Sharp's new AQUOS R2 smartphone comes with a dedicated video camera


Sharp probably isn't the first brand that springs to mind when thinking about high-end smartphones, but over the years the Japanese manufacturer has released a few quirky devices. The newly announced AQUOS R2 falls squarely into that category, being the only smartphone—as far as we are aware—that comes with a dedicated video camera.

The new Sharp comes with a dual-camera setup on the back (so far, so normal) but instead of using it for improved low-light image quality or zoom capabilities, the AQUOS R2 reserves a 16.3MP unit exclusively for video recording. Stills capture, meanwhile, is performed by the 22.6MP camera on board.

The video module records 4K footage with an ultra-wide angle lens that features a 135° field of view. Electronic video stabilization reduces the viewing angle somewhat, but the camera still produces a nice cinematic look, as you can see in the sample video below.

An AI-powered function automatically captures still images during video recording, and on the front there is a 16.3MP front-facing sensor for selfies and video-calls.

All other specs are truly flagship smartphone worthy. The device features a 6.0-inch "notched" display with 19:9 aspect ratio and 1440 x 3040 pixels resolution, the OS and apps are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage can be expanded up to 400GB via a microSD card slot, and all components are wrapped up in a IPX5/IPX8/IP6X body.

If it delivers in terms of image quality, with its super-wide-angle video camera, the AQUOS R2 can be an interesting option for vloggers and other amateur video shooters.

The LG G6 and V30 are, at least currently, pretty much the only other native super-wide smartphone camera options out there, but the image quality of the super-wide camera lags noticeably behind the main module. We'll be curious to see how the AQUOS R2 stacks up.

All the photos are from the web and the copyright retains with the original author. If there is any problem, please contact us.
You Might Also Like
Report: iPhone users will have to wait until 2019 for a triple-camera deviceReport: iPhone users will have to wait until 2019 for a triple-camera deviceIf you want a smartphone with a triple-camera setup, Huawei's P20 Pro is currently your only option. And vy the looks of it, this won't change any time soon... at least not if you prefer to stick to Apple's iPhone over Android devices. According to a report in the Taipei Times—which is citing a research note from Yuanta Securities analyst Jeff Pu—Apple is likely to launch a triple-camera iPhone model, but this won't happen before the second half of 2019.
Researchers develop low-power HD streaming tech for wearable camerasResearchers develop low-power HD streaming tech for wearable camerasWearable cameras, such as the type found in Snap Spectacles, are often limited to low-resolution video streaming due to their tiny batteries and small size. But now, researchers with the University of Washington in Seattle have developed a solution to that problem, one that involves offloading the processing burden to a nearby smartphone in order to stream high-definition content from the wearable camera.
The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony's first dual camera smartphone, can shoot ISO 51200!The Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony's first dual camera smartphone, can shoot ISO 51200!Most high-end smartphones these days come equipped with dual-cameras and in many cases the cameras are built around Sony image sensors. An yet, Sony's own Xperia range had no dual-camera models to speak of... until now. At the Mobile World Congress, the Japanese manufacturer displayed a demo model of a high-sensitivity dual-camera setup, and this technology will soon be available in a production model announced today: the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
Huawei P20 Pro triple-camera receives DxOMark score of 109, smashing the competitionHuawei P20 Pro triple-camera receives DxOMark score of 109, smashing the competitionThere's no other way to put it: at least according to DxOMark, the Huawei P20 Pro is far and away the most capable smartphone camera on the market. In fact, with a score of 109, the world's first triple-cam smartphone ranks a full 10 points ahead of its nearest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S9. And it's not just the P20 Pro; even the P20, which only has a dual-cam, broke into three digits with a score of 102. That makes the Huawei P20 Pro and P20 the two best smartphone cameras DxOMark has ever tested, and puts them right at the top of our must-review list.