Check It Out Lifeloggers: First Memoto Camera Prototype Photos Show Impressive Image Quality

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The Memoto is a tiny camera that you wear which takes a photo every 30 seconds and automatically uploads it to an online service. It’s a dedicated lifelogger’s dream, if there is such a being out there. Now, the Kickstarter-funded gadget has shown off its first official photos in a blog post and companion gallery posted today.

The pictures from Memoto are taken from a working Memoto prototype, and they haven’t been touched with post-processing software, the company notes. It also promises to tweak color saturation (to increase it, which is what the kids these days like in their fancy smartphone pics), and the exposure will also get some changes to account for darker lighting environments. Memoto also plans to refine sharpness and compression before the Memoto ships.

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From what they’ve provided, I’d say the Memoto team is being overly hard on itself: these pics compare favorably to a lot of smartphone cameras out there, even if they’re slightly smaller in terms of resolution than most at five megapixels. Considering you’ll have 2,880 images over the course of a full 24 hours if you stick with the Memoto’s default setting of one pic snapped every 30 seconds, it’s probably for the best that these are 5 megapixel (which is more than sufficient for web resolution).

To recap for those who didn’t get in on the Kickstarter campaign, the Memoto is just 36x36x9mm, and features GPS on board to log the location of photos. Once you plug it into a computer, it connects to the Memoto service and uploads the photos. It also has a built-in accelerometer to help it properly orient photos no matter what the angle, and it has room on board for 4,000 pictures. Apps for iPhone and Android let you view your cloud-stored photos wherever you are.

Memoto could make or break itself based on image quality, and these first photos from a production prototype are promising in that regard. The company unfortunately won’t make its initial projected ship date of March, but hopes to begin mass production in April. Hopefully those hardcore lifeloggers out there can somehow manage for an extra month without documenting their every waking moment.