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Samsung 360 Round, A Powerful VR Video Camera

Hubert Nguyen October 18, 2017

As its name indicates, the Samsung round is a 360-degree high-resolution camera built to shoot Virtual Reality (VR) footage. It has 17 lenses to shoot in stereo from 8 different viewpoints (2×8) and one lens looking straight up, to avoid severe distortion at the top.

Before you get too excited, this Samsung 360 Round camera costs $10500, a price that puts it into the professional category.  The 360-video hardware market started years ago with people putting together a bunch of GoPro cameras, and we have seen some very weird and somewhat big cameras being put together that way. As of late, Facebook, Panasonic, Nokia and Samsung have been fielding compact, high-quality camera to film 360-videos. Note that the previous evolution of this camera was called “Project Beyond” by Samsung.

Both Samsung and Facebook firmly believe in the future of VR. Ultimately, they could both be right from their specific vantage point: VR could change social interactions, and it will inevitably end up being a “Display problem” once the significant initial issues have been solved. In any case, everyone agrees that the most consumed content will be 360-video. Image quality and video workflow are some of the challenges that many players are trying to solve.

The camera is water-resistant, with an IP-rating of IP65, which means that it is dust-proof and it can resist “Strong water jets” but should not be submerged. In short, intense rain won’t be a problem.

The cameras have 2 Megapixel sensors and a lens aperture of f1.8. It is possible to record 3d audio, thanks to an array of 6 microphones, with the ability to add more with two connecting ports. To process, the video in real-time, there is 10GB of RAM and 40GB of flash storage. It is also possible to connect an additional 2TB via an external SSD drive. A USB-C port serves as the primary data exchange mechanism. The on-board video processing makes it possible to live-stream in 360.

Samsung 360 Round, A Powerful VR Video Camera , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Samsung Working To Bring Portrait Mode To The Galaxy S8

Tyler Lee October 17, 2017

One of the upsides of phones that feature dual cameras, like the iPhone 7 Plus, is that it allows handset makers such as Apple to mimic the effects of a DSLR camera with a bokeh-like effect, which for those unfamiliar is where the foreground and background are separated from each other with a blurry effect.

However interestingly enough despite featuring just one camera on the Pixel 2, Google has managed to achieve a similar effect. This has led to some Samsung users wondering if maybe that effect could also be brought onto devices like the Galaxy S8, and the good news is that it sounds like Samsung is working to make that a reality.

In an email sent to a customer, the customer service rep was quoted as saying that at this point there is nothing to share, but he/she hopes that the portrait mode feature will arrive with the next software update. It is possible that the rep misspoke and that there is no such feature in the works, but if there wasn’t then the rep would have said just that, right?

Either way we suppose if it is true then it is good news for Samsung users, but until we can get further confirmation from Samsung themselves, do take it with a grain of salt for now and maybe try not to get your hopes up just yet.

Samsung Working To Bring Portrait Mode To The Galaxy S8 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Officially Announced

Tyler Lee October 16, 2017

According to the rumors from last month, it was suggested that Canon had a new camera in the works in the form of the PowerShot G1 X Mark III that could be announced this month. It turns out the rumors were right on the money because Canon has since officially taken the wraps off the PowerShot G1 X Mark III.

The camera will feature a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor along with the use of a DIGIC 7 image processor. Similar to its predecessors, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be a fixed lens camera and will come with a 24-72mm (35mm equivalent) 3x zoom lens, and given that focal length we reckon it should allow photographers to cover a variety of shots. Its aperture will range from f/2.8 at the widest to f/5.6 at max focal length which is pretty standard, but at f/2.8 we don’t expect you will get the same level of bokeh compared to that of f/1.4 or wider.

It will also come with a built-in EVF, a 3-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD, dual pixel CMOS AF, image stabilization technology, an ISO range of up to 25,600, 9fps continuous shooting speeds, and there will also be built-in WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. The camera will also offer up dust and water-resistance, so taking it along with you for outdoor shoots should not pose a problem.

If this sounds like a camera you might be interested in getting your hands on, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be made available this coming November where it will be priced at $1,299.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III Officially Announced , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Canon Could Have More Than One Full-Frame Camera In The Works

Tyler Lee October 6, 2017

Given how Sony is more or less having free reign with its full-frame mirrorless cameras with no one to challenge them, it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that companies such as Canon and Nikon might have something in the works. In fact it seems that according to recent rumors, Canon might have more than one such camera in development.

In a report from Canon Rumors, they have heard that Canon apparently has three full-frame mirrorless cameras that they are development, although it seems that they are in different stages of development and that they might not all be released at once, but at least one model should be revealed by the end of 2018.

One of the cameras is said to be a full-frame mirrorless with a native EF mount, meaning that existing Canon camera owners should have no problems using their EF lenses with the device. The second device is said to be a smaller camera with a new mount which has been speculated to be a modified EF-M mount, and last but not least, the third model is rumored to be a full-frame mirrorless with a fixed lens and will most likely be skipping a 2018 launch.

Safe to say that you should take it with a grain of salt for now, but recent reports have indicated that Canon could be using a new dedicated sensor for its full-frame mirrorless lineup. We’ll definitely keep our eyes peeled for more information, but given that it’s only in 2018 that we’ll be seeing Canon announce something (if at all), we’ll be in for quite a wait.

Canon Could Have More Than One Full-Frame Camera In The Works , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Unlimited Google Photos Storage Valid Until 2020

Tyler Lee October 5, 2017

If there was one reason to get a Pixel phone it is that Google will offer its users unlimited Google Photos storage for original-sized photos. This is versus the regular storage options in which users are given free unlimited storage for photos up to a certain size, and photos bigger than that will have a quota and any additional storage will have to be paid for.

This offer has been extended to the newly launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, but unfortunately it seems that this is not a free-for-life offer. According to Google’s fine print on the Pixel 2 page (via Android Central), it seems that this free unlimited storage will only be valid until the end of 2020.

It reads, “Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards.” Note that this date is for the US because for other markets that the Pixel 2 phones are launching in, the cut-off date is different due to a later release, like in Canada and India where the cut-off has been listed for the 15th of January, 2021.

We suppose free-for-life was too good to be true, but either way it’s something to take into consideration especially if you foresee yourself using Google’s services for many years to come.

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Unlimited Google Photos Storage Valid Until 2020 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Clips Uses AI To Capture Your Important Moments

Tyler Lee October 4, 2017

The problem with being the photographer is that most of the time you aren’t in the photos. This means that while you can capture some truly great and unexpected moments, the fact that you’re not in those photos can be something of a missed opportunity, like a great family moment and so on.

However Google wants to fix that by launching Clips. This is a tiny camera that according to Google is powered by machine learning so that it knows when to take a photo. According to Google, “We’ve put machine learning capabilities directly into Clips so when you turn it on, the camera looks for good moments to capture. Clips looks for stable, clear shots of people you know. You can help the camera learn who is important to you so when grandma comes in town, you’ll capture the grand entrance.”

However if you don’t quite trust the machine learning capabilities of Clips, not to worry as the camera comes with a shutter button that you can press physically, as well as an accompanying app that lets you capture photos remotely, so you can just set it down and just snap at moments you think are important to you.

Google Clips will play nicely with both iOS and Android devices and will be launching soon in the US where it will be priced at $250. Interestingly enough Google notes that the first-generation of Clips has been designed for parents and pet owners in mind, which has us wondering what future versions could be like?

Google Clips Uses AI To Capture Your Important Moments , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Canon’s Full-Frame Mirrorless Rumored To Use A Dedicated Sensor

Tyler Lee October 3, 2017

It was initially thought that it was impossible to shrink down a full-frame sensor that could fit into a non-DSLR body, but that’s exactly what Sony has done where they have launched not only full-frame mirrorless cameras, but full-frame compacts as well. This has ultimately spurred the competition to work on similar devices.

In fact Canon is one of them as we have been hearing rumors that the company had a full-frame mirrorless in the works. Now according to a new report from Canon Rumors, they have heard from their sources that the rumored Canon full-frame mirrorless might actually feature its own dedicated sensor, versus reusing a full-frame sensor found on other Canon cameras like the EOS 6D Mark II or the EOS 5D Mark IV.

Apparently this information was revealed during an internal presentation that laid out Canon’s roadmap for the future. Unfortunately details about this particular sensor is unclear so we’re not sure what to expect. However the report does claim that we probably shouldn’t expect to hear an announcement at least until August 2018 which is roughly around Photokina.

This is in line with earlier rumors that suggested that Canon’s full-frame mirrorless might only be launched in 2018. It will be interesting to see if the rumors are true, especially when you consider that Nikon is also said to be working on a full-frame mirrorless of their own.

Canon’s Full-Frame Mirrorless Rumored To Use A Dedicated Sensor , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Instagram Testing Out ‘Follows You’ Feature On Android

Tyler Lee September 24, 2017

Want to know if someone on Instagram is following you? One way to go about doing this would be to check your followers list, but in case you’re someone who has thousands of followers, not to worry because it looks like Instagram is finally testing out a feature that many reckon is long overdue.

According to various user reports, Instagram is testing out a “Follows You” feature on its Android app. As its name suggests, this feature lets users know that a particular user is following them when they visit their profile, as you can see in the screenshot in the tweet below. Prior to this users had no way of knowing if a user was following them unless they were to search their “Followers” list.

Oh wow so now Instagram lets you know who actually follows you …loves this new update! So you can now lurking who’s a fan lmao pic.twitter.com/suQ6NUp3ls

— Paris Duarte (@ParisDuarte) September 16, 2017

This makes it a lot easier for people to find connections, and to maybe follow users back. At the moment it seems that the feature is being tested out for Android users, so for iOS users you guys will have to wait your turn. Instagram already allows users to see if people they follow follow another profile, so this is more about checking out on who’s following you.

There’s no word on when the feature will roll out for everyone or when it will be ready, so we guess we’ll just have to keep an eye out for it. In the meantime is this something that you have been waiting for on Instagram?

Instagram Testing Out ‘Follows You’ Feature On Android , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black Could Be Announced September 28

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

If you’re after a new GoPro camera, then you might have heard that GoPro has a new camera in the works in the form of the GoPro Hero 6 Black. Photos of the camera have recently leaked and according to the rumors, the camera is said to offer up better video recording than before at 4K resolution with a framerate of 60 FPS.

However the question is when will the camera be announced? According to a new report from Photo Rumors, it seems that the GoPro Hero 6 Black could be announced as soon the 28th of September which is in about a week’s time. The report claims that the camera will also begin selling on the same day so customers will be able to go out and get their hands on it right away if they wish.

In terms of pricing we’re not sure quite sure how GoPro will price its new camera, but we don’t expect it to deviate too much from its predecessor. It could potentially cost a bit more than before, but it should still roughly be in the same ballpark. Photos of the device have also shown that GoPro hasn’t done much to change the design with the Hero 6 Black, or at least nothing major. In any case we should have the official details soon enough, so check back with us soon if you’d like to learn more about it.

Image credit – Photo Rumors

GoPro Hero 6 Black Could Be Announced September 28 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Instagram Could Be Making Changes To Its Classic Grid Layout

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

If you go to anyone’s Instagram profile (or even your own), you’re probably familiar with the grid layout that the platform has been using for years to display photos. This grid layout isn’t just  way to view photos as thinking about what photo goes next to each other can help create a cohesive look.

We’ve also seen how users and companies have used it creatively to display larger images where they took advantage of the grid layout to upload multiple images to form a single large image. However that could soon come to an end, or at least users will need to get used to a new format because it looks like Instagram could be changing their classic grid layout from 3×3 to 4×4.

Anyone else’s instagram keep changing to a 4 pic grid then back to 3? pic.twitter.com/n1ebT20656

— Nicky (@nxckyhale) September 14, 2017

In a report from The Ringer, it seems that users are reporting that they are seeing changes made to the grid, where it used to display three photos per row but now it is displaying four photos per row. The grid design is still there, but users who used the grid for very specific design and layout purposes will probably need to rethink their choices.

We’re not sure what the reason could be for the change, perhaps to accommodate larger smartphone displays, but at the moment it doesn’t seem that all users are affected by this change which suggests that it could be a feature that is being tested. Either way what do you guys think of this potential change? Yay or nay?

Instagram Could Be Making Changes To Its Classic Grid Layout , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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