Taking snaps with Sony

Yesterday, I posted a photo review of my most recent trip to Europe. The pictures were taken with a recently issued new mobile phone, a Sony Erricsson V600i, ( See here... for the Sony Ericsson Page). While it answers the Bob Appleyard test, "Does it make phone calls?", I have been busy expoloring other parts of the phone's functionality. I took it to to Amsterdam and forget my better camera, another Sony, so all the pictures were taken using the phone.

I'm really not sure, if its me or the phone, but these are not great pictures. The small screen & the limited controls don't help but neither does my attempts at snapshots and spontenaity. In one or two cases, I managed to take more than one picture of the same view but it doesn't seem to help. The quality of picture from the Cybershot seem better. It may be that the whole "using a camera" thing means that I concentrate more when using the Cybershot and the loss of quality is the price of the convenience {the phone is smaller} and spontenaity that the phone enables.

The convenience has enabled me to photograph whiteboards, but even these pictures need writing up quickly as its unusual for the pictures to be of sufficient quality not to require converting to a presentation deck before I forget what was said..

I'm sure I'm not alone, but the phone is not as good a camera as the {designed for purpose} Cybershot!

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Comments:

Dave,
the main problem with picture enabled phones is twofold:
  • The optics are really small, and cheap (you need very expensive lenses to make good small cameras).
  • And the software to convert the raw-data into colour pictures is also a "work in progress" and a fine-tuning nightmare.

So, in order to make good pictures (and even in digital world, optics still count a great deal!), you need a real camera (and not an "add-on" feature of a phone). Check, for example: http://www.dpreview.com/ for decent reviews of these components.
Matthias

Posted by Matthias Pfützner on July 04, 2006 at 09:52 PM PDT #

In addition to Matthias's comment, I would add that they rely on a wide angle lens, no autofocus and a wide depth of field to hide this. On the plus side, you'll probably always have your "camera" with you. On the minus side, other than for something dramatic or never to be repeated, the quality of the results may mean they stay of curiosity value only. I've just gone the other way and bought a DSLR. Whilst this isn't strictly necessary to take acceptable sanps, it's hard to build a good versatile photographic tool that can be as small as a phone, have room for a usable battery & still be portable enough to want to take with you. Colin

Posted by Colin Malsingh on July 07, 2006 at 02:30 PM PDT #

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