Samsung Galaxy Camera in-depth review by Lars Rehm at Connect.DPreview: "The Galaxy Camera is a great device for those who are planning to make good use of its connectivity features and have $600 to spend."

3 years ago I downloaded Rovio's 'Angry Birds' game for some fun my daughter to play with, and never ever would i imagine then, that the ability to play this game would count as a good point on a camera reviewed at DPreview. Good or bad, progress it certainly is. But there are valid points, even for hardcore avid photographers, to have an open operating system like Android on a camera: 

"Despite being a first generation product the Samsung Galaxy Camera works surprisingly well. The camera interface could be a little sleaker and more responsive and the image quality is average at best but the huge number of available apps, the smoothness of Android 4.1, the excellent screen and the flexible zoom range make up for these flaws. The Galaxy Camera is a great device for those who are planning to make good use of its connectivity . . . read more

Nikon Coldpix S800c review by Jeff Keller at DPreview: "Photo quality, battery life, and Wi-Fi reception are all things that need significant improvements"

This must be the very last device to be released with the Victorian era original Android version. Heck, even shacks in Asia putting together 49.99 toys have been putting at least Android 4 on their wares for the past year or so. I spent some quality hours with the S800c myself, and I honestly believe that the 'c' in the name stands for 'crap'. Jeff is a lot kinder than me however, he actually likes some aspects of the camera:

"Camera performance is good in most respects, with two notable exceptions. First, startup times. The camera takes 1.8 seconds to extend its lens and prepare for shooting. If the camera's been off for a while, then you'll have to wait for an additional 30 seconds for Android to boot up before the S800c is . . . read more

DCRP final review posted by Jeff Keller, the Nikon S800c Android powered camera: Plenty of goodies like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5' Oled screen and Bluetooth, but mediocre image quality, response time and handling.

"Photo quality is just okay. Exposure is generally accurate, though like most compacts, the S800c will clip highlights at times. Colors were nice and vivid, except in our studio, where everything had a brownish cast. Subjects were soft and fuzzy, with some fine details smudged away by noise reduction. You can crank the ISO up to around 400 and still make decent-sized prints, though ISO 800 is best for small prints only. Whether there's redeye in your photos depends on whether the camera's auto removal system catches it. If it does, you should have good results. If it doesn't, look out. Purple fringing . . . read more

Instagram outs new version, now comes in 25 languages, tightens Facebook integration, and includes a new filter: Mayfair, has a warm pink tone, subtle vignetting that brightens the center of the photograph, and a thin black border.

"Today, we’re introducing new and improved translations for 25 languages on Instagram! You can now navigate Instagram in your native language—on both mobile devices and the web—making it easier for anyone around the world to sign up for an account.

Enjoying photos on Instagram may not require written language, but translating Instagram helps all users understand . . . read more

Pop Photo: Instagram's new terms of service make lame filters the least Of User Worries, starting this January, Instagram will for all intents and purposes be able to sell your images.

Stan Horaczek has picked up some of the goodies in Instagram's new terms of service. Troubling stuff, to say the least:

"They sound like similar lawyer speak, but there are a few phrases in there that make a world of difference. "Transferrable" and "sub-licensable" are the most troubling because they give Instagram the right to literally sell your images to, well, whoever. When you upload your photo to the service, you're giving them a license to show it as part . . . read more

Polaroid to release world's first Android based interchangeable lens camera, unless Samsung or Nikon beat them to it.

The Model name is IM1836, but hopefully this will be replaced with something cuter and more memorable when the final release comes. Known specs: Android 4.xx OS, 3.5' touch screen, 18 Mpixels sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and flash, full HD video with HDMI and headphones out and Panorama, Filters, and Blink detection modes. No more details are given yet, such as mount, sensor size, etc. The camera is pictured with a 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 lens, curiously similar in look and specs to Nikon's own 10-30mm series 1 kit lens. . . . read more

SnapSeed for Android extensive review at Connect DPR: Through its intuitive and shiny interface it does a lot of things right, but lacks essential functionality like zoom on images, and undo.

"Snapseed is a polished and powerful photo editor. It’s a standout in the iOS environment, and in the Android ecosystem it’s easily among the best general-purpose editors available.

Its greatest strength lies in the versatility of its control point system, which makes targeted adjustments fast and easy, even on the small screen of a phone. Its smart contrast enhancement is also extremely useful for brightening murky . . . read more

Curiosity review: The Samsung Galaxy Camera tested at Photography Blog, deemed Jack of all trades, master of social networking, but no real camera substitute.

"By compact camera standards, though, the Samsung Galaxy Camera's image quality isn't that great, suffering from obvious noise at relatively slow ISO speeds and chromatic aberrations, with the photos somewhat misleadingly looking much better on the excellent LCD screen than when downloaded onto a computer and viewed more closely. Still, its more than perfectly fine for cropping and resizing for posting on Facebook or Instagram, or for making regular-sized prints.

Although the Samsung Galaxy Camera is a large and eye-catching device, certainly more so than the ubiquitious . . . read more

Instagram camera 3.2 (3.3 on Android) brings redesigned app, new filter, improved tilt and shift, and more.

"Instagram 3.2 - Improved Camera with a New Filter

Today we’re excited to announce the release of the largest upgrade to our Instagram iOS camera since it was revamped just over one year ago. The camera has been the core part of the Instagram experience since the day we launched and as a result, we’ve made significant improvements to its look and speed. . . . read more

Google releases Nik Software's Snapseed for Android, offers the IOS version for free, and some really tight Google+ integration.

Full story at the Verge:

"This is not a head-to-head battle with Instagram. Google's strategy here is to go after the photo geeks, the prosumers, the folks who resent how 90 percent of images now have the same retro filter. "It’s not like Instagram with one click filters," says Josh Haftel, a 12-year-veteran of Nik Software now working out of Google's Mountain View HQ as a product manager on Snapseed. "You’re not in and out in 5 seconds. You do more customization, from color saturation to light leaks." . . . read more

Samsung Galaxy camera review at TechRadar

This camera is pretty much a milestone in the ever changing landscape of digital photography, and other manufacturers need to keep a close eye, or they'll lose the train:

"Even better news for many, is that the 16 million pixel CMOS sensor inside the camera is a 1/2.3 inch device, the same size as . . . read more

Snapdragon S4: Mobile imaging takes huge step towards and beyond entry level point and shoot cameras.

And by huge, we're not just thinking of the megapixel count, that currently stands at 16, thanks to monster phones such as the HTC Titan II.  No, even though the quad core S4 can support up to a 20 Mpixel sensor, it also adds features such as 1080p 30fps video shooting, zero shutter lag, support for up to 3 cameras, image stabilization, and more. These features combined with the ever more extensive array of sensors, and common-day specs such as big touch screens, gps, and wifi, make for a very potential weapon directed to the whole range of point and shoot cameras: . . . read more

Magix Camera MX app for Android released

Mattebox for iPhone review and thoughts.

This review is a bit oldish, but mattebox got the focus of my attention earlier today, and it got me craving for an iPhone. This app mimics-to all possible extent the functionality and interface of the Konica Hexar, and that cam is mostly based on my all time favorite film camera, the Contax G2. Potential show stoppers (as in ANY iPhone apps due to the @$%# Apple Api) are locked iso, shutter speed, and a tendency to refocus every now and then. For now, these problems can only be solved by a porting of Mattebox to Android.  . . . read more

5 Ways for Photographers to use an iPad to Jumpstart their Business @ DPS

I've got a 6th tip: Let's petition Apple to come out with a better, unrestricted iPad, like say, unlocked WiFi and ports, a real battery and a bigger model for those of us that think the current iPad looks like an oversized iPhone. Things like they enjoy over at the Android camp. . . . read more

Map-A-Pic for Android 1.21 update

Photoshop touch for Android quick hands-on @ NikonDigital

"There is one other wrinkle, at least for now. Tablets don’t make great cameras. Most mobile photos are still taken with phones or small point and shoots. So having an editor on your tablet is fun, and possibly a convenience, but you still need to get the image onto the tablet – and resized to . . . read more

Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera hands-on review @ DCI

We're not in the business of adding links to phone related news but hey, this is a. Polaroid and b.Android, and c.A Polaroid cam running Android:

"We’re not in the business of reviewing phones here at DigitalCameraInfo, so we don’t know if the Polaroid SC1630 will actually turn out to be a decent Android handset. There are a ton of them out there. . . . read more

Xperia ion is Sony’s fastest camera phone yet @ PMANW

“For photo enthusiasts, Xperia ion features a new Fast Capture innovation to make sure life’s unexpected moments are not missed,” Sony says. “The HD camera goes from standby mode to first shot in 1.5 seconds.” . . . read more

Polaroid Announces the SC1630 Smart Camera Powered by Android

Polaroid Press Release:

Fusing the Feature Set of a High-End Digital Camera with the Power of Android*, the Polaroid SC1630 Makes Snapping and Sharing High Definition Digital Images an Instant Experience

Adobe Photoshop Touch For Android review @ DPreview

"Unsurprisingly, Photoshop Touch doesn't offer the same level of flexibility as the full desktop version, but its feature set is impressively 'deep' nonetheless, and includes support for layers, a decent array of familiar Photoshop selection tools, effects and filters. Also available is a range of image acquisition options including synching to Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Facebook and Google Images. . . . read more

Dotti, a new photo app, emulates single-use camera @ PMA

Dotti is balancing a fine line between neat, stupid and practical, depending on your viewpoint.

"The free app lets users take and keep 12 pictures — unlike a film camera, unwanted pictures can be deleted — and then the roll is “developed” by sending to the pictures to Sincerely, who prints and mails them for $4.99 (in the United States) and $5.99 outside the United States). The company . . . read more

Top 10 Best Photography Android Apps @ Voicable

FTA:  "Whilst the iPhone 4 has seen phenomenal success in regards to its camera, the amount of manufacturers utilizing Android as their device’s operating system has inevitably resulted in Google’s mobile platform’s operating system being able to benefit from countless camera resolutions. VOICEABLE has compiled a list of . . . read more

Kodak Android print app

It appears Kodak has found a new future (and perharps its only future) in the Android app market. So far the app gets descent reviews, and it's free. Of course it only works with (select) Kodak printers: "Rochester, N.Y., December 05 -- Continuing to make printing from smartphones and tablets easy and accessible, Kodak today launched its free KODAK Document Print App1 for ANDROID OS Devices. Consumers can now send documents from their ANDROID OS device directly to their KODAK All-in-One Printer using Google Cloud PrintTM.
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