Understanding Your Camera

Before going into the nitty gritty of shooting photos, let's discuss the camera on your phone. Since there is no standard, one-size-fits-all Android phone, there's no standard Android camera—the HTC Evo even comes with two cameras, However, there are a few things most phone cameras have in common.

So far, none of them will match the quality you'd find in a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. This is the type of professional camera with a separate lens and body that lets you adjust just about everything and change lenses for specific purposes, such as long distances or wide angles. DSLRs are expensive, large, and heavy, and we don't have the technology to fit them in a phone . . . yet. Likewise, you won't find the video quality in a phone that you will in a dedicated digital video camera, and phones just don't have the memory to store large, uncompressed video files.

However, if your job does not require professional high-end photography or video, it is entirely possible to use your phone for these purposes, and avoid having to carry around two or three separate devices. There are a few things to keep in mind as you shop for a new phone with photography in mind.

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