How often do you use your smartphone camera? With every new model that comes out, it seems like camera quality is often a huge selling point. But do you take advantage of those advancements? There are a lot of neat uses for that camera you carry around everywhere regardless of whether it’s the latest and greatest or three years old.
Personally, I use my smartphone camera maybe once or twice a year. It’s pretty sad and a waste of potential, so I’ve been interested in figuring out how to make better use of it. If you’re in the same boat as me, you may be surprised to find out that your smartphone camera is great for more than just family photos and Instagram filters.
What if you don’t have a scanner and want to scan a document? Nowadays, your phone camera is good enough to do that for free.
With apps like CamScanner (Android, our review), Document Scanner (Android), and Genius Scan (iPhone), you can take photos of various documents and images and instantly transform them into PDFs that are ready for office consumption.
Makeshift Webcam or Security Cam
Nowadays, most laptops and netbooks come with integrated webcams and some monitors even have webcam capabilities. However, if you don’t have a webcam, you can buy a passable one these days for less than $20 if you look in the right places – or you can just hook up your smartphone and use its camera instead.
There are a lot of smartphone-as-webcam apps out there, both for Android and iPhone, and the level of setup difficulty varies depending on which app you use. However, on the whole, it’s pretty simple. Use your Android as a webcam or use your iPhone as a webcam, then tell us how it went and how you like it!
By using your smartphone as a webcam, you could even turn it into a security cam. This can be useful in a number of situations, whether it’s to watch for night intruders at home, keep tabs on your children as they sleep, or just as an extra set of eyes for various corridors at work.
Proof and Documentation
Many of us probably know that camera photos can be useful as evidence when something goes wrong, but how many of us actually use our smartphones for that purpose? The most common example that I’ve heard is in the case of a car accident (snap photos of the damage and the offender’s license plate), but this could be applied in so many other ways.
If you ever rent something, snap photos of any potentially incriminating marks, dents, and damages, no matter how insignificant they may seem. If you document the state of your rental at the start of your renting agreement, you can protect yourself against those who want to pull a fast one on you. This is applicable for vehicles, apartments, etc.
Photos were originally meant to capture a moment in time as a memory, so why not use your smartphone camera to help you remember mundane details that you might normally forget? Doing so might reduce the amount of inconvenience in your life.
Before you leave on an extended trip, take a photo of all of your luggage and everything inside each bag or case. At the end of your trip, review these photos to make sure you have everything and aren’t forgetting anything. Quick and easy, isn’t it?
There is nothing wrong with taking photos of a family event or your latest trip to the beach, but your smartphone can be used for so much more than that. A few creative applications can turn your smartphone camera from an afterthought into a tool that makes your life easier – even the old spare smartphones that seem useless.
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