I have been asked many times what I use to create HDR images from my phones. So I thought I would simply detail it here. Although I primarily use my Nokia N8, these applications work for all Symbian 3 devices and I have tested on X7, 700, 701, E7, C7, C6-01. They are also available on the N9. The two applications in question are HDR Photo Camera by Intellsys and HDR Pro Camera by Harald Meyer. In simple terms they both do exactly the same job, however there are differences. These differences could determine which application is right for you.
I thought I would do a post about my Nokia Gear, not just my phones, but everything. Well everything I can find that is. So here it is, everything I have relating to Nokia. No doubt I will find loads more after I have written this, well I have for one thing excluded all my bluetooth headsets, such BH900, Bh702 etc. Just a little too boring, not that you won’t be bored by all this stuff anyway. Still some of you might enjoy it as much as I do.
Today I decided that Nokia’s EDoF (Fixed Focus) camera’s should have a little competition between themselves. As for the winner, well that is up to you. The contenders for this little contest are, Nokia C6-01, Nokia C7-00, Nokia E7-00 and the Nokia X7-00. Sorry no E6-00 as it has been stolen by my wife and is currently across the pond in Chicago.
The contest consists of two images of the same subject (well as close as I could get to taking exactly the same photo twice on 4 different devices). One is a standard image taken in landscape mode with colour set to vivid. The other is a HDR image. The fused images are exactly the same for each device and the bracketed images were taken with exactly the same settings.
I think the simplest idea is just to put them in alphabetical order, do not want to show any favouritism. First up is the landscape mode image for each device followed by the HDR image. At the end pick your favourite!
That is it for the images, now it is up to you. You may notice that the X7 HDR image is substantially lighter than the others. I wish I had an explanation for you. The images were taken with exactly the same settings as the others and the fuse was done using all the same edits.
Pick the device you prefer based on the images you have seen.
I know a lot of people, myself included, do not really like fixed focus cameras. They limit your options too much in my opinion, but for some people they will be suitable. Essentially as long as you do not want to take Macro (close-up) images then EDoF (fixed focus) will meet your needs.
Landscape Images (unedited)
As with any other camera there are ways to get the best possible image. For me, when using the X7 for landscapes I use the same set up as with my beloved N8. Always select “Landscape mode” and set “Colour tone” to “Vivid”.
Landscape Images (Edited)
To edit any images I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, I am too cheap to buy the full Photoshop CS5. Maybe one day if I get good enough! Editing is something I am still playing with and learning as I go. Currently all I tend to play with is “Colour saturation, Hue and Lighting”.
Macro Images ????
Yes I know before you say it!! The X7 cannot do close ups, I even said it myself but you can something that is acceptable. Not really a macro image but for everyday use not too bad either.
Yes I know it’s not really a close-up. But for normal use it is just about acceptable. After all how many people with a mobile phone go around taking close-ups of everything. Not many and those that do, or want to, should just get a Nokia N8.