too far. Leaked photos coming from China betray the fact that the OEM is working on yet another selfie-centric device, but with a rather ridiculous looking design.
At first this device looks like a smartphone. That would seem to be the case as the contraption is noted to have what looks like a 3-inch plus display. After all, Sony is definitely unabashed in touting a “selfie” smartphone, as the newly announced Xperia C3 proves. However, Sony’s Chinese Cyber-shot website clues us in that this would actually be a digital camera, one with a larger than usual viewfinder and an equally large camera sensor.
Every day, millions of people open Vine to share memories in the moment. Today, Vine unlocks a new camera that gives you the freedom to create a Vine in any way you want. The new camera offers powerful ways to edit your videos as well as the ability to import existing videos on your phone and turn them into Vines. Simply put, this release gives you total creative freedom –– and it’s all within the app.
Sony has unveiled the A5100, the second model in its E-mount camera range (after the superb A6000) to be launched this year – and it’s claiming that the A5100 is the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera. With some caveats, at least.
You can stick action cameras in many places, but they’re still not that portable; you probably won’t (or can’t) shove one in your pocket in case you want to document an adventure. You can certainly try that with Polaroid’s new Cube camera, though
Is Canon’s flagship compact digital camera the answer to photographers’ prayers? Find out in our Canon G1 X Mk II review
Canon G1 X Mark II review
A lot of camera manufacturers are claiming a ‘best ever’ performance for their latest products, and the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is no exception. But, for once, the hype may well be justified for this re-vamp of 2012’s original Canon G1 X.
The equation runs something like this: a physically large sensor married to a sizeable, high quality lens equals high quality images.
In the case of the ‘Mark II’ we get a large 1.5-inch CMOS sensor – most compact cameras settle for a small 1/2.3-inch, so this is larger to APS-C DSLR size – plus a chunky piece of glass on the front offering an aperture range stretching from a bright f/2.0 (compared to its predecessor’s f/2.8) to a still very respectable f/3.9, especially given that this is a zoom lens.
Focal range stretches from 24mm to 120mm in 35mm terms, equivalent to a 5x optical zoom, a slight step up from the original’s 4x zoom.
Sony found itself with something of a hit on its hands with the original RX100. Launched back in 2012 it brought never before seen levels of detail to the truly compact camera sector. Last year saw its first revision, in the shape of the RX100 II, and now it’s time again for Sony to tweak the formula with the RX100 III.
Samsung has officially revealed the Galaxy K Zoom - an Android KitKat-running smartphone with a 20.7MP camera and 10x zoom. The K Zoom also features optical image stabilisation, a xenon flash and a 4.8in 720p screen.
In typical Samsung style, it will be loaded with software features, with the likes of an autofocus/exposure separation mode, 10 optimised filter settings, object tracking and a Selfie Alarm function. Yep, that’s Selfie Alarm; this couldn’t be any more 2014 unless it came with a Manchester United defeat.
It’ll also have several of the OS features found on the Galaxy S5, including a Lite version of the S Health app and Ultra Power Saving mode, plus all of the usual Android smartphone tricks and treats.