Morning people! In the past the camera on a rugged device has been a bit of an add for most users so it hasn’t seen the development in Enterprise circles that perhaps it’s consumer device counterparts have.  However with the Rugged Smartphone changing all that I think it’s time to give you our top 10 tips on what to look out for if a decent camera is on your list of needed features.

1. Megapixels

Megapixels are probably the most basic feature, everyone knows about digital cameras.  The more pixels you have, the more defined your images will be which largely means they will look better.  You will also be able to zoom in better on an image with more megapixels and the images will also blow up much better too.

2. Image size

With megapixels comes size and some of us might need some good old fashion small images, especially if you need to send your images over 3G/4G then the size of them could become an issue.  Always make sure you can take pictures at a reduced size if that’s important for you.

3. Software

The apps in some devices are horrible, whilst in many Android based devices they can be very bespoke too.  A camera is only as good as the app driving it so check to see what advantages the built in app has.

4. Add on apps

Android devices, even enterprise ones, can have access to the apps in the app store, opening up a whole world of useful camera apps, often for free.

5. Flash

The flash can be an important aspect of taking decent images, especially inside or in dark conditions. Check that the built in flash on the device is decent enough for your needs and works well.

6. Dedicated buttons

Using a camera regularly as part of a business process can expose lots of ergonomic issues for your users. Check that the device can program hardware buttons to the camera or the app being used is easy to pick up and use.

7. Peripherals

Can you add peripherals to the device to make your  image capture even better?  There are Micro-USB or Bluetooth based photography peripherals that will help you get the most out of the tiny camera in the device.

8. CCD

Megapixels can take you so far, but as youincrease the number of them you risk noise entering into the image.  The size of the CCD, which is the panel that sees and converts the image into a digital format, can start to matter above a certain number of pixels if you;re serious about getting superb shots.

9. Post production

Whilst us business/enterprise users probably aren’t worried about tweaking the images we take too much, it can be an important feature for many.  How easy it is to crop, apply filters and more can be the difference between a great and remarkable business process.

10. Screen size & brightness

lastly how well does the screen on your Rugged device serve as a camera viewer.  The best camera in the world is no good if you can’t see what you’re taking on a dull unlit screen.

As more and more businesses go mobile, we’re finding that the camera is becoming more of an important feature of enterprise rugged devices so make sure the device you choose is well tested as it can make life a nightmare!

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Dave's one of the founders of Raptor, his rants are memorable, his thoughts are stimulating and his heart is set on helping, entertaining and making things like mobile, Android, ruggedness, 3D printing and IOT simple.

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