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As a photographer it's often said that the best camera you have is the one you have with you. So by that mantra we've got no complaints about cell phone imaging. Not to mention the high quality images produced by such camera lines such as the Apple iPhone, Nokia Lumina, and Samsung Galaxy make it a little easier.
Phone companies seem hell-bent on making consumers believe their cell phone camera can rival a DSLR. After all, if an iPhone photo looks good on a billboard that takes up more square footage than a Manhattan apartment, why would you ever need an expensive bulky DSLR?
The Pursuit of the DSLR Quality Cell Phone
For as long as the 'slim' design sticks for cell phones, their cameras will never match DSLR quality by conventional photography methods simply due to sensor size and optics. Though with phones like the recently announced large sensor Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, we are getting a lot closer.
While we're always looking forward to our next cell phone upgrade, it's easy to forget the numerous rudimentary cell phone cameras we've since discarded.
In 2007 we saw the first cell phone cameras emerging capable of capturing video, and it was just 6 years earlier that the world was introduced to the first ever cell phone camera.
Zero Megapixels of Pure Amazement
In 2001 Sharp announced the first cell phone camera* the J-SH04 with a 0.1 Megapixel integrated camera capable of capturing and sharing images over a cell signal. Images captured were 352 x 288 pixels. The J-SH04 had 0.2 MB of memory, a phonebook that let you store up to 500 contacts, and cost nearly $500 USD. [Full Specs]
BBC News posted an article about its release in September 2001, with the opening line of the article reading : "The Japanese are crazy about taking miniature pictures of themselves." - referring to the small screen size presumably. The BBC encouraged readers to leave their opinions in the comments section and boy did they. 14 years later the comments are pure gold. Enjoy.
Priceless Reactions to Worlds First Cell Phone Camera
A picture-shooting cellphone certainly is a curious invention. It could be handy for delicate investigation or infiltration. If you disguise it a bit better, who would know to look for a camera on a phone? - Johanna, Finland
I would use the camera during business meetings to take sneaky pictures of competitors notes for analysis later. - L. Buckley, UK
I often travel overseas on business from Australia. A phone like this would mean that I could send back pictures of my experiences while travelling and my family could send me pictures of the children's birthdays and other special events which I always seem to miss. Seeing a picture while on the phone to the family would be just that little bit closer to actually being there and make these long trips a little less lonely. - W. Meyerink, UK
Take pictures of friendly dogs I see when I walk around. - John, US
This would be helpful in my line of work. Since I am the manager of safety and health department, I could take a picture of a problem and send it directly to the responsible manager. You do not have to be a teenager to use something new, exciting and helpful. - Murf, USA
Here are some good uses I just thought up. In car accidents, you can take a photo, and send it directly to the insurance company. If you have an injury, then you can send a photo straight to NHS direct, or the ambulance men so they know what to expect. On similar lines, photo something like a fire or incident so the police know what they are dealing with before they get there. - C. Hunter, England
If it were cheap enough for teenagers, I could see it being a great way of shopping for clothes on a wide scale. No longer would girls have to go in groups, they could each scout out the good outfits, send pictures, and compare prices. It would be inclusive - even if one of the gang is too ill, or busy their opinion can be sought. Prove you've met your pop idol and send the pictures straight away. Set your friends up on dates and send instant pictures to potential mates. Infinite uses for the teenager, not entirely sure what the rest of us would do with one though. - Lizz, UK
I would use the camera phone to take pictures of my best friend, my dog Benson. - M. Brown, England
Great for spying. The camera could be held against a keyhole, and the images immediately sent to any interested parties. - R. Holman, London, England
It would be an easy way to let like minded hobbyists see what you have got, and, even let the wife choose her present from abroad! - Robbie, Scotland
Just another example of technological advances enticing us to pay ever more money for lower quality images. - S. Cordon, UK
It's only a first step in making that video cell phone. I can see companies releasing this phone to get as much cash as they could so they could continue their quest to making that perfect video cellphone. - T. Nguyen, US
The next logical step, but I think the quality is too inferior to be of much practical use. If someone is going to do it, then at least they could do it properly with a 4 megapixel zoom camera, 1Gb RAM, Global Positioning and fast data transfer via infra-red or wireless or cable to computer/ftp/e-mail account, video transmission to TV preview, and in addition to being a phone, PDA, web browser, internet radio and mp3 player/recorder. We will soon end up with lots of obsolete also-rans when one holy grail of a device will eventually be able to do it all. On the other hand, if it gives people a lot of fun and they can afford it, then each to their own. Andy Haveland-Robinson, Hungary
Check out the full original article for more insightful comments! Link
* Technically the first cell phone camera was the Samsung SCH-V200 in the year 2000, but it is not regarded as the first because it could not send the images over a cell signal.
The Ricoh GR is back, though not much has changed. If you're not familiar with the Ricoh GR, it's a legendary series of point and shoot cameras beginning with their 35mm line 1996. But don't let the phrase point and shoot fool you. Over the years the Ricoh GR has typecast itself as one of photography's go-to street cameras. The trademark fixed focal length 28mm f/2.8 lens of the GR series produces pin-sharp results that teeter on the edge of Leica-ness.
Known mostly for the original 35mm Ricoh GR from 1996 and the digital Ricoh GR in 2013, there were actually 10 iterations of the GR. This included five 35mm models and five digital. Scroll to the end of the article for the complete list of Ricoh GR cameras.
Now Ricoh has introduced its 11th GR with the Ricoh GR II. It is essentially the same as the GR but with built-in Wifi capabilities. A useful feature, but not essential by any means. Probably the best thing about the Ricoh GR II is that it dropped the price the previous model (Ricoh GR) by $200
16.2 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor No Optical Low-Pass Filter (New!) Ricoh GR f/2.8 Fixed Lens 28mm (35mm Equivalent) Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC (NEW!) 3.0" 1230k-Dot LCD Screen Full HD Video Recording at 30 fps ISO 25600 and 4 fps Continuous Shooting
Ricoh GR II Release Date: Summer 2015
Ricoh GR Video Reviews, Specs, & More
Here's a look back at some video reviews of the previous model, the Ricoh GR.
Ricoh GR: Streets of Prague
Ricoh GR Review: Streets of Hong Kong
Ricoh GR Feature Overview
List of Ricoh GR 35mm Cameras
Lens: 28 mm f/2.8
Lens: 28 mm f/2.8
Changes: GR1s and GR1v have improved optical coatings for better flare resistance.
Lens: 28 mm f/2.8
Lens: 28 mm f/2.8
Changes: Manual IS) selection with multiple 'snap' setting. Flare reduction with upgrades to optical coating.
Lens: 28 mm f/2.8
Lens: 21mm f/3.5 (9 elements in 6 groups)
Lens: 28 mm F/2.8 (7 elements in 4 groups)
Ricoh GR Digital Cameras
Lens: 28 mm f/2.4
GR Digital II
Lens: 28 mm f/2.4
GR Digital III
Lens: 28 mm f/1.9
GR Digital IV
Lens: 28 mm f/1.9
Lens: 28 mm f/2.8
Back in the day it was commonplace for machines to segregate their photo and video capabilities. But all that changed in 2009 with the introduction of the Canon EOS 5D MKII; the first professional photography camera with Full HD video recording capabilities. Just 6 years later companies are already making the push towards 4K and beyond. From the low F stop race of the 1960's, to the high megapixel race of the 2000's, and the ongoing battle of high ISO, video resolution is seemingly next on the list. Even though the selection of 4k cameras for under $1000 is still slim, it already has us asking
"But can I fit it in my pocket?"
"Ok get on with it then!"
1. Leica D-Lux (Type 109) $1,099.00
Surprisingly enough, this 4k capable Leica camera is among the cheapest of the brand. The black Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) Digital Camera is a compact point and shoot camera that is built around a large, 12.8MP 4/3" MOS sensor which allows for greater depth of field than is possible with smaller-sensor cameras, plus more effective light-gathering ability per pixel. As a result, subjects can be better isolated within the frame and more details are apparent in darker areas of the image with less noise.
For those who wish to capture high-resolution video, the D-LUX (Typ 109) offers NTSC or PAL UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) output at 30p or 24p, which can be saved as easy-to use MP4 files. When lower video resolutions are sufficient, 1080p full HD or standard definition video can be selected instead, and results of any resolution can be played back on the camera's large, sharp 3.0" 921k-dot rear LCD display. During capture, the subject can also be viewed through the camera's 2764k integrated electronic viewfinder. More
2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 $750.00
Designed to inspire and expand the creative potential of every camera enthusiast, the LX 100 comes complete with an exciting range of advanced imaging features. It encourages direct, intuitive control with dedicated lens rings and dials, including aperture and control rings for precise zooming and focusing, as well as speed and exposure compensation dials.
In addition to 4K Ultra HD video recording,* the LX100 also has the ability to grab 3840 x 2160 MP equivalent stills from 4K video footage to enlarge and print high-definition photos. Once 4K Photo mode is selected, the luminance level is adjusted to 0-255, suitable for photos. At the same time, you can also select 4:3 or 3:3 in addition to 16:9 with the aspect ratio switch. More
3. Samsung NX500 $599.00
Capture brilliant photographs and video with the exceptionally compact NX500 Mirrorless Digital Camera from Samsung. This camera takes a 28.2-megapixel backside-illuminated APS-C CMOS sensor and pairs it with the DRIMe V Image Signal Processor to creative high resolution images with low noise at sensitivities up to ISO 51200. This combination also enables the recording of 4K video at up to 24 fps or UHD at up to 30 fps with HEVC (H.265) compression for saving space without sacrificing quality. Adding to the unit's versatility is the inclusion of the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS zoom lens.
Record true 4K video* for 4X the resolution and details of Full HD. With HEVC (H.265) support, capture extreme details using half the storage space typically used for HD recording. More
4. Sony RX100 IV $950.00
Inside the compact RX100 IV is the world's first memory-attached 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor — a remarkable advance in image shooting possibilities. Use it to reveal the wonders of up to 40x super slow motion, super-high-speed 1/32000 sec. Anti-Distortion Shutter, and handy 4K movies. Now explore infinite imaging freedom beyond imagination.
The RX100 IV can record high-precision 4K movie data. Moreover, stunning high-precision 4K images with suppressed moiré and jaggies can be delivered via data readout without pixel binning or line skipping. More
Like it or not, there has not been such a movement in photography since the Kodak Brownie in 1900 as the iPhone; or iPhoneography. TIME Magazine's best iPhone photos of the year have been revealed.
“This year’s entries were especially impressive ranging from intimate, thought-provoking moments to stunning, captivating imagery,” - Kenan Aktulun, Award's Founder
Reviewing thousands of photos from entries all over the world, a first, second, and third place were chosen across the 19 categories which included travel, architecture, food, portraiture, and more. So anyway, let's get to it!
Head over to TIME.com to see the first, second, and third place overall winners!
The Fujifilm X-T1 provided classic looks with top-notch internals. With its incredible high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), weather-sealed body, great image quality, and wealth of physical buttons; the Fuji X-T1 was bound a successor.
The new Fujifilm X-T10 is an alternative for those that don't need the extra features and expense of the X-T1. For about $300 less the Fujifilm X-T10 might just be your next camera.
Check out the main specs below then continue on for video goodness.
16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor exr processor II 2.36 Million dot 0.62x oled viewfinder 3" 920k Dot tilting lcd wifi Built-in pop-up flash 8 fps continuous shooting intellegent hybrid af with 77 areas film simulation mode, electronic shutter
Fujifilm X-T10 Release Date: June 2015
Hands on Tests with the Fuji X-T10
Fuji X-T10 Review & Street Photography
Fuji X-T10 Table-top Review / Usage Rundown
First Look: Fuji X-T10 BHPhoto
Fuji X-T10 New Auto Focus Modes
Fuji X-T10 Unboxing
BONUS! Fujifilm Commercial 1980's
With news of a Sony A6000 predecessor coming mid-June, two things come to mind for current A6000 fans. One, it's time to buy the latest and greatest; and two, a price drop on the current model only adds to its appeal. Even though the coming A6XXX is said to be a successor and not a replacement, let's take a look at the current A6000 and see how it stacks up to other popular cameras after a solid 15 months on the market - with the Sony A6000 vs Everything.
Canon EOS M3 vs Sony A6000