It's so annoying how every freaking person on the comments go "Android this, Android that".
Those guys never realize that there's a world outside of Android...
13.2 megapixels Lumix phone to be announced on October 5th. And It is expected to be released by April 2011.
Most of tech news websites already posted this.
What so special about this since and why are they making hype over it since there are other 13.2 mpx phones already available in Japan? Isn't it strange?
I know Lumix cameras have good reputation, but I am just wondering why they are making hype over this one specifically. It is not like them. Anyway, I am trying not to have any wild dreams.
Android fanboys always bash Apple fanboys about how they'll only use an iPhone, but Android fanboys have their head stuck just as far up their *** as iphone fanboys do.
What a long emoticon...
Yes, I know it is extremely annoying and that's why I hate the current market situation. Give me a nice camera, design and hardware any day.Those guys never realize that there's a world outside of Android...
if it has a any keypad, i wish panasonic would improve that...out of nec, fujitsu, sharp, toshiba, they have gotten the stiffest keys...
Judging from its display size, weight and measurements, the phone is definitely a flip phone. This also indicates that its is going to be only for Japan.
Correct me if I am mistaken, but isn't this the first Panasonic phone with a 3.3" display? Do you guys expect it to come with a different hinge instead of the usual one?
P-04B is 3.3inches. Lol! I'm thinking a dual-axis flip rather than Panasonic signature W-hinge just cause its much easier to take picture with
w hinge isnt the b est taking pictures horizontally, I tried, it was better to take pictures upright instead
Apparently from what I have sniffed out from the japanese related articles, Panasonic is really bend on making this LUMIX handset a camera-dedicated phone, marketing with terms such as Mobile VenusEngine(TM) and Picture Jump(TM) technology. And it's not really hard to imagine that, because from P-01B/P-04B releases onwards, camera-startup and auto-focus/shutter lag has been improved tremendously with AF only taking up to 2secs, saving pictures up to 3-4 secs in full resolution. (I have personally did a non-scientific test between my P-01B and my friend's SH-01B handset before, results show that both handsets saves pictures at ard the same timing, but the P-01B was able to lock an auto-focus during most scenarios (during daytime or under low-light conditions) much better than SH-01B. (*in SH-06A/SH-01B instances under most low-light conditions while trying to keep auto-focus locked on the subject, it tends to turn red instead of green resulting in unable to get AF lock successfully. I'm sure some of you who own the SH-06A/SH-01B models in this thread prob knows what I'm talking abt)
I have actually done a translated write-up for this Panasonic announcement earlier today, there may be some additional details inside that you guys may be interested to know so just head over to HardwareZone forums to take a look. Pictures of the mock-ups and more spec details will probably follow-up come Oct 5th I believe.
★使用中の携帯電話: NTT docomo CA-01C by Casio
★使用中のMP3プレーヤー: Sony NW-Z1070/R 64GB + ATH-CK100PRO
★使用中のデジタル一眼カメラ: Sony α NEX-5
★使用中のノートパソコン: Sony VAIO type P VGN-P90NS Crystal White
with the af on the sharps not locking in, I noticed that turning off face focus for the most part improves focus, though its rather annoying everytime I use the camera, I have to manually turn off face focus just to get decent focus from longer distances
And no, since NTT Docomo P-01B/Softbank 941P onwards, their display screen sizes has always been at 3.3-inches.
W-OPENING hinge mechanism is now merged down and more flattened out, with the display screen alignment even-out mimicking a normal PC laptop look)
As for the keypads style, I thought I already feedbacked before at the P-01B user thread back on HWZ to you that the P-01B keypads were pretty soft to press and embossed feel, not flattened out at all. Not too sure with the P-04B release though, but the keypads seemed to be in similar style to me with no hardware changes. (even the directional pad design style is the same as P-01B)
I did tried and play with my friend's SH-01B on several occasions, mostly during in the evenings/at night since that's the only time I mostly meet him. It's actually abt the same thing with SH-01B 90% of the time, only by switching to manual-focus then it's completely resolved. So I think in terms of AF mechanism, I think Sharp may have to put in more effort on this, cos compared to manufacturers like NEC or Panasonic, it's indeed true that their AF lock speed and shutter lag is now more efficient compared to Sharp/Fujitsu models under most lighting conditions (from my personal tests so far).
I haven gotten the chance to mess with manual focus on sh-06a, usually been able to get decent shots on af, but the slow focus does hurt, but yeah you are right about the af speed compared to nec (I havent used a newer panasonic than a p906i and that is just a slight p905i upgrade) and the af speed is very 903sh like in low light. But on all the docomos I just dont like the default face focus first over center, the only one that saved the focus settings was the so905ics where I was able to turn off face focus and also turn off multipoint af and just use center for quicker focus.
Yeah on the pansonic keypads, it was experience from the p905i and the p906i I still have, keypad is well spaced, but I just feel slower typing on it, The newer W hinge does look nice and looks like a DS, and they have a physical shutter key with half press like on the panasonic you have?
Practicality aside, I am not really a fan of the looks of those horizontal W-hinges in general. I prefer the looks of dual-axis hinges.
Also, I though the latest Panasonic phones had 3.2". Even though the difference isn't very significant, I like it when they say 3.3" lol. My perfect range is 3.3-3.7". I mean 3.3" is 100% satisfactory. There is still enough space to throw in a slightly larger display without any considerable changes in the width and the height.
Updated more details of the LUMIX keitai in the above-mentioned thread. Feel free to discuss there or in this thread. Personally I'm not really disappointed by the form-factor, the back/camera portion looks pretty nice to me, reminds me alot of the brushed-metallic feel of camera modules on au KDDI SH003 models, but I was sorta expecting a W-OPENING hinge or dual-axis hinge clamshell actually, did not really expect it to be a slider release from Panasonic.
I do like how Panasonic has increase the ergonomics/size of the camera shutter button, it seems to be alot improved over previous VIERA keitais in my opinion. But in terms of ergonomics and design/feel IMO I felt the ones found on 910SH/SH-06A/SO905ics are done the best. Awong owns the latter 2 models so he prob understands what im saying here.