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Old 11-08-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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Here's a photo I took with an HTC Inspire camera. I cropped and sized it down a little.

I'm concerned about the lack of detail, I mean, look at the blue car etc. Is it what you would expect with a phone camera? I admit light was not huge but there's generally a lack of detail.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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HTC inspire? That was one of ATT's best phones in 2011.

2013 phones are the best right now in terms of cameras.

But low light is always going to be an issue since most smart phones still have small sensors.

Many say that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has the best camera and takes great pictures overall, as far as smart phones go.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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Don't know if the HTC inspire has camera modes, try playing around with it.

Many don't play around with the camera modes and don't think of changing the mode to accomodate light in their photos.

I use to do this, rule of thumb for my camera is an indoor shot should be used with indoor mode or night mode.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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An outdoor mode on mine would be to use Daylight mode but colors look oversaturated.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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Can you suggest anything specific regarding that one photo? A lot of my photos look like that. I mean, the tree looks all chalky.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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That photo definitely doesnt look right. The colors are blotchy and pixelated. Typically that means the sensor is not working or the processor (after the photo was taken) isnt processing the image correctly.
Based on the off colors and pixelization I think its the latter and a sampling issue.

Factory Resetting your device can very likely clear it up.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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When I look at these photos on my phone, at the default size, they look okay.
Perhaps we're expecting too much from these photos.
When I zoom in, I start seeing the weird blotchiness etc.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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Yeah on a small screen they will look fine. But I can tell you, that even in daylight, you shouldnt be experiencing that level of noise. Its pretty bad even if you cropped it down.

I know HTC isnt exactly known for their optics, but even then. Do you have other samples that you can share. That would definitely help to identify.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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Those appear to be compression artifacts, see if there is setting for "fine". Setting it to fine mode (or whatever they might be calling it) will produce larger sized files, note that isn't larger sized in pixel dimension but larger file size.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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Those appear to be compression artifacts, see if there is setting for "fine". Setting it to fine mode (or whatever they might be calling it) will produce larger sized files, note that isn't larger sized in pixel dimension but larger file size.
Yes, this. It definitely looks overly compressed.

The camera app has a setting for how much compression to apply before storing the file. Look for a "quality" setting in your options. It could be set for maximum compression/minimum file size. Go for max quality instead. If that slows down the camera app too much, or if you're getting low on free space, go for medium quality, and it will still be better than that.

Another possible source of compression is from the messaging app. If you're using the built-in messaging app to send these photos to your computer's e-mail, it might further compress the jpeg file before it sends the MMS message. Try using the phone's email app instead (send the photo as an attachment), or else hook up the phone's USB cable to your computer and copy the files directly.
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