Android invades in cameras thanks to Nikon, Samsung, and Polaroid

A mock iPhone 5 portrayed as a DSLR/phone hybrid. Just recently, I came across this funny little video on Google+ which shows a “Leaked” video pertaining to what the new iPhone 5 will become. Of course, it’s a video that takes a jab at how people have replaced human connection with photo sharing and all that. It was a bit amusing to say the least, and not the first joke someone has cracked for an Apple device.

Then came Nikon with a product announcement about their new Coolpix S800c that made me run back to YouTube and try to find that video again. The video was posted at August 19. Could he have predicted a market that will change the future of point and shoot cameras? I don’t know, but it might be true that Apple has a time machine!

Nah, Android still had it first. Don’t believe me? Read on my friend.

Nikon is planning to launch a revolutionary product with the code name Coolpix S800c. This camera might seem like an ordinary camera upfront, but don’t be fooled. This is an Android device!  It was announced to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is kind of disappointing. You would think that the Nikon Android camera would at least be using the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, which has a lot of advances in imaging for Android devices.

The Nikon Coolpix S800c will have 16 megapixels with a 10x zoom capability, it can shoot 1080p videos, has Wi-Fi and GPS sensors, a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with a good 819,000-dot resolution, and of course, SD card support. Looking at this product, I thought that Nikon was the first to be able to do this. Did you think so too? We’re both wrong.

The Coolpix s800c is but a finished product that will be the first to hit the market, but the idea was originally Polaroid’s. Polaroid produced a product demo of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera. It also sports a 16 megapixel camera, with only 3X optical zoom, a 3.2 inch 800×400 display, 512MB RAM with 512MB on board storage, as well as a Micro SD slot.

The coolest thing about this idea from Polaroid was it included a sim slot too, which effectively allows you to use cellular data on the camera. Don’t hope for phone capabilities. Polaroid only designed it for 3G sharing for your awesome photos. This beats the Nikon Coolpix s800c which can only connect via Wi-Fi.

Both of these devices are awesome, but there is one more competitor who wants to join in on the fun. Surprise, surprise! Samsung is on the case as usual. The leak only spoke of a 16-megapixel sensor, a pop-out Xenon flash, 10x zoom capability, and will feature both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity options.

It will apparently be announced at the coming IFA, so look out for that, along with the Samsung Galaxy Note, and other Samsung devices.

If you ask me, Samsung has the advantage here. They are already making cameras, and are very successful in Android devices. You can do the math. They are already describing Samsung’s new device as a Camera with a Galaxy S3 slapped on it.

With Android, sharing will always be easy, and apps will keep you busy if you are not taking photos at that moment. Looking to score a camera this year? Why not make it an Android powered camera?

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Nikon to release Android powered camera?

Windows 8 might be an operating system that can be ran on different devices such as laptops, mobile phones and others. But an operating system that will be supporting a digital camera? I’ve got to be joking right?

According to Nikon Rumors, Japanese company Nikon is set to release their newly developed camera, and mind you, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This speculation came about when Nikon Rumors was able to see a Nikon Coolpix S800 that will be running on Android that was filled with the Indonesian Communication Agency.

The Nikon Coolpix S800 features a 25-250 mm lens and a 3.5 inch OLED screen. It supports WiFi and has a built-on GPS, the former was included in the Coolpix S800 to support Android apps.

According to analysts, Nikon will first test the market for their Android powered camera as they are not sure whether the idea of having an Android OS on a camera will be bought by consumers.

If Nikon will be successful on their new venture, expect to see other camera manufacturers, such as Canon, Sony and others, to develop their own Android powered camera.

So what makes of Android powered smartphones? Which one will be cheaper?

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Sigma to release a lighter and smaller 18-250mm lens

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a single lens that could do the job when you’re on your vacation? Imagine, carrying with you a set of lenses for different types of situations! Now, that’s a drag.

Independent lens maker Sigma developed a new DSLR lens that promises to be lighter and smaller than previous lenses of its range.

The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM may not be a telephoto lens, but it surely could make your trip much better. The Sigma 18-250mm lens can shoot everything precisely and the best part is, it is made up of a special polycarbonate material, called thermally stable composite (TSC), that makes it lighter and smaller from its counterparts.

Sigma said that this technology makes the lenses lighter and smaller.

18-250mm lenses without TSC usually weigh-in at 623g. The TSC technology enabled Sigma to create an 18-250mm lens that only weighs at 470g and it is also smaller by 1.3cm and 0.5cm in diameter.

Optical Stabilization technology by Sigma is also included. This means sharper handheld shots at lower shutter speeds.

The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM will be available to Sony, Nikon, Canon and Pentax mounts. Sigma hasn’t released the price of the lens.

Is this a great innovation for Sigma?

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Panasonic: “Pixel numbers don’t matter”

Do pixel numbers really mean a lot to the quality of the image your DSLR produce?

According to Panasonic spokesperson Barney Sykes, in an exclusive interview with TechRadar, he said that it’s not all about the number of pixels in a camera.

With the influx of DSLR companies offering high resolution sensors, Panasonic isn’t one who would follow the bandwagon.

According to Sykes, “It’s just a number isn’t it? It’s a number. It’s relative to the sensor, its pixel density.”

Panasonic’s highest resolution camera is currently at 16.6 million pixel device on their G3 cam.

Their latest introduction to the camera market is the GF5 with a 12 million pixel sensor, which Panasonic says that produces the same image as camera’s with high resolution sensor capability.

“In interchangeable lens cameras, consumers are a bit wiser. I think the megapixel bubble has somewhat burst now. It’s not about the number of megapixels you have, it’s about the quality of the image you can get, and that’s what we’re focusing on,” he added.

Sykes also said, “The ultimate goal is image quality and other things such as usability, filter effects, intelligent auto, things like that, it’s not just the number of pixels.”

What can big names like Canon and Nikon say about the claim of Panasonic?

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Canon launches new entry level 650D/T4i DSLR

Canon unveiled their latest entry level DSLR to combat Nikon and other big name brands, in order to strengthen their hold in the DSLR market.

Canon launched its new 650D/T4i that carries with it a new feature that could be copied by other camera makers.

The 650D/T4i features a touchscreen LCD, which is a new thing when it comes to entry level DSLR. It also has an 18 million pixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor that enables hybrid autofocus. The 650D/T4i is the first Canon DSLR to ever have such a feature.

The 650D/T4i has full HD video recording capability and can shoot up to 5fps.

The usual nine AF or autofocus points can be found on the DSLR screen, which can be used in reflex mode.

The screen size of the Canon 650D/T4i features a 3 inch vari-angle Clear View LCD II touchscreen. The menu options can be selected via the touchscreen and other functions. For those of you who are not happy about the touchscreen feature, all the buttons are still there for you to manipulate your camera via the old fashion way.

DSLRs are common nowadays, due to their affordable prices and the Canon 650D/T4i entry level camera can be yours for $1,180 with a kit lens.

Can Canon leave Nikon in its trails?

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Rumours on Canon mirrorless camera continue

With the influx of affordable cameras in the market, people have now begun to take photography as a hobby. Unlike those days were cameras and lenses were expensive and were a few people only had an SLR, today individuals can own one even if you’re not earning 5 figure salaries.

Rumors have been circulating that American brand Canon will release a mirrorless compact system camera in the months to come.

Being a big brand, it comes as a big surprise that they don’t have a compact system camera in their line-up.

Japanese brand Nikon entered the market at the end of 2011 and have seen a success with their V1 and J1 models.

Canon announced the Canon G1 X premium compact camera. This features an almost APS-C sized sensor with a 4:3 ratio. Many say that this sensor will eventually lead into a mirrorless camera.

It looks like this year is going to be a big year for the company. With rumors of an impending Canon 5D II upgrade, a Canon 5D X or a Canon 5D Mark III.

Pentax has also launched its K-01 model that features a K-mount and a large body. Old lenses are compatible with this camera.

The DSLR race looks like blooming.

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