Phoney

As I blogged a while ago, work have issued me with a camera phone.

I’ve been having a little bit of a play with it: It’s got all sorts of settings – for example, I can not only take pictures in “normal” mode (albeit in this case, normal with a slightly odd colour balance)…

But I can also do monochrome…

…relive the olden days with sepia…

…solarise the pictures (if you’ve got a really old monitor it might not look any different!)…

…or simulate a colour negative

The question has to be…why? Surely anyone who wanted to mess around with their digital photos to that extent, would be doing it on their computer, not in the camera? And if it comes to that, wouldn’t anyone interested in photographic effects would use a decent digital camera, not a 3.2 megapixel camera phone?

I guess it’s all part of the rush to put new features into phones: The designers have more or less given us everything we might really want in a phone with phone calls and text messages, and the miniaturisation of the units has been stopped, not by battery size – which used to be the limiting factor – but by the size of controls needed by human-sized fingers. So to keep coming up with new features to make us upgrade our phones, they have to keep on inventing useless features: Phones with games, phones with mp3 players and radios, phones which take photos and shoot video, even phones with which you can edit the photos and video you’ve just shot.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ll use the mp3 player, at least until the novelty wears off, and I love my “Barmy Sheep” ringtone – if only because it annoys m’colleagues. But I’d’ve much preferred higher resolution, and a better implementation of the autofocus. Still, I suppose you can’t have everything :-)

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