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Software

Once you've been out with the Autographer shooting away quietly to itself, you'll find out that you have to handle hundreds, perhaps thousands of images. And in truth, most of those images on their own will be rather dull. Luckily the camera comes with pretty decent software to help manage your files. You can use either a desktop app (that you can install from the camera itself), or a free smartphone app - overall the two have an admirably consistent look and feel, and pretty intuitive interfaces.

The apps allow you to delete images, mark them as favourites and attach keyword tags, or share them via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Autographer's own site. Perhaps most interestingly, it allows you to assemble your images into movies or animated gifs, with an impressively intuitive interface and the option of multiple framerates.

Desktop app

When you first install and run the desktop app, it takes you through a basic setup process, inviting you to sign up Autographer's own web portal (where you can share your stills and movies). It then prompts you to import your images (with the option of deleting them from the device itself). Once this is done, you can start browsing.

The app opens up in thumbnail (or 'Stream') view, and first you select which day's images you want to view. You'll then get a thumbnail view, and a somewhat basic GPS track of where you've been. The lower right panel shows all of the data from the camera's environmental sensors for the selected thumbnail. Images that form part of a manually-activated sequence are marked with yellow icons on the top corner of the thumbnail. Double-clicking a thumbnail enters an enlarged image view, called 'Cinema'.

Here you can see an enlarged view of your selected image, alongside the same metadata on the right. You can browse through images using the bottom thumbnail strip, and even run through them as an animation by clicking the 'play' button on the selected thumbnail (hence 'Cinema' view). This replays an unexpectedly compelling chronicle of your day, although it may not necessarily interest anyone else.

If you select multiple thumbnails in the opening view, then click on the 'Create' button (overlapping squares at the lower right of the window), you can build an animation. You can remove frames, and select your movie size and framerate (from 1/4 to 12 fps). You can also add music from your collection - just beware of copyright restrictions.

Smartphone app

The smartphone app behaves broadly similarly to the desktop version, but with a slightly reduced range of features. For example the video editor is less sophisticated, and only outputs movies at 640x480 resolution.

Autographer's app is currently only available for iOS users, but Android support is supposedly on its way. It connects to the camera using Bluetooth.

After a simple initial pairing process, the app will recognise your Autographer automatically from then on. Press the big yellow button to connect.
The opening thumbnail view is a bit different than the desktop app - it's divided into date and 'Chapters'. 

Tap on a chapter to enter your main 'Stream'. Here you'll see all of your images - those which form part of a manual sequence have a blue square on the top corner.
Tapping a thumbnail pulls up a larger view, and the location the image was shot. You can't see it in this screenshot, but the GPS mapping in the mobile app is far more detailed than the desktop app.

The blue square in the top corner indicates that this image was part of a manually-activated sequence; images marked as Favourites get a yellow square.
Tap the image and it flips over to show a metadata panel, with the camera's sensor data. A lot of this is presented in an obscure fashion, with only the GPS coordinates and temperature obviously interpretable.
In Stream view, tap a thumbnail for a second or two to select it. You can then add frames to your selection, in preparation for generating a movie. Simply tap thumbnails to add them to the selection, tap again to remove. Multiple frames can be added by dragging your finger across the screen. To create a movie, tap the 'share' button (lower left) then 'create'. You'll then see this screen, on which you can select your output settings, and add music from your library. Press 'Save' and the movie will be saved to your camera roll.

It may seem odd for the Autographer to use Bluetooth rather than Wi-Fi, which has higher bandwidth and is used by most other cameras. But in practice it works OK - the camera initially only transfers small thumbnails to your phone, so the amount of data being moved is rather small.  The phone app also only generates VGA movies, with a maximum of 100 frames, so they're not huge either. One big advantage of using Bluetooth is that you can easily browse through images and create movies without disrupting your phone's existing Wi-Fi connection (for example to your home network).

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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
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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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