You ever accidentally switch to "video" when your camera is open?

TH55

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I can't count how many times I've done this and when I go to look at the pics I just took there are several videos among them. Really annoying. I wonder if there is a better place they could have put that or had a separate app for video? I'm pretty sure most people take regular pictures way more than video. It is very easy to switch to video.
 

DroidRules

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Yeah...... if aliens are reading this post and the invasion of our world is hanging in the balance we are screwed because they are for sure attacking now.
 

aliensarecool

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i hate when i use video or the front camera previously then i gotta change it back, takes 2 seconds i know.
 

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Occasionally, but not as often as on my previous Android phone, where the slider was right where you're likely to rest your finger...
 

Arelunde

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I've been using ProCamera (not Camera Pro, notice). It's a bit pricey, but it offers essential camera functions such as separate focus and exposure, white balance settings AND a place to shift between video and camers that isn't in the way.

It's a great camera app ... as compared to many that concentrate on photo "processing". However, I have to admit taking video when I wanted a snapshot. And, I agree - it's aggravating. I wonder if a default option (camera/video) would help?
 

b166er

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as much as I love how good the camera on the iPhone has become- there have still been many times when I missed a good shot because of stuff like this. It would be nice to have a setting for a default camera at launch. Every time you open the camera app it is on photo/video, front/back, you set it up how you like. Still I can't complain too much, the 4s has all but replaced my actual camera. If it were waterproof I'd never buy another camera again.
 

Lorenn.x

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I don't do this too often, but it definitely happens!

My mom on the other hand, totally different story.. Her photo library is filled with 1 second videos because of how much she makes the mistake. There's even a "video" of me saying "Did you take it?". She just doesn't get it.. :eek:
 

DroidRules

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Aha. And what's your point exactly?
My point is if you can't look at the little selector and see it's on video then you have bigger issues in life than issues with your iPhone. It's not rocket science people.
 

nostresshere

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My point is if you can't look at the little selector and see it's on video then you have bigger issues in life than issues with your iPhone. It's not rocket science people.

Sure I could look - but, when I touch on the camera app to take a picture, I want to take a picture. I should not have to look. It is a major pain to miss good pictures cause it went to video instead.
 

3bs

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Sure I could look - but, when I touch on the camera app to take a picture, I want to take a picture. I should not have to look. It is a major pain to miss good pictures cause it went to video instead.
Exactly. It's not that we're too stupid to know it's on video.. We're just in a hurry to take a picture and don't have time to look and switch
 

smithrh

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My point is if you can't look at the little selector and see it's on video then you have bigger issues in life than issues with your iPhone. It's not rocket science people.
Emphasis on "little," unfortunately.

Some of us are farsighted, and yes, it IS hard to see being small. And to top it off, it's a small button so changing it isn't the easiest for farsighted people as well.

Much about the iPhone become clear to me (pun intended) when I saw Jobs take off his glasses to do a demo of the iPhone. Aha - he was nearsighted, which explains a lot...
 

andyx3x

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Yep, quite a bit. It's very annoying when you're trying to get the perfect shot.

I have a friend of mine who has the HTC One S with T-Mobile. One of the great things about that camera is that you can take pictures while shooting video. It's awesome. I hope future iPhones have that capability.
 

old-wiz

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I've been using ProCamera (not Camera Pro, notice). It's a bit pricey, but it offers essential camera functions such as separate focus and exposure, white balance settings AND a place to shift between video and camers that isn't in the way.

It's a great camera app ... as compared to many that concentrate on photo "processing". However, I have to admit taking video when I wanted a snapshot. And, I agree - it's aggravating. I wonder if a default option (camera/video) would help?
Thanks! the switch video/camera drives me crazy - I keep getting video instead of photo. I'll give ProCamera a try.
 

sulpfiction

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I use the volume buttons to take pics. Before that was implemented I did have this problem. Not anymore though. :)
I use nothing but the volume button, but still have had this happen to me. It's aggravating. Actually, I'm not quite clear how it was happening to u when u weren't using the volume button. We're u accidentally hitting the button to switch cameras rather then the shutter? I don't think I've ever done that.
 

lordofthereef

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I use nothing but the volume button, but still have had this happen to me. It's aggravating. Actually, I'm not quite clear how it was happening to u when u weren't using the volume button. We're u accidentally hitting the button to switch cameras rather then the shutter? I don't think I've ever done that.
My finger would sometimes slip and hit the camera to video switch on screen, yes. How do you accidentally switch to video mode using the volume (shutter) buttons?
 

sulpfiction

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My finger would sometimes slip and hit the camera to video switch on screen, yes. How do you accidentally switch to video mode using the volume (shutter) buttons?
I don't accidentally hit anything. I've opened up the camera app to take a pic, and it was on video without me noticing. I think not having a default setting when opening the app is the biggest culprit for this issue.
 

lordofthereef

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I don't accidentally hit anything. I've opened up the camera app to take a pic, and it was on video without me noticing. I think not having a default setting when opening the app is the biggest culprit for this issue.
Oh, I see. I took the question as being geared towards those who accidentally hit the camera icon. Since I had done that often before I only assumed other had as well.
 

DroidRules

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Never made a mistake in your life?
Sure but if I want to take a picture I make sure it's on camera, if I want to make a video I make sure it's on video. I don't really see why it's that difficult. As far as accidentally switching it in the process of doing my thing... sure I may have done that but didn't put much thought into it and changed it back. I certainly didn't worry enough about it to warrant a thread on a forum.
 

TH55

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It's not that it's difficult it's just aggravating. When you whip open your camera app, 99.9% of the time you want to take a picture, and being on a cell phone it's usually a sudden, spur of the moment opportunity where you don't want to be futzing around with settings. It shouldn't be an issue.

I think the biggest reason for the switch being accidentally hit is its location in the bottom right corner of the screen. The ball of your thumb on the inside of your right hand very frequently activates that part of the touch screen when you are holding it one-handed, which is most of the time. This is a huge annoyance in several apps, most notably Words With Friends. I used to constantly hit resign, thankfully they finally noticed this and moved it.
 
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