Hydrogen One Is Camera Maker Red’s First Smartphone

Camera maker Red is making its foray into the smartphone space. On Wednesday, the company announced a phone called the Hydrogen One, which, the company claims, will be “the world’s first holographic media machine.”

In a jargon-laden blog post, the company boasts of the Red Hydrogen’s display, camera capabilities, sound system, and support for modularity, a familiar feature that several companies including Motorola and LG have explored in recent years. At least one module will focus on higher quality motion.

The Red Hydrogen One smartphone features a “retina-riveting” display, which supposedly springs between “3D” and 2D modes depending on the content. One would be able to enjoy such content with wearing glasses, the company claims. About that, Red has also announced a channel where it will offer “4-view holographic” content.

Hydrogen One Is Camera Maker Red's First SmartphoneThe Red Hydrogen One will work with Red’s professional camera program (it’s unclear if one would actually be able to plug their Red DSLR cameras), and offer familiar user interface and monitor. Much like several recent flagship phones, the Red Hydrogen One will also comes equipped with a USB-C port, but interestingly also has a microSD card should you need more storage. A 3.5mm headphone jack will also be present.

The Red Hydrogen runs Android with several proprietary features such as “H3O algorithm that converts stereo sound into multi-dimensional audio.” We will have to wait to find out what exactly that means but the company says that the sound experience would be as good as plugging 5.1 audio out headphones.

Which brings us to the least exciting parts about the Red Hydrogen One. The phone comes in two variants: Aluminium, which will retail at $1,195 (roughly Rs. 77,350); and Titanium, which will retail at $1,595 (roughly Rs. 103,250). No word on the phone’s India availability, though readers in the US can expect it to arrive in Q1 2018. Pre-orders for the phone begin today.

Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Launched With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Recording

Leica has added new member to its TL system of cameras, called the TL2. One of the highlight features here is that each camera is machined from a single block of aluminium. The camera is available in black and silver options. It has been priced at around $1,950 (roughly Rs. 1,32,600) for just the body.

The Leica TL2 boasts of a new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which is coupled with a new Maestro II series image processor. Together, the TL2 is said to deliver improved dynamic range, contrast, colours and sharper details. Another highlight here is the addition of 4K video support at 30fps, full-HD at 60fps and HD video at 60fps or 120fps. Leica is also touting the autofocus speed of the camera, which is said to be around 165 milliseconds. This is attributed to the new image processor, which also helps achieve a much shorter start-up time. The electronic shutter speed has been upped to 1/40,000 seconds and burst shooting ranges from 7fps to a maximum of 20fps.

Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Launched With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video RecordingOther specifications of the Leica TL2 include an ISO range of 100-50000; RAW (DNG) file support; multiple focus modes like face detection and tracking; external flash support (there’s no built-in flash); USB 3.0, and HDMI connections.

The camera also has built-in Wi-Fi for transferring images and video to a smartphone via the TL app, available for both Android and iOS. Leica says the menus system is also better structured, making it easier to use. For navigating the menus, you get a 3.7-inch, fixed touchscreen LCD display on the Leica TL2. The TL system has currently a total of six lenses but the L-Bayonet mount makes it compatible with SL camera lenses too.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Launched in India, Price Starts at Rs. 1,32,995

Canon unveiled the EOS 6D Mark II late last month and on Monday, the company launched it in India. The Canon 6D Mark II will go on sale this month at a starting price of Rs. 1,32,995 for the just the body, or you could pick it up with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens bundle at Rs. 1,84,995, or a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens bundle at Rs. 2,02,995. All prices are inclusive of all taxes.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is designed for enthusiast-level photographers thanks to its full-frame sensor and brand new 26.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. Other features include a 45-point, cross-type autofocus system with Dual Pixel autofocus for live mode. The camera also uses the new DIGIC 7 image processor and boasts of an ISO 100-40000 range. It has an articulated, 3-inch touchscreen panel, continuous shooting of up to 6.5fps, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and is dust and water resistant. Sadly, video recording still maxes out only at 1080p at 60fps, as there’s no 4K support.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Launched in India, Price Starts at Rs. 1,32,995The Canon 6D Mark II boasts of a 7,560 pixel RGB plus IR metering sensor and a colour detection autofocus that is said to provide consistent and accurate exposure in various lighting conditions. For instance, it’s supposed to automatically detect skin tones and give priority to human subjects in the frame. It also features lens aberration correction that helps the camera automatically detect which lens is paired with the body and apply the right level of correction for distortion and diffraction when shooting.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Eddie Udagawa, Vice President of Consumer Imaging and Information Centre, Canon India said, “The EOS 6D Mark II is a versatile full frame camera that reflects the “Sense of Genius”, striking a perfect balance between compact design and superior performance offering an excellent value to the photo enthusiasts and professionals. The EOS 6D Mark II is a camera that will excel in a vast variety of genres. With a full frame sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and vari-angle touch panel, the EOS 6D Mark II, will appeal to both still and video audiences allowing them to experience the world of full-frame imaging in new and interesting ways.”

Sony A9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Launched in India at Rs. 3,29,990

Sony has launched the Sony A9, its flagship full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, in India. Unveiled globally back in April, the Sony A9 comes to India at a price of Rs. 3,29,990. The camera goes on sale from July 29 via all major Sony retail outlets across the country. The Sony A9 takes the best of Sony’s camera technologies (be it mirrorless or DSLR) and crams it into a body that’s smaller than most DSLRs in the market.

Some of the highlights of the Sony A9 include high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second. At the heart of all this is the new 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which enables data processing speeds that are up to 20x faster than its previous full-frame models. This is paired with an upgraded Bionz X image processor.

Sony A9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Launched in India at Rs. 3,29,990The Sony A9 features 693 phase detection AF points covering approximately 93 percent of the frame, which should ensure much faster tracking of moving subjects. It has a vibration-free, fully electronic, anti-distortion shutter with no mechanical mirror, thus avoiding shutter sound when capturing an image. The Sony A9 camera has a sensitivity of ISO 100-51200, 5-axis image stabilisation, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen display, EVF, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and video recording at 4K at 30fps, or full-HD at 120fps.

Along with the A9, Sony has also launched new accessories for the camera like the NP-FZ100 battery that offers about 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50 W-series battery; VG-C3EM vertical grip; GP-X1EM grip extension; FDA-EP18 eyepiece cup; and PCK-LG1 glass screen protector. Sony also announced two new wide-angle lenses and one telephoto lens. These include the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens (SEL100400GM) which is priced at Rs. 1,99,990 and will go on sale on July 24. The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 (SEL1635GM) is a wide-angle lens which is dust and moisture resistant and features a customisable focus hold and hood release button. It is priced at Rs. 1,79,990. Lastly, the FE 12-24mm F4 wide-angle lens is priced at Rs. 1,39,990 and features DDSSM (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for quick and quiet AF performance.

Xiaomi-Backed Yi Technologies Brings Its Action and Security Cameras to India

Xiaomi-backed Yi Technologies is known for its budget-friendly action and digital cameras that can challenge the likes of GoPro. Having already established a base in China, the US and Europe, the company has now made its way to the Indian market. Yi Technologies has launched two of its action cameras in the country, the Yi Action Camera and Yi 4K Action Camera, both of which are available on Amazon for Rs. 6,990 and Rs. 17,990, respectively. It has also launched two security cameras, Yi Home IP Camera and Yi Dome IP Camera, priced at Rs. 2,990 and Rs. 4,990, respectively.

The action cameras from the Xiaomi-backed company are priced a lot less compared to similar products from GoPro. The Yi Action camera features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX206 lens and an Amarelle A7LS image processing chipset. The camera has the ability to record 1080p videos at 60fps and includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options.

The Yi 4K Action Camera, as the name suggests, adds 4K capabilities, allowing it to shoot 4K videos at 30fps. It features a 2.19-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It also features 12-megapixel f/2.8 Sony IMX377 sensor with EIS and 7P lens. It packs a 1,400mAh battery and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Yi 4K+ action camera that was launched at CES 2017 earlier this year, and the the Yi M1 Mirrorless digital unveiled last year have yet to make it to the country.

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Yi Dome IP Camera

Moving on to the security cameras, the Yi Home Camera Wireless IP security surveillance system is among the cheapest of Yi products available in the country. Priced at Rs. 2,990, the security camera competes against the likes of D-Link and Nest. It features a 1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 111-degree wide-angle lens, advanced night vision, high accuracy motion detection, and built-in microphone.

The Yi Dome IP Camera comes with a bigger price tag of Rs. 4,990, which is supported by features such as 360-degree coverage, 10 seconds smart motion tracking, and built-in microphone. This is a direct challenger to the Nest Cam IQ that was unveiled in May, but is yet to launch in India.

Sony Reports Record Profits on Sales on Image Sensors

Japan’s Sony on Tuesday reported its highest-ever first-quarter operating profit, taking the electronics giant one step toward its highest annual profit in two decades on the back of robust sales of image sensors.

In a vote of confidence for Sony’s turnaround under Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai, the firm’s shares have risen by around 40 percent this year to nine-year highs.

The box-office success of its Spider-Man: Homecoming (Review) film has also fuelled hopes of a rise in earnings for Sony’s pictures business, which is working through a restructuring plan.

Profit increased 2.8 times to JPY 157.61 billion ($1.43 billion or roughly Rs. 9,164 crores) in April-June, exceeding the previous first-quarter record of JPY 121.3 billion set in 2007.

The result compared with a Thomson Reuters Starmine SmartEstimate of JPY 129.14 billion drawn from 10 analyst views.

The profit surge comes mainly as Sony’s image sensor business returned to stability having recovered from earthquake damage sustained a year ago, the company said.

Sony Reports Record Profits on Sales on Image SensorsSony’s semiconductor division, which includes image sensors, posted an operating profit of 55.4 billion yen, reversing the year-earlier loss of JPY 43.5 billion, as operations at a key plant fully resumed to meet brisk demand for image sensors for smartphones.

The consumer electronics business was also profitable as it focused on high-end television sets and smartphones without seeking to increase in scale.

Together, strong performance across Sony’s divisions is pushing profit to golden-era levels. Nevertheless, analysts said the firm is yet to find long-term drivers of growth.

With the future in mind, Sony is using its newly recovered financial strength to venture into acquisitions. On Monday, it said it had bought most of the distributor of the English-language versions of Dragon Ball Z and One Piece animations.

The firm maintained its profit forecast of JPY 500 billion for the year ending March.

While that is below the market’s average forecast of JPY 562.19 billion, it would still be the highest since the company made JPY 526 billion in the year ended March 1998, when it enjoyed strong sales of its first PlayStation games console and other electronics. It also benefited from box-office hit Men in Black.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for Profitability

GoPro forecast a smaller-than-expected loss, and said it was on track to launch the latest version of its flagship camera by the holiday season, as the company seeks to achieve its goal of returning to adjusted profitability in 2017.

The company’s shares were up 12 percent at $9.28 in after-market trading, and were set to wipe out their year-to-date decline if they open at that level on Friday.

Once a Wall Street favorite, GoPro’s body-mounted point-of-view cameras won a huge following among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies.

But the company came under pressure following a series of missteps including a delay in the launch of its Karma drone and production issues with its Hero5 camera.

GoPro also lost ground to feature-rich smartphones and rival products from companies such as Garmin and Sony.

The company is now betting on the Hero6 and the Fusion 360 action-cameras to help bring back its followers.

GoPro said during a post-earnings call on Thursday that it would realize revenue from the new products in the current quarter by shipping to customers ahead of the launch.

“Hero6 will probably perform in line with expectations, and at a higher gross margin than Hero5,” said Alicia Reese, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, adding that the management seemed to have a better handle on inventory levels this year.

GoPro forecast third-quarter adjusted loss of 1 cent to 11 cents per share and revenue of $290 million to $310 million (roughly Rs. 1,973 crores), compared with analysts’ estimate of a loss of 12 cents per share and revenue of $278.5 million.

“We expect margins to continue to improve throughout 2017, with the introduction of new products,” Chief Executive Nicholas Woodman said on the post-earnings call.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for ProfitabilityGoPro’s net loss narrowed to $30.5 million, or 22 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $91.8 million, or 66 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, GoPro reported a loss of 9 cents per share, smaller than analysts’ estimate of a loss of 25 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company’s operating expenses fell 35.5 percent to $130.6 million.

Revenue rose to $296.5 million from $220.8 million.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $269.6 million.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Get Google Daydream VR Support

At its I/O conference earlier this year, Google announced that support for its Daydream VR platform was coming to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As Samsung has been the flag-bearer of Android devices for quite some time, the absence of support for one of Google’s premium features on its 2017 flagship handsets raised some eyebrows. However, the Google Daydream VR support is finally rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ now.

While T-Mobile claimed last month that the Google Daydream VR support had been provided to the flagship Samsung smartphones with its latest update, it wasn’t actually enabled yet. Now the Google+ account of search giant’s virtual reality department has announced that the support is now rolling out to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In its post, Google VR said, “The Daydream-ready update is rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Explore new worlds with #Daydream.”

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Get Google Daydream VR SupportAndroid Police points out that this might be a server-side switch rather than an over-the-air update as one user on Reddit has suggested that clearing the data of Google’s VR Service app enabled the Daydream support. The Google Daydream VR app can be downloaded by users from the Google Play store.

To recall, after the rollout announcement from T-Mobile, it was found that the Galaxy S8+ was not able to run the service successfully and showed a prompt saying “Incompatible phone.” However, with the latest announcement, the support should be introduced to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. Let us know in comments down below if you have used the Google Daydream VR app or are interested to check it out in person.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch Gameplay and Modes Revealed

Ubisoft let slip some details on what to expect from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch when it hits on August 29. From playable characters, strategies, and story mode, this is what you need to know.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle gameplay is similar to Final Fantasy Tactics 
Yes, you read that right. Here there is a team to balance, techniques to master, and a Skill Tree to develop for each hero. The enemies you face at the very beginning are tougher than you’d expect. However it seems to be a whole lot more cerebral. Encounters in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle are puzzles with the visual reward being the opportunity to see your favourite Nintendo characters like Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi pull off their trademark moves in a new genre. This is compounded by the Rabbids companions that enliven the proceedings with dollops of humour.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle combat, skills, and weapons 
The gamut of available weapons and tools in Mario + Rabbids is wide, and each hero can bring Primary and Secondary techniques to the battlefield that can be combined, such as using Luigi’s Magnetic Dance to set up a Grenade Duck ambush for Princess Peach.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch Gameplay and Modes RevealedIn one turn, a hero can slide into and trip over an enemy, before Team Jumping off an ally’s shoulders to land behind cover from which to launch another attack. This can set up a chain of attacks that could be anything from a rocket launched Spike, to ink damage from a Bwahntasaurus Wrecks sentry.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle story mode, co-op mode, environments and enemies
The game’s story mode takes you from a host of varied locales such as the sun-drenched Ancient Garden close to Prince Peach’s castle to spooky moonlit graveyards. Enemies are equally aplenty ranging from shield-bearing Rabbids that require sneaking up from behind, and Boos that teleport team members to dangerous parts of the map. Plus, there’s a co-op mode that supports every Nintendo Switch controller ensuring that the Joy-Con included with the console get a fair work out.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch is out on August 29. It costs Rs. 3,499 ($60 in the US).

Overwatch Summer Games 2017 Start and End Time Revealed

Earlier Gadgets 360 reported that popular hero shooter Overwatch would see the return of the Summer Games event. This was its first event last year and it’s back again.

Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 event will take place from August 8 to August 29. Expect it to begin from 11:30pm IST on August 8 and end on 12:30pm IST on August 29.

Along with it comes the obligatory game modes, loot, and of course a new map. Lucioball – the football inspired mode that made its debut with last year’s Summer Games makes a come back. In addition to the Rio map of 2016 is Sydney.

Although Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan did not explain why the team had selected the locale, it perhaps could pertain to lore regarding Junkrat – an Australian character in the game.

Moreover, Lucioball sees some interesting modifications. For one, there’s Capa Lucioball – a competitive playlist with a placement and ranking. Also, Lucio’s ultimate ability doesn’t pull the ball to the player, instead it increases his movement speed and reduces the cool down time on his alternate ability. Lucio’s ultimate won’t let you ‘boop’ opponents either. What this means is, you can’t use Lucio’s ultimate to push goalies away and pull the ball inside.

In a welcome move, the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 brings a stack of event loot crates featuring all new cosmetics as well as returning favourites from the 2016 event. What’s more is, last year’s gear will be cheaper than the new ones.

Overwatch Summer Games 2017 Start and End Time RevealedNew Overwatch Summer Games 2017 cosmetic items price:

  • Legendary Skins: 3,000 credits
  • Epic Skins: 750 credits
  • Rare tier: 225 credits
  • Common tier: 75 credits

Overwatch Summer Games 2016 cosmetics price:

  • Legendary Skins: 1,000 credits
  • Epic Skins: 250 credits
  • Rare tier: 75 credits
  • Common tier: 25 credits

With the Summer Games making a return, it’s safe to say Blizzard will have Halloween, Christmas, and Anniversary events as regular, annual fixtures.