Questions tagged [cameraphones]

A cameraphone is a cell phone that has a camera built-in.

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Canon G12 vs 2022 phones

I have a Canon G12 and wondering what, if any, good use it still has. Conscious of "the best camera is the one you have with you", I don't think I'd use the G12 even if I had it in my hand,...
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Does this metadata prove this photo has been edited?

I was displaying a parking pass face up in my windscreen whilst visiting my friend. When I arrived back there was no ticket on my car which meant I could not take my own photos as proof. A few weeks ...
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Phone Gimbal - complete rotation lock in space

I'm new to topic of gimbals. I'm trying to accomplish following scenario: I have a phone, and I want to keep its camera always facing ceiling (parallelly) and always in same rotation in respect to xy ...
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What is the guide number of a smartphone "flash"?

I know that smartphones have a LED "flash" which is not really a real flash that would produce a very intense short-lived pulse of light, but rather is a continuous light that is turned on ...
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LG phone camera. How to interpret this EXIF User Comment metadata? "0 FM0 CR0 Prmid2 mxDrkA..."

What do the following numbers and abbreviations mean? Photos taken with LG phone cameras tend to have information like this in the "User Comment" metadata: 0 FM0 CR0 Prmid2 mxDrkA2.07 ...
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Would a strobe or a CoB LED video light be better for product photography with a phone camera?

I am about to buy lighting but my budget is low. This will be for small product photography (perfume bottles). I thought of using a Godox SK400II (strobe) and this Godox SL150 (CoB LED video light) ...
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How do phone cameras capture better overall exposures than my camera?

I've noticed that when shooting some environmental/city/sea/etc. scenes phone cameras expose both the background sky as well as the subject (person/building/street) pretty well. On the other hand if I ...
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Is there a zoom lens I can attach to a Kindle Fire for birdwatching?

This is probably pretty pedestrian for you all, but it's a sincere and slightly desperate question. My 94 year-old mom has been a casual birdwatcher her whole life. She's still pretty spry but has ...
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How to select a cell phone (mobile phone) that will have the best camera hardware and software?

Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began, I had the opportunity to attend a few art gallery openings that featured photography. What surprised me was that some of the photographs were taken using ...
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For an avid photographer, which cellphone is better between Google Pixel 3A, OnePlus 7T and Samsung S10?

I am an avid photographer and want to buy a phone which gives the best photos even in low light conditions but I have to choose between the mentioned phones so which one should I go for?
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How can I achieve 1:1 ratio for macro on my phone with 12 MP camera?

I have been using two lenses of 15× from different brands, to obtain a 30× magnification , but Still for smaller insects I am unable to capture all the details in macro. Is it possible to achieve 1:1 ...
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How to estimate pixels per degree for an image from a camera phone using EXIF data?

This is my first time to look at metadata and I'm confused by the focal length stated in this file that a friend e-mailed to me. It was taken with a cell phone. I'm trying to roughly estimate the ...
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How Schlieren Photography can be done using mobile camera?

Can we do Schlieren Photography using good mobile phone camera (13-20 MP)? If yes how or can we do this photography only using professional digital camera? Schlieren Photography
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white is gray in some areas?

I'm taking tshirt pictures with my phone, but even with 2 softboxes, the plain white shirt is a darker gray in some area. Do I only do it in a dark room with no light coming in or is it because the ...
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How to embed an ID in Pixel 3a EXIF data?

My wife and I both use Pixel3a phones so we are not always sure which one took which photo. Is it possible to embed some information into the exif data on one camera for use later as id. thanks
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Are DXO scores of mobiles and cameras directly comparable?

The DXO score for the mobile camera (photo) Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera is 121 and for the medium format camera, Hasselblad X1D-50c is 102. Although the parameters are different for mobiles and cameras ...
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How can I force my 48Mpix Android camera phone to save images at full resolution?

I have a Mi A3 phone camera. This has a 48Mpix sensor, but I am disappointed in the detail captured compared to, for example, a Sony phone with a 12Mpix sensor. Now what I notice from image ...
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Milky Way with a cell phone, how is this possible?

The 9to5Google article Exclusive: Official Pixel 4 camera samples show astrophotography, selfies, more [Gallery] shows some surprisingly nice (at least to me) photos of the Milky Way. Every phone ...
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Suitable Phone camera Specs for Amateur photography? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner in learning photography(as a hobby). Since I'm not ready to buy a camera at the moment, what specs/features should I ensure to be present on my phone camera to help me pursue ...
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Can smartphones with the same camera sensor have different image quality?

Xiaomi Mi 9 and Redmi Note 7 Pro have the same camera sensor — Sony IMX586 Exmor RS. Does this mean both smartphone have same image quality output when pictures are taken?
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Are there particular limits to camera phone print size, beyond general rules of thumb?

So at time of writing a number of high end phones are available with 24 or even 40 megapixel cameras on them. Assuming good conditions, (good light, still setting, tripod?!) What would be the largest ...
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How to avoid perspective distortion when taking selfies?

I'm looking for an affordable way to avoid perspective distortion when taking selfies. I know the best way to avoid this would be taking a portrait with a DSLR with a 200mm-ish lens from 8 ft away, ...
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What hardware specifications make a great phone camera?

I know that iPhones have great cameras but what technology underlies great phone cameras? Intuitively, the number of megapixels is only a tiny part of the story. From wikipedia, I can see the iphone ...
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Can i stack both a lens and a (variable) ND filter on a phone camera?

I am o total noob so forgive the blunders. I am interested in filming my travels with a Samsung S7 mobile phone, so the upper level of amateur is enough for me. So video, not photo. What i want is to ...
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Camera Phones with longer focal lengths for Portraits?

It seems most cell phone cameras are in the 25-35mm wide-angle focal range, which produces less-than-desired proportions when taking photos of people. Some phones have a "portrait mode", but this ...
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Can I change the camera aperture value on my Honor 8 phone?

I am planning to do some macro photography with my Honor 8 phone, i got a macro lens to clip over the phone. the problem is, i need more depth of field and hence i need to increase the f-number, the ...
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Picture taken with phone and received from MMS has no metadata?

I received a MMS with a picture on my phone, and I was wondering if that picture was actually taken from my contact phone or something else (like downloaded from any site and then sent by MMS). It ...
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How do phone attachment lenses affect depth of field?

Let's take, for example, the Moment Tele Lens. This lens is pitched as a 60mm lens that allows you to get 2x "closer" to the subject. The iPhone 6s uses a f/2.2 lens. Does the mounting of the tele ...
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What should I look for in a phone camera to get results with less noise in HDR photos?

I have a Samsung J7 (2017) phone and am happily shooting HDR photos with it, with the Pro HDR Camera app. I'm happy with the results except for the noise level. I think my noise problems occur in low-...
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What are ether pros and cons of a single high megapixel phone camera vs dual rear camera phone when photographing kids?

I'm not too bothered about the actual phone but need to upgrade and am wondering what is better to photograph small children. My kids move alot and blurry pictures just seem to be the most commom ...
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Where can I find lens mounts for small 2 mm diameter lenses?

I need a lens mount for one of my projects. I have a CCD chip, a single lens (2 mm diameter), and I know the mechanical position and tolerances. I would like to find a lens mount for that lens or see ...
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Continue taking photos from smartphone or buy a camera to practice?

I know this is a site with very good professional photographers and this might appear like a silly question but I'm just a beginner who loves photography. But I still don't have a camera so all I do ...
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How do I calculate the depth of field of cameras on mobile phones with auto focus?

I just hope to learn the relationship between depth of field (DOF) with the distance on my mobile phone. When I capture one cup with the distance about 20cm from my phone, what 's the DOF? When I ...
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Tips for improve photography skills in android phone camera [duplicate]

I am really interested in Photography but i don't have the money to buy a camera right now i already started photography using my android phone camera but i want to improve my photography skills ...
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How do I make a perfect photosphere?

I take photospheres on my Android phone, and for some reason, it's never perfect. My feet are always there. And sometimes there are some places where they aren't connected properly. How do I make a ...
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How is the continuous (optical) zoom feature realised in the new iPhone 7 using two lenses

The new iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera system with one 28mm and one 56mm. Usually in smartphones where the camera is compact, you do not have real optical zoom. So how is the zoom feature, which ...
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When comparing camera sensors, what does [x] µm Pixel mean, and what does it say about image quality

In this article (sorry its german) I read about camera sensors. They show values like 1,4 µm Pixel, or 1,55 Pixel. What does this mean, and how is it related to sensor size? If I got it right, a ...
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Comparing cameras from older smartphones to cameras from recently released devices

Usually when new smartphones appear in close succession their cameras are well compared on tech sites or magazines, for example like here the S7 and the OnePlus3. But are there such tests which ...
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How can a camera be both 12MP and 1080p, when 1920x1080 is just 2,073,600?

In the specs of a forthcoming smartphone camera (it was this one, just for the record), the camera is described as "12MP, 1080p". But this doesn't make much sense. If the camera is 1080p, i.e. ...
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Can I use a shaped bokeh filter with a mobile phone camera?

I have found this interesting way to make pictures bokeh filter for camera but I am wondering if it is possible to achieve the same just using a mobile camera. I have tried to overlap something in ...
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Is adjusting white balance before and after taking the photo same? [duplicate]

There is an option in my phone camera to adjust the white balance before taking photo. Again after taking the photo I can adjust it in any photo editing app. Do these two produce the same thing? I ...
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What are the advantages of a low-cost compact camera vs. a high-end smartphone for photography?

I know that there are some expensive ($300 and up) compact camera that can take nice photos. My question is about compact cameras in the $150-200 range vs. high-end Android phones (Galaxy s7, Huawei ...
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Rear or Front Facing Camera through EXIF Data?

I have compared the standard EXIF data from a picture taken with a mobile phone's rear camera and another taken with the same phone's front camera. The same fields appear in both files and no big ...
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Which smartphone camera would give better low-light picture results?

Just interested in choosing the right smartphone for lowlight photography I have following contenders. Option 1 has 16 MP, Aperture f/1.8, OIS, with sensor size 1/2.6" and 1.12 μm pixel size Option ...
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Why does it seem like large sensors are necessary for good low-light performance?

Phone manufacturers have recently started advertising the size of the photosites on smartphone camera sensors. They argue that larger photosites lead to better low-light performance. I think a good ...
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Why are there black dots on all photos taken with Sony phone?

I took this image with a Sony phone. The lens is clean on the outside. The owner of the phone says those black dots started appearing and supposedly are multiplying. Is it some dust in the insides of ...
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Does reducing the resolution on phone cameras increase pixel size?

I understand that cameras are limited in processing power, and that it is better to manually resize photographs taken using them. One of my experiences: The Asus Zenfone 2 has a lowlight mode, which ...
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Why is my OnePlus One phone's camera generating dark pictures?

I own a OnePlus One. As per the specification mentioned on the OnePlus site, it is set to capture high quality pictures. But when I take pictures from my phone (unless I have more than enough light or ...
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How to remove scratches from LG mobile camera lens (with coating)?

I recently bought a used LG G2 (T-mobile) from market and later on noticed that it does not takes the photos with expected quality. Sample Photos (I see a visible difference when I see through ...
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How do add-on lenses for smartphones work?

I have seen a $24 lens which is advertised as attachable to an iPhone camera. How do lenses like these work? Here is the item I am mentioning
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