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.