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July 4 Fireworks and experiences with the new N95 firmware

July 6th, 2008 by abhishta

I witnessed a great fireworks show in DC with my friends on Saturday and was able to snap up a few videos. As always, the the Mall was packed with people. There were security checkpoints at every entrance and the lines to get in were long. It was a difficult day to roam about thanks to sweltering heat in the afternoon and the crazy showers in the evening. To beat the heat, we frequently took detours into the Smithsonian museums.

This was the first time I tried out the N95’s camera with the new firmware. I’ve always had the complaint that the N95’s camera was slow and unusable for quick shots. After the firmware update however, it’s a completely different beast! The camera is fast to load and quicker with the auto-focus. The image processing time has gone down as well. To put it simply, I did not miss my Casio Exilim 5 mp camera.

This was also the first time I tried out Flickr’s video service and Share on Ovi’s video service!  Share Online was able to upload the images, but I could not upload videos from the N95. I didn’t find a way to embed a slideshow of videos on my blog with Flickr videos, so I’m left with little choice but to load them manually.

Flickr has the better desktop experience for uploading videos, particularly via the browser. Uploads with Share on Ovi are simple too, but the browser uploader starts up a clunky java uploader that hung FF3 a couple of times. I switched to the windows explorer based uploader and it worked flawlessly, but I’m a little wary of anything that uses Windows Explorer to upload stuff.

The fireworks videos:

Museum of National History (Share on Ovi):

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