Wonder if Nikon, Canon and Kodak are watching

This picture was taken with the Droid with its geocoding turned on, mailed into Flickr. I’m starting to get good at this and I think you’ll agree the camera is taking some fine pictures.

Fraser CO

The combination of features make the Droid a pretty cool camera, and with a few quirks removed it may become a great camera. And since Android is open source, what’s to stop some of the camera makers from incorporating the communication and GPS features into their cameras? I think they better be thinking about it.

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19 Responses to “Wonder if Nikon, Canon and Kodak are watching”

  1. Dale Says:

    The twitter short url for this post
    must have had an extra “i” at the end….when I got the link , i had a 404 and i saw the extra i on the end of the url….got the post when I took it off….

  2. Dale Says:

    it DOES take good pictures

  3. Tito Says:

    Not bad at all. Looks like the Droid has a capable camera. Looks sharper and has less noise than my BB storm. Have you tried the photoshop app yet?

    How are you getting along with the physical keyboard?


  4. PXLated Says:

    Yep Dave, that’s a picture and a lousy one at that. It’s not a photograph – Nikon/Cannon nor Kodak have to worry at this point in time. Sorry but a brownie automatic could take that pic back 30 years ago. Eventually thhose guys will ahve to worry but not any time real soon.

    • Dave Winer Says:

      I see that the asshole lessons are paying off!! 🙂

    • Dave Winer Says:

      Of course that was a joke (hence the smiley) — but you managed to completely miss the point of my post. The GPS and communication features are important, important enough that some of us might be willing to sacrifice quality. But what I really want is — all of it — quality *and* the features. Seriously, no joke, leave the bitterness home next time, it’s disgusting. Everyone else here has managed to discuss this respectfully. You should take a good look at why you need to dump on others to make your point.

  5. Gib Wallis Says:

    Wow, I’ve gotten a few great pics on my Curve over the years, but this is a great photo and has a lot of nuance in what looks like kind of muddy lighting.

    I’m very excited for how well our all in one smartphones are becoming at doing all the things they do!

  6. Christopher Smith Says:

    I am still struggling with my DROID’s camera. Still cannot get it to autofocus. These pics are decent though. Maybe you got a good DROIDIE, Dave.

    Are you having any trouble with the amount of time in between pics taken? Mine hangs.

  7. mistermix Says:

    Having used camera-less blackberries for years, I was looking forward to having a decent camera with me all the time. So far, the Droid camera is barely that. It’s frustrating because you can get some good pictures, but you need to throw away a lot of blurry ones. Also, it’s pretty slow.

    I don’t find SnapIt to be that much better than the stock app at this point, but I’m hopeful that a combination of firmware update and work by developers will make the Droid more than just decent. It definitely has good potential for photos like the one Dave posted — essentially static subjects with decent lighting.

  8. Bob Muir Says:

    Try setting the camera’s focus mode to infinity. Makes it much faster and less glitchy (obviously) with autofocusing. Might not work so well with portraits, though I haven’t tried it for that purpose yet.

    • Christopher Smith Says:

      I tried this. Instead of the autofocusing and then failing, the camera just doesn’t focus at all. For close-ups, like you said, this fails.

      I will say taking scene pictures or distant objects with this setting works much better. Thanks!

    • Christopher Smith Says:

      Yes, I updated the DROID camera problems post to reflect this. Mine is working perfectly now, although the time in between pics is still very slow. Maybe Motorola will resolve that on Dec. 11th with the other update.

      Is it kind of scary that this update was “silent”? No notification or anything? That seems a little freaky to me.

      • Josh Turmel Says:

        This actually seems to be a rounding bug in the code, here is what Android Engineer, Dan Morrill had to say:

        There’s a rounding-error bug in the camera driver’s autofocus routine (which uses a timestamp) that causes autofocus to behave poorly on a 24.5-day cycle. That is, it’ll work for 24.5 days, then have poor performance for 24.5 days, then work again.

        The 17th is the start of a new “works correctly” cycle, so the devices will be fine for a while. A permanent fix is in the works.

  9. Nicholas Says:

    It looks as though Kodak is paying attention and partnering up with TweetPhoto…


  10. Christopher Smith Says:


    Thanks for the update. I saw that yesterday after the madness of what was going on! It is nice that it is a software bug and not actually the hardware. I updated the camera issue post to reflect that. Thanks!

  11. Vince Outlaw Says:

    Dave…do your Droid pictures with location information automatically get put onto your Flickr map? I’ve uploaded pictures to Flickr via email and the pictures don’t show up on the map unless I go online and manually put them there.

    Thanks for sharing! VO

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