Will smartphones replace your digital camera?

I have two digital cameras. A Kodak Easyshare and a no name cheep 4MP camera.

The Kodak Easyshare took great photos, until I dropped it two years ago putting a huge scratch in the lens. It’s also acting funny. This left me with the cheep 4MP digital camera to take pictures with.

Until now.

Last winter my wife and I were looking to upgrade our cell phones. Expecting a new addition to the family we decided to go with a smartphone with a high quality camera built into it. This of course narrowed our choices but after doing some research we decided on the Droid X.

The Droid X’s camera is capable of taking photos up to 8MP at 300dpi. It has eight scene setting, flash options, face detection, picture resolution, and the ability to manually set the ISO, and shutter speed.

Very impressive stats, but it’s still a cell phone.

So how good are the photos really? Well after playing with the settings and getting comfortable with the camera I started taking serious photos. And to my surprise I was impressed with the results.

Foggy night at Waterfront Park - Taken with my "Droid X" using the manual settings. Photo by Chris Hall

Frog on the tracks - Taken with my Droid X. Photo by Chris Hall

Fountain - Taken with my Droid X. Photo by Chris Hall

Statue - Taken with my Droid X. Photo by Chris Hall

New BlackBerry tablet comes with two cameras

Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), introduced a new tablet called the PlayBook during a BlackBerry annual developers conference in San Francisco.

The BlackBerry PlayBook

The BlackBerry PlayBook

Smaller and lighter than the iPad, the screen size of the PlayBook measures at 7-inches and the total weight of the tablet comes in at 0.9-pounds. The PlayBook is expected to also come with a 1 GHz dual-core processor design for enhanced performance.

For the photographer and videographer two HD cameras are included. One 3-megapixel camera facing forward and a second 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for photography, video and phone conferencing. Other specs include 1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output, Micro USB, Micro HDMI, and DNLA media streaming.

First generation PlayBook users will only be able to connect to the Web via a Wi-Fi or by tethering the tablet with a BlackBerry. Later models are expected to include the 3G, 4G network connection. Using a secure short-range wireless link the PlayBook can also be used as a second, larger screen for a BlackBerry phone.

The PlayBook is expected to arrive in stores in early 2011 in the US. No specific price is available but analysts are predicting $300 to $500.

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