Samsung in collaboration with Xiaomi has just set a milestone for phones, the company has created a 108-megapixel smartphone camera sensor. The Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX is the first to surpass the 100-megapixel mark and is capable of shooting 6k video (6016 x 3384) at 30 fps.
The sensor is the first to adopt the 1/1.33-inch size, which makes it around 3/4 of the size of a 1-inch sensor similar to the one found in the Sony RX100 VII. Because of this, smartphones with this sensor is likely to be limited. This sensor is also equipped with what Samsung calls “Smart-ISO” technology, which will automatically adjust the sensor’s ISO levels to compensate for brightly-lit or low light environments.
Mass production of this sensor is expected to start later this month, which could mean that we’ll be seeing the first smartphone with this sensor by the end of the year. There are some rumors that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be the first.
Samsung announced a new version of “The Wall”. This new version dubbed The Wall Luxury has up to an 8K resolution and measures 292 inches corner to corner. The television uses MicroLED technology that is modular which allows it to be configured for different sizes and resolutions. According to Samsung, The Wall Luxury is rated for 100,000 hours of use, has a 120Hz video rate, and can achieve a peak brightness of 2,000 nits.
The new Leica Q2 features a full frame 47.3 megapixel sensor which provides superb quality. The camera has a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 Asph wide-angle lens. Since the camera has a fixed lens zooming is done by three crop options 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm – with a corresponding drop in resolution to 30MP, 14.7MP, and 6.6MP respectively. The Q2 now offers 4K video shooting at 30fps or 24fps. You can also switch down to Full HD and get 120fps or 60fps. Other features of the camera are IP52 standard weatherproofing, 50-50,000 iso range, electronic shutter speed up to 1/40,000 sec, and a 3.68MP OLED viewfinder. Visit the product page.
If you are into photography/videography and find the little display on the camera just doesn’t cut it, then you have got to check out the new portable monitor from Atomos. The Atomos Shinobi is a Full HD 60fps 5 inch 10-bit HDR 1000nit brightness monitor. Shinobi packs an assortment or monitoring tools which include, Focus Peaking, 4:1 / 2:1 / 1:1 Zoom, Zebra, False Color, Frame Guides, SMPTE Safe Area, Waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope, a new multi-view ‘Analysis’ view and a flexible 3D and 1D LUT. Atomos says the Shinobi comes color calibrated straight from the factory and has a six-hour battery life on a single Sony NP-F750 battery.
A new company called Noveto has come up with a technology that does what headphones do, without the headphones. The technology emits audio directly to your ears without disturbing people around you. Compared to similar technologies in the past where you had to be directly in front of the audio source, Noveto’s technology can follow you. Read the full article.
MicroLED is the first brand-new display technology to be commercialized in more than a decade. The last was OLED, which debuted in TVs on the Sony XEL-1 in 2008 and now dominates the TV picture quality race as well as powering most high-end phones. But even today the vast majority of screens, from TVs to laptops to tablets to phones, use older LCD technology instead of OLED. It has taken years for OLED to become more mainstream, and you should expect a similar (long) path for MicroLED. Read the full article.
Bose Frames were initially hyped as audio augmented-reality sunglasses that were compatible with Bose’s upcoming AR audio platform, Bose AR. Again, that’s audio AR only — the glasses don’t offer a Magic Leap- or HoloLens-style digital overlay of the real world. While that platform is still in development with apps arriving later this year, Bose has released the Frames with a more straightforward, limited mission: They’re sunglasses that are “enhanced with Bose technology to play music and take calls.” Available in two styles for $200, they’re initially on sale only in the US. Read the full review here.
The upcoming Obsbot Tail allows you to shoot and create video without the need for a cameraman. Using sophisticated AI, the Obsbot Tail tracks your movement by rotating the camera while keeping you in the frame. When it comes to resolution and power, the camera shoots up to 4k 60fps HDR10 quality and features a HiSilicon Hi3559A processor. Find out more here.