Here’s a cool kickstarter project that let’s you put a small action camera, like the GoPro on an arm that will let you shoot cool third person view action footage. The kik consists mainly of three items:
- A curved carbon sandwich backplate that is worn with a waterproof adjustable sports belt.
- Adjustable camera pole.
- A locking/release mechanism.
The whole system weighs around 950 grams and can fit in a backpack when you are done filming. The project will run until February 18 and they are currently funded around 70%, so it will most definitely get funded.
3rd person view action camera [kickstarter.com]
Here’s a quick review of the camera in the brand new Sony Xperia Z vs the iPhone 5 (and the Oppo Find 5). Since the Xperia Z features a 13 megapixel camera that is supposed to be really good, I’m a bit surprised that the difference isn’t bigger. The Sony Xperia Z is by the way the first phone in years that made me even think about switching from my iPhone 5.
The camera of the Nokia Lumia 920 is supposed to be really good, so DP Review spent some time and published a review of just the camera part of the new Nokia phone. It features a 8.7 megapixel sensor with a f2.0 lens, so the specs are quite good. The only bad thing with the review is that it lacks any comparision; it would be great to have it compared with the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, their conclusion is:
“What they like:
Optical image stabilization enables blur-free slow shutter speeds
Dedicated two-stage shutter button
Wide field of view
Flexible choice of aspect ratio
OIS steadies video shooting
What they don’t like
Ho-hum pixel-level image quality even at base ISO
Some clunkiness in camera app interface”
Check out the full review.
I got the iPhone 5 a few weeks ago (I’m really satisfied by the way) and I have put together a quick camera shootout. Other than the iPhone 5 I used the 3Gs, 4 and the 4s. I was mostly interested in the difference between the iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 as I haven’t found any significant improvements other than overall speed while using it. I started out with a traditional ‘objects on the table’ shot.
As you can see in the photos above the results were basically what you would expect. The 3Gs is worst and has the typical foggy look, while there’s really no big difference between the 4s and the 5. Let’s see what the 100% crops looks like.
I threw in a Canon 550D shot, just to get a reference, and as you can see the 4s and the 5 look basically the same. Moving on to a close-up of Captain America:
Same thing here, a bit foggy 3Gs image, the typical blue tone image from the iPhone 4, and the 4s and the 5 shots are very similar. No big improvement, and the 100% crops looked basically the same for the 4s and the 5, so I didn’t bother publishing them. Let’s move on to a daylight landscape shot.
All of the images look quite good, as you would expect from a shot when there’s plenty of light available. The same thing here; iPhone 4s and the iPhone 5 are a very close match.
When Apple talk about the new camera in the iPhone 5 they mostly talk about the speed and that it’s better to capture images in low-light conditions so let’s move into a quite dark closet.
And here’s the first dramatical difference between the phones. I didn’t use the flash in any of the shots, to actually see what the phones were capable of capturing in low-light conditions. All of the images except the iPhone 5 version are useless. Even though the iPhone 5 shot is very noisy (see a 100% crop below), it’s still a big difference compared to the iPhone 4s.
Conclusion: The camera from the iPhone 5 is a a slight improvement in a head-to-head comparision with the iPhone 4s. The camera is much faster and can capture images where the 4s just produce a nearly black shot. But I guess you won’t upgrade from a 4s to a 5 just for the slightly improved camera…
The Samsung GALAXY Camera (aka EK-GC100) is an interesting new camera from Samsung. I have actually been waiting for these kind of cameras for a while, because it’s an obvious next step to do what Samsung have been doing with the new Galaxy camera – integrating Internet and apps into the camera! It’s too early to say if this camera is a good one, but if you just read the specification sheet it sure looks great; 21x optical touch zoom lens, a bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, quad-core processor, WiFi and 3G & 4G connections. If they just add some proper phone functionalities I guess that many would switch their Android phones for a device like the Samsung GALAXY Camera as the camera keeps becoming more and more important when you decide what phone to buy.
Full press release after the jump.
The Canon EOS C100 is a brand new semi-pro / pro video camera based on the recently announced Cinema EOS System. It’s a bit simpler than the EOS C300 but still a very competent video camera. Paul Joy has spent some time comparing the two models and he has also published plenty of images of the C100. Full press release after the jump.
Well, we didn’t get a new iPhone 5 today, but at least we got a nice upgrade. The new iPhone 4s features a dual-core A5 chip for improved speed, a new 8 megapixel camera sensor with new optics (looks quite interesting this one!), full 1080p HD video recording and a new voice driven intelligent assistant. Read all about it after the break.