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Is the Iphone 4 good enuf for trail camera?
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Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Is the Iphone 4 good enuf for trail camera? on 06/12/2010 23:45:56 MDT Print View

The Iphone 4's camera specs are here:

It is 5 megapixel, 5x digital zoom, geo tagging, flash support. You can even shoot self-portraits with the front camera. Autofocus keeps things sharp and the macro lens takes great close-ups. But you can also tap the iPhone display to focus on anything in the picture. It also does HD video recording too. Plenty of file space with the 32 gb model. Summary:

* Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
* 5-megapixel still camera
* VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
* Tap to focus video or still images
* LED flash
* Photo and video geotagging

4.8 oz, long battery life:

Talk time:
Up to 7 hours on 3G
Up to 14 hours on 2G

# Standby time: Up to 300 hours

Internet use:
Up to 6 hours on 3G
Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi

# Video playback: Up to 10 hours
# Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

Finding a good external AA battery charger for the Iphone 4 though has become hard if you do not already have one. Igo used to make a very lightweight one that I own so it's not a problem for me. Your local Radio Shack may still stock it (it's where I got mine).

Wait, I found it after all. Links (you have to buy both, charger with tip)--use lithium AA batteries (2 of them):

In addition the Iphone can serve as your GPS device, digital compass, alarm clock, cell phone when within receiver reach, and internet device when within reach.

I'd like to find a software app to do panorama photo stitching to create panorama shots of pictures taken.

Anyone else think of doing this with the new Iphone 4?

Barrie Grieve
(barrie_grieve) - F

Locale: Fife, Scotland
iPhone 4 on 06/13/2010 03:08:08 MDT Print View

My Nokia X6 does all this,but doesn't look as cool ¦~

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Is the Iphone 4 good enuf for trail camera? on 06/13/2010 08:28:55 MDT Print View

Plenty of apps on the app store for panorama stitching. Just remember the front-facing camera isn't as good as the rear facing one, it's VGA quality only. So it'll be fine for self portraits, but not pics of you in the foreground and wonderful scenery in the background, FWIW.

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Re: Is the Iphone 4 good enuf for trail camera? on 06/13/2010 14:33:16 MDT Print View

You will still get better pictures from a cheap point and shoot camera. The iphone has a cellphone type camera sensor that just won't take as good of pictures. Particularly with shadows and low light conditions.

Photoshop has a "Photomerge" command that will stitch images together. Or there are dedicated Panaoram software packages -

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
iPhone 4 Camera In Depth on 06/18/2010 08:17:57 MDT Print View

Here's a review of the improvements and shortcomings of the iPhone 4's cameras for photos and videos.

Heath Pitts
(heathpitts) - F

Locale: Nashville
3GS on 06/29/2010 22:36:44 MDT Print View

I've been using my 3GS for a while as my trail camera and it has performed well. With the test shots I've seen for the iPhone 4, I'm sure it will work as well. It isn't an slr but for the normal photos of my camping group, random scenery, and ones around camp, it's great. The fact that it is a gps, audio player, and alarm make it even better!

Buy a waterproof pouch that includes a silica gel pack or something similar for it though. Mine began showing a warning that "this accessory wasn't designed to work with an iPhone". This makes me think that moisture is slowly building up inside. So yeah, I am going to get a pouch just for this. There are ones available that even allow you to talk and use all controls while in the pouch

Michael Neal
(michaeltn2) - F

Locale: Northern Virginia
video on 07/01/2010 06:59:08 MDT Print View

the video is probably technically 1280 x 720 but is certainly not HD as far as sharpness and detail, probably more like upscaled standard definition.