This camera sucks, anyone having luck with a better camera appSupport

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  1. yamamonster600

    yamamonster600 Well-Known Member

    I am tired of 1 out of 20 pictures actually looking half decent. I previously had a Galaxy Nexus and the camera was fast and took pretty decent pictures. any ideas on a app to make this camera better?

    Thanks for the help.

  2. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    I have tried ZoomFX and Camera FV-5. Both have more controls but unfortunately the image quality was not as good as the stock app. I've stuck to using the stock app. I have wanted to try "Shot Control" app but I'm hesitant to try it considering these other two apps did not improve the camera.

    The RMHD camera gets a bad rap. Though not a stellar camera I find it to be miles better than my Droid 2 Global camera. Make sure to tap the screen on the area you want the camera to focus on before you take the shot. Be aware of lighting conditions, this camera does not like low light.

    Here is some objective data on camera quality of cell phones. Although this table does not have Maxx HD listed, the Razr Maxx is listed and I presume the Razr Maxx uses the same camera as the RMHD.

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  3. pegs520

    pegs520 Well-Known Member

    I only notice two things - the iphone is brighter, and the galaxy is a little bluish.

    On a personal note, I've never had any problems with my camera. I'm coming from a Casio Commando, and the camera with that was good for me, too. Of course, maybe I just have bad eyes... :eek:
  4. Methos1979

    Methos1979 Well-Known Member

    If you can only get 1 out of 20 pictures to look good, it's not the camera - it's you! I don't think a camera app is going to help.
  5. yamamonster600

    yamamonster600 Well-Known Member

    Well I guess from what your saying I forgot how to use a camera from a Android phone, but I have not had a problem with the last 10 Android phones I have had. I don't think so.
  6. seVer

    seVer Well-Known Member

    Agreed with Yama. Even miniscule movement and you get blur. Take 2-3x as long as previous RAZR to take a pic. Change to portrait... helps a little.
  7. Methos1979

    Methos1979 Well-Known Member

    I literally just walked around my house and took fast pictures of random objects in different light with flash on and off and I had one out of focus photo because I had forced the flash off and it was too dark to focus. The rest of the photos were in perfect focus.

    Is the RMHD a great camera? No. Is it a horrible camera? No. I guess those of us for whom the camera is 'good enough' and otherwise love this phone are just really tired of hearing people complain how completely horrible, awful, useless, crappy, the camera is. BUY A DIFFERENT PHONE!
  8. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    That's funny, because I do this all the time. That's how I got the shots in the "Camera Complainers" thread. I'm always trying to find a way for this phone to take a crappy picture and I'm usually unsuccessful. I did have a close-up shot of a white object in a room underlit with flourescent lighting where the flash did not sync with the shutter and the resultant photo was not as bright as I would have liked, but everything was clear, not blurry.

    If you're having trouble taking a good photo with the RMHD, I'd take my phone into a Verizon store or Best Buy and ask a sales rep to try to take a few shots. If they come out looking OK, you know the problem is not the phone...
  9. yamamonster600

    yamamonster600 Well-Known Member

    Here's a example of what I'm talking about. I have more but the size is to large to upload. The others are daytime and good light just as fuzzy.

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  10. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    That photo set up is bound to produce a lousy picture. It's a low light situation, the subjects are backlit, what little light available is far away, and no flash is used. You should have set the camera to night portrait and set flash to on (preferred) or turned up the exposure adjustment. I doubt any mobile phone camera would have taken a good picture under these conditions.

    I'd like to see some of your pics that were taken in good lighting. Could you resize the image(s) and post some?
  11. yamamonster600

    yamamonster600 Well-Known Member

    Well, I kinda figured that is what auto was for. I usually just touch the screen and let it focus and change it's own settings. Is that not what you are doing?
  12. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    I use Auto probably 90% of the time but sometimes there are situations where you have to change it from Auto. Your photo is a good example. The camera sensor is seeing enough light from the cruise ship that it tells the camera the flash is not needed. The light from the cruise ship is tricking the camera sensor.

    Also, unless the person shooting the picture tapped on the screen where the two people are appearing the camera is going to focus at the distance where most of the light is present. That's the cruise ship. Indeed, you can read the name of the ship fairly clearly.

    Finally, since this is a low light scene and flash wasn't activated you will see grainy photos.

    Any camera phone set to auto with the flash not activating would have given you a lousy picture under these conditions. In fact, any point-and-shoot camera on auto would have given a lousy picture.

    Get to know how to use your camera in these low light situations and you will get much better shots. In these situations I make use of the exposure control a lot. Turn it up to +1.5 or so. Or set the flash to ON. Tip: When in auto flash mode if you tap the screen to set the focus point the camera will also let you know if the flash is going to come on by briefly showing the flash. If you tap the screen prior to the actual shot and the flash doesn't show, and you think conditions are such that you want the flash, you then know to turn the flash to On.

    Play around with your camera, you can always erase the pics.
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  13. budfox66

    budfox66 Well-Known Member

    I bet those of you who think this camera is great...don't have kids!!! Even I can take spectacular stills with this phone. Try to get the pic you want or "the moment" with this camera and you're just SOL. It is the camera and not the operator too. I had two bberrys before this phone and they both took higher quality action/moment photos than this camera, although the rmhd cam is far superior on stills. If the rmhd cam has time to focus and adjust before the shot, pic quality is as good as it gets for any phone IMO.
  14. Stealthman

    Stealthman Well-Known Member

    The camera doesn't suck, it is inconsistent however
  15. recDNA

    recDNA Well-Known Member

    I think the stock camera does suck. I often find pictures out of focus. It takes 5 tries to take a picture of a serial number with an 8 font. It does a little better with the quick shot camera with lightbox on my phone. I wasted $2.99 on camera fx. It's no better than stock for me because I don't care about special effects. I just want my photos in focus.
  16. yamamonster600

    yamamonster600 Well-Known Member

    I miss my Galaxy Nexus camera, took fast pictures, and not to bad in low light. Send a complaint to Motorola they say they haven't had any problems with it.
  17. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    Took me one try to take this one:

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  18. recDNA

    recDNA Well-Known Member

    Sunshine? Try 5 times with indoor light with flash and without. Maybe my phone camera is broken.... Except it DOES focus with quick shot camera so it can't be broken hardware.
  19. recDNA

    recDNA Well-Known Member

    I really hate that. Motorola and VZW ALWAYS deny even hearing one complaint about even the most common issues. I know the Motorola website has dozens of complaints so they are aware. In the website they so "oh, only a few complaints from thousands of users" but of course few users even know about their website. If they never ADMIT a problem they never need to address it.
  20. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    I don't know what to say. I took these two photos indoors on a cloudy, snowy day. First one with no flash, second one with flash on. Newspaper was propped up on my knee. One shot at each attempt.

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  21. recDNA

    recDNA Well-Known Member

    You either have better lighting or a better phone. Mine often doesn't even focus on close print with indoor light. The picture isn't dark but is out of focus. If I turn on flash the text is whited out by glare.
  22. PowrDroid

    PowrDroid Well-Known Member

    Are you tapping the screen of your phone in the area you want the camera to focus prior to activating the shutter?

    One thing for sure, the RMHD (and RHD) could use image stabilization in the next update.
  23. droidros

    droidros Well-Known Member

    Of the three, unfortunately I definitely found the Razr Maxx to be the worst, with muddy colors, and iPhone the best.
  24. hansangb

    hansangb Well-Known Member

    You're assuming that someone on the phone (probably making close to minimum wage) is doing research on the internet about a phone they may or may not have! If it's not in the script or in whatever KB software they have, it doesn't exist for them.
  25. applemac

    applemac Active Member

    This camera, without a doubt, is consistently HORRIBLE, other than still shots. My sister's old iphone takes the best pictures of my grandkids. I don't understand why Apple can put a great camera on their phones and Motorola can not? If the camera wasn't so bad, everybody would want a Razr. That might seem petty to some. But the camera is one of the most important features to some people. And that is their opinion. So you have to ask yourself, 'does a long battery life and flexibility matter more to me than having a great camera that is handy at all times?" I'm keeping my Razr, with some regret.

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