The Sony Xperia Z3‘s camera does not come with an Optical Image Stabilisation which is currently offered on the Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. However it does come with a SteadyShot feature which was proven to be incredibly good on the previous Xperia Z2.
For the latest Xperia Z3, they have improved its video stability feature with Intelligent Active Mode. According to the technical guys from Sony, the new Intelligent Active mode takes in consideration the movements of the device by receiving input from the gyroscope. When the video is rolling, the device would delay the saving of the video file as it makes necessary adjustments to compensate for any unwanted shakes. According to them, this solution is superior than Optical based video stabilisation.
There are total of 3 modes available under the video’s SteadyShot feature- Off, Normal and Intelligent Active. Unfortunately Intelligent Active mode is only supported up to a maximum of Full HD 1080p resolution, while the Normal SteadyShot is available in 4K mode. To find out how much difference does it make, we recorded a 30-seconds clip in each mode while walking outdoors.
Watch the videos after the break.
Samsung is finally catching on with the Selfie trend starting with its Galaxy Note 4 which now comes with a larger 3.7MP front facing camera. To fight off with other affordable selfie centric smart phones like the Xperia C3, HTC Desire 820 and Oppo N1 mini, Samsung appears to be working on a new Galaxy Grand Prime which comes with a larger 5MP front facing camera.
OPPO is refreshing its product line up with newer hardware and 4G LTE connectivity. Now its OPPO R1L is officially announced and this refreshes its previous Oppo R1. The exterior looks pretty much the same with a 5″ HD 720p display and it still retains a respectable slim 7.1mm body that’s surrounded by a metallic frame.
Instead of using MediaTek’s Quad-Core 1.3GHz processor, the OPPO R1L is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM and it gets 16GB of storage which is non-expandable. The main camera has been improved too from 8MP to 13MP f/2.0 shooter. This is the same Sony IMX214 Sensor that’s found on the Find 7 and OnePlus One smart phones.
Samsung is bringing Android to more appliances beyond your average smart phone, tablets and camera. They have announced its new Smart MultiXpress range of multi function printers that’s powered by Android. This is a first time a MFP system is running on an Android platform and it offers several smart features without the need of having a PC.
With a 10.1″ display that looks like a full sized tablet mounted on the printer, users can print anything from the web, maps, photos and contents that can be accessed on the machine itself. The on-board Samsung Smart UX is said to be similar with Samsung Galaxy’s touch screen UI. Like a smart phone, the touch screen offers haptic feedback with vibrations for a more tactile experience.
Apart from the standard features including CloudPrinting, the Smart MultiXpress also offers an optional NFC module for seamless mobile printing. It could also be used for user authentication when printing confidential documents. To cope with high-demand usage, the printer is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor.
The new family of Sony Xperia Z3 may have the similar looking Android UI as its previous model but there’s a neat little feature that lets you make a screen capture video on the device itself. By long pressing the power button, you’ll get an extra “Record Screen” button next to the Take screenshot option, and this lets you record a video of whatever is showing on your device.
There are 3 video resolutions available – Full HD (1920×1080), HD (1280×720) and VGA (640×480). You also get the option to record in either landscape or portrait mode as well. Since this makes it possible to record step by step tutorial videos, the Record Screen feature also lets you enable picture-in-picture footages with a front facing camera which can be resized and moved around the screen.
Check out the screenshots and sample screen capture video after the break.
During yesterday’s regional launch, Sony has shared that the latest Xperia Z3 flagship smart phone along with its Xperia Z3 Compact will be available in Malaysia by October 2014. Also available is its affordable Sony Xperia E3 which comes equipped with 4G LTE.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our first impressions of the Xperia Z3 or you can watch our hands-on video after the break.
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So far there’s no further details or clues of what to expect but we’ve seen a couple of renders which is still a question mark if it is the real deal. What we would expect is a better camera than the previous one and similar features that’s found on its current Find 7 flagship such as VOOC Rapid Charging and possibly a Quad HD display.
When the Oppo N1 was launched, it was priced at RM1,798 with a 5.9″ Full HD display, Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor and a 13MP rotatable camera. We expect Oppo to pack higher specs for this one as this would be their high-end flagship for the year end.
UPDATE: Oppo N3 launch happening on 29th October in Singapore. Details here.
Oppo will be launching its new photography and selfie centric N3 smart phone next month. A few days back, we’ve seen a front render of the purported Oppo N3 which came with a weird looking cylinder shape at the top. Now a new render has appeared that looks different and this time is shows the rear end of the device.
It looks more squarish with a flat top end like its current N1 and it appears to be rotatable as well. Also present are twin LED lights next to its main camera. The body seems to be a unibody design and there are metallic looking buttons or slots visible at the sides. So far we can’t be sure if this is a real deal or they are just merely prototype concept designs.
Which do you prefer? This design or the previous one?
Check out the full size of the Oppo N3 render after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 marks its 4th generation of its large form factor smart phone that’s paired with its signature S-Pen stylus. Announced during IFA 2014, this will be their current flagship device until the Galaxy S5 gets replaced early next year.
As most would expect, the Galaxy Note 4 gets upgraded specs with a choice of 2 processor variants and boasts further improvements with its S-Pen. In every new upgrade for the Note series, the screen gets bigger from 5.3″ on the original Note, to 5.5″ on the Note II and finally a bigger 5.7″ screen on the Note 3. This time around, Samsung has decided that 5.7″ is enough on the Note 4 and it gets upgraded to a higher Quad HD resolution that its competitors have been shouting for months now.
Read on for our first impressions with the Galaxy Note 4.
Picture from the Verge
From the Lumia 1020 to the Galaxy K Zoom, combining a smartphone with a better than standard camera is something that many manufacturer have experimented on with varying degrees of success. The Lumia 1020, while effective, requires that you have a relatively high degree of knowledge in photography for it to be fully exploited. The Galaxy K Zoom is easier to use but is bulky and doesn’t offer that much more of an advantage over a really good camera phone.
Meet the Panasonic DMC-CM1 phone camera. A camera-centric smartphone that could very well re-write the standard for the category. Inside is a large 1-inch image sensor that’s on par with some of the top-tier point-and-shoot cameras in the market today (like our favourite PNS right now, the Sony RX100) but the CM1 successfull avoids the many pitfalls that many smartphones of this type stumble into. For starters, it’s really good to look at and while at 21mm thick, the CM1 is easily three times thicker than your standard smartphone, it hides its bulk very well.
But looking good and sleek is just part of the battle won if Panasonic really wants to carve a niche in the camera-centric smartphone segment. Looking at the camera spec-sheet however, we’re inclined to say that you can expect big things with the CM1. The 1-inch sensor packs 20MP and is mated to some high end glass — a f/2.8 Leica DC Elmarit lens to be exact. Instead of a digital shutter, Panasonic opted to use a mechanical shutter instead, for better control and feel there’s also a manual control ring too. And then there’s Panasonic track record of making some very capable PNS cameras, you can expect the CM1 to not disappoint in this respect as well.
As a phone, the CM1 is not to shabby either (on paper at least). There’s a 4.7-inch 1080p display packing 468ppi. You get a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage that’s expandable up to an additional 128GB with microSD and a 2,600mAh battery. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and there’s support for 4K videos.
The CM1 will go on sale in France and Germany this November for around €900 or RM3,755 — that’s a price that will make even iPhone buyers weep. If the phone does well in these two markets, Panasonic may consider making it available elsewhere as well.
So is the CM1 coming to Malaysia? Looking at the price and the nonexistent smartphone presence here, we don’t think so but we sure would love to give it a try.