Motorola basically invented the mobile phone and seduced everyone with the Razr in the early 2000s, but it was harder to innovate in the age of smartphones. There are ultra-thin motorcycle phones, customizable phones and modular phones, but some of the company's top performers are the more secure midrange devices like the Motorola One Action newly announced. The gadget with this phone is its built-in "action camera".
At first glance, the Motorola One Action looks a lot like most of the latest phones in the Moto One series. This is a standard glass sandwich model with a perforating front camera instead of the notch on the screen of other Moto devices. The bottom frame is a bit wider than the top because of the decision to stay with a less expensive LCD – the OLEDs can bend down to save space on the display connectors. This is a 6.3-inch 1080p screen with an extremely high 21: 9 ratio, like some of Sony's recent phones.
The big selling point is the configuration of the camera. There is a regular 12MP camera and a 5MP depth sensor, which is pretty standard. The twist is the 16MP wide angle sensor for 1080p video capture. Unlike other sensors, it is rotated 90 degrees. This way you can hold the phone vertically and record videos in landscape mode.
It was a taboo subject to film portraits (the Google app for cameras, even to harass you), but apps like Snapchat made it acceptable. And certainly, holding your phone in portrait orientation is more comfortable for one-handed use. Motorola installs the side sensor as a GoPro-like action camera in your phone. However, the field of view is not as good as that of many autonomous action cameras: it only has 117 degrees.
Inside, the Motorola One Action features a Samsung Exynos 9609 processor (unusual choice) and 4GB of RAM. You also get 128GB of storage included (using the faster UFS standard) and a microSD card slot. It uses the Android One version of Android 9 Pie, but it may not be the same in all regions.
The Motorola One Action is launched today in some markets, such as Brazil and Mexico. It is also present in several European countries. Prices start at 259 € (287 $). It will be broadcast in the rest of Europe, along with Latin America and Asia, later this month. The United States and Canada will also have the Motorola One Action – some older Motorola One devices have never been launched in either country. US and Canadian buyers can buy the unlocked Motorola One Action in October, but there is still no official price.
Nest is the leading player in smart home security and connected security. His status as a subsidiary of Google has subjected him to a special examination. Google talked about its "Customer Confidentiality Commitment" at the I / O 2019 when it unveiled the new Google Nest logo. The company has just delivered on its promise for I / O: it removes the option to disable the camera's status lights. Nest customers have answered with almost universal anger to change.
One of the principles in Google's commitment to privacy was that the company would ensure that there is a visual indicator when your Nest camera was on and streaming video on Google. According to the email sent to users, Google does this by constantly turning on the status of most Nest cameras. Thus, you will always know if any of these devices is actively broadcasting. So that's good, right? Not so fast – it turns out that many people liked being able to turn off those lights.
Nest says the Nest Cam video doorbell and Nest Hello will soon get a silent OTA update that removes the status light feature. The small green LED will be lit continuously when the camera is active and will flash when someone will watch the live stream. Instead of turning off the light, Nest will only support light attenuation.
This ensures that you and everyone around you are aware of what the camera is doing. However, this is not a characteristic that everyone wants. Many Nest camera owners prefer devices to attract the least attention possible. For example, blinking the camera at the door could indicate to an unwanted visitor that you are looking at him and not answering the door. Pretty awkward. This could also make the cameras easier to spot for an observer thief, who could then avoid them or damage them.
The status light is indeed a valuable tool if you are worried that someone will hack your cameras or if you do not trust Google. Although placing a Google camera in your home seems like a bad idea if you are that person. For all others, the status light is at best unimportant and at worst a nuisance. Imposing it on everyone could miss the point. The outrage over the Google community forums is widespread, but there is no indication that the company will reconsider its decision.
In recent years, Google's phones have gone from mediocre cameras to absolute and undeniable kings of mobile photography. This is pretty impressive, but Google has also managed this without adding multiple camera sensors, like most other manufacturers. The Pixel 4 will have two rear-facing camera sensors, which could result in incredible zoom shots if we believe a new teaser.
The key to Google's camera success is machine learning – the same techniques that help an AI beat StarCraft II players or drive a car can feed advanced image processing algorithms. It's no longer the megapixel number of your camera sensors, but the way the software handles all those megapixels after taking a picture.
Claude Zellweger, director of design at Google, recently released a photo taken on Instagram on a Pixel phone (see below). In the comments, he notes that the photo was taken with a 20x zoom. This is better than what you can get with current Pixel phones, even with the maximum digital zoom setting. Naturally, this suggests that Zellweger uses Pixel 4.
Google has done incredible things with its camera sensor isolated on Pixel phones, but you can only do a lot. We know that the Pixels 4 and 4 XL will have a secondary camera on the back and a recent claimed leak (credibly) that will be a 16 MP telephoto camera. The leak did not include the actual zoom level of the lens – we often see 2x and 3x on the phones. However, some recent devices have "periscope" type telephoto devices that can perform 10x optical zoom.
So, how to get to the 20x zoom? It is very very unlikely that this phone has a 20x optical zoom. The photo is crisp and silent, but it's probably the product of Google's excellent image processing. On current Pixel phones, you can use the digital zoom. The phone uses multiple exposures and your natural handshake to refine and sharpen the final image. What we probably see in this image is a 20x digital zoom using a telephoto lens – either something in the 2-3x range or eventually something higher like 10x.
No matter what camera material the Pixel 4 brings to the table, it will likely continue to deliver the best results. We expect the Pixel 4 and 4 XL to land in October at Google's annual hardware event.
The last few years in smartphone design have focused on minimizing borders to get the most screen possible in an approximately manual form factor. This led to some … interesting approaches to tighten in the front camera. Apple, Google, LG and others use a notch, but Samsung uses a puncher. And there is OnePlus, which has a motorized pop-up camera. Now, Oppo says it's almost ready to release a phone with the camera hidden under the screen. There will probably be compromises, but the aesthetic appeal will not be part of it.
Oppo mainly sells phones in its home market, China, which gives it the ability to experiment with designs and iterate quickly. It has already been used several times with the display notches and contextual cameras. In fact, OnePlus has the same parent company and reuses some of Oppo's chassis designs. Oppo has for the first time talked about the built-in cameras on the screen a few months ago, but it now contains more details.
According to Oppo, the display uses a custom transparent layer and redesigned pixel structures. When the front camera is not needed, it is invisible and the screen above works normally – it even responds to touch input. When you need the camera, the pixels that cover it turn off, allowing the sensor to see your face. Oppo further asserts that the presence of the camera will not compromise the quality of display.
– OPPO India (@oppomobileindia) June 26, 2019
We already have phones With optical fingerprint sensors placed under the display, the physics of a camera integrated on the screen takes all its meaning. However, the simple fact of being able to take a picture through the screen is not enough. He must be a good photo Oppo admits that, at the moment, the quality of the photo is easily compromised by the glare, the haze and the colors diffused by the OLED panel. It claims to have developed algorithms to compensate for this, and that its performance is similar to that of existing smartphones with exposed cameras.
Oppo has announced that it will announce its next phone with a built-in front camera on the screen. This phone will probably be exclusively for the Chinese market, but it is only a matter of time before similar technologies appear on other phones. It took about a year for integrated fingerprint sensors to move from wacky experimental Chinese phones to the larger market. Samsung has been talking about cameras for a long time, but that did not make any promise.
Google is in the process of bringing more Nest internal operations, and that can not happen too soon. Nest has recently been impacted by several security and privacy issues, and the most recent may be the most serious to date. Nest Cam users report that resetting the device before dropping it does not always prevent the previous owner from viewing the stream.
After you set up a Nest security camera, it's linked to your account. Only you (and anyone with your password) can view this feed. However, Nest also has the "Works with Nest" system that links products to other services. Nest users have reacted angrily when Google recently announced that Works with Nest will disappear, but that may be a good thing. Third-party integrations are responsible for the new breach of confidentiality.
The Wirecutter conducted a test after seeing a number of disturbing complaints online. Apparently, Nest Users could still see their camera feeds after a factory reset if they had been associated with a Wink hub, devices incorporating wireless smart home protocols like ZigBee and Z-wave. In the Nest world, it simply means removing them from your account. The filier confirmed with a Nest camera that, yes, Wink retains access to the camera after a reset. That's the case even if someone else installs Nest Cam on his account.
It seems that resetting the camera does not properly cut the Works link with Nest. The Nest app itself can not connect to the camera nor access its advanced features. However, the Wink app receives a stream of still images captured every few seconds. It's unclear if this issue is only for the standard 1080p Nest Cam or if the company's newest cameras, such as the Nest Hello and the IQ indoor camera, have the same flaw.
Google has now responded to the reports, indicating that it had identified the problem and that an update was being deployed to resolve it. Customers have nothing fortunately. Google's ultimate solution is to disable Works with Nest completely. The feature should be disabled in the coming weeks. In its place, Google suggests users to try the features of the Nest assistant, less powerful but more controllable by Google. Maybe this is not a bad thing, given the recent events.
But we think the most offensive phone element is hidden under our eyes: the jolts of the camera.
These hideous protuberances have always been a source of visual pollution, arising from the back of the phone for years, and they are becoming more and more ugly with each new model.
As always, we use a ranking system that makes the most sense: 🐪 (It was natural, no?), five being the worst and one the best.
Of course you have not asked that, but here are the bumpy smartphone cameras, classified, anyway!
Tons of leaks and rumors I would have reported what the new iPhone this year would look like. TL; DR? The glass and metal design is similar to that of the iPhone XS and XS Max, but with a much larger camera hump at the back to accommodate a third camera (supposedly ultra wide). The big bump of the camera was first leak in January by Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka @OnLeaks. From all the bumps of the camera, it seems to be the most glaring with three cameras arranged in a triangle inside a square protrusion. It's big, strange and very similar to Apple. Hope this will look better in person than in concept.
Google Pixel 4 has not yet launched. However, in a rare move, the tech giant shared an image upcoming phone numbers a few months before its scheduled release. Visible in front and in the corner: a huge bump with what looks like two cameras, an LED flash and the supposed "spectral sensor". It is impossible to say how the square bump of the Pixel 4's camera compares to that of the successors of this year's iPhone XS and XR. One thing is certain: with fewer lenses, this may seem less strange.
Huawei or his phones, one thing you can not ignore is the gigantic hump of the camera located at the back of his flagship product P30 Pro. The camera is one of the biggest and longest ever seen on a smartphone. If Huawei continues to add new cameras, the P40 and P50 Pro cameras will only have one great pill-shaped hump on the right side. We pray that this never happens.
From Samsung Galaxy Fold is delayed indefinitely. Well, because his photo hump could use a major diet. The Galaxy Fold already has the thickness of two phones once folded, why is there even a photo bump? On a phone as thick, it is even a crime to have one.
Red's first smartphone from the movie camera manufacturer, the Hydrogen A, was in our opinion the worst product of 2018 and the real shipwreck of the phone that nobody should buy. But despite its stocky construction, its "4D holographic display" and its poor image quality, the camera hump is perhaps the least offensive element about the camera. # 39; s device. Of course, he is tall and takes up almost a third of his back, but he is still thin enough to not Wobble on a flat surface.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is a beautiful phone. It's a bit thick, but it's still a very popular device. What is not sexy is the long camera on the back: the right edge is sharper than the photos and easily captures the dust. In addition, the telephoto (lowest) can easily be covered with your index finger when the phone is held in portrait mode.
Similar to the bump camera aligned in the center of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Sony Xperia 1 & # 39; s contains three cameras. In the end, the camera hump of the Xperia 1 is slightly lower than that of the OnePlus 7 Pro only because the edge is chamfered and less sharp, and that the LED flash can not be overlaid with the index of your fingers. The details matter!
I love the versatility of iPhone XS two cameras (wide and 2x telephoto), but I hate that the pill-shaped camera hump design has spread like wildfire to other phones. If there's a phone to blame for normalizing the camera's bumps, that's fine. iPhone X. The positive side: the hump is one of the smallest (for the moment).
Samsung's four Galaxy S10 Phones have a rectangular camera protection module that includes anywhere between 2 to 4 cameras, an LED flash and a heart rate sensor. Aligned parallel to the Samsung logo, this camera is unique enough not to be confused with an iPhone or a OnePlus.
Huawei's Mate 20 Pro gets credit for being the first smartphone to use a square shaped camera hump. Positioned in the middle, the camera contains three cameras (wide, ultra-wide and telephoto) and an LED flash. The bulge of the camera is important, but as the cameras and the flash are symmetrical and the whole module is placed in the center instead of the corner, it is beautiful.
The Nokia 9 PureView could have been a great phone. Unfortunately, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip was just enough to assemble images from the phone's five rear cameras. That said, props to Nokia for packing five cameras, a 3D depth-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor and an LED flash on the backside without the help of any camera shock . If you want to take a look at the LED flash, the Nokia 9 PureView would have won first prize.
1. The LG G8 ThinQ & # 39; s Fantastic aerial gestures will not win many people and the rest of the phone is passable, but one thing is that nails are the hump of the camera. There is not one! In one way or another, LG managed to include two cameras lined up on the phone's body. It's not even as if the body of 8.4 mm (0.33 inch) was very thick or otherwise. If there is a feature Apple, Samsung or Huawei, it is this beautiful camera design.
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