iPod Touch 4g Camera Quality?

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  1. Kyffin macrumors 6502

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    G'day! wondering how well the iPod Touch camera works as a recording device, that is, the macro performance in being able to take pictures of text in a book (rather than as a 'proper' photo taking camera)?

    I ask as my main use for this feature would be as a 'mini scanner' to capture excerpts from books (paragraphs, publishing info page, &c.) rather than writing notes to transfer to computer later.

    Am thinking of replacing my 2g soon and if the 4g's camera is capable in this regard I'll happily save myself a bunch of money buying used. So; does anybody have the beta on this? Would it work?, be legible? How about under library lighting conditions? Opinions gratefully received- particulary so if accompanied by illustrations! Thank you!:)
     
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  3. Kyffin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the reply! But not possible for why please? No macro? Insufficient resolution? Thanks!
     
  4. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    I doubt it would be very legible. The iPT's camera is pretty insufficient. You could try, but I doubt it would work. I would say find a better way to take notes or use a better camera (phone?).
     
  5. Kyffin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you very much for the explanation. Intention was to record referenced books in a Bento database so as to better organise notes &c. with little distraction and fuss. Paper also works though! Thanks again
     
  6. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    The ipod touch 4g has a horrible horrible horrible horrible camera. It's near useless. Video recording is better than some phones but I would say that 98% of smartphones take better pictures than the ipod. If it wern't for the fact that my ipod touch 1g was lacking in space I would have waited for the 5g
     
  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    The resolution for images is 960*720. That's ridiculously low.
     
  8. sracer macrumors 603

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    Yes, it will work. It is legible under library lighting conditions. Keep in mind that the resolution of the camera is too low to do anything with the images other than view them on the device, or when posted on a social network site.

    You certainly will NOT be able to use these images for OCR (if that was an intention).

    I think that the criticism of the iPod Touch's camera is a little extreme. It does a "decent" job for what it is. Having said that, I do NOT recommend getting an iPod Touch primarily for its camera functionality. It is primarily a media player and PDA. If you already have a cellphone with a camera, you'd probably be better off buying a larger capacity microSD card for it (if the phone supports cards) to store photos on.
     
  9. tablo13 macrumors 65816

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    Definitely not for use with OCR scanning software, but if you will be copying them yourself it'd be legible enough.
     
  10. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    You'll be able to make a scan of your texts, but it won't be good quality. There's an app that can actually do the scans for you, I can't remember what it's called so you'll have to search in the app store.
     
  11. Lukkee24 macrumors 6502

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    I did something similar when I had homework, I took a picture of the questions I had to do from the book so that I didn't have to take the book with me. It worked well and I was able to read the questions, even though the actual camera quality isn't very good.
     
  12. Sjhonny macrumors 6502

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    Beside the low resolutions of the pictures it takes, there full of noise. For anything beside a pocket novel, I couldn't even take a sharp picture over the entire width of the page.
     
  13. Kyffin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, doesn't look like its there yet to take a decent copy on the device though. Might as well wait and see if that changes at some stage. If the camera on the next ipod touch were to get as good as the current iphone would it work or still fall far short? Guessing I can live without the convenience for the time being
     
  14. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a

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    It would be quite an update for the 5G touch to get iPhone 4's camera, never the less I still hope for it.
     
  15. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    The app is genuis scan

    OP:
    I use mine for the same thing. It works and looks fine on the ipod screen
     
  16. Kyffin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your post, be great to be able to do this (can live without scanner quality for not carrying a scanner all the time) even if basically.
     
  17. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Yep, that's the one I was talking about. Thanks.
     
  18. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    Actually there's an app for that. It's called CamScanner+. It costs $5. Does what says.
     

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