News Round Up: More CES 2012 – Android Polaroid Camera and Much More

It is still CES week and I am very excited to see something I was predicting recently would come in the future, now on route, an Android based camera! The company bringing this to market first is Polaroid. Grab more about that and other CES news when you click on “Continue Reading” below.

Polaroid SC1630 Android Based Camera

While the Polaroid may not be the first camera with a built in Android enabled phone (see this article here) it should hopefully be the first available on a global scale. I love the idea of a camera that has the flexibility of cool photo apps as much as I like the idea of my smartphone having an optical zoom camera. The answer right now, the Polaroid SC1630. You can see Engadget’s hands on here.

Fuji X-Pro1 Hands On at DPReview

DP Review have published a hands on preview with the Fuji X-Pro1. In the preview they show the new Fuji against some of it’s competitors to show it’s size and control layout. Some of the cameras in the comparison are the Sony NEX-7 and the Leica M9-P. See the preview here.

Corel’s New AfterShot Pro, a Lightroom and Apple Aperture Competitor

Just a few days ago, news broke that Corel had bought over the RAW processing software company Bibble. Now Corel have announced AfterShot Pro (based on the Bibble software) as a competitor to Adobe’s Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture. The new software costs $99. See TechCrunch’s report here.

Snapseed by Nik for Android

Nik Software have had their Snapseed photo editing and sharing app available for iOS (think iPad mainly) for a little while now. Rob Galbraith’s site reports today that Nik will now make the application available for Mac and Android tablets running Android 4.X, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. With the Asus Transformer Prime now getting the ICS update that means that there is at least one tablet currently out there that can run the app till other tablets start getting the update. See the story here.

Sony Xperia ion

Recently Sony bought out Ericsson from their mobile phone partnership and at CES they have announced some of the first phones that will carry the Sony name/logo all on it’s own. The Xperia ion has been the big attention grabber at the show largely due to it’s 12MP camera which is apparently the fastest camera phone around. Mashable have posted a hands on with the new phone which you can see here.

Adobe Announces Lightroom 4 Public Beta

Lets close off with the announcement from Adobe that Lightroom 4 is now available for download as a Public Beta which will run till the end of March 2012. See the story at DP Review here.