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!

Benjamin Dowie’s first HD iPhone 4S movie

Nobody could imagine that the new iPhone would be powerful enough to record video quality good enough for the big screen but Benjamin Dowie gladly showed us what was possible only 14 days with the release of his homemade HD video.

These were his words:
Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin* Got an iPhone 4S yesterday and got up this morning to go for a surf. No surf, so thought I’d shoot some stuff to see what the new camera is like on the 4S. Got home, looked at the footage, and couldn’t believe it came out of a phone. Was so excited so thought I’d quickly cut a vid to share the goodness.

It’s actually amazing. The automatic stabilisation seems to work wonders, and gets rid of most the jello. Depth of field is flipping awesome. Colours are really good straight out the camera, but I did give this footage a slight grade with the 3-way colour wheel in Final Cut. Music: ‘Blach’ by ‘Elks of Envy’

I think you’ll agree that the footage above is fantastic, especially when you consider that it came from a handheld smartphone. For many, myself included, the iPhone 4S will negate the need for a dedicated video camera when shooting home movies anymore. It already has made my digital camera pointless.

What do you think of the video quality from the iPhone 4S? Would you use it to record your next child’s birth?