Use all modes of phone's camera

In the older smartphones it was not that important, but for example in my new Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro there are several crucial modes that iN app cannot access: super macro (separate camera), night mode, 108mp mode, as well as iN app seems to not use AI in contrast to the default camera app. All these could be very useful for purposes of iN and I would say that iN app uses only 10% of useful stuff these cameras can do. Of course photos could be simply uploaded, but this is much slower (so less observations can be made) and will be less verifiable, as well as most people will simply not do it. Perhaps it’s difficult technically, but it clearly should be a priority, as all people will be using phones with such cameras soon.

Agree that this could be very useful, though one note is that iNat does save all pics at a lower size than most cameras can reach (I think 2048 pix? But can’t remember) So the 108 mp won’t help unless you do some processing of the photos yourself.

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I make photo’s with my phone app, go to the gallery, select the photo’s I want and share them with oa. iNaturalist app. Does it save time when you use the camera in the iNat- app?

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I actually don’t use the app, so I don’t have personal experience. However, based on what others have said on the forum: yes, because it can pull GPS, etc. automatically. But someone else who uses the app will know better than me!

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I agree over all, but honestly something like 108mp mode is pretty much a waste on a phone. Companies keep pushing the megapixel numbers to ridiculous extremes.

Even with a DSLR or Mirrorless shooting RAW the 24-40mp standard camera range is far more than even many professional photographers actually need, and the final image is almost always downscaled enormously if it’s going to be used for anything other than full-sized art prints.

The lens you use is generally much more important than the size of the image.

In addition, iNat doesn’t have unlimited storage space, so all images get reduced down quite a bit, so trying to post super high rez images just winds up with them getting compressed, and done so in a way that you don’t have any control over. Better to do the post processing yourself and have control over how the image is compressed.

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Nah, it doesn’t, as I understand it people use it to create fast observations with or without if that they revisit again after hike. Using regular camera app allows you to do whatever you want as fast or slow as you want, app is pretty slow when you delete new observation.

Well, I’m surprised by such hostility, you all repeating that 108mp is too much, but (1) phone is processing these photos and their final size is only about 3-4 Mb, while quality is better and (2) it’s not even closely a main point here, as I can’t use a SEPARATE MACRO CAMERA in the phone, only if spending much more time and switching apps, and this is clear loss for iN, as this camera can take photos of ~1 mm organisms, but whatever. Apparently you prefer terabytes of trashy “casual” observations and imprecise/unverifiable geolocation in photos that were uploaded not by app.

Problem is under investigation as was said in previous posts, it’s also clearly an effect of how phone creators couldn’t add this camera to the row of others, instead got it in the settings, they didn’t know how other apps will use cameras. For now you can just use camera, it’s much easier than using camera through the app anyway.

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