One thing we’re hearing more and more of in the studio is people coming in and asking “I have this really great photo I took on my cell phone – is there anything you can do with that?” Well, the short answer is: Yes, we can.
Traditionally, cell phone photography has been known for low resolution, low quality images. In recent years, this trend has changed significantly. The change was largely brought forward with the iPhone 4. This device featured a 5 Megapixel, 3.85mm f/2.8 lens. For a cell phone at the time, this was quite impressive. Additionally, with apps like iPhoto and instagram, the half-decent photos the device was able to capture were being turned into little works of art. With the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, the camera lens, sensor and software has all been upgraded to produce even better images.
Other cell phone manufacturers have also upgraded the cameras on their devices. The Nokia 808 Pureview smartphone features what they’re claiming to be a 41 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and Xenon flash. BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone features a TimeShift camera – which allows the user to move backwards and forwards in time of when a photo was taken to select the best moment for the photo. It can shift the whole image or specific people in the shot individually. The just-announced HTC One smartphone uses a 1/3″ 4 megapixel sensor, which is larger than most point-and-shoot cameras.
The resolution of most modern smartphones is high enough to get decent sized prints – as long as there’s plenty of light in the image and it’s a sharp focused photo. We’ve been able to print images from cell phones from 8″x10″ all the way up to 24″ x 24″. As the cameras, sensors and software of mobile devices continue to improve, the size and quality of the prints will keep getting better. Take a look at the following pictures I took with my BlackBerry Bold 9790. Editing was done on the device using the Photo Studio Pro App.
If you have a photo you’ve taken on your phone and want to have it enlarged and printed to canvas, we would love to have a look. We’ll be able to tell you right away if you’ll be able to get a decent sized print. Even if the image is lower resolution, there are many techniques that we can apply to make a suitable print. Contact us or send your photo to have one of our experts take a look today.