Thursday, March 11, 2010

Taking pictures is fun again

Zeiss Telescope

After getting fed up with my N97 and its charger port problems, I sent it in for repair. In the meantime, I've been using my old N82.

The camera interface on the N97 is a total mess. Options are buried in menus and not easy to access. Some menus are touch optimized, others are d-pad optimized. It is very confusing and inconvenient for anyone who wants some control over their pictures. There's too much time wasted and the moment gets away.

Shooting in auto on the N97 sucks. The flash on the N97 especially pisses me off. It is often more harmful than helpful. It takes three or four clicks to turn it off. Never fun to take pictures with.

The camera interface on the N82 isn't much better. But since it is d-pad optimized, I can set up my pictures pretty quickly since the interface is fast.

The N82 has a xenon flash. It is still the gold standard that every camera phone is compared to. Hardly ever does the flash get in the way of a good shot. At the top there's a picture I took last week at the Griffith Observatory. Not only is the subject well lit, you can see the background.

While the N82 takes much better pictures, the N97 is still a better camera phone. The larger battery lets you take more pictures. The qwerty keyboard makes it easier to name and tag the photos. The 3G makes it faster to share and move on to the next moment.

I'm hopeful the N82 and the N97 would join in holy union and have a baby.