Singapore Carriers Launching The iPhone Without Cameras

iPhone 4S Without Cameras

The iPhone is offered in many countries all across the world. The iPhone is supposed to be available in Singapore so the Singapore Armed Forces can use a smartphone other than a BlackBerry.

I always wondered why RIM sold BlackBerry devices without the cameras, but now I know. Many soldiers in the Singapore Armed Forces carry a phone to use on base that does not have a camera. SAF soldiers are not allowed to carry cell phones with cameras on the military base. Those soldiers also have a separate phone to carry off base because they are allowed to have a camera then. Apple may be allowing Singapore carriers to carry the iPhone 4S… Without a front or back camera!

I think this is a very good idea, but it also limits the iPhone’s abilities. The Camera app, check cashing services, QR codes, and many other camera-related features will be disabled. Other than that, I am glad Apple and Singapore’s Military is cooperating to get iPhones in the hands of the soldiers. They currently use BlackBerry devices, but the services on BlackBerry phones is limited.

Siri: The Holiday Movie Trailer

Rooster Teeth Productions has put together a trailer for their upcoming movie Siri: The Holiday Horror Movie. The movie looks well put together and very professional. It is meant to be a comedy/horror about a group of friends that all get an iPhone 4S for Christmas. Siri not only can be your personal assistant, but it can control your life!

Capture and Edit iPhone Films Directly On Phone With iMovie

imovie for iPhone and iPad

iMovie for iPhone and iPad

Although there are many simple movie editors such as Windows Movie Maker, importing videos to a computer, editing them, and exporting them can be a pain. If only minor changes or titles need to be applied, Windows Movie Maker or even Adobe Premiere Pro would not be the best choice. If a movie is captured and recorded on an iPhone, iMovie for iPhone and iPad is the best choice for making minor adjustments. iMovie allows for cropping, editing, titles, transitions, and other basic movie editing features. iMovie for iPhone, iPod, and iPad only costs $4.99 and has many features that the Mac iMovie and Windows Movie Maker have on board. iMovie is very simple and videos do not need to be imported for they are already on the device.

With technology advancing by the day, iMovie for iOS is an innovative idea. Being able to edit movies directly on my phone is definitely convenient. I used to have to import the videos to my Mac before adding titles, transitions and effects. Now, I can add those elements to my video and send a quick MMS to a friend – all in less than five minutes.

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Geo-tagging

iPhone Camera Geotag

iPhone asking for Camera to use current location.

With new features flying off the shelves with smartphones, one feature keeps many people weary about smartphone cameras. Geo-tagging is a feature that allows your iPhone (or other smartphone) to record the location of each photograph. If you’re visiting Disney World, the geo tags will come up for Orlando, FL. If you are visiting the White House, Washington D.C. will be included on your map of photos in your iPhone’s camera roll.

What scares many people about geo-tagging is that “stalkers” can view where they took the photos. The luxury about many websites such as Photobucket and Facebook is that they strip geo-tagging information from the pictures. Even if you try to download the photo from Facebook, the geo-tagged info will be gone from the file. The only way that information will still be intact is if the photo is emailed (MMS also strips the metadata).

Personally, I feel that this kind of information should be shared. If you are taking a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle, it’s obvious you are in Orlando. There is no reason to hide this information from people viewing your Facebook or other online service. Furthermore, talk about stalkers has decreased as technology has advanced. Geo-tagging information should be shared… that is what it was designed for.

iCam Concept Turns iPhone Into Point-And-Shoot

iCam concept turns your iPhone into camera.

A new concept from ARD studios created a concept mock-up of a point-and-shoot iPhone accessory. The accessory is not real, but it does give case makers some great ideas. The concept of iCam is simply an accessory that the iPhone slides into. The phone will connect at the bottom of the iCam with Apple’s 30-pin connector. The iCam now allows you to use your iPhone as a digital SLR camera within this case.
• Aluminum Unibody;
• Interchangeable Apple-Lens Lenses, with iMount mounting system;
• Front touch screen for self-portraits and for micro-app;
• LED Flash;
• Front pico-projector;
• SD UHS-i slot;
• Siri Compatible;
• Motion Sensor;
• ISO range from 100 to 3200 (extendable up to 6400 equivalent)
• Full HD at 60fps;
• 10.1-megapixel sensor;
• Bluetooth
Even though the iCam is not real, it still gets me excited about what is to come. If iCam were real, I would ditch my Nikon SLR camera for it. This would also allow iPhone users to quickly snap photos for iPhoto or their Photo Stream without having to sync their DSLR. iCam is the future of photography.

iCam concept turns your iPhone into camera.

Parts of Marvel’s Avengers Movie Was Shot With iPhone 4 Camera

Screenshot from Marvel Avengers Movie

Some scenes were shot with an iPhone 4.

Marvel’s upcoming movie, The Avengers, will be coming to theaters in 2012. If you go watch the film on the big screen, remember that some of the scenes were shot with an Apple iPhone 4 camera at 720p. Seamus McGarvey, the cinematographer for The Avengers, claims that some of the scenes in the film were shot using an iPhone 4. “The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand,” he told IFTN in a recent interview. “I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.”

The fact that big movie companies, such as Marvel, are producing films with smartphone cameras is astounding. Just four years ago, iPhones did not even record video. It wasn’t until the release of the iPhone 3GS that the devices started recording video (in low-res, that is). Pretty soon, more companies will join Marvel and Universal Studios in filming movies with smartphones. With the newest release of the iPhone 4S, the camera got even better. In four more years, almost every movie can be filmed in a back yard for hardly any cost at all on a professional-quality iPhone camera.

The iPhone 4S Camera Drastically Improved From Previous Models

The iPhone 4S camera is far superior to the previous generations.

The iPhone 4S camera is far superior to the previous generations.

With the new iPhone 4S comes a new camera. Apple’s new 4S camera is 8 megapixels, has a redesigned lens structure, and new camera speeds. The iPhone 4S camera is truly a revolution when equipped with a f/2.4 lens, which means the lens can open wider and faster, which lets in more light, making the picture clearer. With the lens snapping faster shots, action shots at sports games can easily be obtained without blur. Combined with Apple’s A5 processor, the new iPhone 4S camera can perform as well as, if not better, than your average point-and-shoot camera. Another feature of the new camera is the ability to take amazingly clear macro shots (like the one above). Macro is a step above micro, which means it’s taking pictures of things like rings, insects, detailed flowers, etc. The iPhone 4S also records video in full 1080p HD. High definition video was first released with the iPhone 4, but it was only 720p.

When compared with the original iPhone, 3G, 3GS, and 4, the iPhone 4S has an amazing ability to focus and capture the detail in an image. You can hardly tell what the item is on the original iPhone and 3G’s photos. Cell phone cameras have come a long way, and they will continue to grow!