If you were to break your phone’s camera, how frustrated do you think you would be?
So, you couldn’t take a selfie anymore – would that really be the end of the world?
The short answer here is yes.
Well, not really yes, there are plenty of worse things that could happen. But it wouldn’t be great, because the smartphone camera is about so much more than just being your selfie sidekick. And today, we really want to talk to you about smartphones and their cameras because we’d happily bet that your phone’s camera would be one of the most used parts of your smartphone, even if you aren’t into the whole selfie thing.
One of the most useful things you own
The smartphone is easily one of the best inventions in recent times.
It’s essentially the perfect palm-sized assistant. The palm-sized assistant you didn’t really know you needed – that is until you leave it at home one day and realise just how much you use your phone.
Think about it.
If you left your house without your wallet 10 years ago, it would have been a disaster. Nowadays, you can pay using the cards stored on your phone or you can take money out of your account at an ATM using your banking app.
If we think back 20 years ago (please say you’re old enough to remember), you might remember how tricky it was to find out information about anything. If you had a pen and paper on hand, you could make a note of what you were wanting to know and wait until you got home to find out the answer. But now, all you need to do is whip out your phone, open up google and get your answer in seconds.
And if you wanted to capture any of those special moments, like a friend’s birthday, your kid’s first kinder concert, or perhaps just a night out with the girls, you needed to make sure your digital camera or even your film camera was juiced up, had free storage and was on you at all times. These days, grab your phone, swipe down to the camera shortcut, open it up and fire away.
There’s a reason we rarely leave our homes without our phones.
How you can use your smartphone camera
Of course, your phone’s camera is perfect to help you really capture those special moments, but did you know that there are literally hundreds of different ways you can and probably already do, use your phone’s camera?
Well, buckle up, because we’re going to tell you about a handful of them now.
1. Picture taking, memory making
Now, we can’t talk about the smartphone camera without recognising its ability to take high-quality and sometimes breathtaking photos.
The rise of the smartphone camera – which has been driven by the arms race between brands to differentiate their phone from everyone else’s – has meant that we now have cameras in our smartphones that can produce such amazing imagery, they rival the photographs of professional photographers (though, don’t tell them that).
Many smartphones have both a front and back camera lens to take pictures or make videos with, and some even have triple or quad cameras as well.
Unless you do dabble in photography, the need for a separate camera device is now redundant and the hassle for you is too. You don’t need to lug a camera around, worry about it being charged or getting that film developed, just keep your smartphone on you – like you already do.
2. Keep an eye on your home, property, kids or pets
If you’re security conscious and want a way to keep an eye on things, your smartphone can do wonders here. To do this, you will actually need two devices, so if you have a spare smartphone that no one is using, that would be perfect.
All you need to do is install a security camera app on your old phone – there are lots of different kinds out there that offer similar things, like local streaming, footage storage, and motion detection.
Once the app is set up on your old phone, you just need to set the phone up in the position you need it and then you can use your current phone to access the footage it picks up. Even if you’ve made the jump from Android to iPhone or vice versa, there are apps that can facilitate this.
This can actually save you a lot of money, you don’t need to fork out for a security system, and you can make use of that old phone.
You could even use this as a baby monitor as well!
3. Check in to venues
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve seen the rise of the use of the QR code – finally. QR technology isn’t new, but it has certainly been underutilised.
In Australia, in recent times, we’ve been making use of the QR technology to make it fast and easy to check into places and also as a way to make social distancing easier by allowing you to place food and drink orders at restaurants.
Without your smartphone camera, this wouldn’t be possible.