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Making cameraphone pics brighter: Lumileds' Luxeon Flash

Peter Rojas

Maybe the only thing worse than the resolution on most cameraphones is the absolutely cruddy "flashes" that come with them (assuming you're lucky enough to even get a flash, that is). Usually they aren't proper flashes like you'll find on a regular camera (which would kill your battery right quick), but timid LEDs that barely cast a shadow. Anyway, hopefully making it a little easier to blind people in a darkened bar, Lumileds is bringing their Luxeon Flash LED to America. This one is supposed to be roughly 12 times brighter than the standard LEDs found on cameraphones now, with the first cellphones using it due out here before the end of the year.

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