Caviar will sell you an iPhone 12 Pro with the camera removed (for $5000 and up)

One of the key selling points for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max smartphones are their top notch camera systems. But some folks don’t want a camera on their smartphones. If you value privacy and/or have the sort of job where you regularly go places where cameras are not permitted, you might be stuck […]

Lilbits: Xiaomi’s telescopic smartphone camera, Purism’s Linux phone that’s also a PC

In order to keep smartphones thin while still offering versatile camera features, smartphone makers have largely taken the same approach in recent years – instead of using cameras with lots of moving parts, throw a bunch of different stationary cameras on a phone. That way you can have different focal lengths to mimic the kind […]

Xiaomi smartphones with invisible under-display cameras coming in 2021

The war for slim bezels has led to the proliferation of smartphones with hole-punch cut-outs in the screen to accommodate front-facing cameras. A few companies have come up with novel solutions that provide an all-screen experience, including pop-up cameras, flip-around cameras, and under-display cameras. But that last solution usually means you’re stuck with a grainy […]

Fairphone’s new camera modules let you upgrade the Fairphone 3

When Dutch smartphone maker Fairphone introduced the Fairphone 3 last year, the social enterprise company described it as a modular phone built using ethically-sourced materials. Up until now that modular design meant you could buy replacement parts if you needed to repair or replace the screen, camera, battery, headphone jack, or other components. But now […]

Lilbits: Use a Sony camera as a webcam, buy a monster Linux laptop, and more

Linux PC maker System76 has released its most powerful laptop to date: the new System76 Bonobo WS is a mobile workstation with support for desktop-class chips including a 125-watt Intel Core i9-10900K processor and NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER graphics. At 8.4 pounds, it’s not the sort of laptop we’d normally cover on Liliputing, but hey, […]

Raspberry Pi’s new 12.3MP camera supports interchangeable lenses

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has introduced a new camera module for its small, low-power computers. The new High Quality Camera features a 12.3MP Sony IMX477 image sensor, adjustable focus, and a 1.55 μm × 1.55 μm pixel size. It’s the best official Raspberry Pi camera module to date… which helps explain why it’s also the most […]

Vivo Apex 2020 concept phone has a gimbal camera, button-free design, and 60W fast charging

As expected, Vivo’s latest concept device is the first smartphone to feature what the company is calling a Gimbal Camera. That means the Vivo Apex 2020 has a rear camera with a gimbal-like design that the company says offers twice the performance of most smartphone-class optical image stabilization systems. But that’s not the only thing unusual […]

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 108MP pixel camera, explained

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t the first smartphone with a 108 megapixel camera (that would be the Xiaomi Mi Note 10/Mi CC9 Pro). But when Samsung’s new phone hits the streets next month, it will be the first to feature Samsung’s new ISOCELL Bright HM1 108MP image sensor. Samsung says the new camera technology enables […]

Vivo X30 smartphone to sport 60x zoom

Most smartphones have some sort of digital zoom feature, and for the most part they’re not very good. So over the last few years we’ve seen a number of phone makers add telephoto lenses that let you get around 2X to 5X closer to the action using an optical zoom-like feature. And then there’s the […]