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Xiaomi is more than just a smartphone company. The company has launched a wide range of products including Mi TVs, Mi Powerbanks, Mi Earphones, Mi Air Masks, Mi Security Cameras, Mi Air Purifiers, and others. With its product lineups, Xiaomi wants to cover every corner of its consumers home. With the same aim, Xiaomi launched a new Mi Home Security Camera in India today. This is the second security camera that the company has launched in the country since last year. The first security camera was launched in India in 2018. The Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes with lesser specs when compared to the existing Mi Home Security Camera 360-degree. The new security camera also costs less.

Xiaomi Launches Mi Home Security Camera Basic in India for Rs 1,999

Xiaomi Launches Mi Home Security Camera Basic in India for Rs 1,999
Xiaomi Launches Mi Home Security Camera Basic in India for Rs 1,999
The Mi Home Security Camera Basic will be available for purchase via from February 14
The new security camera from Xiaomi offers Talkback feature

Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera Basic Features

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic has been launched in India for Rs 1,999. The new Xiaomi product will be available for buying from tomorrow onwards, i.e February 14 on Like the 360-degree camera, the new Mi Home Security Camera Basic also comes in white colour so that it can blend easily with the home decor of the user. The last year’s Mi Home Security Camera 360-degree is currently available in India for Rs 2,699.

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes with several features and one of the most important of them all is the 1080p picture quality support. Talking about the new product, Xiaomi reveals that the new Home Security Camera Basic comes with full HD 1080p support, ultra-wide 130-degree angle, Talkback feature, AI motion detection, and Infrared night vision. There are other interesting features too, but these are some of the important ones.

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic can record video in 1080p Full HD resolution with a maximum frame rate of up to 20fps. Xiaomi claims that the security camera is very much capable of delivering crystal clear picture quality video. The Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes packed with a 130-degree ultra wide angle lens which the company says is capable of covering almost all corners of the house. The new Mi security camera is smart enough to minimise the blind spots in a room. It also comes with a night vision range of up to 10m.

The Mi Home Security Camera Basic also comes packed with advanced AI motion detection feature and superior algorithms which Xiaomi says is capable of filtering out false alarms. The Security Camera Basic also includes features like intelligent detection function. This feature helps users to get push notifications when there’s some movement. Another interesting feature that the new Mi Home Security Camera Basic comes packed with is Talkback. Xiaomi says that the Talkback feature improves the overall voice calling experience. The camera also includes a feature called picture-in-picture mode which basically enables users to check on their sleeping baby while watching movies or playing a game.

When Google unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, they also announced a new camera feature that wasn’t available at launch: Night Sight. Google showcased the feature by comparing a photo taken in low light conditions by an Apple iPhone Xs and a Google Pixel 3 with Night Sight enabled. The photo taken by the Pixel 3 was clearly superior, but it wasn’t until XDA Senior Member cstark27 released a modified version of the Google Camera app enabling Night Sight ahead of its general availability that people realized just how incredible Night Sight really is. The modified version only worked on the Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2, and Google Pixel 3, but now XDA Senior Member Arnova8G2 has released a port of Google’s camera app with a working Night Sight mode. So far, it has been confirmed to work on the Xiaomi Mi 5 (by the developer himself) as well as on the Essential Phone (by us and multiple community members.)
First Google Camera port with Night Sight working for the Xiaomi Mi 5, Essential Phone
First Google Camera port with Night Sight working for the Xiaomi Mi 5, Essential Phone

First Google Camera port with Night Sight working for the Xiaomi Mi 5, Essential Phone

Posting on our OnePlus 6 forum, Arnova8G2 updated readers on his progress getting Night Sight working on the OnePlus 6. He states that while features like HDR+ enhanced, Motion photos, RAW capture, Portrait Mode, panorama, and Photosphere work, other features like burst capture, slow motion, Photobooth, and the new Night Sight mode don’t work on the OnePlus 6 just yet. However, the new feature now works on some devices like the developer’s Mi 5 and, in our own testing, on the Essential Phone. While you won’t yet get the same quality as seen in our initial testing of the feature on the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 3/3 XL, it’s a promising start for future editions of the Google Camera port.

We recommend you keep an eye out on the XDA forum thread here for all the latest updates from Arnova8G2. If you’re interested in trying out this initial port on your device, you can download it from the link below. Just don’t expect it to be as good as what Pixel owners are getting, at least not yet.

April 29, 2018 , ,
It’s common knowledge now that the camera on the Apple iPhone has always been pretty neat. An iPhone might not boast of more megapixels or the modern-day ‘beautification’ features found on most Android smartphones yet it clicks impressive images. However, one can still improve the camera of an iPhone by installing some camera apps. We list out five camera apps available on App Store that enhance the performance of an iPhone’s camera
5 must-have camera apps for iPhone users
Camera+ (Rs 249) Perhaps one of the oldest camera apps for the iPhone and it remains widely popular. Over 10 million users have bought this apps and for a good reason. It lets you click photos in raw mode and allows you to control shutter speed, ISO and white balance. What’s more all you need to do is tap with two fingers on the screen to set exposure and focus.
VSCO (Free) Another popular and reliable app for iPhone users is VSCO. It’s free of cost – though there are in-app purchases – and is extremely simple to use. The interface is nice and easy and it has good options to click images as well as some nice editing options. VSCO is a goto free app for many iPhone users.
Hydra (Rs 399) An app that upscales images to 32MP – that’s Hydra for iPhone users. It’s one of the better apps around for low-light photography. There’s a dedicated low-light mode which clicks great images and it also has HDR mode for videos.
ProCam 5 (Rs 499) ProCam 5 is a feature-packed app for the iPhone camera. It has almost all modes – burst, portrait, night, time lapse – and also offers different focus options. The UI might look a bit complex but it’s an app that is a favourite of many on the App Store as more than 6.5 million users have purchased it.
Halide Camera (Rs 499) Considered to be popular among ‘serious’ photographers, Halide has a lot to offer. It has features like manual control of ISO and exposure. It has modes like Pro and Automatic and makes the iPhone’s camera performance even better. The user interface is easy to understand as it’s gesture based.

April 10, 2018 , ,
Panasonic Lumix G7, Lumix G85 DSLM Cameras Debut in India: 4K Video Cropping, 3.5mm Mic-In and More
Panasonic has come up with its latest mirrorless cameras for its Lumix line-up. The new debuts in the series are the Lumix G7 and the Lumix G85. We compile a detailed spec sheet here about the new entrants in the Lumix series. Both the cameras belong to the DSLM or the Digital Single Lens Mirrorless category. The Lumix G85 features a dual-image stabilisation and a focus stacking feature allowing the users to adjust the depth of field after capturing an image.
It is also dust and splash proof. The weight of the camera body also comes out to be about 435gms. The next camera, Lumix G7 sports a 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and is the less costly of the two cameras. While the Lumix G85 is priced at Rs 72,990, the Lumix G7 ships at Rs 72,990. Both cameras will retail at Panasonic stores, and there will also be an alternative the Lumix G7 with a dual kit option at Rs 58,990 under which the 1442 mm + 45150 mm lens will come as the part of the setup. Also, both the cameras will support 4K.
Panasonic Lumix G85 The pricier of the two new cameras come with a 5-axis Dual Image Stabilizer, which according to company’s claims offers blurring suppression and is capable of cropping live 4K videos. Speaking about an important piece of hardware for the photographers, the Lumix G85 fashions an OLED LVF (Live View Finder) with a 3-inch free-angle display and is equipped with a 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor without a Low Pass filter. The Camera has a max sensitivity of 25600 uses the Venus Engine image processor. The camera can also record 4K video and supports simultaneous real-time playback to an external monitor via HDMI while recording a video. Besides providing impeccable imaging experience the Lumix G85 also offers RAW data development, multiple exposures, time-lapse and stop-motion animation.
Panasonic Lumix G7 The Lumix G7 is capable of recording QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 resolution at 25p (50Hz) or 24p in MP4. The camera has a 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor which alike the G85 also uses the Venus Engine image processor and a quad-core CPU. The max ISO of 25600 is same as the G85 and comes with a 3-inch free-angle screen. Speaking of additional functionalities, the camera has a mode dial, in addition to the front/rear dials, Wi-Fi connectivity with smartphones, a 3.5mm mic socket, focus peaking, time-lapse shot and stop-motion animation. Gaurav Ghavri, the Product Head of Digital Imaging at Panasonic India, said, “The new LUMIX G7 and G85 targets the new-age videographers and photographers, who are upwardly mobile and are willing to join the 4K revolution.
Designed for all DSLM professionals, these cameras are an answer to a professional, 4K photography and videography that ensures memories for life. The compact form, packed with innovative technology with Dual-Image Stabilisation and Focus Stacking function that enables users to adjust the depth of field after shooting by combining multiple images shot with the Post Focus distinguishes them from the pack. Set to transform the DSLM segment, we see a huge potential for Lumix G series in India.” It is worth noting that Panasonic is making constant instalments in its Lumix camera series, before these two cameras, Panasonic has also launched the Lumix GH5S cinema 4K video recording camera, which debuted at Rs 184,990. The camera comes with 5EV luminance detection performance with Low Light autofocus and comes with a “LiveView Boost” feature which allows it for checking composition in darkness by boosting the sensitivity. It features a 10.2MP Digital MOS Sensor with “Dual Native ISO Technology” and is also driven by the Venus image processor with max ISO levels of 51200.

Choosing the Right Dashboard Companion
The Best Dash Cams of 2017Dash cams have gained in popularity recently in part because of jaw-dropping viral videos of stunt driving and stunning weather activity, like a gorgeous sunset or menacing tornado. Perhaps a less fun, but more important reason that drivers are putting dash cams into cars is to limit liability in accidents and capture vandalism when parked. Especially if you drive a company car or work for Lyft, Uber, or any other taxi service, having video proof of your role in an accident is crucial. For everyone else, it's just another piece of evidence to furnish to your insurance company in case of an accident or vehicle damage.

There's a varied landscape of dash cams out there, with a range of features including GPS navigation, safety alerts, and mobile app integration. Some even double as action cameras and are compatible with tripod mounts, so you can take them out of your car and into the great outdoors. Here's how to choose the right dash cam for you.

Primary Features
All of the dash cams featured in this story record in 1080p video resolution, though you can dial that down in some cases to increase the amount of video you can store. Consider purchasing the largest memory card a dash cam will accept so that you can store the maximum amount of video, and remember to transfer it to your computer regularly if you want to keep it.

Many dash cams are set up to automatically record once you start the car, and to overwrite video once the internal storage or memory card is full. In the case of a collision, a dash cam with a G-Sensor will detect that action and automatically save the recording so you can view it later and use it as evidence if necessary. Some also have a still camera built in if you want to take a snapshot on your route, though it's usually low resolution, not even at the level of a smartphone image.

Goluk T1 Dashcam
A camera's field of view is important, as a wider-angle lens will capture more detail. As you can see in the chart above, the Cobra CDR 855 BT has the widest lens we've tested, at 160 degrees.

While some dash cams double as actual GPS navigation devices, such as the Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT, others simply use GPS so that you can pinpoint where a video took place, which is important in the case of accidents or other incidents. It's also helpful when you capture a sunset, storm, or other interesting activity and want to know exactly where it happened.

Most dash cams have built-in screens so you can review video right on the device (though hopefully not while driving), while others have no screen at all, and must be paired with a smartphone app. While a dash cam can act as a safety device, one with a large 5-inch screen will take up more space on your windshield and if not positioned carefully can be a distraction. Be sure to install it outside of your line of sight, perhaps closer to the passenger side. Smaller cams without screens can be installed right under the rearview mirror, and thus out of your sight.

The dash cams we tested use either a suction cup to connect to the windshield or an adhesive to stick to the rearview mirror or dashboard. Consider going for a test drive to be sure you've chosen a good spot and that it's securely installed.

Back It Up
Dash cam manufacturers have also entered into the rear-facing backup cam business. Garmin sells the dedicated BC 30 backup camera and babyCam, the latter of which can be used to keep an eye on kids in the backseat. Newer dash cam models have dual cameras that can be used side-by-side to get a wider field of view, or as simultaneous forward- and backward-facing cameras.

A rear-facing camera isn't necessary for everyone, though it's certainly convenient when backing out of a driveway or parking spot. However, many new cars have this feature built in, as well as GPS navigation and other safety features. And as mentioned there are standalone options, like the excellent (but pricey) Pearl Rear Vision.

Driver Assists, Wireless Connectivity, and Apps
Dash cam companies have started adding driver-assist features that you'll find on newer, high-tech cars, such as lane departure warnings and forward collision alerts. Typically, these features kick in when you reach a certain speed; in the case of the Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT, it's 60 miles per hour. These features could come in handy after a long day on the road or if you're using a company vehicle; they're not must-haves, though. Safety camera alerts, including red light and speed cameras, are helpful in avoiding traffic tickets. Some devices can even alert you of school zones and upcoming curves.

Certain dash cams, including the Cobra CDR 855 BT, double as radar detectors. By downloading the iRadar mobile app, you can get alerts to safety cameras and radar traps and report instances of these law enforcement tools.

While the features listed above are free with the CDR 855 BT and the DriveAssist 50LMT, other dash cams charge a subscription fee. With the Dash Cam 35, for instance, you need to pay $24.99 per year for law enforcement camera alerts.

Some dash cams have Bluetooth in order to connect and sync with mobile apps, though the Goluk T1 uses Wi-Fi. Pairing via Bluetooth also means, in some cases, that you can make and receive calls and text messages via voice, as you can with Garmin devices.

How We Test
We take all of the dash cams we test for multiple drives, noting how easy (or difficult) it is to install and how conspicuous it is. While it isn't possible to test every single feature—trying out the G-Sensor would require intentionally crashing into another car or object—we are able to get a sense for how effective the primary features are, and the quality of the video output.

To judge video quality, we watch recorded video and check for specific details, such as the ability to read license plates and street and traffic signs in both sunny and overcast weather. For the Cobra and Goluk models, we also attached them to a bicycle to gauge their abilities as action cameras.

In the end, it comes down to your own needs and preferences. Do you need a GPS device? Would you like to have modern safety features without purchasing a new car? Are you concerned about red light cameras and speed traps? Or do you just need a simple dash cam and nothing else? Consider these questions before making a purchase—and be sure to read each of our reviews to determine which dash cam is right for you.

For more, see 39 Ways to Soup Up Your Current Car With Tech.

Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT Review
Editors' Choice
$299.99 MSRP

Bottom Line: The Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT offers the full package for safe drivers: GPS navigation, hazard alerts, and a built-in dash cam.

Cobra CDR 855 BT Review
$149.95 MSRP

Bottom Line: The Cobra CDR 855 BT adds some smart features and helpful alerts in addition to basic dash cam functionality, making it a good pick for the price.

Garmin Dash Cam 35 Review
$169.99 MSRP

Bottom Line: The Garmin Dash Cam 35 is a fine choice for capturing on-road incidents and avoiding collisions.

Goluk T1 Review
$129.99 MSRP

Bottom Line: The Goluk T1 is an affordable dash cam that is equally adept at helping you capture traffic incidents as well as your outdoor adventures.

July 18, 2017 ,
Kodak Launches ‘Ektra’ Smartphone at Rs. 19,990; Features 21MP Camera With DSLR-like Settings!American technology company, Kodak has entered the Indian smartphone market with its new offering – Kodak Ektra. The company launched its LED TV in the market last year, and now Kodak is actually doing what it is meant to.
Bullitt Group, a Kodak licensee for mobile devices, announced the smartphone in India at Rs. 19,990. The smartphone has been available in the US and Europe markets for quite some time now. The smartphone is available on Flipkart for purchase.
Called the ‘camera-first smartphone’, it features some best-in-class camera features like fast-focus, imaging and editing capabilities. It features a 21MP sensor at the back with f/2.0 aperture and a 13MP sensor at the front.

“Kodak carries a strong brand legacy in India, and with EKTRA, we aim to enhance the skills and experience of Indian photo-enthusiasts. The KODAK EKTRA Smartphone is all about capturing the moment, telling a story, and revelling the experience of photography. Our latest features and performance adjustments include RAW support, all of which will help drive our customers’ creativity,” said Peter Stephens, CEO, Bullitt group.

Take a look at the specifications below –

  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 2.3GHz deca-core MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 Processor
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM expandable up to 128GB for the photos you take
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0 which is a letdown
  • 21MP rear camera with dual flash, fast-focus, f/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilisation, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and HDR imaging technology
  • 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF
  • 3,000mAh battery with USB Type-C port

It can be seen that the only thing going for this smartphone is its camera. Kodak boasts of DSLR-like photographs, a camera that can capture neat portrait photos and 4K videos. This smartphone also supports RAW files in manual mode.

The phone comes with Snapseed built-in so that you can edit the raw images there itself. The camera app also has a DSLR-like ‘Scene Selection Dial’ so that you can easily switch the camera mode you’re using.
Having said that, other than the camera the phone doesn’t have the top-of-the-line processor or even the Android version that it can use to the maximum. 3GB RAM is common in smartphones two notches down, and the battery is small as well, considering it is camera-focussed.
To stir things up, Kodak should have at least offered users an option of upgrading to the latest software out of the box or could have upgraded the smartphone with a Qualcomm processor, along with an improved design with minimal bezels. However, not many phones under Rs. 20,000 focus on the camera and most focus on just providing the best value for money.

If you’re an avid photographer and don’t want the hassle of carrying your camera around, then this can be your best bet. However, do keep a look out for Chinese smartphone makers as they’re easily giving a tough time to their Korean and American counterparts.

July 17, 2017 , , ,
Kodak’s Camera Centric Ektra Smartphone Now Launched in India for Rs. 19,990Kodak, the once camera giant has launched the camera-centric Ektra smartphone today in India. It is priced at Rs. 19,990 and will go on sale exclusively through Flipkart starting from July 18th. The Kodak Ektra was first launched in Europe in December last year for £450 (approx Rs.38,000). The device still runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but the recent updates added few new features to enhance the camera capabilities. It now supports RAW file format in the manual mode and has improved auto focus and face detection. A few changes are also made for better low light photography. The navigation buttons are now disabled in the camera app to avoid accidental touches while using with the single hand.

Speaking on occasion, Jeff Clarke, Kodak Chief Executive, said:

“Kodak has a rich history in imaging technology and the launch of the Kodak Smartphone today demonstrates our ongoing commitment to bringing the latest advances in photography to consumers. The original Kodak Ektra Camera was launched in 1941 and in its latest reincarnation, opens up a world of creative opportunities to all who care about photography.”
The faux leather finish on the back a gives a premium feel to the device. Just like other camera-centric devices, the Kodak Ektra also comes with a thicker body and curved bottom edge. Talking about other specifications of the device, there is a 5-inch IPS display with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Both the display and rear camera lens are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by the MediaTek’s Helio X20 deca-core processor along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Ektra also includes a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion.
Earlier: Dec 4th, 2016 – In early 2015, Kodak has entered the smartphone market by launching the Kodak IM5 smartphone. Recently, it also launched the budget TVs in the Indian market starting from as low as Rs. 13,500. But this week, the company has a launched a new Android powered smartphone called Kodak Ektra. It will be available starting from December 9th in Europe for £450 which is more than double the cost of the earlier launched IM5 smartphone. At such a high price tag, the device comes with below par specifications but serves its main purpose as a camera-centric device.
It has a 21MP Sony IMX230 rear camera sensor protruding out of the device. The rear camera comes with a 6-axis OIS, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual tone LED flash. It can also record videos in 4K resolution. On the front, there is a 13MP selfie camera that can capture decent images with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture. There is a physical shutter button placed on the bottom of the right edge. It comes with several camera modes including HDR, Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Sport, Night-time, Panorama and Bokeh. The users can also adjust shutter speed and ISO with the manual mode option.
It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging with the USB 3.0 Type-C port. There is no information about the availability of the device outside of Europe. It is manufactured the Bullitt group which also manufacturers CAT smartphones. We had earlier covered about the CAT S60 smartphone which was unveiled at the MWC 2016 in Barcelona. It is the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera. The S60 is also waterproof and can stay upto 5 meters underwater for one hour.

July 17, 2017 ,
Meet the adorable robot camera Japan’s space agency sent to the ISSScience can be cute as hell when it wants to be – take the JEM Internal Ball Camera (“Int-Ball” for short). The device, created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), was delivered to the International Space Station on June 4, 2017, and now JAXA is releasing its first video and images.

Int-Ball’s unique design is obviously made possible by the zero-G environment in which it operates. It’s aiming to be able to move around “anywhere at any time via autonomous flight and record images from any angle,” says Japan’s space agency, and will hope to help onboard ISS crew by reducing the time they spend taking photography and capturing video themselves to zero. That currently accounts for around 10 percent of ISS crew time, JAXA says.
The purpose of Int-Ball is to give scientists on the ground the ability to remotely capture images and video, via a robot that can move autonomously around in space and capture both moving and still imagery. The 3D-printed drone offer real-time monitoring for “flight controllers and researchers on the ground,” according to JAXA, and the media it gathers can also be fed back to ISS crew.
Int-Ball contains actuators, rotational and acceleration sensors and electromagnetic brakes to help it orient in space, and JAXA is exploring the tech for other applications including satellites. The mission on the ISS, following its initial verification, which is underway now, includes improving its performance and seeking ways to help it better operate – with experiments both inside and outside space-borne vehicles.

No word on its friendship capabilities but I have to imagine they’re very high.

Satish Kumar

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