1. Bkr11's Avatar
    Part of my use case for the SP3 was to be able to take pictures of spreadsheets/documents that I'm working with and then be able to pen/annotate, all on the fly while in a meeting, whether internal or external/clients. Today was the first time I tried taking a picture of a spreadsheet and the results were awful. My lighting is typical for an office, and in this case the text was blurry no matter what the distance - whether a couple of inches and just a small section of the paper or capturing an entire 8.5x11 page from further back. I almost can't believe it's that bad. Can anybody opine on how theirs is doing? Trying to avoid a second trip to the MS Store, so please advise and/or post pictures of your experiences trying to capture documents.

    Thanks!

    P.S. Yes - I did wipe down the lens!
    07-15-2014 03:45 PM
  2. karinto's Avatar
    The Surfaces have a fixed focal length lenses on both the front and the back. The front camera is set as a web cam and can get a reasonably sharp focus at 1ft-3ft(?) or so. The back camera is set at a longer distance for recording a meeting, white board, or other people and things at some distance.

    So for those that want to take pictures of documents, the Surface probably isn't the camera/scanner you want. I usually just use my phone to take pictures of documents/receipts and have OneDrive sync them over.
    Blake Seaman likes this.
    07-15-2014 05:00 PM

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