Questions tagged [cameraphones]

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

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How do I get the best results with a cell phone camera?

I know cell phone cameras are the lowest rung, but when reading reviews of phones, the reviewers always have sample shots that are much better than what I can manage. What are some ways to take ...
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How well do smart phone light meter apps work?

There are a number of smart phone apps which use the phone's camera as a light meter. How well do these work? The metering built into most modern cameras is very powerful and accurate, but in some ...
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What makes a Carl Zeiss lens so special in a smartphone?

There are smartphones on the market that have a focus towards photography. Some are equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens. I have looked into Wikipedia, which tells me that they are a brand who produces ...
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Is the iPhone 4S camera good enough to serve as one's “everyday-carry”?

I'd like to have a camera with me at all times, but my DSLR is often too bulky. For some time now, I have tried cell phones as a compact camera substitutes, but with limited success. Often, the ...
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How iPhone 5S can have such a big aperture? f/2.2?

I thought that in order to have a big aperture such as f/2.2 a big amount of light should be able to enter to the sensor and in order to do it, a big lens was needed. How is it possible that in the ...
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Why do cell phones have the camera in a corner and not in the middle?

It seems counter intuitive because of how you hold the cell phone.
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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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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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Can I combine several low quality pics into one higher quality picture?

Is there an easy tool to combine low quality pics taken from a mobile phone, all of the same thing but taken within a few seconds interval from one another, mostly suffering from slight out of focus ...
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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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Where can I find detailed camera, sensor and lens specs for cameras in smartphones?

For pretty much any dedicated digital camera out there I can easily find detailed specs on sites such as dpreview.com. For cameras in smartphones however, these details are not easily found, or maybe ...
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Why does my HTC cell phone lens appear so dirty, and how can I clean it?

My cell phone lens that looks dirty; or, I'm not even sure it qualifies as a lens — it's the transparent cover. See the photo below. I'm not sure if the lens was always like this or it happened at ...
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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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Will point-and-shoot cameras be able to compete with camera phones? [closed]

As camera phones become more and more sophisticated, will they ultimately replace point-and-shoot cameras?
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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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What is the focal length on your typical cell phone camera?

I know cell phone cameras are generally wide angle, which makes sense because people wanna go out to dinner, or a show, or at the park with their kids, and they want to get the whole scene. And even ...
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is it possible to get “bokeh balls” using a cellphone camera?

Is it possible to get "bokeh balls" using an cellphone camera? I'm using an iPhone but the question could apply to any cameraphone. bI'm sure there are a lot of apps which allow you to insert fake ...
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Is there any way starburst diffractions could be captured with a fixed f/2 smartphone lens? [closed]

There's been some controversy surrounding the publicity camera samples for Nokia's new flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920. First it was shown (and admitted by Nokia) that the stabilised video footage ...
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Why the faces in the corner tends to skew a bit in almost all smartphone cameras

I have noticed in almost all the smart phones I have used, the faces of people in the corners (either side) tends to skew a bit in all smartphone cameras. Is it something the lens is not as good as ...
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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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What are some camera-phones with decent shutter-release response (or workarounds)?

Whilst a cell phone camera is never going to be the greatest, it does excel in one area - you generally have it on you all the time. So having a good cell phone camera is a nice thing to aspire to. ...
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Is HDR more important on a phone camera than a standalone camera?

I've had good luck using my iPhone's HDR feature when I'm out without my digital camera (Nikon COOLPIX S630); I tend to take the kinds of pictures for which HDR is useful. The standalone camera doesn'...
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What is Interoperability Index R98?

In the uploaded pictures from my mobile phone, I get a line with the following information: Interoperability Index = R98? What is this Index?
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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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Why do different smartphones with the same megapixel camera resolutions have different quality of image?

There are different brands of smart phones available. Frequently two different big brand smart phones (Nokia, Samsung , Apple, Sony etc.) with the same Megapixel count have a different quality of ...
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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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What does interpolation mean in the Nokia 808 Pureview?

The new Nokia 808 Pureview claims a 41MP sensor when shooting still images. Engadget tells us that it is due to "interpolation jiggery-pokery that condenses four or five pixels into one pixel". I ...
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How to set shutter time on an Android phone?

I am trying to make a LED Pen as shown here. For this I require a camera that allows exposure time of ~20s. I don't own a SLR/DSLR/Digital camera. I have a 5MP camera on my phone. I wanted to ask if ...
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Is “Ultrapixels” just marketing or is there a real benefit?

HTC has branded the sensor in its new phone (the HTC One) to be "Ultra pixels". For the same sensor size it only gives you 4MP where today's standard for top of the line smartphones is 8MP and up. Of ...
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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 many megapixels are needed on a smartphone to take above quality photos?

Just regular above quality photos for Facebook and normal things.
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Does the Nokia Lumia 920 truly present any significant advancements in cameras?

Nokia is touting the new Nokia Lumia 920 as a breakthrough on many fronts for digital photography, even going so far as to say that it can achieve DSLR like results. Of course one of the things that ...
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How can I get the best quality prints from an iPhone photo?

I have a photo on my iPhone that I'd like to print, but the quality is poor. Is there anything I can do so that I can print it? I have Photoshop CS5.
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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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How can I improve my smartphone photos of a product for eBay?

I've got a 8.0 Megapixel camera (The camera of Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone). I need to take pictures of the product, and I want to make it look as best as can be! It's a notebook, and it even looks ...
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How to best take a picture of a screen, like a computer monitor, with a phone camera?

Are there any tips on shooting with iPhone another screen, like a computer monitor or another phone? Maybe it requires some special lightning? I'm trying, but it's always too dark or noisy. Here ...
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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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Motorola Razr Maxx compression removal

I've recently acquired a Motorola Razr Maxx. I had hoped its camera would be good for those random shots of opportunity, but unfortunately its quality seems crippled by overzealous JPEG compression. ...
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What's the professional approach to removing noise from a cell phone pic?

I have a cell phone photo that's a bit grainy and slightly blurry. It's not the out-of-focus type of blur, but the blur brought on when edges run together due to lack of sharpness. I have Adobe ...
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What coatings do mobile camera lenses have?

I have been using iPhone's camera since a long time and I have always wondered, what coatings or filters do mobile cams have in place (if the have any). The reason I ask is sometimes my iPhone is able ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How would a mobile phone with external zoom lens compare vs DSLR?

I am new to photography and my knowledge is limited to just this - have sufficient light, press button to take photo, quality of images in digital zoom is not as good as that of optical zoom and ...
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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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Why is there a vertical bar of brighter exposure when photographing lightning?

I recently took pictures of a lightning storm using my camera phone (Samsung Galaxy S3). In several of the shots where I managed to capture lightning, a lighter (brighter?) vertical section sometimes ...
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How to enhance a cameraphone photo so you can see stars?

In the context of star photography, clearly you are not going to get as good of a photo with a smartphone camera as you could with a real camera and a long exposure. However, provided you have taken a ...
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What Android phone has the best camera? [closed]

I am going to buy an Android mobile phone and I want to be sure it has good camera (and video camera). What phones do you recommend that have good camera?