Filming with N95

by Emon Hassan on July 20, 2008

Most of the unboxing was done with a Cybershot, if you remember. Before I talk about video, I should mention that I’ve been very happy with how my still shots are coming out.The hi-res captures give me some creative control over them.

For example, take a look at this image – from this Flickr set – taken in my neighborhood. A little processing on Lightroom and it has the cool effect I want.

Now, take a look at the original.


As you can see, I cropped the hell out of that one.  Had to get rid of the bit of my thumb on the bottom of the frame and still have something interesting to show. The image mode on the N95 has many other features not available in most mobile cameras I’ve had the chance to tinker with – and I’ll try to take a video of those features soon – but I wish I could turn off the ping sound when it snaps. If this is some sort of measure to keep people from taking pictures where they’re not supposed to be, it sucks. This is also the first time I’ve seen a camera phone let you set ISO settings. Again, video of that stuff later.

On to video. Part of my style, if you watch any of my videos, is the auto-focus effect I have of shots (subject or object comes into focus a second after we see them). N95 doesn’t have that. If it does, I don’t know how to turn it on. And yes. If you are thinking of using the zoom feature on the cam for video, don’t. It sucks. Works well with stills but not for video.

Maybe all that yapping makes no sense. You need to watch the video I shot with the N95 of Jazzmobile at Riverside Park. Footage was bad – my fault – so the transitions, esp sound, is a little rough. I’ve shot two more videos since and hopefully they’ll be a little better.  We’ll see.


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