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By Steven P.
Deal of the Day: Amazon Fire HD 8 + Blink Mini Camera bundle now 40% off
by Steven Parker
As part of Amazon's Deal of the Day offerings, the Fire HD 8 tablet + Blink Mini Camera has been discounted down 40% off to just $74.99 (normally $124.98) for the 32GB model which is a savings of $49.99. The 64GB model also received a slightly lesser discount of 32% off, bringing its price down to just $104.99 saving $49.99 off the $154.98 list price.
As a reminder, this Fire HD 8 tablet is the 10th generation 2020 release and is available in Black, Plum, Twilight Blue or White. It includes a Quad-core 2.0GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage (expandable for up to 1TB with microSD). It also has Dolby Atmos for a premium audio experience and a 1280x800 189 ppi display.
There's also a feature called Show Mode, which pretty much turns the tablet into an Echo Show. It will show you news, weather, camera feeds, and so on. The big difference now is that you previously either had to have the screen on or have the device plugged in to access Alexa features like that and now you don't.
The Blink Mini Camera supports 1080P HD and is an indoor, plug-in security camera with motion detection and two way audio that lets you monitor the inside of your home day and night. It can also be setup to show alerts on a smartphone whenever motion is detected or in customized motion detection zones. The Blink Mini also supports two-way audio so you can see, hear, and speak to people and pets in your home via a smartphone.
This Fire HD 8 + Blink Mini Camera bundle also comes standard with a 90-day limited warranty but an optional one, two or three years can be purchased separately upon check out. This deal is also for the "Special Offers" variant which shows ads on the lock screen, but if you spend an extra $15 you can get the ad-free version.
Get the Fire HD 8 (32GB) + Blink Mini Camera for $74.99 (40% off, normally $124.98). Get the Fire HD 8 (64GB) + Blink Mini Camera for $104.99 (32% off, normally $154.98). As an Amazon Associate, Neowin may earn commission from qualifying purchases.
By Steven P.
Latest update for Samsung Galaxy S20 FE adds Galaxy S21 camera features
by Steven Parker
The latest software update for the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, which includes the G781BXXU2CUC6 firmware is currently rolling out in a few European countries, and brings with it a few additional camera features to complement those added with the One UI 3.1 update that rolled out earlier this year.
The new update brings a couple of camera features previously exclusive to the Galaxy S21 series of phones. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G has received new effects in the Portrait mode along with the ability to use the ultra-wide camera in the Pro mode. However, the phone will still not be able to capture portrait images in low-light conditions, and Director’s View remains a Galaxy S21 exclusive feature. It is also still not possible to choose the highest possible exposure time in the Night mode.
The update appears to be staggered, as it is reportedly not arriving on the LTE version of the Galaxy S20 FE just yet. However, if you are a Galaxy S20 FE 5G user in Europe, you can check for the latest update by navigating to Settings » Software update and tapping on Download and install.
According to SamMobile, the update is being rolled out in Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Baltic region, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and the Nordic region. The update will be released in other markets and for the Galaxy S20 FE LTE over the next few days.
Amazon is still discounting the 128GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, you can pick it up for $599 instead of the usual $699 price. The 256GB version is also discounted by $100 for $669.99 here.
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Samsung's ISOCELL 2.0 technology brings better light sensitivity to cameras
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung's ISOCELL technology has been part of many of its smartphone cameras in recent years. It's a pixel separation technology that helps separate different colored pixels by placing barriers between the different color filters on the sensor, preventing colors from one pixel from affecting the pixels around it and resulting in more color fidelity. Today, Samsung shed some light on its ISOCELL 2.0 technology (via Android Authority), which aims to improve light sensitivity compared to previous generations of ISOCELL.
In its first generation, ISOCELL used metal barriers to separate the different color filters, which prevented colors from bleeding over, but also absorbed a portion of the incoming light, meaning each pixel would be less vivid. This was first improved with ISOCELL Plus, which replaced part of the metal grid with a new, more reflective material. Now, with ISOCELL 2.0, the lower portion of that barrier has also been replaced by this material, making it so that even more light gets through to the sensor, thus producing more vivid colors.
As noted in the video above, this is especially helpful for small pixels, which have become more and more prominent as cameras start at resolutions of over 100MP. With each pixel absorbing more light, that means that more detailed images can be created thanks to the higher resolution, while also having more vivid colors for each of the pixels.
ISOCELL 2.0 technology was already mentioned last year when Samsung introduced an array of ISOCELL-based sensors. The company said that it would start adopting ISOCELL 2.0 in sensors in late 2020, as is the case with the ISOCELL GM5.
Samsung announces 50MP ISOCELL GN2 camera sensor with Dual Pixel Pro
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung today announced its latest ISOCELL camera sensor, the ISOCELL GN2. This 50MP camera sensor features large 1.4um-sized pixels and comes with a number of new features including Dual Pixel Pro, staggered HDR, Smart ISO Pro, and more. This is the second iteration of the 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor from Samsung that made its debut last year.
Measuring 1/1.12-inch, the 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor can use pixel binning technology in low-light scenarios to mimic the performance of 2.8um large pixels and absorb more light to capture more details. The sensor also offers an option to capture images in 100Mp resolution by using a technology in which the color pixels are re-arranged using a re-mosaic algorithm.
The GN2 is also Samsung's first camera sensor to feature Dual Pixel Pro that uses one hundred million phase detecting agents for ultra-fast autofocus speeds. It also offers all-direction focusing as it splits the pixels vertically as well as horizontally. This helps in low-light focusing as well..
Another notable feature of the sensor is Smart ISO Pro which "uses an intra-scene dual conversion gain (iDCG) solution, takes readouts from both high and low ISO to instantly create high dynamic range images with less motion-artifacts." The ISOCELL GN2 sensor is capable of recording 1080p videos at 480fps and 4K videos at 120fps.
Samsung says the 50MP ISOCELL GN2 sensor is already in mass production, though it does not mention when it will make its debut in consumer smartphones.