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Smartphone Cameras Sure your Leica M9 takes better picts, but is is smart enough to make a phone call ?

View Poll Results: How often do you use your camera phone?
All the time. 124 27.13%
Every once in a while. 93 20.35%
Only if absolutely necesarry, or for unimportant pictures 131 28.67%
Only if there is no blunt object to hit myself with, because that would be preferable. 109 23.85%
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Old 06-17-2008   #26
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That first shot is really cool; very "1984". ;-)


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I use mine almost everyday. I have a mobile blog where I would send pictures and text from my phone. The lack of quality forces me to make up for it with content and caption. My phone also has a flash. I can't take a camera with me all the time so this is better than nothing. Here are a few examples from my phone:
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Old 06-17-2008   #27
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I use it quite often, the quality (and features) of these have improved a little ... (5MB, AF, manual focus, macro, anti-shake, manual or automatic WB)



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Old 06-17-2008   #28
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I use mine only when trying to snap a covert shot of the hottie at the market. ;-)
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Old 06-17-2008   #29
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I am very fortunate to have never owned a cel phone!
I don't even remember what life without a cell phone was like, how did we ever function? Besides the radiation, the government tracking, jack bauer being able to triangulate your position and the fact that one day cell phones will be self aware and lead a revolt to get back at human kind, but It's so convenient, it's almost worth it.

I take and send cell phone pics all the time to my friends. I mean it's not like anyone is really going to print cell phone pics or hang them in a gallery. They're a novelty and they're fun to use, stop being so snobby about it.
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Old 06-17-2008   #30
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I use the phone cam to capture info about the photos I take with the real camera - street, bridge, river name, etc. And, to take photos of my daughter that become the background on my phone's display
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Old 06-17-2008   #31
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I don't even remember what life without a cell phone was like, how did we ever function? Besides the radiation, the government tracking, jack bauer being able to triangulate your position and the fact that one day cell phones will be self aware and lead a revolt to get back at human kind, but It's so convenient, it's almost worth it.

I take and send cell phone pics all the time to my friends. I mean it's not like anyone is really going to print cell phone pics or hang them in a gallery. They're a novelty and they're fun to use, stop being so snobby about it.
Who's being snobby? I quite like cel phone photos. It's the phone part of them I don't like!
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Old 06-17-2008   #32
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I regard the camera function of my Motorola E815 as "better than nothing." And I choose that description very carefully.


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Old 06-17-2008   #33
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Only by accident... and it's not being snobby at all; I just don't ever think about it until an accidental photo appears. Worse, I don't even know how I'd copy a photo off the phone and onto the computer (I'm not subscribed to any phone data services).
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My mobile phone states that it has a built in camera, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to load film in the thing!
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Old 06-18-2008   #35
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I used to have a Sony K750 (which had a decent 2 megapixel AF camera module) that I used quite a lot. Then eventually I started to have trouble taking my phone into certain installations where photography was forbidden. The Sony phone then was stolen, and now I use a Nokia business phone that doesn't come with a camera. I find I don't miss the camera all that much, so it must have been rather non-essential. Most of the time I carry a compact Panasonic digicam which isn't much bigger than the phone anyway, so it's really only a question of carrying an extra device or not.
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My mobile phone states that it has a built in camera, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to load film in the thing!
Ha! (I have to enter at least 10 characters or it won't accept the post)
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I use the camera in my mobile phone all the time, but not to take photos in the conventional sense. Rather, I use it to photograph train timetables, bus timetables, maps, directions, addresses, phone numbers etc. to save myself the trouble of writing all that stuff down. Very convenient !!!
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I use my phone to take pictures as often as I use my Zorki to make phone calls.
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Old 06-19-2008   #39
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I have one with the camera - not because I need it, but rather because it's hard to find a phone without one.
It's hardly usable for making stealthy pictures in public places - sound of shutter is louder than my Bessa
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I have one with the camera - not because I need it, but rather because it's hard to find a phone without one.
It's hardly usable for making stealthy pictures in public places - sound of shutter is louder than my Bessa
You should be able to turn the sound off, as I did on all my digitals. That makes it stealthier.
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I have one with the camera - not because I need it, but rather because it's hard to find a phone without one.
It's hardly usable for making stealthy pictures in public places - sound of shutter is louder than my Bessa
Shame. Mine is silent (the fake shutter sound is optional).
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You should be able to turn the sound off, as I did on all my digitals. That makes it stealthier.
It is not possible to turn off sound in Motorola L6.
maybe, only by reprogramming the software
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Old 06-19-2008   #43
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Mine came in pretty useful when some *(&^*&^ drove into the back of my car. I was able to take pictures of the damage he inflicted, the actual position of the vehicles and a small video of him trying to falsify evidence for the insurance company by moving his car.

Mine's a 5 mega pixel with a Carl Zeiss lens (Larf...) Quality is OK but it is a camera phone, not a camera, if you know what I mean.
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Old 06-19-2008   #44
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Fun question.

I almost voted the last option. Most of the time I used my cellphone camera and remembered wanting to kick myself for being too lazy to bring my XA that day.
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Old 06-24-2008   #45
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I mean it's not like anyone is really going to print cell phone pics or hang them in a gallery. They're a novelty and they're fun to use, stop being so snobby about it.
I've printed decent 4x6's from my SE K800i.

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I took my avatar photo with my cell phone
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Old 06-24-2008   #47
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I intentionally purchase cell phones that do not have a camera.
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Old 06-24-2008   #48
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I only use it when something unexpected happens and I dont have a real camera with me. Like last week I saw a viper (snake, not the car) in the grass and tried to make a quick video of it. Of course, nothing understandable is in the video. Just lots of blurr.
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And I don't make phone calls with my Bronica.
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I think some of you guys would be pretty surprised at how decent the camera phone technology has gone.


Take for example the nokia n95.... Zeiss vario-tessar, 5mpx etc.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pamilne/1485961106/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14923508@N03/2052895853/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/finden/1969832858/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/philipschade/2521981732/


All pretty impressive if you ask me.
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