Phone Talk

I own a Moto G – 1st gen phone and I really like it :)! But what I don’t like is the images it takes with the foldscope. I recently realized that the quality of the phone camera matters a lot when taking good foldscope images.

Here is the same amphipod photographed using my old phone (Moto G) versus a newer iphone. I wonder if the DBT grant support iPhone purchases 😛 ? #IndiaFoldscopePhase1

Sometimes I really have to play with the depth of view to get the focus, adjusting the microscope lens to object distance by lifting or lowering my phone. In some cases, things line up perfectly and I get crisp images from the Moto G itself like this copepod appendage.. #AndamanPlankton

But the iPhone is definitely better!
Case in point this eye of the Lucifer shrimp shot here on the iPhone

and this unidentified crustacean…



#IndiaFoldscopePhase1 – DBT Foldscope Category B Project Details:

Project Title: Integrating microscopy and satellite oceanography to understand the dynamics of planktonic communities around the Andaman Islands

Principal Investigator: Mahima Jaini, Marine Research Officer, Dakshin Foundation

Location: Andaman Nicobar Environment Team, Wandoor, South Andaman, India


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  1. edurafi says:

    You are right, camera quality (of phone) does play an important role in taking pictures with foldscope. Fortunately technology is becoming better and better with every passing day. There are many cheap (not so costly) phones available in the market with good quality cameras. Much cheaper than the iPhone. I used Redmi 5 and it takes reasonably good pictures with foldscope.
    Along with camera, second important factor is the lighting arrangement. Depending upon sample we have to decide how to use the light while taking the picture. Sometimes shining light from the top helps, sometimes shining it from the below or sometimes from both sides. In some cases using filters makes lot of difference.

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