The next version of Samsung's blockbuster Galaxy S Android lineup, sensibly named the Galaxy S II, is shaping up to be a very impressive platform. That newest innovation we've seen from Samsung, via Android Community, is a change from the now-standard, Apple-pioneered "pinch-to-zoom" interface. Instead of pinching, you simply move the phone forwards and backwards to zoom in or out.
For a point-and-shoot, Panasonic’s new 12-megapixel Lumix DMC-ZR1’s zoom defies its size. Thanks to a first-in-class 0.1-inch aspherical lens, the shooter packs 8X optical zoom (35mm equivalent of 25-200mm) in a svelte, 1.02-inch-thick, 4.8-ounce frame. Aspherical lenses have always bested their perfectly rounded cousins in size, so it’s about time day-to-day shooters lost some weight, too.