Tuesday, January 18, 2011

7. Cell Phone Cameras

I just got back from a great family vacation at Walt Disney World. Although it was only myself, my wife and my little boy actually on the trip, I was able to bring along my parents, sister and brother through the magic of my iPhone 4. Throughout our vacation, I took pictures and short videos with the latest mobile device from Apple. I then emailed them directly from that phone to my family up in cold, snowy Connecticut. They were able to instantly see our little guy's excitement as we toured the parks.

Almost all new cell phones come with a camera these days.  However, many "smart phones," like the iPhone, have cameras that take very high quality pictures.  The outdoor photos that I take on my 5 megapixel iPhone 4 rival the shots I get with my Fuji point-and-shoot digital camera.   Also, it is easy to quickly edit the picture right on the phone prior to emailing it.  You can brighten the picture if there wasn't enough light, or you can crop it to exclude the construction crane that is currently adjacent to Cinderella's castle.  There are many great, inexpensive apps that allow you to do this.  Some of these smart phones (the iPhone included) even have a built in flash and a digital zoom!  Here are a few more photos that I captured on my cell phone from the recent trip:


In addition to simple pictures, most cell phones can actually take short video clips.  However, other than the higher end smart phones, the quality of the video is certainly lacking.  The 720p high definition iPhone 4 video camera is an exception.  In many cases, the videos I have taken with this phone are of better quality than I get from my standard mini dv camcorder.  I was able to email some great fireworks clips from both Illuminations and Wishes to my family back home.  It is almost hard to believe that these videos were recorded and emailed from a cell phone!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!



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