Bizarre Camera Phone Picture

May 16, 2005 | Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

Exercise Causes Genetic MutationWell, after I crossed the finish line of the Bay To Breakers yesterday, I snapped the picture on the right. It seems that exercise can cause hideous genetic mutations.

Well, no. Actually, it shows that my camera phone is a line transfer rather than a frame transfer ccd device: it scans the image out as it is taking it, rather than taking it all at once and then clocking the stored frame out line by line. This means that camera motion can cause bizarre distortions of the resulting image, resulting in the kind of cool picture on the right.

I think I’ll use it in my sidebar, and link it back to this posting just for fun.


Comment from Richard Ozer
Time 5/16/2005 at 5:29 pm

I believe this is what’s going on…