Camera with Android

Pekka Oilinki's picture

I have been looking for an new camera for an while.

First looking at the megapixes, then how fast is the lens, sensor physical size, reviews etc. etc.

After the initial investigation I stated to be interested about what new technology can give for the cameras. Many camera models offer GPS and Wi-fi connection.

There is even few models with Android OS. First was Nikon S800C and the latest Samsung Galaxy Camera. Specially the latest on the market, Galaxy Camera has received good reviews.

It's a camera running Jellybean and doubles as 4" tablet. Image quality with the 20x zoom should be good enough for everyday usage. Benefits with Android is that it's possible to upload photos directly from the camera with wifi or 3G connection to the social media websites. Unfortunately the camera can not be used as GSM phone, however Skype and google talk & SIP voip are possible.

The price here in Thailand is currently 17000 baht, which is about 400 euros. This includes 50GB / 2 years Dropbox storage.

What do you think? Is this the trend in the future of the cameras? What kind of apps could be expected for cameras running Android?


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Pekka Oilinki's picture

Samsung is now improving it's camera phones. These new devices do open up new possibilities.

As an photography hobbyist there are quite a many situations, I would have loved to be able to script my phone to do various tasks. Canon additional Firmware enables this, but for everyday user it's way too complicated way to let the camera do tasks.

One of the things I wish to do, is to take an good photo of the Andromeda Galaxy M31. This shot is very, very difficult to take with an ordinary camera, even if it's a high end (and really expensive) DSLR. The problem is that the earth tends to spin around. The solution is to take multiple shots of the object and and then later on combine those to one bright picture.

When the cameras are run by Android or any other programmable operating system, things get much easier. It should not be too difficult to make an program, which will automatically take twenty 10 seconds shots. Combining and aligning these shots could be done either in the phone, or on PC.

For end user: Place your camera according the camera phone tells you. Camera/phone will fetch GPS location, compass, orientation, time and sky map to tell the user how to place the camera. After this the software ask for the user to step down as it's wishes to perform the action.

There are many cases when a camera user wishes to "take the damn picture" and camera produces something which is not even close what the photographer wanted. Maybe better software could be the key for better photographs?

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Pekka Oilinki's picture

Nokia is according to the rumours launching Nokia 1020 with 41Mpix camera, earlier seen with the Nokia 808.

The megapixel count does not make a great camera, but it surely can help.

One of the difficulties in photography is dark scenes with movement. Another is taking photos with different light spaces and darker corners.

HDR ( ) photography was greated to help with the latter problem. This however requires use of tripod and no movement at all while the photo taking is in progress.

Traditionally HDR photos can be taken as separate images with different shutter speeds and later on combined together with Photoshop or similar program. Some cameras do these automatically. Camera takes series of 3-5 photos and combines those inside camera to one picture. This process to take separate images takes few seconds.. and if there is any movement, the latency will show as blurry parts on the final image. For example tree leaves are always moving, even if there is seemingly no wind at all. It's almost impossible to take an clear HDR image of an tree.

A sensor with huge amount of pixels can offer alternative and better ways to do HDR imaging.

One shot taken in the way that neighbouring pixels are open different lengths to absorb different amounts of light. For example in the way that 1st, 5th, 9th etc pixel rows create one image, 2nd, 6th, 10th the second etc.

The photo is then combined from these 4 simultaneously taken virtual images. This would result as one HDR image which is taken in one shot and in 50 milliseconds, instead of few seconds when taking HDR images in traditional way.

The result image would have less pixels, but the quality of the HDR picture should be way better as there is much less time for the subject movement.

Muqtada Khalid's picture

From my own perception, i like the galaxy all over stuff specially the camera technology has revived and people dont bother to buy expensive handicam or digital cameras because these camera enabled phones are enough to carry and captured or even making high end videos are reliable. I m also a true fan of galaxy phones and tabs. Regards Muqtada Khalid