Last Updated: Dec 15,2009
Just wondering if this is really a software issue or if the hardware is really that bad?
we'll know when the dec 11th update comes out.
Yes it is software. You can always use other camera software like Pro Paint Camera or SnapPhoto
What do you mean? Mine works great!
The camera autofocus breaks every other 24 days unless it is patched. December 11 it breaks again. Also the expected date of the patch.
Actually later than the 11th it breaks, can you look that FACT up for me?
it's legit.. i dont have a link either, but someone from Google mentioned it on some Q&A .. Nov 17th was the start of a "good cycle" and we all noticed that day that the camera autofocus worked great.. We were pretty miffed about having an update pushed without notification tho! Come to find out, it wasn't an update
what? I am so confused.
You were pissed about a much needed OTA... because they didn't ask your permission?
You really think our software has a timed self-detonation built in?
And you can't even back up what you say?
Hate to say it, but I call BS. I refuse to believe any company (especially google) would purposely create software that would intentionally crap out after a set amount of time. I think the whole story is a sham.
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mine has been nice, no probs. i dunno what you are talking about, i have taken a few really good pics. this camera just needs great light, but what do i expect on a cell phone?
My first one was pure crap. Never got better. It was always crap. I haven't tried to take a picture since I got my second phone.
Outside of the autofocus problem, I still have an issue where up close shots have a ring of pink or green color saturation at the center of the shot, or an incredibly blurry, greenish periphery. Even pics that look okay on the droid look yellowish and washed out the moment I get them off. Crossing my fingers that it's all software...otherwise I have three days to go harass someone.
He never said it was intentional. You just called BS on it and didn't believe it and now you've been provided the facts. It's a software bug.
I still think the whole camera issue is weird as heck. What kind of programming causes the focus on a camera to fail after 24.5 days, fix itself after 24.5 more days, and then repeat the cycle. Crazy.
So if we're in a "fixed' time frame right now, does anyone think there will be additional improvements over what we have now, or is this the best it's gonna get? I'm positive the 24.5 day fix will be included, but hopefully additional improvements can be made.
I got mine opening day, should I exchange it???
The green blur in the middle, and pinkish outer ring are horrible! I could probably work out a custom mask in photoshop to apply to every single picture, but damn, why is it so bad?
I have a problem with a lag when I take a photo. I press the shutter and what I see in the viewer is not the final Its like a 1 second pause.
I called 611 and put in a ticket so it's noted as an ongoing problem, but I'm going to wait to see if the update fixes it. That takes me out past the 30-day threshold, but the 1 year mf warranty on the hardware should still be in effect. The way the manager at the store explained things to me, the only thing that changes after 30 days is that you can't return it outright. Exchanging because of defects is still possible.
I fixed my camera picture quality (kinda) by changing the picture quality setting from Superfine to Normal and it takes decent pictures in low light. Not the best but way better than before.
every phone my wife an i have had over the last couple of years has been leaps and bounds better than the droid's camera. the samsung omnia (5mp) SMOKES this thing. the pics from it were hard to believe. also the lg envy touch (3mp) and htc touch pro (3mp i think) take much better photos. i compared these using my living room for a control. i have blackout curtains so the lighting has been the same no matter what time of day. the droid takes fuzzy pics unless you are outside in the middle of the day. it's heartbreaking. the iphone does take better pics than this thing does. even after the update, it's not any better. i'm not really sure what can be done. it's possible that the lens just does not cut the mustard. it may be 5mp, but it sure doesn't look like it.
I tried this and it actually made the picture quality worse for me. Now im not saying it doesn't work for your Droid but for me it does not.
Thanks for the suggestion though.
I am also disappointed in the camera as well. But do you think its possible that someone could program a new camera app specifically targeted towards the Droid to improve the Picuture quality?
i really really really hope so. i hope it's not the hardware. i mean, the whole point in having a larger megapixel count is to achieve clearer pictures. the camera is one of the big selling points of this thing. i know people say "it's good FOR A PHONE" but my old regular 5mp camera makes this look like cave drawings. some apps are reported to get better results, but none that i have tried, and this seems to be a thing that should have been tweaked out before they aired the first commercial talking about "5mp" this and "pictures in the dark" that. i would rather just remember the event than look at the crappy pics this thing takes in mid to low light. it's embarrassing because that's generally one of the first things people ask to see when they notice i have a droid.
I got to agree. Pictures in great to good lighting produces well great to good picturs. But if its a little dark, it looks like total shiz. Probably the most disappointing thing about the phone. Oh and forget about filming a video where there is not any good lighting.
I find it funny that so many people are making such a fuss about a camera on a cell phone. It's a cell phone. Making and receiving calls is the primary purpose of the device. The sensors and optics they stick in most cell phones are worse then the cheapest point and shoot cameras you can find. Don't even bring up the Samsung 12 and 8mp camera phones as those were built to be a higher quality camera around a cell phone. But if you actually look at the phone you'll see why. They are far from a thing of beauty from a phone perspective with the lens bulging out of the case. If you want to take good pictures, carry a camera. Otherwise don't be surprised if the pictures you take mind wind up being grainy or blurry.
Edit...And don't be fooled by megapixels. They mean absolutely nothing. I had a 2mp nikon coolpix that took such crystal clear pictures it blew away point and shoots for years. Even some of todays 8+ mp cameras can't match the picture quality. It's all about the sensor, not the megapixels.
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