The bubbley room chat and web cam

Our friendly hospitality is a point of pride and we’re honoured to be the only hotel in Newquay to win ‘Gold’ at the 2015 Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Our cool coastal cottages are ideal for family days on the beach or that long-overdue get-together with friends. Amble into town, rent a kayak or go on a fishing trip.Beyond the beach, there are attractions and kid-friendly activities galore, including Newquay Zoo, Dairyland and miles of breathtaking walking routes.Ten years ago if someone had told you that in 2011 everyone would have a webcam in their home or in their pocket, and that the cost of video chat was going to be zero, how many of us would have predicted that people still wouldn’t use it? This has been on my mind for 2 days now, so here’s what I came up with…Cell phone cameras, and web cam lenses are always wide angle lenses. Despite web cams being embedded everywhere, we just don’t video chat the way Star Trek, Back to the Future, and all the other futuristic films of the past thought we would.Relax with family, friends or colleagues amid enchanting decor and awe-inspiring coastal views, all underpinned by the four-star, award-winning hospitality we know you love. Established 1900, The Headland has been a longstanding favourite with royal visitors including King George VI, King Edward VII, The Prince of Wales and Princess Royal.

We also found fame on the silver screen - the most well-known film made on location here at the hotel is Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’.

On one hand they capture much more of what’s in front of them but the downside is they add a bubble like distortion to the image. It shows the same scene shot with both lenses so you can see the difference.(If you’ve always wondered why low budget films, even those shot in HD, don’t quiet look right it’s because the cinematographer or director used wide angle lenses throughout the whole thing, so everything’s in focus and the background becomes distracting, whereas Hollywood films narrow the focus on the subject.)So why don’t laptop web cams and iphone cams use telephoto lenses? Number 1, they’re more expensive and more bulky than wide angle lenses.

Telephoto lenses, on the other hand, show images without distortion but are way too “zoomed in” and compress near and far objects giving a shallow dept of field (subject is crisp, background is blurred) meaning it has to be focused just right or else the subject will be blurry. Number 2, they have a much more shallow depth of field so you either have to hold it the perfect distance away from your face and not move or make one that constantly auto re-focuses, which would get expensive.

So until someone creates a cheap hybrid lens to take care of this problem we’re stuck with wide angle lenses in our cell phones and web cams.

Fix: Wait until hybrid lens technology becomes smaller and cheaper /or/ use software to try to remove the distortion in real time.

We’re committed to preserving the raw beauty of Cornwall’s coastline.