Friday, September 15, 2006

Cameraphones


Computer technology is changing fast, and it is hard to keep up; but it is nothing like the  particularly rapid change of  features on mobile phones. I’ve just had months of hassles with my NEC phone loosing signal (it has been in for repaired 3 times now, and still failed within a week of being “fixed”) and because it is now out of warranty I really can’t afford to get it fixed  again. Pity because I liked the phone and the camera was good (that was till it went in for repair the first time, and came back out of focus!), but thats another story. These are 4 of the 6 phones I have had over the past 3 years. I do work outdoors and I did drown one phone, which I’d forgot was in my pocket as I jump out of a boat to push it off a reef. Ok the boat survived but the phone was unfixable! Another phone was lost/stolen in the wilds of new guinea (where mobile phones don’t work anyway..

Being a geologist, I sometimes see things I need to photograph (usually in close up) that I wish to include in a report. Occasionally (and that’s pretty rarely really) I don’t have my camera with me. Once I got the NEC, which had a special close up setting, I started using my phone and with a new nokia, I find camera phone quality (roughly 1 megapixel) give decent results and quiet acceptable to include as small images in my reports.

The three photo below compare the quality or my original NEC phone, my new Nokia and finally my Olympus camera.
using NEC 410i using nolia 5140i using Olympus C4000 camera
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