THE BEST PHONE CAMERA

Most people take photos with their phones, not digital cameras. So Yahoo.com/Tech did an informal test of the best phone cameras, using four tech reporters, and looking at six top phones. LG’s G4 phone won easily. Next came Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4.  These were followed by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6. HTC’s “One M9″ came in last.

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BABY CAM

We’ve looked at a lot of security cameras, but the $129 “Baby Cam” from TRENDnet.com is the simplest we’ve seen:

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TAKING SELFIES

For photos of our selves, it would be nice to put the phone on a shelf, back up, and snap the picture. But when we’re more than an arm’s length away, we can’t reach the shutter button. (And we’re always forgetting how to use the self-timer.)

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RECOGNIZING FACES

Use an upcoming facial recognition app while wearing Google Glasses and you will be able to glance at some people and instantly see their Facebook and LinkedIn histories as well as anything they might have posted on dating sites. What fun – and how exhausting. It all appears on a projection in front of your eye.

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FREE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

PixelPerfexion.net is a free photography site with lots of good tips from a professional photographer.

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POINT, SHOOT AND SHARE

Phone photos are easy to share: just hand the phone to someone or tap the share button to send it somewhere. But how do you get the photos from a regular camera into a cell phone, so they can be easily shared? Well now there’s an easy to do that.

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CAMERAS FOR CAMERA PHONES

You may not be satisfied with the photos your smartphone takes. One solution is to clip on a professional lens. They’ll look strange and they’re costly, but the features are great.

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A LITTLE TOO TECHIE

A reader tells us he bought a new Nikon Coolpix S9500 camera for $345. He asked the salesman “What’s that number in the lower left corner?” It was his elevation above sea level. The salesman then raised the camera over his head and the elevation number went up. “What’s that red arrow?” That’s the compass needle pointing north, he was told. It works with the GPS function. “Why does the number 180 come up when I press a button?” Because you selected panoramic view. When you press start, and begin to turn, it shuts off when you’ve done a half turn. It can also do a 360 or a floor to ceiling shot.

Color us impressed. We were too cheap to buy a fancy Ni

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REMOTE-CONTROLLED UNDERWATER CAMERA A SNAP

“Aquabotix HyrdoView” is a small $4,000 remote-controlled underwater camera that beams a live view back to your iPad or smart phone. You also control it with that iPad or phone.

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MICKEY MOUSE CAMERA

Joy’s sister holds up her iPad to take pictures, which is kind of awkward. A new $60 seven megapixel “Disney iPad Camera,” plugs into the Apple iPad, which then collects the photos.

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