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Droid X: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla

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Chapter 5. Camera, Photos, and Video

The Droid X’s 4.3-inch screen is larger than that of other smartphones for a good reason—it’s designed for displaying photos and videos, and for capturing them as well. It has a built-in 8-megapixel camera, so you can take photos in very high resolution. And it also has a built-in camcorder that can take and play back HD (high definition) video.

That’s right, you’ve got more than just a phone in your pocket—you’ve got a multimedia marvel as well. You can even connect it to a TV or other display and watch HD videos or view your high-resolution photos.

This chapter gives you all the details about taking and viewing photos and videos with your Droid X, viewing pictures and videos transferred to your Droid X from your computer, and viewing photos and videos from your Droid X on TVs and other monitors.

There are four ways to get photos or videos into your Droid X:

  • Transferring them from your PC or Mac (see Chapter 12 for details).

  • Taking a photo using the Droid X’s built-in camera.

  • Downloading them from the Web.

  • Getting them by email.

No matter how you get them, though, you view them in the same way, by using the Gallery app. Here’s how to use it:

  1. In the Application Tray, tap the Gallery icon.

  2. The Gallery screen appears. At top left is your Camera roll, which contains all the photos you’ve taken with the Droid X. It displays a thumbnail of the last photo you took. Also on the screen are other collections of your photos and videos, each also ...

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