I love my iPhone. Your mileage may vary.
I use it for pretty much everything Kirk, Spock and “Bones” McCoy used their communicators and tri-corders for, along with one other thing: taking photographs AND videos.
But when Amazon decides to join the smartphone fray dominated by Apple and Samsung (via Google’s Android operating system), how can you help but take a look at their new phone?
Especially if you adhere to the maxim, “the best camera is the one you have with you.”
What do you think?
Amazon's “Fire Phone” Comes with a 13MP Camera and Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage
Today, Amazon showed us that where there’s smoke, there’s most definitely Fire. After years of rumors that Amazon was working on a phone, CEO Jeff Bezos officially unveiled Amazon’s first attempt at a smartphone at today’s event.
It’s called the Amazon Fire Phone and it comes to market with a few interesting, photo-centric features that go beyond the standard camera specs.
First, the hardware. The Fire Phone features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera complete with a five-element f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. Capable of 1080p video at 30fps, panoramas, “intelligent” HDR and burst mode, the camera stacks up comparatively with smartphone competitors.
The phone also sports a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. More than enough resolution to ensure your selfies are suitable for Instagram and Snapchat.
One of the more interesting hardware components Amazon decided to add to the Fire is the inclusion of a dedicated camera button. Eliminating the need to fumble around with swipes and taps, the smartphone features a dedicated button below the volume rocker that launches the camera instantaneously — even when the display is off.
Read more about its features on Petapixel's article “Amazon's “Fire Phone” Comes with a 13MP Camera and Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage”
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