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Body & Design

The Autographer is certainly an unusual-looking device. It's a vertically-styled box, with a lens at the lower right that can be hidden behind a rotating cover. Towards the top of the camera is a proximity sensor, beside which is a small OLED display for changing settings; most of the time this is turned off and completely invisible.

On the back there's big chunky clip for fixing the camera to your clothing, along with a loop to attach a neckstrap. There are just two buttons, labelled 'Menu' and 'Action', which are placed at the top on the left side of the camera, with a micro USB socket on the other side.

The body shell itself is made of shiny black plastic, and if there's any other material known to mankind that's more prone to picking up and showing off fingerprints, we haven't yet encountered it. The camera is extremely lightweight - you could easily wear it all day without really noticing - but still feels reasonably well put together.

Body elements

This little blue OLED display on the front of camera is used to show status messages (here it's just turned on, so is cheerfully saying Hello), and to display and change settings. It's hidden within the camera's body shell, such that it's invisible when nothing is being displayed.

The dome-shaped protrusion beside it hides the PIR proximity sensor.
OMG Life makes a big deal of Autographer's custom-designed wideangle lens, a 3mm F3.2 optic with a huge 136° angle of view. It's of the semi-fisheye type, by which we mean that straight lines towards the edge of the frame get very obviously bent.

The small hole beside the lens is the aperture for the camera's colour and light meter. This allows the camera to monitor the light without having to use the relatively energy-hungry image sensor.
When you're not using the camera, the lens can be protected behind the rotating cover.

The bright yellow inlay is designed to show friends and family that the camera is inactive.
The camera has just two buttons, 'Action' and 'Menu'. 'Action' is used to turn the camera on and off, and manually trigger a sequence of images. It also changes menu settings.

'Menu' is used to scroll through the camera's refreshingly short menu.
The Micro USB socket is used for charging the camera's internal battery, and transferring images to a computer.
There's a sturdy clip on the back, and a loop to attach a strap. The leather lanyard is included in the box.

Accessories

The Autographer comes nicely packaged, but with a minimal set of accessories. You get a rather nice leather lanyard that's easily adjustable in length, and a microfibre carry pouch. Also in the box is a Micro USB cable for data transfer and charging, but no actual charger (we suspect most potential users probably have boxes full of USB chargers these days).

Using Autographer

The Autographer is, from the user's point of view, a very simple device. Press and hold the 'Action' button for five seconds to turn it on, rotate the lens cover to open, and the camera will start recording images automatically. If you want to force it take a set of images at a specific time, press the 'Action' button. Press and hold the 'Action' button again to turn the camera off. That's pretty much all there is to it.

Displays and Menu Options

The front-mounted OLED shows status messages, and pressing the Menu button gives access to some basic settings, which are changed using 'Action'. In a refreshing change from most cameras, there are very few options indeed (the only setting related to taking images is the capture rate):

Setting
Options
Notes
(Status display) - Battery level
- No of recorded images
- Memory usage
- Displayed in percent

- Displayed in percent
Capture • High
• Medium
• Low
~200 images / hour
~100 images / hour
~50 images / hour
Bluetooth • Off
• On
For connection to smartphone
GPS • On
• Off
 
Sound • On
• Off
Turns on and off operational sounds (for sequence shooting and power off)
Indicator status • On
• Off
Blue circle blinks on display whenever a picture is taken

You have to switch on Bluetooth every time you want to connect to your smartphone, which isn't too much of a hardship. What is slightly annoying, though, is that when Bluetooth is turned on, pressing either button on the camera instantly switches it off and disconnects from your phone, and this is all-too-easily done accidentally. We'd prefer it to require either a 'long press' or a confirmation step before dropping the connection.

Sequence shooting

If you want some control over when Autographer takes a picture, then you can press the 'Action' button to initiate a sequence of shots manually. The camera doesn't start shooting immediately, but instead waits 10 seconds before making the first exposure. After that, it shoots another eight frames, apparently at intervals of its choice but usually within 30 seconds or so; this can be cancelled at any time by another press of the Action button.

GPS

One point we've noticed is that Autographer's GPS takes about 10 minutes to work out your location, even in an open environment with a clear view of the sky. Once locked, though, it keeps track of where you are perfectly accurately. Strangely though, the desktop app displays only a rough approximation of your path - the iPhone app gives a much more detailed view.

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Aug 2, 2013)

This thing takes narcissism to a new level.

5 upvotes
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Aug 2, 2013)

How does taking picture of everything *but* yourself count as narcissism?

3 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 2, 2013)

Because you obviously feel that everything you are doing in a day is so awesome that it warrants recording.

14 upvotes
LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Aug 2, 2013)

because it's *your* P.o.V.

2 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (Aug 2, 2013)

Great point. Portraiture can be done from the photographer's point of view or if one is skillful, the subject's

0 upvotes
Nismo350Z
By Nismo350Z (Aug 2, 2013)

Maybe he meant that narcissists usually enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror, so then the camera works in that regard. *shrugs*

0 upvotes
LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Aug 2, 2013)

'just 'cause I sent the huge alarm clock that usually dangles from my neck back to the shop for chroming... (facepalm)

1 upvote
LaFonte
By LaFonte (Aug 2, 2013)

Maybe big brother can (for some fee) let you search the cctv database for pictures of you. That would be better than a wearable cctv.

2 upvotes
Bob Meyer
By Bob Meyer (Aug 2, 2013)

This is the logical extension of instagram. Flood the internet with photographs that no one cares about, and few look at, and which document the totally boring nature of your life.

I think this sums up the future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn-dD-QKYN4

4 upvotes
ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Aug 2, 2013)

I suppose somewhere in this world there is an idiot predicting this is the future of photography.

7 upvotes
electrophoto
By electrophoto (Aug 2, 2013)

And its very likely he's got an account here...

9 upvotes
andrew turner
By andrew turner (Aug 2, 2013)

IMO this concept needs to be on glasses, and constantly recording with a loop of 2 minutes or so.

That way, you drive past something really interesting, press a button, and say to your passenger,

"did you see THAT?"... and they say no, and you say "I'll show you later."

The picture stream (video) from 5 seconds before and after is saved. You go back later and fish out the image(s) you want.

2 upvotes
Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Aug 2, 2013)

Seems like there is no more sense in discussing usefulness of anything that appears on the market, because as long as there are people ready to buy anything, anything will be sold.

1 upvote
Tape5
By Tape5 (Aug 2, 2013)

...and the trash commercialism-trash consumerism loop is neatly closed.

1 upvote
Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Aug 3, 2013)

... while resources and energy considerations be damned, along with the manufacturers' sensibility for what the potential users might really need...

0 upvotes
InTheMist
By InTheMist (Aug 2, 2013)

Seems like a toy or a weird gadget for extreme bloggers.

1 upvote
Langusta
By Langusta (Aug 2, 2013)

"big brother is watching you" and yet you need to pay for it???
I guess, I simlpy don't understand why anyone would pay for such gizmo...what's the purpose of that thing anyway? I do have my mobile and one rather crapy camera that came with it.
OMG...Maybe I'm aging...

0 upvotes
Shengji
By Shengji (Aug 2, 2013)

I guess you're paying to be big brother - presumably your camera is watching everyone else!

0 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Aug 2, 2013)

it will take trashy imagery since you can't predict where it will shoot.
how come it doesn't have GoPro like sort of attachments where it will have almost limitless applications?

0 upvotes
knize10
By knize10 (Aug 2, 2013)

Made in China and available at your dollar store.

0 upvotes
knize10
By knize10 (Aug 2, 2013)

Appears to be easily snatched from someone's neck.

0 upvotes
fuego6
By fuego6 (Aug 2, 2013)

more.. failware.. thx for bringing this device to the masses..!

1 upvote
alFR
By alFR (Aug 2, 2013)

"Not obviously a camera"
"distinctly unobtrusive"
I guess it depends on where it's being worn on the user's body, but it has a very distinct lens on it and looks pretty damn obvious in the photo above...

3 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 2, 2013)

How to lose friends and alienate people ... If you see anyone with one of these around their neck, avoid contact ! How can anyone have a serious conversation like that.

12 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Aug 2, 2013)

Smartphone = 0$ (I already have one)
App to shoot at (ir?)regular intervals = 0$
Wide angle adapter = 10$
Neck strap = 2$

Come again??? 400£???
Seriously, Oh My Grandmother have a real issue with their price point...
...and IQ...
...and storage...
...but to name a few.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
12 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Aug 2, 2013)

Unless you are gonna wear one of those Pureview camera phone then it is fine otherwise you will just carry a bigger garbage camera like iPhone etc etc.

3 upvotes
duartix
By duartix (Aug 2, 2013)

You are right but that was not my point!
Garbage for garbage I have my phone which by the looks of it is less garbage than this device.
I understand the concept though, and I don't dispute it, I'm just arguing that weight aside, there is almost nothing that this gadget will do that a phone won't.

2 upvotes
WellyNZ
By WellyNZ (Aug 5, 2013)

That's great for you that already has a smart phone.

0 upvotes
brumd
By brumd (Aug 2, 2013)

Just at the moment I thought one of these gadgets would be fun to do stop-motions of my hiking adventures, I read:
"Built-in battery, charges over USB"

too bad..

actually it's quite handy that it is usb-chargable (with solar power of one of those nifty cooking devices), but not being able to insert a spare battery is very inconvenient; you're bound to miss exactly the part that you wanted to record (after a few rainy days in the sub-arctic).

0 upvotes
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Aug 2, 2013)

OMG what a great set of pictures!

Perfect focus, tack-sharp images and wonderful colors!

Well-worth it than reviewing other cameras such as Fuji HS50, Fuji X-S1 etc etc...

4 upvotes
absentaneous
By absentaneous (Aug 2, 2013)

from a purely photographic point of view this thing seems to me pretty useless. even more considering the fact that most of the people carry a (phone) camera with them all the time.

3 upvotes
fotografer
By fotografer (Aug 2, 2013)

Oh dear, I MUST sell my RX100 now for this!!!

1 upvote
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