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  • [Chat] Cameras in the air

    I didn't visit the parks during the early late 80's and 90's with the VHS camcorders, the behemoth violin case sized, you know what I mean?So I'm reading now about these iPads in the air(which I'm not looking forward to), is it worse than it was? The best days were smaller palm cams. It's gotta get better


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    I think it's gotten a lot worse. With the old camcorders, they were big, but they didn't really distract because they just had one little glowing light. With iPads, flips, smart phones, and digital cameras, you've got those big glowing screens and they can really be distracting if you are sitting near them. I find them to be even worse than flash photos, because a flash happens once...the screens glow for the entire ride.

    I am surprised that some enterprising designer hasn't come up with an app or add-on device to dim the screens during filming, but then again, a lot of these people seem to be oblivious or indifferent to the fact that they are disturbing others.
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    • #3
      Re: Cameras in the air

      I've never had a run-in with an ipad during a ride, but i have during WOC and Fantasmic!.
      It seems every time I don't manage to get the front row for these shows, i get stuck behind the ipad person, they pretty much just hold it up to record the show and I cannot see past them. While I realize I can watch it on thier screen, it's not really what i came there to do.

      There was also one incident where a sort of tall burly man was walking towards me and using his ipad to record without watching where he was going. I did my best to step out of his way but he stepped in the same direction and pretty much walked into me,fell and crushed me. Not just that but he shot me a glare after making sure his ipad was okay and left without a single sorry.

      ipads in the park generally don't bother me unless theyre being disruptive though, by all means i dont care if they bring it to snap photos or play games but just as long as theyre not disturbing or ruining the experience for someone else.

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      • #4
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        I was never really distracted by the camcorders. As far as I remember, those camcorders were placed on and stayed on people's shoulders so they didn't really block my view. Also there were no crazy bright lights coming from them. In contrast, the person waving around their phone, iPad trying to get a good angle or holding it up in front of them, all while the light from the screen is constantly glowing, does obstruct my view. So I would have to say that it is worse now.

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        • #5
          Re: Cameras in the air

          This will probably stop once enough of these iPad's get accidentally knocked out of people's hands.



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          • #6
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            iPads are definitely worse than camcorders. I'll post what I posted on another thread...A couple months ago I was going to see the Magic the Memories and You for the first time, and was super excited to see it for a few weeks before. I got a nice spot behind a tourist group of about 15 people playing on their smartphones which I hoped they would put away once the show started. Once the show started my wish was granted but the smartphones were replaced with gigantic, intruding iPads. I think every single person in the group was recording the show with one. I kindly asked a few of them to tell the group to turn them off but they couldn't understand any English. Eventually I moved to a better spot but I was pretty ticked off. Earlier that same day a woman was filming POTC with an iPad in front of me, but she put it away when I asked.

            Not only this but numerous people are walking around the park with their eyes glue to them or other smartphones who have no real concern for the people around them. Probably on an average trip 3 or 4 people will bump into me because their eyes were on their smartphones or iPad, and per trip I'll probably have to ask 2-3 people to turn their phones off on rides or shows because they're blatantly blocking and/or distracting from the ride/show.
            Last edited by Quarar44; 07-25-2012, 05:33 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Cameras in the air

              it's worse than ever. Like someone mentioned above, those glowing screens are extremely distracting. If someone is obstructing my view or ruining the experience for the rest of us, I won't hesitate to say something.

              Something similar happened at the movies the other night while watching the new Batman film. A group of 4 young adults directly in front of me had constantly been text messaging on their phones for the first 30 minutes of the movie. I finally leaned over and expressed how distracting and annoying it was. They didn't pull them out for the rest of the movie.

              Sometimes it just takes being a little vocal!

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              • #8
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                They should put scramblers on the attractions. Of course, we'll hear people "Cry faul" over it.
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                • #9
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                  It is really kind of creepy how addicted people are getting to their smartphones and tablets. I don't think I'm that bad compared to some, but I do think I get on mine too much. I told my husband that I want us to keep our phones put away while at Disneyland as well. It's supposed to be a family trip, and I don't remember giving birth, nor marrying our gadgets, lol.

                  I even want to chill out on using my camera. I took a lot of photos last time, and they are nice to have, however, I have the odd sensation I'm looking at someone else's vacation. I was behind the camera SO much, I never really felt "in the moment."

                  Pictures and videos are great, but hopefully people will be a little more careful about using large, bright obstructive equipment.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Cameras in the air

                    Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
                    This will probably stop once enough of these iPad's get accidentally knocked out of people's hands.



                    It happens.
                    "Oops! You should watch where you're going."

                    Even as a dedicated iPad user, there's no way in heck that I'd ever consider carrying one around outside. Last September my husband and I were on a cruise and we were flabberghasted at the number of old people carrying around iPads without carrying cases while on rocky, uneven ground, just to take poor-quality pictures.

                    Regarding videos, I've never understood the compulsion to record your life instead of experiencing it. Then again, I suppose if you're the type whose cell phone is glued to your hand every day, you probably don't have the attention span to remember anything anyway.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cameras in the air

                      Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
                      This will probably stop once enough of these iPad's get accidentally knocked out of people's hands.
                      Or sling shots become a popular accessory to bring to the parks.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Cameras in the air

                        Bring back the invisible dog leashes so my invisible dog could run rampant and accidentally knock into them.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
                          Or sling shots become a popular accessory to bring to the parks.

                          That's very extreme.










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                          • #14
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                            Ask for the front row next time you ride an attraction, and I guarantee you won't have someone using an iPad directly in front of you. You can see World of Color from the front railing of the boardwalk, but you will get a light misting.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by dfan07 View Post
                              Ask for the front row next time you ride an attraction, and I guarantee you won't have someone using an iPad directly in front of you. You can see World of Color from the front railing of the boardwalk, but you will get a light misting.
                              All the better for when you kindly offer that iPad user your place in the front row, so that his iPad gets soaked.

                              No WoC? Try Luigi's Beachball iPad Pummel - WHAM!

                              Your week-old hard-as-a-rock churro accidentally flips out of your hands and skewers an iPad - CRACK!

                              Your hardhat-wearing kid accidentally slips off your shoulders and takes a header into an iPad screen - CRASH!

                              Your Mickey-shaped pancake mysteriously coated with superglue strangely flips off your plate and onto a passing iPad screen - SPLAT!

                              Your electric wheelchair controls are jammed by frequencies emitted by a nearby iPad, causing it to suddenly veer into the iPad - CRUNCH! (Backing up apologetically, you accidentally take out two iPhones and a Gameboy - CRASH! CRACK!)


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                              • #16
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                                .. for your consideration.

                                The camera action starts around the 0:13 second mark.



                                When I was shooting this (with a real camera and out of other people's way I might add) I kept wondering if children in the crowd were seeing the inaugural lighting of Cars Land or instead their parents and other adults aiming their smart phones and ipads every which way.
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                                • #17
                                  Re: Cameras in the air

                                  Originally posted by dfan07 View Post
                                  Ask for the front row next time you ride an attraction, and I guarantee you won't have someone using an iPad directly in front of you. You can see World of Color from the front railing of the boardwalk, but you will get a light misting.
                                  See it's a problem if you cant sit in the back rows any more...because people need to films rides that are on You tube/take a picture of something you can find on Micechat (of google images)

                                  I like sitting in the back row for almost any ride...for me being in the front for Pirates sucks if your with a group of people talking...in the back you cant hear them as much same goes with Small world
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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Cameras in the air

                                    Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
                                    This will probably stop once enough of these iPad's get accidentally knocked out of people's hands.



                                    It happens.
                                    I'm just sayin'...





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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Cameras in the air

                                      Sometimes it's nice to have a camera, but increasingly I'm finding myself just leaving it at home.

                                      Sunday was our first trip to the new DCA and I had planned on bringing our nice DSLR and taking some nice pictures. After leaving the parking structure walking to the tram I realized I had left it in the car. It would have taken 2 minutes for me to go back and get it but I opted not to. It was nice to not have it. Only took 2-3 pictures with the iPhone and that was it.

                                      If it's someplace we haven't visited or visit infrequently that's one thing, but for Disneyland ... I have a lot of pictures of that place already.

                                      Also, more often I get home, look at the pictures and realize all my pictures are of the park, of which I have thousands but I don't have pictures of the things that matter most, my family and friends. I've been trying to make a concerted effort to change this but sadly this is the culture we live in now. We are more about "things" than "people" as you can see from that video above.

                                      Everybody is taking pictures of what's going on around them instead of actually enjoying what's around them, or at the very least taking pictures of their loved ones enjoying what's going on around them.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Cameras in the air

                                        Can you guess how many iPads and smart phones will be found when the Rivers of America is drained?
                                        But, so far, I haven't come across many problem users. Occasionally. I don't even count the numerous "head bowed texting" folks anymore.
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