Traditionally, parents have taken baby pictures using a dedicated point and shoot digital camera. However, there is now a trend towards using camera phones for taking pictures on the go. If you always have your cell phone handy, being able to take baby pictures with it is certainly a convenient option. Instead of fretting that you left your camera at home while your daughter is busy enjoying her first ice cream cone, you can whip out your cell phone and snap a picture to include in your next baby scrapbook layout.
Camera resolution is determined by pixel count. A megapixel is equal to one million pixels. Megapixels are measured by multiplying the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.
Many camera phones have a fairly low resolution, but they can still produce decent snapshots for your baby scrapbook album. Keep in mind that a quality 4x6 print requires only about 2 megapixels. If you want to include larger prints in your baby scrapbook album, the following are generally accepted guidelines:
- 3 to 5 MP - 5x7 prints
- 6 to 8 MP - 8x10 prints
- 10 MP or higher - 11x14 prints
When reviewing the guidelines listed above, don't forget that this assumes you are not cropping or otherwise editing the image. If you want to edit your baby photos to crop out unnecessary details, you'll need to start with a higher resolution in order to avoid having fuzzy or distorted images.
Shopping for the Best Camera Phones
If you're in the market for a new cell phone, About Cell Phones has tips on shopping for a camera phone that you might find helpful.
In 2010, the iPhone 4 was rated as one of the best camera phones. The iPhone 4 features:
- A 5 MP camera
- Auto focus for sharper images
- A macro lens for taking close-up pictures
- Built-in LED flash
- Advanced backside illumination sensor for taking pictures in low light
- A front-facing camera for taking self-portraits of you and your baby
Other good camera phones for 2010 include the following models:
- Casio Exilim C721
- HTC Aria
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC HD2
- HTC Desire
- Samsung Vibrant
- Samsung Epic 4G
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Even if you still end up taking most of your baby pictures with a traditional point and shoot camera, having the capability to snap quality pictures with your cell phone will open up many possibilities for preserving special memories of your baby's first year.