Is the camera as unpredictable as the reviews say?
I am considering switching from the s4. I have read a couple of reviews that seem to have the same theme: the camera is Ok in good light, but very unpredictable in less than ideal situations. What is your real world experience? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I'm coming from the droid 4, so my comparison may be skewered, but I absolutely love the pic quality on the maxx. Sometimes may have to snap one or two extra shots to get it perfect but its a camera on a phone so I'm not expecting perfection. Also if you hold your finger on the screen it will take multiple shots automatically and you can delete the ones you don't want in a matter or seconds
Biggest camera complaint for me is situations with mixed brightness, where the subject is in the shadowed area and there are bright highlights behind (under a tree on a sunny day, for instance). The phone seems to always default to exposing the highlights correctly, leaving my subject underexposed. Even with Tap To Focus (you'd think by default this would also determine the exposure).
My Nexus, as bad as its camera was trounced by reviewers, didn't give me this problem. I'd also say the Nexus had faster focus and shot to shot times. I was always happy with that camera.
My rule is to take lots of photos. So despite these observations, the camera is fine --great under even light, and very good for still subjects in low light. Don't expect to blow low light pics up too big, though: the noise kills it.
Last edited by speede541; August 31st, 2013 at 04:00 PM.
yea....it's a mixed bag. it seems to have two different modes, and it's not the HDR auto mentioned above. At some point it switches to a night mode which tries to get as much detail into the shot in low light as possible at the expense of noise and postprocessing artifacts.
I've noticed mixed results. My girlfriend has an S4 and we tested our cameras, taking photos of the same objects. The S4 performance was more consistent. I found that I had to take a few shots in order to get a clear photo. My conclusion is the Maxx takes serviceable photos most of the time. But nothing on the level of the S4. If taking quality photos with little effort is important to you, you might want to pass on the Maxx. It might frustrate you.
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