How to use your camera phone as a microscope [sort of]

Have you ever tried reading the ratings on one of those phone or laptop chargers? The text is so tiny that one wonders why they bother printing them on in the first place. What is the point of printing the power ratings of a charger if I can’t read it? Of course, this problem is not limited to chargers only. There are lots of electronic items all over the place with details or instructions that are unreadable. Well, this is one more reason why you should aim to have a capable camera phone, especially one that can take macro shots.

What to do when you don’t want to strain your eyes trying to read those things?

1. whip out your cameraphone (if it has macro capability). Macro mode lets you take close-up shots. Some phone cameras may have a “documents” mode. That should do too.

2. activate the macro/close-up/documents mode

3. keep steady and take a shot of the details that you want to read.

4. open the photo that you have taken and zoom in to read the annoying text. Voila!

Of course, because we are talking about details here, as a rule, the higher the megapixel rating of your cameraphone, the better. If it has superb optics too, perfect. I needed to check the power rating and voltage of a laptop this morning and my Nokia Lumia 920 came to the rescue. Have a look:

macro shot

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “How to use your camera phone as a microscope [sort of]

  • August 23, 2013 at 7:34 am
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    Yeah, there are a couple of apps that turn your smartphone into a MAGNIFYING GLASS, irrespective of the camera proficiency.

    While my old eyes would really benefit from such, I am yet to see any that wows me enough for me to use.

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