05-25-2014, 01:30 PM
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After almost four years with my last phone (and first smartphone) I just upgraded, as well as switched to a new carrier. While I am no photographer, such as we have here at The Shave Nook, I was amazed at how far the cameras on new phones have come. Below is a photo I snapped last Monday at Akron Falls County Park in Akron, New York, about 25 miles from downtown Buffalo. When I compare the results to my old phone camera , I am just blown away. I know this doesn't replace a dedicated camera but for a quick snapshot or even video it certainly is nothing to be ashamed of.

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 05-25-2014, 01:33 PM
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Phone cameras have indeed come a long way Freddy. They now make wonderful outdoor cameras. They still suffer dearly in low light conditions, but that just due to the very small sensor size. Outside though these things shine now.

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 05-25-2014, 01:39 PM
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Doug, I did find that about low light. I was staying with a friend and while there took the neatest photo of his cat. I wanted to print it out for him when I got home. However, to say the results were less than stellar after seeing the photo on my computer would be an understatement. Is there any way to get around that easily? I didn't have enough room to pack even my point and shoot, which would have worked fine, so relied on my Samsung Galaxy S5.

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 05-25-2014, 03:26 PM
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They are great for snapshots.

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 05-25-2014, 03:46 PM
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(05-25-2014, 01:39 PM)freddy Wrote: Doug, I did find that about low light. I was staying with a friend and while there took the neatest photo of his cat. I wanted to print it out for him when I got home. However, to say the results were less than stellar after seeing the photo on my computer would be an understatement. Is there any way to get around that easily? I didn't have enough room to pack even my point and shoot, which would have worked fine, so relied on my Samsung Galaxy S5.

No, there really isn't a way around it. It's the nature of the beast. They are now packing way too many pixels into such a tiny sensor size. Your S5 has more mega-pixels than my full frame Nikon camera. You just can't get good low light behavior with such a tiny photosite size. Not yet anyway. Software can only do so much.

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 05-25-2014, 04:25 PM
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(05-25-2014, 04:21 PM)freddy Wrote:
(05-25-2014, 03:46 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(05-25-2014, 01:39 PM)freddy Wrote: Doug, I did find that about low light. I was staying with a friend and while there took the neatest photo of his cat. I wanted to print it out for him when I got home. However, to say the results were less than stellar after seeing the photo on my computer would be an understatement. Is there any way to get around that easily? I didn't have enough room to pack even my point and shoot, which would have worked fine, so relied on my Samsung Galaxy S5.

No, there really isn't a way around it. It's the nature of the beast. They are now packing way too many pixels into such a tiny sensor size. Your S5 has more mega-pixels than my full frame Nikon camera. You just can't get good low light behavior with such a tiny photosite size. Not yet anyway. Software can only do so much.

Thanks, Doug. I'll do my best. Hopefully, I'll bring my Panasonic Lumix when I go back. That will most likely be in late October, early November. I have a hunch that, someday, the point and shoot will become superfluous. Shy

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 05-25-2014, 04:33 PM
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I got Samsung Note 3 and i am amazed with the pictures, options when taking them and the editing that i can do with it, simply amazing.

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 05-25-2014, 04:36 PM
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(05-25-2014, 04:33 PM)Nuno Sá Wrote: I got Samsung Note 3 and i am amazed with the pictures, options when taking them and the editing that i can do with it, simply amazing.

Check "snapseed" from the play store. Very nice post processing for Android, and you can take pics from within it. Adobe also has a photoshop (free) product which works directly with the camera.

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 05-25-2014, 04:38 PM
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Did not know that even better then, thank´s Doug im going to check it out.

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 05-25-2014, 05:25 PM
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Doug, I don"t think I'll ever catch up. Simply amazing. Thumbsup

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 05-25-2014, 08:42 PM
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Great photo, Freddy! I didn't know you were on vacation! Smile

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 05-26-2014, 08:33 AM
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(05-25-2014, 08:42 PM)celestino Wrote: Great photo, Freddy! I didn't know you were on vacation! Smile

Yes, I visited a friend who lives in Akron, New York. Unfortunately, it took almost 24 hours to get from San Diego to Buffalo because of a major snafu in the Chicago area, where I was to change planes. I used to say that my vacation started as soon as I got on the plane. I now say it starts as soon as I get off. Dodgy

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 05-26-2014, 11:17 AM
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Heard this piece on NPR about the effects of camera phones on our memories:

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/22/314592247/...r-memories


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 05-26-2014, 11:54 AM
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An interesting article. While probably true, I'll continue to take those snapshots. Smile

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