New iphone: would you want a physical camera button?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TwoBytes, Mar 25, 2009.

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would you want a physical camera button?

  1. physical button

    118 vote(s)
    48.4%
  2. on screen button

    126 vote(s)
    51.6%
  1. TwoBytes macrumors 68020

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    Would autofocus be easier with a hardware button on the side of the phone or would you be happy with a software button. Presumably, autofocus will be the biggest issue
     
  2. Macjames macrumors 6502a

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    I would prefer a software button. I'm sure the techs at apple could find a way around the autofocus issue.
     
  3. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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  4. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    It's that tapping the screen knocks the phone because you're holding it at an unnatural angle. When the shutter speed is low because it's dark that makes the pictures blurry.

    I voted yes - a hardware button would be a significant improvement for the camera and taking decent pictures.

    Phazer
     
  5. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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    I don't get it? What does that have to do with autofocus? That is just a problem with people not being able to hold the phone steady.
     
  6. TwoBytes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You've said what i wanted to in such a better way. Agree. I like taking shots in the moment with my cameraphone for what camera phones are worth. The nokia phones have some great cameras, let's just hope the iphone comes up with a great lens.
     
  7. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Physical button?
    Yes please!

    Ever tried doing those arms length shots with you and a friend? Impossibe to locate the "button" with the camera facing towards you.
    :p
     
  8. jake921660 macrumors regular

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    I think it would be best if another button that already is on the iPhone is used as the shutter button
     
  9. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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    Just so everyone is clear, the picture is taken when you release the button.

    To avoid shaking the camera (phone) when taking a picture: Put finger on the 'shutter' button, steady phone, release button.

    To take arms length picture with a friend: Put finger on 'shutter' button, extend phone to arms length, release button.
     
  10. TwoBytes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    maybe the sleep wake button?
     
  11. arkitect macrumors 601

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    You have to admit that is rather "unintuitive". Definitely not one of Apple's finest "design" choices.
    :)
    If I press the button beforehand, how does autofocus work?

    Edit:
    By golly, you're right. :D
    It works.
    And there I have been the past 1year and how many months cursing the crappy buttonless phone.
     
  12. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    +1
    This needs repeating over and over.
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Along with the fact that Apple is probably not going to add additional buttons .. a certainly not a hardware or physical button.
     
  14. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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    Presently, there is none. The lens is a fixed focal length.

    Perhaps this is the issue the OP was eluding to in the original post?
     
  15. arkitect macrumors 601

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    It would however help if Apple pointed it out in their useless manual: p73
    Nothing there about pressing button before aiming and then releasing.
    Tap is far different from press… aim… release.

    Thanks. I thought it was odd.
     
  16. spooky2k macrumors 6502a

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    It would be great to have a hardware button.

    One of the things I loved most about my Sony Ericsson was that I could actiavate the camera in my pocket and, by the time it was at eye level, the cam app would be running. I very much dislike the amount of time I have to wait for the Camera app to start.

    Also, yes, I know about the press-aim-then release technique, but this doesn't work when you take pics of yourself and people purely because the software button is in such a place that as soon as you let go of the button, the iphone is a major fall risk.

    All that said, I don't think Apple would add another button but just change the functionality of one of the other buttons on the device when the camera app is open.
     
  17. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    May be a timer option (like Photo Booth) would help.
     
  18. takenthesmeg macrumors member

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    Agreed. That would be a big improvement. How about volume down = zoom in, volume up = zoom out, and both at the same time = take photo. Of course that assumes they add zoom. ;)
     
  19. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Uh, yeah. That doesn't help.

    If I'm holding the phone with one hand I can tap the button gently, but I can't release it without shaking the phone.

    This setup actually makes my one-handed photos MORE shakey.

    In dark areas you just have to use 2 hands, end of story.


    Both at the same time? That implies you're using 2 hands. If you're doing that, the on-screen button isn't a problem. The reason to have a physical button is to aid one-handed shots. Pushing 2 buttons at once won't work in that situation.
     
  20. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't mind another button right below the volume buttons.

    While we are at it, can we make the volume buttons zoom the camera like most cell phones? :D
     
  21. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a

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    If you want a camera then buy a camera. I'm interested in a MOBILE PHONE. And oddly enough, that is exactly what the iPhone is.
     
  22. TJunkers macrumors 6502a

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    I feel they should make the volume keys the camera button when you have the camera app active. this way they dont have to change it but you have a button! they could even do somethign cool like have the volume down bring up an effects menu and volume up snaps it!
     
  23. arkitect macrumors 601

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    #23
    That is not what we're on about. ;)

    We're just asking for better implementation of the camera functions…
     
  24. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I understand why you want a physical button. That being said, Beta 3.0 OS allows the user to double-tap Home Button to launch Camera.app!

    I feel that the iPhone would shake more when pushing a physical button.
     
  25. Cander macrumors 6502

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    I fail to see how a physical button is going to reduce shaking. :confused:

    Slow shutter with a bad sensor is going to pick up blur no matter what type of button or where you place it.
     

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