Last weekend I’ve got a new toy, a replacement for my old Blackberry Strom: Droid from Motorola, Verizon call it iPhone killer. Well, I did not have iPhone, so can’t tell if it is really a killer, but so far I like it! Much more freedom in applications and customizing compare to BB Storm. When i power it up, it looked with the red eye and said: “Drrrooidd” to me. Like my old cat use to do:-)
Here it is, with shell case from Motorola. There are so many photos of it naked, and I like it more this way :-) I’ve paid $29 for the case, but later found it on Amazon for $15: Motorola A855 Droid Verizon Original OEM Belt Clip Shell / Holster
First of all, this is almost tablet PC: 850x480px screen resolution! I can browse internet for real now. There are so many things you may like in this phone, but I’ll stick with photography-related stuff:-)
Now I am going to test built-in 5 Mpx camera to see if i can use it at least for a family album snapshots.
First, auto focus. As expected, it works, but object you are trying to focus on should be close enough to cover not less 50% of the screen:
As you can see, white balance was shifted to higher kelvin numbers because of the orange.. yes, it was orange color. This is raw image form a phone, no noise suppression or sharping was applied.
When I’ve moved orange slightly away, so it will be less than 50% of sensor coverage, and white balance get corrected along with the focus, making orange look good but blurry:
One more example on exposure evaluation and metering, worked very well:
Now outside, where this phone camera is suppose to be used, now I did some noise fix in Photo Shop:
100% from above photo:
Not bad for a PDA camera, what do you think?
Several more images:
Blue sky, few days before:
I had a product photo shoot the same day i wrote this post, lighting setup was ready and it was easy to snap few more studio-made images of the Droid:
The video is really good, better than you can expect from such small camera. Below the sample I’ve took and processed with Sony Vegas studio:
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Now I am looking for some useful applications for the phone. If you know something interesting, please let me know :-)