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April 22, 2010

photographic memory

photo posted from my iPhone

Does it need to be said again that the iPhone takes lousy ictures? Doesn’t that company understand it’s the second most important feature on a cell phone? Certainly isn’t the internet connection which is slow and spotty. It’s easier to call someone who is sitting at a computer and get your question googled. Taking a picture, well…you have your iPhone but most of the time you say to yourself, “Let the car burn, the picture won’t be any good with this stupid phone.”

That’s what you’d say to yourself if you were walking past a vehicle that had crashed into a small car in front of a clown college and clowns were running screaming on fire away from you as the little squeaky horns were blaring and a men on stilts were running at you with fire extinguishers to put it out. Because everyone knows the iPhone camera sucks.

Instead of talking about homeless people who wear safety vests so as to not draw attention to themselves as they sort through your garbage, it’s necessary to talk about how image quality is worse than just drawing a picture from memory. In fact, that’s what needs to be done. A hand drawn picture. A picture’s worth a thousand words, unless it’s an Apple product, in which case it’s worth one word: shitty.


  1. All cell phones take lousy pictures. You don’t put a good camera in an all-in-one deal unless you really think it’ll make it a selling feature (which it isn’t – yet anyway).
    To get a decent picture with normal cameras, you usually have to get one that’s at least $250 or so, that would add some $200 to an iphone… you want to buy a $800 Iphone?
    Anyway, cameras have problems with low lighting; and when the lower the lighting is, the more movement will be a problem. Regular cameras compensate with flashes, and then you get into flash ranges, timings, which only the more expensive cameras and flashes will deal with.
    Sucks you can’t just change the camera portion in it seperately, but you can’t. So either you get a thin camera and carry it all the time or just deal with shitty pictures… it’s not like you’re going to frame ’em.

    Comment by Belcat — April 23, 2010 @ 7:33 am

  2. thank you for saying that, belcat. i don’t think you needed to elaborate so much to express how most of the readers feel.

    jon, stop fussing about the shitty pictures that your phone takes. it’s a phone. the lens is as big as a zit. i’m impressed that the pics are good enought to sell things on craigslist.

    good point about the $800 phone. please, bud. enough. i love you.

    Comment by donno — April 23, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  3. People paid 800 for the first generation Iphone, didn’t they? My iphone has a 2MP camera, I can buy a 12 mp camera at best buy for $119. How about a 6 MP camera in the iphone for 60 bucks more? I’ll take it. It’s to their advantage to put a better camera in. I’m a share holder in Apple btw. I bought at 70 and it just hit 270 a share. I want apple to do well so I’m making a specific complaint. If they can figure out how to get a great camera in there for cheap, I’ll be really rich. This blog post is an attempt to get the ball rolling.

    Comment by Rolston — April 24, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  4. What’s the ‘best’ camera you can get in a phone, 3.2MP? It’ll get better eventually but the camera is about .0001% of what’s important to the iPhone’s success. No offense but Apple’s doing just fine without you. You want to get rich? Poison Steve Jobs and short Apple stock before the public finds out he’s dead.

    Comment by Lyle_S — April 24, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

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