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How to dramatically improve your camera (picture and video) quality

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Wlliam., Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Wlliam.

    Wlliam. Member
    Thread Starter

    For those who don't know yet..

    The desire's backcover has a camera lens protector made by very cheap plastic, that scratches very easily. When this happens, the pictures will have a "glowing", blurry, unsharp look.

    What I did was removing the piece of transparent plastic "lens protector" on the backcover and then used a small piece of screen protector and sticked it on the lenses. Even without it the chances you actually scratch the lens is virtually none. So now I have a hole in my back cover, but I dramatically improved my picture and video quality.

    Don't worry about the looks, there is still a black ring and I think it looks better now. I hate shiny plastics.

    Here a pic.

    And a video.
    YouTube - ‪HTC Desire cover on/off camera comparison‬‎

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  2. czechplastik

    czechplastik Android Enthusiast

    Wow, that's a big difference. Thanks for the post.
  3. extralarge22

    extralarge22 Lurker

    Wow. Pretty big improvement. How did you remove the plastic cover?
  4. Racheluk

    Racheluk Newbie


    LECTER Android Expert

    Damn!! That's a HUGE difference!!!
  6. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Android Expert

    It'll only be that big a difference if your cover is scratched to hell. And you can buff out the scratches as mentioned earlier with a bit of toothpaste.
    Abhishekswarup likes this.
  7. weyland76

    weyland76 Newbie

    What cover do you have on your phone?
  8. Pedro7

    Pedro7 Android Enthusiast

    toothpaste you say? how do i do this?.. pictures used to be great when i first got the phone but now im plagued with blurry pictures..
  9. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Holy crap dude, I didn't realize the difference was so big. Took a picture, the took another one with my back cover off... WOW. It's literally like 10x better. I'm actually in shock just how good it is..
  10. Pedro7

    Pedro7 Android Enthusiast

    im disappointed now.. i want clearer pictures.. :(
  11. lekky

    lekky Lover

    With back cover on: Bad
    with back cover off: Good

    Nothing else changed, literally just took the cover off.
    Tyseyh and williamj1 like this.
  12. ocaz

    ocaz Newbie

    Wow that is amazing just checked it out myself, my only concern would be damaging the lens itself if I recmove the plastic as I don't have case for my desire and generally carry it in my pocket
  13. Eris Ed

    Eris Ed Android Expert

    I'm totally stunned....what a huge difference!!!!:eek:
  14. Such a basic change for such an incredible improvement, nice find
  15. Mushhushshu

    Mushhushshu Well-Known Member

    HTC need to release a tweaked design back cover with a higher quality lens protector for those of us who don't have the surgical skills for this :eek:
  16. lekky

    lekky Lover

    ditto, need to think of another method i guess
  17. anoniemouse

    anoniemouse Android Expert

    Surely a better idea would be to remove the plastic lens & replace it with a piece of glass
  18. lekky

    lekky Lover

    easier said than done tho!!
  19. diS

    diS Android Enthusiast

    That's just mind blowing!
    If someone can think of a good idea to replace the plastic cover with
    please let me know ;)
  20. Wlliam.

    Wlliam. Member
    Thread Starter

    The lens protector is held by a double side contact tape, just punch it with a pen from the inside out.

    I shattered mine by doing that but what the heck, i dont need it anyways. ;)

    Plus you can stick a small piece of screen protector to prevent scratching the camera lens, and foam around the hole to block the dust.

    $5 ebay case, more pictures here

  21. adam_hilluk

    adam_hilluk Well-Known Member

    OMG cannot believe the difference!!!!

    great discovery
  22. beyond

    beyond Guest

    Hm I'll try this later. Another 'issue' may be the compression rate the desire does when it actually saves the file. For pictures it's not bad but video quality seems to be compressed quite a bit.
  23. LECTER

    LECTER Android Expert

    What does that matter? We're talking about how much better the quality is with the piece of plastic gone :thinking: !!!!!

    I'll be punching out that plastic as soon as my Desire arrives!! :)
  24. adam_hilluk

    adam_hilluk Well-Known Member

  25. Arctic-Winds

    Arctic-Winds Newbie

    For those that see a vast difference, have you had your desires for a long time? My Desire's kept in the HTC case and I can't really see a difference whether it's photo or video .

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