CAMERA PHONE --do they take good pictures?

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At first, camera phones were nice-to-have applications/tools. The it became so widely used that we've heard of stories of folks using their camera phone to document events. Remember Michael Richards' --- Kramer on Seinfeld --- rant onstage that went viral on YouTube? That was caught on a camera phone.

While I don't think the camera phones can take the place of a really good digital camera when taking photos of properties for posting as a listing, there are some camera phones that are really good.

 

TREO 650 --- this is one of the last pictures I took using the TREO. This picture is of my foster dog, Joey, outdoors at the dog park, in the daylight. I was impressed with the quality.

 

BLACKBERRY CURVE: 

Her name is Harmony, the latest addition to the household. Taken indoors, during the day, using light streaming in from the windows.  

 

 

 

 

IPHONE  

When I switched to iPhone, I'm still in the learning mode although there was really nothing to learn. It's a PHD technology (Push Here, Dummy).Taken at night, with just the light from the Christmas tree. 

And here's a close-up of that Christmas tree.

  

Although passable in a pinch, I miss the flash, the zoom in/out capability, the settings of a real camera. But it's nice to know the camera phone is available as an alternative.

How about YOUR cameraphone?

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Pacita, great pictures!  I use the BlackBerry Curve and think the pictures are "acceptable".  Actually, I had my settings on high resolution and they always looked blurry.  I dropped down the resolution and actually end up with a better picture.  You're right, I don't think they will EVER replace an actual camera.

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Dec 23, 2008 07:27 AM #8
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
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They are so much better but not good enough for the MLS (yet!)...

Nice tree!!

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Dec 23, 2008 07:32 AM #9
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Michael Setunsky
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I also had a Treo and it took pretty good photos. I just purchased a Blackberry Storm which has a built-in flash. The photos appear to be OK for 3.2 megapixels. I don't think it will replace my digital camera though.

Dec 23, 2008 07:44 AM #10
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
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Hi Pacita:

Your photos are pretty good.  I think camera phones are get in a pinch!

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Dec 23, 2008 08:30 AM #11
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Pacita - I also thought the tree was a map of google earth, some of the phones have decent resolution, at least good enough for MLS pictures. However, I agree, I like the zoom features of my camera, as well as everything else.

Dec 23, 2008 08:50 AM #12
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
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Pacita:  If I could remember I had a camera in my phone, I would take pics.  One time, I witnessed a hit and run in a parking lot, and (DUH) I was scrambling to write the plate number down.  The camera phone would have been a great thing to remember at that moment.

Dec 23, 2008 10:50 AM #13
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Chris --- as a matter of fact, accidents like what you mention is when a camera phone comes in handy. And in other situations, too. There was a news story in New York about a man pleasuring himself on a subway, in front of some women. One of them took a picture with her phone, and posted it online.

Mike - google earth must look Christmasy. I have to look at it again. :)

Diane -- thanks. Maybe we should start a group featuring the best (or worst) photos taken with a camera phone. I will have to say the worst will be the ones posted on the MLS where they all look grainy.

Michael S.--- I didn't have a Blackberry Storm, but I did have the Curve. I liked the camera in that one...but it still won't take the place of a digital camera. The iPhone is like a Swiss army knife of business tools.

Charles --- I agree. Not good enough for MLS --- although some folks try!

Kris --- I actually think the Blackberry Curve camera had good options of high versus low resolution. Then when I upload the pictures on my computer, I use Microsoft Picture Manager software to edit, etc.

Michael K. --- I think the fact that Blackberry launched its first touch screen phone means more will adopt this as the way to go. I switched from TREO 650 because everytime my cheek touched the phone (which was always) it launched another action.

Mara --- I still have my digital camera, and a Flip phone...but you gotta admit, in a pinch, it's nice to have these capabilities on the phone.

Jeremy --- thanks for the tips.

Norma -- as long as we don't take pictures of rooms in a house, the Blackberry Curve (and the other phones) seem to be fine in close ups. Look at my close up of the tree -- folks thought it was Google Earth.

Michael T. --- Google earth doubles as my tree. Yey!

Dec 23, 2008 11:47 AM #14
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Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

I am impressed with the photos you got with those phones!  it sounds like you have al ot of phones, too!  I just bought a digital SLR, adn i gotta say, I love it!  great photos, and I haven't even figured out how to use most of the features!  i should read the instructions one of these days!

Dec 24, 2008 02:21 AM #15
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Carol

I change phones, it seems, every 2 years. I loved TREO 650 at first, and then got so tired of it re-setting frequently, while I was in the middle of a conversation. Or, it would do something when my cheek would accidentlaly touch the screen while I'm on a call.

I didn't think I'd like the Blackberry Curve because it didn't have a touchscreen. But I loved the keyboard. However, compared to the newest edition of iPhone, it had limitations. I must admit, though, that I think the camera feature on that phone may be better than iPhone's.

Then I was lured by the many applications available on the iPhone. And when my company had a special contest wherein winners would get iPhones, I used that as an excuse to get the iPhone 3G. I gave my Blackberry to my significant other, to whom its features are wasted. He simply uses it to make/receive calls!

Dec 24, 2008 02:59 AM #16
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Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
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Pacita,
I too think our phones aren't too great at super pics...but they sure are handy in a pinch.  I was given coach's tickets...best in the house...of course, I forgot my camera...so glad I had my phone.  Here is my picture...

Pullman WSU Cougar Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori Cofer Signature

 

Dec 24, 2008 10:26 AM #17
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Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA
Pacita,
OOPS!  Forgot to tell you the cool thing I learned my phone could do last night thanks to the articles you sent me off to.... You can easily do a print screen or image capture by first pressing down the home button and then second clicking the on off button on the top..it will go to pictures.  Try it and see how cool this is...Here is a capture of my website

My Pullman Home

Dec 24, 2008 10:34 AM #18
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Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Pacita- I still my my treo 650, and I think I am the only person in the world that has had no problems with it!  I keep giving my upgrades to my kids, so I guess I will keep going with it!

Dec 24, 2008 10:38 AM #19
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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Lori ---- really good picture, and cool tip! You're getting to be a iphone master,

Carol --- I loved the Treo 650 (I've had Palm Pilots since the 90s so it was hard to give up it up out of loyalty to Palm) but after 2-3 replacements because there was always something wrong, I surrendered, and switched.

Dec 24, 2008 10:57 AM #20
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Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Huntington Beach, CA
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Hi Pacita,

Very nice pix of some great looking dogs!  I'm sure my cell phone can't match your quality.

Dec 24, 2008 03:06 PM #21
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Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

I have a verizon phone and the pics are okay.  I would not use them for MLS.

Dec 25, 2008 02:28 AM #22
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
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Bruce -- thanks. The camera in a phone is still a good-to-have feature. Still need to use the digital camera for serious photos. :)

Angelia -- yep. Digital camera for MLS, still.

Have a Happy and a Prosperous New Year!

Dec 25, 2008 01:06 PM #23
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Team of Paradigm AdvantEdge - Edmond, OK
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While my iPhone will never replace my Nikon D60, it sure is a lot more handy, since I always have it in my picket, and my Nikon wouldn't fit in any pocket.  I take so many pictures, I find myself using my iPhone more & more.  Some day I'm sure we'll see many of the upgrades we'd like in our camera phones, but for now, we'll just have to find that balance between convenience and real high quality pics.

Jan 04, 2009 01:47 AM #24
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Ryan

I've been taking a lot of pictures with the iPhone...and although they may be a little grainy (can't complain, though...my first digital camera had the same resolution), I'm not complaining too much because I have my higher resolution camera anyway.

And yes... the convenience alone of having a camera phone is a big plus! My old Razor didn't do that!

Jan 04, 2009 02:54 AM #25
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The iPhone camera is much more of a fun maker than an actual picture taker. You still need a good camera for properties, the kids, vacations, etc especially if you want any printed.
Jan 30, 2009 10:21 PM #26
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Brian, you're absolutely right. It's a nice-thing-to-have, but not the-only-thing-to-have.

Jan 31, 2009 12:22 AM #27
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