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TriCounty
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I have the Samsung Galaxy MP Digital Camera and loaded Home Inspector Pro onto it and so far so good. I have not used it on an inspection yet through.

Is anyone using this camera with HIP?

What are the pro's and con's of using this device if any?

I think once I am up and running with it will work really slick.

Thanks
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So you can use HIP on the camera?

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Screen size would be my only gripe. My eyes get bleary staring at the Note3 screen all day. Yes Juan, the camera runs Android on it, you can run HIP on it and use the camera to take pics. I can't really see the advantage to it though other than a zoom. I've found that using a really pro flashlight on its brightest setting and just the basic zoom on the phone cameras with no flash takes pretty adequate photos to get the job done in attics

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gfricke wrote:Screen size would be my only gripe. My eyes get bleary staring at the Note3 screen all day. Yes Juan, the camera runs Android on it, you can run HIP on it and use the camera to take pics. I can't really see the advantage to it though other than a zoom. I've found that using a really pro flashlight on its brightest setting and just the basic zoom on the phone cameras with no flash takes pretty adequate photos to get the job done in attics


I agree about the screen size. Plus it's a $400 camera. Is there an otter box for it?

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I don't see why that would be better than using an iPhone 6 or large Android phone.

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I think I paid around $380 (new not refurbished) online for the camera.

The largest pro is it is incredibly easy to carry and snap photos over my tablet or phone like device. You actually have something to hold onto. The flash and zoom is far better then a tablet and I don't have to hold a flashlight and juggle another device. It also records HD video which are inserted into HIP on the page your recorded them so the video starts when the client is on that page of the report.

Just getting started with HIP so it is a learning process switching software programs.


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The one negative I have with using my phone is that the flash is terrible. Taking pictures in attics and crawlspaces can sometimes be difficult.

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SheehanThomson wrote:The one negative I have with using my phone is that the flash is terrible. Taking pictures in attics and crawlspaces can sometimes be difficult.


I use a Note 3 and found that it is the best compromise, it has cut time off of my inspection process. Large screen, no need for a stylus, flash (my tablet did not have that), can upload from anywhere. I do use a sony camera for crawlspaces and for video.
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scotbaker wrote:
SheehanThomson wrote:The one negative I have with using my phone is that the flash is terrible. Taking pictures in attics and crawlspaces can sometimes be difficult.


I use a Note 3 and found that it is the best compromise, it has cut time off of my inspection process. Large screen, no need for a stylus, flash (my tablet did not have that), can upload from anywhere. I do use a sony camera for crawlspaces and for video.


That's exactly what I use. My Sony camera for crawls with a better flash. Good think I only have a crawl once every 15 inspections or so.

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SheehanThomson wrote:
scotbaker wrote:
SheehanThomson wrote:The one negative I have with using my phone is that the flash is terrible. Taking pictures in attics and crawlspaces can sometimes be difficult.


I use a Note 3 and found that it is the best compromise, it has cut time off of my inspection process. Large screen, no need for a stylus, flash (my tablet did not have that), can upload from anywhere. I do use a sony camera for crawlspaces and for video.


That's exactly what I use. My Sony camera for crawls with a better flash. Good think I only have a crawl once every 15 inspections or so.


Damn, at least 1 out of every 3 is a crawl for us, that's why the Krawlgear is my favorite weapon. Gotta sign out and do an inspection now and it has a crawlspace, so 1 out of 2 today.

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scotbaker wrote:
SheehanThomson wrote:
scotbaker wrote:
SheehanThomson wrote:The one negative I have with using my phone is that the flash is terrible. Taking pictures in attics and crawlspaces can sometimes be difficult.


I use a Note 3 and found that it is the best compromise, it has cut time off of my inspection process. Large screen, no need for a stylus, flash (my tablet did not have that), can upload from anywhere. I do use a sony camera for crawlspaces and for video.


That's exactly what I use. My Sony camera for crawls with a better flash. Good think I only have a crawl once every 15 inspections or so.


Damn, at least 1 out of every 3 is a crawl for us, that's why the Krawlgear is my favorite weapon. Gotta sign out and do an inspection now and it has a crawlspace, so 1 out of 2 today.

Too Hip, Gotta Go.


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Crawlspaces would eat that lens up. My Galaxy S5 works great in attics and crawls and cleans easily.

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Troy Pappas wrote:Crawlspaces would eat that lens up. My Galaxy S5 works great in attics and crawls and cleans easily.


I didn't think about that. With that lens protruding so far out if you drop it or anything it would damage it and it probably wouldn't retract. Good call.

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SheehanThomson wrote:
Troy Pappas wrote:Crawlspaces would eat that lens up. My Galaxy S5 works great in attics and crawls and cleans easily.


I didn't think about that. With that lens protruding so far out if you drop it or anything it would damage it and it probably wouldn't retract. Good call.


If it is easer and saves me time I will take the risk! Maybe buying the Best Buy warranty would be a good idea on this.

Compared to when we were running Tough Books at 4-5k a shot the $3-400 seems like a drop in the bucket.

Not that I'm looking to waste $ but I could care less if I drop it and have to pick one up on my way home. If it ends up being easier and takes me less time to put a report together relative cost is not an issue.

I will post how the camera holds up. I guess I can always still use my tablet or phone in crawl spaces or attics as the reports come together through a cloud.

Wish me luck
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Troy Pappas wrote:Crawlspaces would eat that lens up. My Galaxy S5 works great in attics and crawls and cleans easily.


Been using the same Sony for well over a year now. Don't be a beefstick with it and you will be okay.
 
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