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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tmaxey1, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. tmaxey1

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    I have an infuse 4g and am considering the note. I really do not like the blur I get on the camera from the infuse. Its great when taking a picture of a still object. But every picture of the kids just blurs if they move at all.

    How would you guys rate the real world camera use for the note. Reviews always show just nature shots in great light. But what about a normal room with kids moving. Sure I have a nice point and shoot but many photo opportunities get lost because I don't always have the camera on me.

    Also how slow is the lag when trying to take a picture. The infuse is pretty slow.

    Thanks guys
     

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    Blurry shots indoors of kids moving, is about as real as you can get. You have to remember that the camera on a cell phone is not meant to capture perfectly those once in a lifetime moments. It is still a "camera on a phone".
    The rear-facing camera on the Note is probably one of the best. I've been into photography for almost 40 years now, and I have found the image quality, lag and overall ability to be acceptable. But then again, I also accept it for what it is. If you're looking to decrease the likelihood of blurred images, and lag, you might try one of the many camera apps available in the market.
    Bottom line between me and you; the screen size was the main reason I chose the Note. It's camera was the 2nd.
     
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    Have you tried Settings, Scene Mode, Sports Mode?
     
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    There are apps like Camera FX and the like that have burst modes that can help but ultimately whether you are shooting with a phone, point and shoot or SLR it has a lot to do with technique, lighting environment and camera settings.

    Any camera indoors set to "auto" will often have blurred images, dark photos, warm or blue tones etc.

    So to answer your question, outdoors in good lighting the camera performs fairly well when set correctly.

    Indoors you would have to play around with the settings like adjusting white balance, continuos mode for those kids that can't keep still, enable stabilization, use Flash when necessary (indoors almost always with phone cameras). I have not taken too many photos indoors with moving kids but it's pretty much hit and miss, mainly because of technique. you would have to have a pretty steady hand and the right settings to get clear photos all the time.

    I'm a part time photographer and hobbyist, I only use this phone as a camera if I'm going out with my family and don't want to bother bringing all my camera gear. It's good enough for those quick and easy photos.


    I'm planning to do a more in-depth camera and video review soon to look at it's strengths and weakneses.
     
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    This is my first post on this forum. This post caught my eye as I too love my galaxy note smartphone. I actually bought it on first release date with ATT on Feb 19th 2012. Was using an iphone till then. I do a lot of photography too on my spare time and use good cameras, like canon EOS 5D markII with all kind of lenses and accessories and you cannot compare with the camera of this phone. I still like to use the camera on galaxy note for its convenience as chances are your phone is always with you. In general I think the pics from galaxy note look very good but with all the pics I have taken, especially indoors with no flash all suffer from high saturated colors. At least when you look at them back on the screen the colors look so vivid. I honestly prefer the iphone 4S camera where the colors look so natural. I understand that this is not the camera's fault but a hard setting on its firmware to set the levels that high. I'm curious to hear from other users if they are happy with color level on the pics they take indoors with galaxy note. I tried different apps to see if this behaviour would change but no luck. I have not found any app that allows you to control color saturation and set a value before you take the pictures. Editing tools allow you to do so but this is after the fact.
     
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    There are camera apps that allow you to increase/decrease the brightness. Increasing the brightness will lessen the saturation.
     
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    What's frustrating is the lag. I know someone who has a Nokia N9 (similar to the Lumia, but not Windows based) and am envious of the response time. It's like a real point-and-shoot in that when you hit the button, it takes a picture immediately without a second's delay. I finally was able to take a picture of my cat with its eyes open. Crazy that there is that delay. Seems like they could make it more responsive if they wanted.

    Tim
     
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    my note is claimed to have a 8 meg camera rear facing, but is actually about a 3 meg file size. is about as good as my kodak 7 yr old 3.1 meg budget camera ( also 3 meg file size), but with less features. also about as good as my old backflip motorola's camera. what's up with them calling it a 8 meg camera?
     
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    I've had mine since December, and when I first got it the indoor shots of Santa were a little dull, but then I figured out the settings.

    Outdoor shots of my dragon are very bright, even with the twin suns reflecting off its scales.

    I like the shutter release speed over my old Hero too, will make getting action shots of the Easter Bunny mid leap.
     
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    Pixel count has little to do with image size, which for jpegs is all about compression. You can compress an enormous image down to a small file size if you don't mind losing quality - it still contains the same pixel count.
     
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    The Note's camera has an 8 megapixel sensor. I haven't yet tried the Note's camera (waiting in at home this morning for the postman delivering my new Note!) but from what you are saying the JPEG image files are 3 'meg' - or megabytes. JPEG images are compressed. An uncompressed 24-bit colour 8 megapixel image would be 24 megabytes. JPEG compression is variable; both according the amount of detail in an image (more detail makes compression rates lower so files are larger) and according to the amount of compression selected and applied. Some cameras offer the a choice for latter option, maybe offering 2 or 3 levels of compression rate. 3MB for an 8 megapixel image is a fairly high rate of compression, but not excessive, especially for a phone.

    Ian
     

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