Kids and the Nokia Lumia 800

, posted: 18-Apr-2012 15:43

The digital tools that avail themselves today are no match for the blackboards of years gone by. If you have pre-teens, your Nokia Lumia 800 will add great value to childhood memories, yours and your kids. This very small, lightweight device is full of multimedia capabilities and with some very basic skills and little editing, great videos and pictures can be taken at very short notice. I have found, when away from home or a toy box, much fun can be had browsing nursery rhymes on Youtube, for example and the Telecom XT network delivers very well, here.

The handsets video quality is of a very high standard and the colours, sounds and happy moments are appreciated by the olds as well as the kids themselves. My kids immediately cheer up when they are shown 30 second clips of themselves laughing or playing. They find navigation of the clips to be very intuitive and are very capable at swiping across the screen or pressing ‘play’ to view the content.

With all the social media connectivity built into the handset, uploading or sharing content is a breeze.

Specifications, formats and techniques
The camera is activated by a dedicated button, no need to unlock the handset. An on screen button is used to change between motion and still functionality. The maximum resolution of the video camera is 1280x720 at 30fps and the format is MPEG-4. The video camera has a stabilisation and focus feature to help get the most from trying to hold a small camera, often on the move. The still camera is an 8 Megapixel 4:3 format picture in JPG format. I have set this to 7 Megapixel in 16:9 format because I want the pictures to closely fit the handsets 3.7” 16:9-ish screen.

As with both i-devices and Android, there is a great deal of picture and video software available for free or minimal cost download. I used only the built in camera and utilities to make a short video of happy kids and saved this automatically to my desktop using Zune and the wireless network in my house (using wireless sync).

The photos and video I took are presented as taken, no editing. Zune however, can only play the video format, not export or recode. Windows Live Movie Maker can’t work with this format either. Using the built-in browser I Googled this dilemma and found a video, watched it on the handset and realised the handset is actually powerful enough to do the basic editing I need.

I am no photographer and find the rule of 9 to be best for taking pictures – divide the screen into nine blocks (3x3) and ensure the subject is on one of the four cross-sections that result. This usually results in good composition and I am one of those photographers that puts everything else down to luck. Fortunately, this is a great camera.

My fist home made move, unedited:



The panorama photo below was made at a conference at Wintec. When taking panoramas with Nokia Creative Suite, the software automatically fills in the missing pictures as the camera moves around, no need to mentally line up the shots:



If you’re worried about losing the camera on the move or would prefer not to share the photo to Facebook and sundry, a free plug-in is available for the Nokia handset that allows you to upload to a free Skydrive account, an online storage facility much like Dropbox.

Best Use Hints:
• Check the userguide of any new electronic device to see if there are special functions or features that could enhance your experience.
• Youtube offers many videos that are presented in a how-to format.
• Before going on vacation or to a special function, always test and try out different styles and techniques, this ensures you are ready to take a great shot at a moments notice.
• Get a Skydrive account to keep memories safe when on the move and use the Skydrive account from your desktop to keep them available to you when at your desk.

Pros:
• Dedicated camera button which is responsive and purposeful.
• Nokia Creative Suite is great and the auto-stich, guided panorama function is just awesome.
• Great high resolution video with good sound (okay, I sound like a cheeseburger when I talk on video, that is me, not the camera ;-)

Cons:
• MP4 editing tools are third party if you want to convert, customise or add to the movies you make.
• MP4 file size can be really big, somehow – 1min is about 100MB

About the author:

Hi, my name is Gund Wehsling (gundar on Geekzone). I am a freelance ICT contractor in Hamilton. I also share the care of my two year old twins out of work hours and support local community groups with the little spare time I can find. I have had several smart phones over the years and find them to be very helpful when used as a business tool. My expectations of the Nokia Lumia 800 are high given the hype and fanfare that was the launch. In my blog posts I will share experiences using this mobile phone as a tool in a busy and demanding lifestyle. Meanwhile, if you need some experienced long or short term ICT help, my contact details are here: www.arcainsula.co.nz


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