• Apple Patents Two Ways To Extend Mobile Device Camera Performance Via Hardware Add-Ons

    Apple Patents Two Ways To Extend Mobile Device Camera Performance Via Hardware Add-Ons

    Apple has been granted two patents relating to ways it might look to extend/augment the built in camera lenses on its mobile devices in future. The two patents, granted to Cupertino by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, are: Patent No. 8,638,369 for a “Back panel for a portable electronic device with different camera lens options” and Patent No. 8,639,106 for a… Read More

  • Zero shutter lag camera for cell phones, says Scalado

    [ Mobile imaging guys Scalado say they’ve got a way to reduce shutter lag on camera phones to zero, as ridiculous as that sounds. I wrote a whole paragraph here questioning whether it was in fact shutter lag they had reduced, or the delay between the picture being captured and it being displayed. However, I just deleted it as it appears that… Read More

  • 5-megapixel cameras with optical zoom on every mobile?

    A couple years ago I would have refused to buy a phone with a camera – useless, I’d say. But since then, the cameras on phones have become far better than the old Powershot I was using at the time, and my last three phones have had functional cameras that I’ve actually used. So when a leading manufacturer like Sony Ericsson drops a phone with 5-megapixels and a 3x optical… Read More

  • Photos Of Sony Ericsson's New Cyber-shot Phone?

    I’m not one to speculate, but this may be a photo of a new Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot camera/phone hybrid with 3x optical zoom. It may or may not be replacing the K850i some day and, who knows, maybe it’ll have a 5-megapixel resolution, too. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that the finished version will have some sort of screen, not just a metal plate as shown in… Read More

  • Crunch it Over: Can Camphone Pics Equal Digital Theft?

    So here’s the debate: Now that cameraphones are quite literally everywhere, is it OK for people to use them as they see fit? In Japan, merchants are banding together to try and ban “digital shoplifting,” the act of using a camphone to snap a shot of content from a magazine or book. The offenders are apparently those who browse fashion magazines and take photos of hairstyles… Read More

  • Motorola and Kodak Working On 5-Megapixel Cameraphone

    Kodak and Motorola are currently at work on a 5-megapixel cameraphone using a Kodak-developed CMOS sensor. This was confirmed yesterday when Kodak President Antonio Perez jumped up on a conference table and shouted “Five megapixels in your face and up your butt, baby!” Of course this is just speculation. Other than the 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, Perez didn’t mention much… Read More

  • Face-Tracking Cellphones Coming Soon

    FotoNation has created a face tracking system for cellphones that keeps your mug in the frame with a minimum of fuss. It works with Symbian Series 60 and Windows Mobile 5.0, meaning that the software fits onto most smaller platforms. It aids in focus, exposure, and color balance and can also crop out faces in scenes automatically. It’s not out in the wild yet, but it’s available… Read More