Cellphone cameras and macro photography

Posted By on October 31, 2006

Treo 700p using Swiss Army knife macro

Most cellphone cameras are just a step above a pinhole camera in my opinion and have some improving to do before they are capable taking photos in other than perfect situations. That said, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with my Palm Treo 700p‘s 1.3 megapixel camera on my PDA/Cellphone and have enjoying ‘McGyver-ing‘ ways to take slightly better pictures. I often find myself wanting a quick
Swiss Army Knife Lupecopy of something crossing my desk only to realize that macro work is best left to a camera with a few more adjustments. In a few rushed moments I’ve found myself sticking a pair of glasses in front of the Treo just to see if it would help and it does — see photo below. Another fellow over at Treonauts has expanded on this and started using a magnifying glass so I’ve given it a try too since my Swiss Army knife has a loupe. Hey … it works! (photo above)

Photo using glasses
One foot away from calendar photo using glasses as macro lens


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