And all from a phone…

I was up early yesterday, not because I was anticipating hundreds of birthday cards to open but because I always get up really early, even on a weekend. And even on my birthday!

I decided to take advantage of the lovely morning and go for a walk with Rio so I took him down the field on the other side of the River Nene which leads to the old railway line. I firstly negotiated the High Street and Islip bridge, which was really slippery in the ice and was especially difficult as I was being led by a dog that knew he was heading in a direction that meant ‘play’. The field is great for letting him off his lead as there are not normally too many dog walkers and plenty of room for him to get a runaround.

Yesterday was especially good as there was still lots of snow on the ground and he was able to bound around like a mad thing, chasing snow balls that I was throwing at him :). He also enjoyed digging  through the snow, either looking for rabbits or moles, I’m not quite sure, but digging all the same!

Anyhow whilst he was playing I was also able to take some photos. I took some not only of him but the of the frost-laden landscape, which looked spectacular with the winter sun low in the sky. What I didn’t realise at the time though that the temperatures were between minus ten and minus five degrees Celsius which was why the the frost covered the whole of the trees making them look very spectacular! Although I only had with me my iPhone camera with it’s limited capability I was still able to capture some picturesque shots and am quite pleased with the results. It is incredible that you can get such detail and resolution in a camera built into a mobile phone.

Just as I was leaving I saw a couple walking towards the field laden with their SLR cameras. I wonder if they were able to get any better shots that I did with my iPhone?

6 thoughts on “And all from a phone…

  1. My first digital camera (a Nikon) had similar capacity to the iPhone i.e. c. 5 megapixels. Looking back at the photo’s taken with that camera some of the results are excellent.

    My current camera can go up to 12 megapixels but to be honest my ‘untrained eye’ cannot really spot a great deal of difference between that one and my old camera.

    The photographs that you have posted are stunning.

  2. The iPhone 4S has an 8 megapixels camera build in which is great except that for things I do I don’t actually need that resolution. In fact for my website I normally resize them to around 800 x 600 which makes them a reasonable size to download.

    I am impressed with the speed at which you can point and click with the phone; normally camera phones are really slow but the 4S is speedy and will take multiple shots without any lag. Impressive or what!

    And the quality of the video it takes is good too (HD quality). I don’t think it’ll be long before they take over from stand-alone cameras, especially in the consumer market.

  3. I’m willing to bet they did, Graham (not that there is anything wrong with those pics of yours.

    Cameras built into phones have come a long way in recent years and can produce some very good results… considering their limitations:

    There is virtually no control over DoF due to the small size of the lens and lack of a controllable aperture (I don’t think it has one).

    Low light conditions (sunrise/sunset) can give poor results, again due to the tiny lens and even tinier sensor.

    The focal length of the lens doesn’t allow for suitable framing and use of the digital zoom will always add noise.

    I’m sure there’s more and if I was a real pedant (!) I could probably go on and on.

    At the end of the day, there are enough camera phones taking enough pictures in decent conditions to allow there to be a plethora of good camera-phone photographs out there.

    And what makes a good photograph is purely subjective anyway.

    I doubt they will ever take over from professional cameras, but their portability, ease of use and sheer practicality will probably see them take a huge chunk out of the compact camera market in the near future -- if they haven’t done so already.

  4. Masher -- yeah I bet they did too as I’m much more of a point-and-shoot-what-ever-I-see-at-the-time photographer nowadays. They had bigger lenses too 🙂

    I agree that there is limited controls in most camera phones and most good photos come out more by luck than by judgement.

    Having said that it is possible to set depth of field with the 4S but you’re right the digital zoom is limiting and trying to shoot anything in low light is difficult. I guess you can do a lot more stuff in post-processing which can help.

    I won’t throw my SLR away quite yet, although I know that when we went to the USA it remained in my kit back for longer periods than I’d expected.

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