Do More With Your Smartphone Camera

That digital camera you have on your cellphone can actually be more useful than you think. Apart from taking pictures, you can use it to improve your productivity at work or home, for entertainment and even to make your life easier while traveling.

Here are 8 genius ways we put together with which you can get the most out of your cellphone camera.

Learn More About The World Around You

[youtube] Google Goggles is a very, very useful app. For any image that you click and upload, Google Goggles will check for matching images in its vast database and return information about the object you clicked.

If you’re ever in a museum and want more information about that painting you’re seeing, or if you’re simply sitting down for breakfast in the morning and want to know more about your cereal, just take a snapshot and let Google Goggles do the rest.

Translate Foreign Language Text

Google Goggles, apart from giving you useful information, can also translate text for you. If you need help with your Spanish homework or if you’re traveling in a foreign country and don’t understand those train timetables written in local language, you can use Google Goggles to translate for you.

You can download Google Goggles for Android here.

Scan Documents and Barcodes

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Scan barcodes to compare prices while shopping

You can use your cellphone camera as a document scanner. There are many apps on both iOS and Android, like the Handy Scanner, that let you convert photos into PDF files. You can also use Google Drive to convert photos into Google Doc files.

Smartphone cameras also double as barcode scanners – you can get apps like Google Goggles to use that functionality. If you scan a lot of documents at work, you should consider downloading the scanner app.

Get Handy Scanner.

Augmented Reality Entertainment


You can use your cellphone for entertainment too. Augment reality games, like Real Strike and ARBasketball, use your cellphone camera to build up virtual worlds around you. Augmented reality isn’t just about the fun, though.

There are several augmented reality apps out there that you can use to gather information about the world around you, like the SpotCrime app. The SpotCrime app notifies you if there have been crimes recently in the neighborhood you are in currently.

Click here to download the Real Strike game for your iOS device.

Know Your Stars

Star Chart App

If you look up at the sky at night, have you ever wondered what stars are above you? If you’re interested in seeing Venus or finding out where Saturn is located in the night sky, get Sky Map for Android or Star Chart for iOS.

These are educational, astronomy apps that tell you exactly which group of stars, constellation, or planet you are watching by using your cellphone camera.

Get Star Chart for iOS here.

No More Blackouts

The camera flash can double as a flashlight. If you can’t find your keys in your car at night or need an emergency light during a blackout, your cellphone camera can come to your rescue. There are several good flashlight apps out there, like the Brightest Flashlight Free app for Android or the Flashlight app on iTunes.

Get Brightest Flashlight Free for Android here.

Travel Guide on demand


Your cellphone camera can also be your travel guide through Augmented Reality. There are hosts of apps available, like Junaio, on both Google Play and iTunes that send you interesting facts about the places around you.

All you have to do is hold your camera up and point it at a point of interest, and the app will send you useful information about that place. It even tells you about interesting events happening nearby.

Download the Junaio App for Android here.

Click to Socialize

Get Social With Instagram

Another genius application of the cellphone camera is using it for social networking, through apps like Instagram. Instagram is currently the most popular social-networking-through-pictures app in the world today. You can use Instagram to document your everyday life through pictures and share it with your family and friends.

You can also follow several celebrities, sportsmen, iconic businessmen and politicians, depending on your interests, and learn more about their everyday lives. Some of the most famous celebrities using Instagram include Lupita Nyong’o, Salma Hayek and yes, even the President and First Lady of United States.

Get Instagram for iOS here.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it! Your smartphone camera can do a lot more than just capture your pouts in those selfies. Go ahead and experiment with your snapper now. This list is just the tip of the iceberg, there are more ingenious ways to get more out of your smartphone camera.

We’d love to hear about the creative ways in which you use your smartphone camera.