Many of these camera cell phones take good quality pictures, often ranging from five to 10 megapixels (the number of dots in a picture, and mega is a million).
Now, you can whip out your camera, take a picture and view it on the camera.
But you will likely want to download some photos from your cell phone camera to your PC so you can print them, store them on a CD/DVD and other things. Basically, there are two ways: use a USB cable or e-mail the photo to yourself from your cell phone.
You can hook a USB cable up between your camera and your PC; if a cable did not come with the cell phone, then make sure you have the cell phone with you when buying a cable because the mini-USB end comes in several sizes, and you’ll need the correct one for your cell phone. The larger end is standard. Plug the cable into the phone and PC and have the phone on. You will see an additional disk drive on your PC; you can go into that drive and copy-paste or drag-drop the picture files to a folder on your PC.
The second way is to send the pictures to yourself. You can either e-mail photos or send them as e-mail thru a text message; they will appear as attachments in your e-mail on your computer. Then, just download and save on your PC.
Warning: If you send them as e-mail thru a text message, many cell phones will only send a thumbnail (small photo) instead of the full-size photo. The size of the picture should be a megabyte or bigger on most phones. If your photos are only 150K (kilobytes), then only the thumbnail was sent. The larger the picture file, the better quality your prints will be and the better your photos will look on your PC screen.
Thanks to Josh for the question, and thanks to Michelle and Evelyn for teaching me details about cell phones.
Send your questions to Dwight Watt at firstname.lastname@example.org. He teaches at a technical college in northwest Georgia and does consulting work for businesses and individuals. His website is www.dwightwatt.com.