Turn Your HP Jornada Into a Digital Camera

HP's Jornada Pocket PC lets you organize your life, listen to music, play games, and more. Now you can use your Jornada Pocket PC to take digital pictures, too, thanks to HP's newest accessory, Pocket Camera. This still-image digital camera looks like a small cylinder on top of a CompactFlash card. Install the camera software on your Jornada Pocket PC, slip the Compact card interface into the Compact card slot, and you're ready to "save the moment."

This digital camera has a viewfinder, focus ring, shutter button, and a lens on the cylindrical top of the camera (see Screen 1).

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Screen 1: The HP Jornada Camera Card ­ a description of the hardware features

The lens swivels, which means you can rotate it towards you or away from you. The camera takes color pictures with a resolution of 640x480 pixels. That's good enough for displaying images online, and not too bad for printing them out on paper (see Screen 2).

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Screen 2: This is an un-touched-up shot of a playground, taken by the HP Jornada Camera Card.

HP Pocket Camera comes with the HP Pocket Camera software for your HP Jornada and a photo-imaging program for your desktop PC. You can use the desktop photo-imaging program to edit and enhance the pictures. Once the HP pocket camera software has been installed on your Jornada, slip the Pocket Camera card into the Jornada and the camera software opens automatically.

You can use the HP Pocket Camera software to change settings:

  • Specify the "metering" to be center-weighted or spot. (Spot metering is used when the subject of a picture is much brighter or darker than its surroundings, or if the subject is not centered in the frame.
  • Change the shutter speed mode to auto, slow, action, night, or manual.
  • Set the picture size to 320x240 or 640x480 pixels.
  • Choose an effect for the picture such as color, b&w, sepia, cool, or negative.
  • Adjust the quality of the picture to normal, fine, super-fine, or best.


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