Posted on Jan 03, 2012 | Comments 0
When digital photography first became popular, you basically had a choice of using a compact point-and shoot model or a single lens reflex (SLR) camera to take your shots with. These days you also have the option of using a mobile phone camera. Many people might be a bit sceptical about using a camera phone, but the technological advancement in these types of phone has been quite impressive over the last few years.
In this day and age, the new models of smart phones and cell phones are quite advanced when it comes to taking good quality digital photos. Some of the newest models feature 5 megapixels of resolution as well as flash photography and an auto-focus feature. Eight megapixel devices are on the horizon and these will be able to rival many compact digital cameras.
The advanced phone cameras will enable you to get rid of red eye, stabilize the image and adjust the white balance. They also offer a variety of shooting modes, such as night shooting, portraits, macro, and sports etc.
The sales figures for mobile phone cameras have been steadily increasing over the years. However, it’s not all due to the cameras in the devices. There are a lot of other new features that have been developed or improved on during that time, but it’s estimated that there are close to one billion camera phones of all types in circulation around the globe.
In fact, some experts even go as far as suggesting that compact cameras will become obsolete in the future if camera phones have the same capabilities they do.
The main advantage of camera phones is their size, plus the fact the devices can also be used for games, text messages, phone calls, emails, and playing music etc. In addition, most people have their phones with them at all times which leads to a great number of photo opportunities each day.
People can take shots of events as soon as they happen and then broadcast them around the world via the phone’s features. It’s also easier getting a camera phone into events that usually prohibit larger DSLR models. And of course, there’s no need to change lenses or use filters.
On the downside, the photos taken with a camera phone can often be blurry if taken with just one hand on the camera, which is the norm. It’s a good idea to use two hands on the camera phone and keep it as steady as possible. Basically, treat the device the same way you would a digital camera and you’ll get better results.
Camera phones can focus as set the exposure for you automatically, but the sensor usually takes more time to adjust to the light conditions than a regular camera. This means you’ll have to wait a couple of seconds before the shutter will release, meaning it’s not the best situation to take photos of moving objects. If the camera doesn’t have a flash built into it you’ll have to get by with whatever light’s available. You should try to position yourself where there’s the most light.
Some of the newer smart phones have applications which enable you to enhance and edit your images. Most of the photos are Jpeg files making them easy to download to a computer where you can edit them even more with a software editing program. Considering all of the functions a combination phone/camera can perform, it’s definitely something that most people find very useful.
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