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Surface Pro 3 Camera

Get Glasses for Surface Pro 3 for Clear Documents Take 2

 

A while back I wrote about experiments to try to take usable document photos with the Surface Pro 3 camera.

 

I’ve got a somewhat better solution now, thanks to Hydrotac +3.00 diopter stick on lenses from Amazon (I had a credit there burning a hole in my pocket) and some non abrasive clear sticky tape.

 

Check out this crystal clear image (click to open and see original size)

 

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Here’s my “modded” Surface Pro 3:

 

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This low tech solution is usable. I still wish Microsoft would have used a variable focus camera so that clear and crisp document capture was a usable scenario.

Microsoft Please Add Panorama Option for Surface Pro 3 Camera App

 

Dear Microsoft,

You documented how to take a Panorama on Page 84 of the  Surface Pro 3 User Guide (PDF). You provide instructions on the feature, but the feature isn’t available.

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Your customers have been asking since launch http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/surfpro3-surfusingpro/no-panorama-option-in-camera-app/8b161c54-eb22-4cdf-9191-36a317da3d38 and no answers have appeared.

Compare what is available using the Camera App on every other Surface (on the right) with what is available with the Surface Pro 3 (left).

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I spent $10 to get http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/youcam-mobile/15058a8d-8408-4bdd-a43f-9ca0353ec32a which provides the functionality that your documentation states should be available free of charge. How about a $10 credit in the Windows Store to offset this?

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Can’t you find a way to work with the folks that own the Microsoft Camera App and deliver on the experience you document? Please?

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