Photo Experiment with the iPhone – the path to widespread mobile local adotion

Page Road Early November Snow Fall It snowed again the other day, at the higher elevations that I travel to work. As the sun was rising over the hilltop, the contrasts, lighting and colors were striking and I embarked on an iPhone photo experiment to see how well I could capture the scenes with the low end camera in the phone.

The iPhone 3gs offers some exposure and focus control but a fixed focal length, very wide angle lens. If you want to zoom, in on something, it is a sneaker-zoom option only. The lighting was difficult and varied. That all being said, it can take a pretty good photo.

As mobile computing devices like the iPhone integrate increased functionality and capability, it is not just the laptop, gaming device or the music player that will be replaced. In these photos, I think you can see that it won’t be long before devices like the iPhone seriously impact the low end of the point and shoot photography world. Why carry two, three or four devices when one does good enough on most tasks.

This multifunction ability will allow more folks to experience the local/mobile ecosystem as they consolidate devices and explore the many other capabilities of the devices (and you thought I couldn’t relate this to local. :) )

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5 thoughts on “Photo Experiment with the iPhone – the path to widespread mobile local adotion”

  1. Nice shots Mike!
    I absolutely agree. I find myself taking way more pictures because I have my iPhone with me. Its just not practical to have my DSLR with me all the time.

    There is a pretty neat little iPhone app created by a pro photographer named Chase Jarvis – http://www.thebestcamera.com/app.html – that lets you do some simple post-processing (applying filters) to your photos.

    He contends that the best camera is the one you have with you. That’s kind of what you are saying in this post I think.

    -Don

  2. @Don

    Thanks for the app tip. I brought these into iPhoto and did minor adjustments to shadow detail and exposure. Its fun having a “camera” with me all the time…I just need to remember to stop the car and use it…although one can always wish for one or two more features…

  3. Great post! But, I think the really good smartphones are actually a little behind when it comes to cameras. I was looking at a t mobil memoir the other day, and it had a top notch camera in it. To bad the phone wasn’t that smart. Cheers.

  4. I just cannot understand why such a high profile mobile device such as the iPhone fails in such a standard way.

    Why could they not put in a better camera?

    Madness.

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