People are making movies, commercials, and music videos using nothing but the cameras on their iPhones nowadays, but what about directing live TV? You know, the kind of thing where a guy in headphones yells at a bunch of little screens representing multiple cameras: "Ready camera one! Take one! Zoom camera two!" Now, with an app called CollabraCam, you can wirelessly link four iPhone, iPad 2, or iPod Touch cameras and direct their coverage like you're Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.
QR codes are popular elsewhere in the world, and catching on in the U.S., but one barrier to common use is the need for a special app on a smartphone to read them. Not a problem now, as even dumbphones can do the trick.
Having a camera built into your phone isn't a big deal anymore. But when you combine that camera with the rich software applications that run on devices like the iPhone and Android, you get lots of cool new ways to put your cameraphone to good use.
A new rumored cameraphone from Samsung seems at last to be taking digital camera/cellphone crossover devices in the right direction: The M8920 has a proper three-times optical zoom instead of a low-quality digital solution.
I ranted about the current trend toward ever-more megapixels in the cameras of smart phones the other day. But the other optics in those teeny tiny cameras are also worth a mention—they're pretty universally bad. And now a company called Jabil is trying to change things for the better.
Samsung's Omnia HD, rolled out at Mobile World Congress, brings one fantastic new feature to the world of cellphone video-making: It shoots in 720p high-definition. And that's a first, and a welcome one at that—if only because it heralds an end to the grainy, poor-resolution video shot in 4:3 ratio from current cellphone digital cameras.
Samsung's Memoir phone was an interesting mashup of a phone strapped to the back of an 8-megapixel digital camera. But the company's new Ultra Touch S8300 cellphone flips the problem around, bolting a high-end smart cellphone onto a mid-range 8-megapixel cam.