#1 By: Chris Hoffman, August 17th, 2013 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170403/8-clever-uses-for-your-smartphones-camera-aside-from-taking-pictures/
Sure, your smartphone’s camera can be used for photos and video chats, but it can do much more than that. Your phone’s camera is a powerful tool you can use for everything from finding better prices to navigation and translation.
#2 By: Andre Onuki, August 17th, 2013 08:31
I use my camera to check if remote controls are working.
#3 By: Naman Sood, August 17th, 2013 11:41
My camera is so awful, I can't use it for anything other than outdoor screens when the sun is covered with clouds (but not after sundown of before sunrise).
#4 By: Doctordeere, August 17th, 2013 11:52
I have a phone. I use it to place phone calls. I also have a camera (several of them). I use them to take pictures. I prefer task-specific devices that carry out their assigned tasks to the best of their ability, not multi-functional devices that do multiple tasks in various degrees of mediocrity.
#5 By: Don D., August 17th, 2013 11:55
I use my cell to take pics of my invoices and email them to the fleet and Insurance accounts as soon as the job is done... It goes right to their desk that way and I get paid faster..
#6 By: Don D., August 17th, 2013 12:08
do you also use a note pad to send messages to your friends? Don't for get the stamp.
#7 By: David Eccleston, August 17th, 2013 13:04
I found an iPhone App that measured my heart rate by placing a finger over the camera and the app measured my pulse by the changes in opacity of my finger as the blood pumped through it.... great while I was in Atrial Fibrillation!!!
#8 By: infmom, August 17th, 2013 13:39
Sigh... I guess you guys have never worked retail. While I understand the urge to check things out in person and save money by buying them somewhere else, as someone who once sold computers in a big box store it makes me very sad to see this kind of advice.
Many stores now match internet prices. If you're looking at something specific and you know how much it's going for on Amazon (or wherever) take a printout of that price and ask for a match. You'll be able to take your gadget home with you and the employees who do work very hard in their department won't get stiffed by yet another looky-loo.
#9 By: Doctordeere, August 17th, 2013 14:45
I didn't say my way was better, it's just better for me. Which, in the long run, is all that's important... to me. Whatever your preference is, good for you.
#10 By: Mike L, August 17th, 2013 16:23
I use three old Droid 1 phones as wifi security cameras. Pretty cool!! We can keep an eye on our dogs when we're out of town. They've been running non-stop, except for an occasional necessary reboot, for about five months now. Got the tut right here at the Geek!! Thanks!!
#11 By: A happy, August 17th, 2013 16:30
Did you for get to spell?
#12 By: localhost, August 17th, 2013 16:41
Seriously man, just let it go. I'm sure we all understood what he was trying to say.
On topic: My favorite use for my phone camera is for barcode scanning. I frequent a local tech store that has an insane price-matching policy, so its really nice to be able to scan the barcode and check quickly if there's a better price elsewhere.
I have tried using it as a webcam a couple months ago, and while it worked, it drained my battery too fast to be of any practical use.
#13 By: NW Digital Photo, August 17th, 2013 20:07
Why do so many people shooting video with camera phones hold the phone vertically, like in the photo here? Are TV screens vertical, are movie theater screens vertical? Nope, so turn the damn phone on it's side for video.
#14 By: Don D., August 17th, 2013 22:56
Now that would interest me. How do you do it with the cell phones? Is there "an app for that"?
#15 By: Don D., August 17th, 2013 23:02
I have come from the "Nextel" line of service for 10 yrs, I do miss my "Push to Talk" chirping other users but found that the Androids do have uses also....
I use the camera all the time now and down load to the computer to a "dump folder" in Pictures then organize them to were they need to go from there.. At least I have a camera with me now at all times when you really need it.
#16 By: Don D., August 17th, 2013 23:05
Horizontal, You get a wider view..... I also use that for short videos to post on my business FB site..
#17 By: Jonathan Manheim, September 1st, 2013 13:25
I have an ethical problem going into a store, say Barnes & Noble, finding a book, then going online and buying it for less. B & N is paying to have that book on display and I feel bad about not buying it, but I love my Kindle. No more trips to B & N for me.