Env2 Picture and Video Taking Guide

env2 with 2 x 4 stand taking picture of mill vise

ENV2 set up for taking a picture

As mentioned in this post, I use my Env2 for taking most of the pictures on this site.  The Env2 and probably most camera phones will take better pictures than one would think once they are transferred to your computer.  I’m writing this up in the context that you’ll be taking pictures for your blog and most of the pictures will be around this size:

That being said, the sensor on the Env2 is rated at 2.0 Megapixels or 2 million pixels.  For comparison, your 1080p (or i) HDTV set has 2,073,600 pixels.  So unless your blog is meant to be viewed on something larger than a full HDTV, this should be sufficient resolution.  Even the large size photos on WordPress are 1024 x 768, still under 800,000 pixels.

vise picture taken with 2 x 4 stand

The resulting picture in "medium" (320 x 255) resolution

If you take pictures on your Env2 at maximum resolution, your pictures will weigh in at under 500 Kb or .5 Mb.  With my 5 megapixel camera (low rating by today’s standards), the photos come out from 1.8 to 1.95 Megabytes, or around four times as large.  What this means is that without either manually setting up the resolution on your camera or using software to downgrade your photos, you’ll chew up four times the space that you need to and increase your upload times.  So for pure resolution, a camera phone is fine.  You don’t have the zoom, flash, or other features of a “real” camera, but I haven’t really missed it for this level of photos.

vise picture taken with 2 x 4 stand

The resulting "large" resolution photo from the ENV2

To transfer your photos to the computer there are 3 ways that I know of.  You can text the photo to your computer which takes forever and could incur some charges.  I don’t recommend this, but it works well for some situations.  If setup correctly, the Env2 is capable of sending photos to your computer via bluetooth.  This is somewhat better, but the time it takes to download is still a bit of an issue and setup can be difficult.  I reccomend buying a micro SD card and using an adapter.  A quick search of Amazon yielded an 8 GB card with a SD card adapter for under $10.  As an added benefit, you can put MP3s on it for use on your phone.  A USB adapter for this should be easy to get as well.

Once you have the card, stick it in the Micro SD card slot in your ENV2 and then set all of your pictures and videos that you take to save on the card and not internal memory.  (to do this go into “settings and tools”, “memory”, and “save options”.  Set pictures, videos, and sounds to save on  “card memory”).  Once this is done, when you remove your card and plug it into the computer, your pictures will be saved under “my pix”, videos under “my flix”.

Pictures and videos have different settings which I set to the highest resolution available.  This is 1600 x 1200 for pictures.  For videos, set the resolution to 320 x 240, not 176 x 144.  Set recording time as “for save”.  Neither resolution is great, but the larger size is tolerable in some instances.  Pictures can be used as is, but videos are stored in a “3GP” format.  I use mobile media converter to convert these files into a usable format like “mov” or “avi”.  These can then be uploaded to youtube or whatever else you want to do with them.  Here’s a comparison of the “very low res” (first) video to the “low res” setting (second) that I recommend using.

Probably no one cares about the picture or video taking ability of the Env2 since there are better phones and camcorders on the market, but since I cared enough to make a mount for mine, maybe someone will find this useful.  In any case, make sure to play around with the settings of your device and explore it’s capabilities.  It may have more to offer than you’re using it for.

One more note, it’s quite a bit of trouble, but using an external card like this, you can transfer videos onto your phone for viewing as well, they just have to be in the “3GP” format.


About Jeremy S Cook

Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!
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