Smartphone Cameras Could Be So Much Better if They Just Did This

The thing that could make smartphone cameras even better is just a little bit more protection.

One of the most frustrating issues with cameraphones that makes a dedicated camera far superior doesn’t have to do with the sensor. In fact, the sensor and all the computational photography that they build into a cellphone camera is fantastic. Instead, the issues have to do with the lens. We’re not talking about cameraphones needing a zoom lens but we’re instead talking about a little thing that we all take for granted: lens hoods. How many of you reading this use lens hoods and not lens caps? Many of you probably use both. Personally, I hate lens caps–they get lost a lot. But a lens hood is often the perfect thing for me and there are a variety of reasons why.

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Using Your Cameraphone To Get In Touch With Your Creative Inspiration

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Walk around with your camera; if you’ve ever seen a moment that’s inspired or excited you, you’ve most likely taken a photograph of it. But you’ve also probably stood there, gotten your settings just right and then shot. Unless of course, you’ve used your phone. Though manual control is available with pretty much every smartphone these days, it’s not ideal to always use it. Instead, a cameraphone is good for quick, candid captures that inspire someone on first glance of a scene. When you shoot with a camera phone, you’re probably focusing more on getting the scene to look the way that you want it to in terms of its composition.

And with that, you’re focusing more on the less technical aspects that quite honestly hold back photographers from truly creating the works of art that they want to.

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PSA: Please Wipe the Lens of Your Cameraphone

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You all see them: go to social media pages and you’ll see folks simply just trying to capture the moment but it being super soft, maybe out of focus and with light streaks all across? Why is this? Many people simply do not know that they need to wipe the lens of their cameraphone down. The other night, my friend was recording a video at a concert and but not a single detail could be seen because of the light steaks across the lens thanks in no small part to the fingerprints on her lens.

Think of it like this: put on a pair of glasses. You can see crystal clear out of them, but then take oil and smear them on the lenses. How will you see?

The same concept applies here, and you’ll be much better off simply taking the time to wipe down a lens. You’ll get a better photo that you can remember or simply forget all because it’s going on social media anyway.

In Regards to Tablets and Cameraphones Getting in the Way of Your Shot

Taking a photo with a tablet

A colleague of mine recently asked a question about wedding photography after talking about his experience of shooting his first one. He ended it very stressed out and eventually complained about so many folks holding up iPads and phones to take a photo during the ceremony and in some instances getting in the way of his photo-taking opportunity. While yes, it’s unfortunate that it ruined his shot I believe that event shooting and wedding shooting has changed to the point where we as photographers should instead be embracing this instead of trying to fight it.

Let’s be honest here, no one in the crowd taking a photo with their phone, tablet or even a little DSLR is your competition. Absolutely no one is going to shoot a photo and then charge the bride and groom for it. Yes, they’re getting in the way. Yes, it’s annoying. But instead of fretting over how a single image of yours is now ruined, turn it into something else immediately. If you’re at the back of the hall and you suddenly see cameras, phones and tablets go up you shouldn’t try to fight it. Embrace it and shoot that instance because at the end of the day your job is to be a documentarian.

If you’re at a wedding, and trying to snap a photo of the cake or a specific moment and someone’s flash is getting in the way and messing up your exposures, then that’s one thing. You can easily and politely ask them to stop for around 30 seconds so that you can take photos that the happy couple will remember and cherish later on in life. But if someone is simply just taking a photo, then that shouldn’t really bother you or prevent you from doing your job.

Of course, you can always ensure that this doesn’t happen to begin with by getting more creative with your angles and positioning as well as having a second shooter if that option is available to you in your budget. Furthermore, I don’t think that we can really stop people from taking pictures at this stage of the game. Everyone has a phone on them or a tablet and everyone loves taking photos all the time even though it’s not anywhere in the same realm or reason as to why you’re doing it. At certain times, telling folks to stop taking photos isn’t a bad idea–but again only at certain times.

Otherwise, it’s time that we embrace it rather than fight it.

Sony’s New Smartphone Camera May Have 20 Megapickles


We’re not sure how many people really need a cameraphone with 20MP, but according to rumors that might just be coming from Sony. This new phone is rumored to feature a 20MP Cybershot CMOS sensor and sport Carl Zeiss optics. The codename is Honami, and the phone is supposed to incorporate a 5 inch LED screen, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a non-removable battery between 2,700 mAh and 3,000 mAh.

At the moment of publishing this story, there are a couple of Sony Cybershot cameras with a 20MP sensor that could reasonably fit into a phone.

But with the whole larger megapixel problem also comes the problem that DSLR owners have faced for a while–the need for more storage space. 2GB of RAM really isn’t a lot for a phone considering how much data and WiFi usage happens these days. Plus, there needs to be a better cloud storage and internal storage solution. Dropbox does a good job, but a service like EverPix might be even better for most consumers.

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Nokia 808 41 MP Camera Phone Lets You Upload Higher Res Photos of Your Cat, Probably Exceeds Upload Limits

This is exactly what the world needs right now: a cameraphone with more megapixels than anything could seriously handle. Today during Mobile World Congress, Nokia introduced their new 808 cameraphone complete with a 41MP 1/1.2 sized imaging sensor. Complete with a Carl Zeiss lens, Pop Photo tells us that, “The 808 can take photos up to 38-megapixels in resolution, checking in at 7728 x 5354, but it doesn’t seem like they intend for you to do that all too often. Their intention was to combine those pixels to make better 5- or 8-megapixel images.”

And as much as we digg Zeiss glass over here at The Phoblographer, I believe that we can all agree that no lens that tiny could resolve such a sensor to the fullest.

The camera also has an f2.4 aperture and records 1080p HD video.

Seriously, no 20k video?

Do You Want a 14MP Camera Phone?

GSMArena via Android Community reported on a new Android cameraphone, the Altek Leo, that is more camera than it seems to be phone. The phone is complete with a 3x optical zoom, 14MP CCD sensor, HD video recording, Xenon flash, and running the Android operating system. There is also Wifi, 3G, and a Micro SD card slot. But all his begs the question: would you want a 14MP sensor in your phone? If so, why would you want that vs the 5MP RAW sensor we blogged about earlier? Let alone the Android operating system does have some good photography apps but not the greatest. This was further shown in our tablet coverage when we ranked the Dell Mini 5. While optical zoom is much better than digital zoom, do you think that phones will ever get to the point where they will slap a nice prime lens on instead of offering a zoom function? And with technology moving faster each day there is only a matter of time until phones become modular and we will be able to switch out processors, RAM, and graphics chips the way we can with out computers. In that case, perhaps we may be able to switch out camera sensors as well.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.