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TANKERx
07-03-2003, 03:06 PM
How do you get the best out of your SPV's camera? I've found that since moving to the SPV, my photo opportunities are far more restricted, but I have managed some nice shots.

http://textamerica.com/mlogs/IMG_328731/IMG0702140735359.jpg
This is one I took last night in Ogmore, South Wales.

http://textamerica.com/mlogs/IMG_328731/IMG0627131342171.jpg
Contrast and colour definition could be better.

It's frustrating for anybody who's used an inbuilt camera because you'll know how smoothlythe screen updates, but when the lighting is just right, you can get some nice photos out of the SPV.

http://textamerica.com/mlogs/IMG_328731/IMG0620121722437.jpg http://textamerica.com/mlogs/IMG_328731/IMG0629152922171.jpg
See, it's not so bad when things are Ok, I just wish the software and hardware were a little more flexible.

Jason Dunn
07-05-2003, 09:14 PM
Wow, your pics look a lot better than mine ever do. ;-)

I don't take many pics with my SPV for two main reasons:

1) The screen refresh is so painfully slow it's really hard to line up shots
2) The quality of the image is pretty nasty
3) I love real digital cameras ;-)

Still, you have to start somewhere, right? This is a decent start...

Eric Lin
07-06-2003, 06:24 AM
tank, you've done a great job considering what you had to work with. i bet if you adjusted the level (or at least the saturation) of those pix in a photo editor, you'd be even happier, and we'd be even more impressed. kinda makes me wish conduits would do a simplified photo editor for smartphones. like pocket artist lite or somethin. i don't need layers or anything, just cropping, resizing, and some simple color adjustments.

i have to admit i don't use the smartphone camera because it's not attached. i lose things like mad and i'm sure i'd lose my camera or send it through the laundry. all the hiptop owners wash their cameras multiple times.

i can't wait for some ms smartphones with *good* in-built cameras

ppcsurfr
07-06-2003, 09:36 AM
Well, you are dealling with focus-free cameras here.

The optimal range is actually around a meter and a half to about three meters. Anything closer than that or farther than that will have some degradation in quality.

If you have a bit of trouble with brightness, you can opt to manually adjust the brightness level prior to shooting the photo... it's all there.

As for other cameras, I was able to try the SD camera for the Compal AR11 Smartphone and it refreshes really fast.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

JonnoB
07-08-2003, 03:02 AM
There is no comparing a real digital camera to a phone camera. A picture sent via MMS however can be a very convenient way of communicating an idea. 'A picture is worth a thousand words' as they say. For simple snapshots where quality is less important than convenience, I see this type of integration is really cool.

possmann
07-08-2003, 04:11 AM
which phone did you take these pictures with? Sorry - not following the SPV acronym :(

David McNamee
07-08-2003, 04:45 AM
I don't take many pics with my SPV for two main reasons:

I'll add to your list. I will never get a phone with a built-in camera. I work in places that put NDA's into our contracts. More and more places are getting edgy about industrial espionage, and are not letting camera-phones in. My camera I can leave in the car. My phone... no.

ppcsurfr
07-08-2003, 08:33 AM
Casinos here in the Philippines do not allow anyone to bring in phones with cameras... Some sports clubs in Australia are doing the same... no camera phones in the locker rooms...

I think there will be a lot more like this in the future...

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

jenneth
07-10-2003, 01:13 PM
i have to admit i don't use the smartphone camera because it's not attached. i lose things like mad and i'm sure i'd lose my camera or send it through the laundry. all the hiptop owners wash their cameras multiple times.


I'd love to see an SPV case that came with a small attached case (that, I dunno, dangles off the main case) for the camera. I thought I lost my SPV camera and was pretty bummed about that - ended up finding it underneath one of the seats in my car. :?

ppcsurfr
07-10-2003, 01:47 PM
I'm really glad you found your camera... now you can go playing with it again. :lol:

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

jenneth
07-10-2003, 01:53 PM
Well I never really played with it in the first place .. so maybe I can start playing with it now, hehe

ppcsurfr
07-10-2003, 02:01 PM
Hehehe. Go for it Jenneth!

Anyway, I'm just curious, what version of the camera software are you using on that end. It seems that Arnes' IA Camera software shows a landscape view by default, Mine shows it as portrait mode... Odd... but that is how it is... :?

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

encece
07-12-2003, 04:44 AM
Isn't that an option in the software? to switch from landscape to portrait?

ppcsurfr
07-12-2003, 08:06 AM
Nope not on mine... :(

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

encece
07-12-2003, 01:16 PM
Why would they scale down the functionality just because it's bundled with the phone? Hmmmm, That's Queer! (I like saying that)

ppcsurfr
07-13-2003, 11:59 AM
It's really weird... but I think it was a request made by the Telco here... in this case, SMART Communications of the Philippines.

The Philippines is actually a Nokia dominated country where Nokias are considered the top-tier Mobile phones even for the basic ones...

So they must have asked IA Style to set it to Portrait mode so that sharing photos between phones is more seamless.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

jenneth
07-14-2003, 04:13 AM
Here's a couple of pictures I took outside

http://www.jenneth.info/images/IMAGE_00011.jpg

http://www.jenneth.info/images/IMAGE_00012.jpg

ppcsurfr
07-14-2003, 08:52 PM
Jenneth! Those are great!

Now it would be nice if you could include a photo of you too... :) :wink:

hehehe.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

spg
07-14-2003, 10:20 PM
Jenneth! Those are great!

Now it would be nice if you could include a photo of you too... :) :wink:

Hmm... ppcsurfr, I can't seem to find the photo with you in it here? Where is it? :wink:

ppcsurfr
07-15-2003, 09:32 AM
Jenneth! Those are great!

Now it would be nice if you could include a photo of you too... :) :wink:

Hmm... ppcsurfr, I can't seem to find the photo with you in it here? Where is it? :wink:
In time. :wink:

BTW, I was curious about how Jenneth looks since she recently had her hair done... :) (well according to her... at her website www.jenneth.info)

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

spg
07-15-2003, 05:02 PM
BTW, I was curious about how Jenneth looks since she recently had her hair done... :) (well according to her... at her website www.jenneth.info)

Oh, well that is a different story then. :lol:

Back on topic, a camera question - Is there a similar camera available for any of the other Smartphones, or is it just for the SPV? I can't seem to find any reference to any of the other phones having one. I don't think I would use a camera much, but just curious.

ppcsurfr
07-15-2003, 06:59 PM
The one for the SPV works with any of the HTC made Smartphone 2002 models.

The one for the Compal, which I saw and tried before... is of the SDIO variety...it was so much faster and the quality was better... but I can't seem to find any info on it. My contact was lent the camera for several weeks but had to return it to the Regional Office in Asia... :-(

Anyway it looks like the Veo but the housing was made of really bright semi-transparent orange plastic. 8O

The others... well they either have it built-in... or they'll probably use the SDIO type too.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo

spg
07-16-2003, 01:40 AM
The one for the SPV works with any of the HTC made Smartphone 2002 models.

The one for the Compal, which I saw and tried before... is of the SDIO variety...it was so much faster and the quality was better... but I can't seem to find any info on it.

Ah, cool. Thanks for the information. I think I would like the SDIO style better personally, just seems like it would be in a better location on the phone for pictures.