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Littlebits (the picture) and my camera selection process…

Follow up on a previous review is the picture today, the Littlebits R2D2 robot. It was fun to put it together. If you are interested in the Littlebits education products, their website is here http://www.littlebitscom.

A friend of mine reached out the day before yesterday. He was trying to figure out which camera to get. We talked through the process I’ve used in the past, to pick a new camera. He said and I quote “why the heck haven’t you published that.” So without further adieu, my camera selection process.

  1. First, you have to figure out, BEFORE, you look at cameras how much you can spend. This is important!
  2. Consider the following:
    1. The type of pictures I take
    2. The number of pictures I take
    3. What I take pictures of
  3. For me this next one is critical – I need a rugged camera
  4. I like to be able to focus manually
  5. I prefer everything to be automatically focused

These five simple rules help you. First of all, with the recent cameras in cell phones, your cell phone can be your camera. It is, however, less convenient for people that are always on the phone. I can take a picture and talk on the phone at the same time with a camera. It can be done as well with my cellphone, but it becomes less convenient.

If you had asked me ten years ago, I would have pulled a camera out of my bag. Now, not always sometimes I don’t have a camera with me. Now there are many pictures I only capture with my cellphone. But that got me thinking, and I will add some poll questions to figure out if I am alone in this. I will also ask the question on Mylot.

  1. Are there situations where a camera functions better than a cell phone?
  2. Does holding your cellphone and capturing the image on the screen create more movement in the actual picture?
  3. I have a rugged camera because I can’t afford to drop my phone!
  4. While my iPhone has many cool video features, my Olympus and my Canon have much better quality video.

No set answers here just trying to figure things out!

  • Would you use your cell phone as the only camera for a special event in your life?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Have you ever broken the screen of your cellphone by dropping it?

    • Yes
    • No
  • When you take pictures do you watch them or are they simply on the phone or camera?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you ever take high-speed video?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. An expensive DSLR won’t grant instant skills, talent, knowledge and experience. I’d like to get into photography but I’m not rushing for a new camera. My old iPhone doesn’t seem to have manual settings or good quality (referring to resolution and zooming), but I think it’s enough for close-up shots. I think size might play an important role in my case… I have small hands! ?☺

  2. Users voted 4 times.
    Q: WOULD YOU USE YOUR CELL PHONE AS THE ONLY CAMERA FOR A SPECIAL EVENT IN YOUR LIFE?
    Yes (1 votes) – 20%
    No (4 votes) – 80%
    Q: HAVE YOU EVER BROKEN THE SCREEN OF YOUR CELLPHONE BY DROPPING IT?
    No (5 votes) – 100%
    Q: WHEN YOU TAKE PICTURES DO YOU WATCH THEM OR ARE THEY SIMPLY ON THE PHONE OR CAMERA?
    Yes (2 votes) – 50%
    No (2 votes) – 50%
    Q: DO YOU EVER TAKE HIGH-SPEED VIDEO?
    Yes (3 votes) – 75%
    No (1 votes) – 25%

    • There are, I am going to share more of the decision process I use. I can’t post tables on Virily so I have to pull my table apart.

      I am in the same boat as you, if I am going somewhere I expect to take pictures I take my digital camera.

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