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About the same time I was shopping for a magnifying glass, I discovered the very useful Camera Genius iPhone app and stumbled onto this unintended feature: using the camera zoom as a magnifier. I tried it on some tiny print medicine bottles, and (once I let it focus) it worked at least as well as a handheld magnifying glass. Plus, you can hold it at a slight angle to the subject: perfect for figuring out the tiny connector labels on the backs of computers or behind hard to reach audio gear. And you can take zoom in and take a snapshot for future reference.
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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: adiascar on Aug 14, '09 03:01:13PM

You can achieve the same effect with built-in features. Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility and turn Zoom on. After that you can magnify ANY screen by double-tapping with three fingers (read other zoom actions in the "enable zoom" screen).

To use the iPhone as a magnifying glass, go to the camera app and zoom it as described above.



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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: jsdetwiler on Aug 15, '09 07:04:03AM

I don't have Accessibility on my iPhone, which is a 3G. As far as I can tell, this is only on the 3Gs model.

So, for people with a 3G, this app recommendation may be worthwhile.



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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: natasharodinova on Aug 19, '09 06:07:01AM
Virtually any kind of camera device with a zoom feature can be used that way both for visually impaires and in some situations when you forgot your glasses. There is nothing special about iPhone with this regards. [link:]http://websites-for-sale.e-unlimited.net

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Digital magnifying glass
Authored by: Dr. T on Aug 17, '09 10:32:43AM

You can use any digital camera with an LCD viewer and a zoom setting as a magnifier. There's nothing special about the iPhone's camera in that regard.



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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: adiascar on Aug 19, '09 05:33:17AM
Dr. T,

What's interesting here is that the iPhone camera does not zoom, so the tip is about finding a way to "fake zoom" and use that as a magnifying glass. Everyone who needs reading glasses can appreciate that. ;-)

BTW, for information about the Accessibility Zoom feature I mentioned above, It's a iPhone OS 3.0 feature:
http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/accessibility.html


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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: dcottle on Aug 19, '09 01:36:58PM

That (using any camera) actually occurred to me. I tried it with my (consumer) casio s10 (I LOVE this camera) and it didn't focus as well.

And I guess you could counter every iPhone function (outside of a phone) with this remark. Why use the notepad when you can just write the shopping list on real paper? Why use the calculator when you have four in the junk drawer? The cool thing about the phone is that it has so many uses. Here's one more, and two fewer things (camera and magnifying glass) I have to carry around.



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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: dcottle on Sep 05, '09 07:21:45AM

And I've since used it often: mostly in dimly lit restaurants. Sure, a magnifying glass, reading glasses, another camera, would all have worked. But I had my iPhone.



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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: Jimbo42 on Aug 19, '09 09:23:38PM

You stated accessibility is an iPhone OS 3.0 feature--however in fact, I believe it is a 3GS feature. My earlier iPhone running OS 3.0 does NOT have accessibility (at least as far as I can tell).



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Use iPhone as magnifying glass
Authored by: adiascar on Aug 20, '09 06:58:58PM

I stand corrected. The Zoom feature is an iPhone 3Gs feature (which runs 3.0), not a iPhone OS 3.0 feature.



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