Another year, another selfie-centric smartphone from OPPO. Only this time, they’re not calling it a Selfie Expert, probably because it doesn’t bear the F1 badge. Instead, OPPO Malaysia is shifting the focus onto their new R9s smartphone to the 16-megapixel primary camera at the back.
But, when the R9s also comes with a 16MP selfie shooter up front, you’re gonna wanna take some selfies too.
You’ve probably heard of Sony‘s brand new smartphones by now — the Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. One feels a little bit unnecessary in a world with the Xperia X Performance, while the other is an enticing revitalisation of what Sony has always been good at, but with a small catch. However, with these two smartphones, you do get the distinct impression that Sony wants you to focus one a single aspect — their cameras.
Driven towards a market that has a need for a premium smart phone with a good camera, the VIBE Shot promises to be a stylish and powerful pocket companion for capturing those special life moments. An attempt at being Lenovo’s first camera smartphone crossover device, it’ll join the list of other devices that the company has released – upping their game from budget options to a more luxurious label.
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.
We were teased yesterday that a Panasonic Lumix Phone is coming and now the device is finally revealed.
The Lumix Phone made its debut at NTT Docomo’s booth at Ceatec 2010 Japan. Just like we mentioned earlier, it comes with a 13.2 Megapixel camera together with 3G and WiFi connectivity. Being a Lumix, we are expecting this to be a full fledge digital camera complimented with phone capabilities. There are 4 colours available: black, pink, blue and faint gold, that looks more like silver. The design is clever whereby the front looks like a digital camera. The only give away is the slider keypad that reveals its mobile phone character. This reminds us of the old Sony Ericsson S700 with a spin keypad. No pricing was revealed at the moment.
A check on their microsite revealed that everything is in Japanese which possibly means that this may be a Japan only device for now but we’re hoping that this will be made available elsewhere too. Engadget who is at the expo managed to have a peek on the device as there isn’t one available for hands on use.
Watch the demo video after the jump.
And suddenly out of the blue Panasonic puts out a website teasing us the specs of a new phone that will be given the Lumix brand.
If you know your digital camera, you’ll know Lumix. It’s Panasonic’s own line of digital cameras ranging from the mundane point and shoot to prosumer grade four-thirds and DLSRs. There’s a lot to like about the Lumix cameras, in fact we’re using one to take macro shots and 720p HD video footages. Lumix cameras are no nonsense, good value for money and pack a lot of punch for their size. Panasonic’s iA full auto setting is also very good and makes the Lumix cameras very easy to use.
So we’re expecting a lot from Panasonic and we expect them to release a camera phone that is going to be better than anything that’s available in the market right now.
Initial specs of the Lumix phone look like this:
Panasonic will be announcing more details tomorrow and we’ll be ready to give you the latest so stay tuned. We’re very excited about this but slightly worried because there’s a whole range of mobile phones in Japan that are not marketed anywhere else. So apart from the high-expectation, there’s also a real chance that the Lumix phone is Japan only model. Fingers crossed that it won’t be.
Speaking of lenses, check out these nifty fisheye and macro/wide-angle combo lenses from Photojojo. They stick onto to the back your phone and allows you to capture shots you normally could not with the standard lens on your mobile phone.
They work with any camera phone via detachable magnetic ring that sticks to your mobile phone with double-sided tape.
The combo lens retails for US$40 or about RM124 excluding shipping and handling. If you’re interested, Photojojo says they ship internationally but we’re not sure if that include deliveries to Malaysia as well.
Well, you can email them to find out.