I'm hoping the Droid camera gets better

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    I really hope this 2.1 update really fixes the issues with the Droids camera issues... if not, it'll be time to start saving for the next phone coming out to Verizon ;)

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    Picture quality should not be judged by the preview. Droid has dual LED flash, while iPhone does not. If he takes the picture, I'm sure the Droid will have a much better result.

    The Droid gives a dark preview because night mode is set to flash. When the flash goes off, the currently dark preview will be the correct exposure for the flashed scene.

    This is a really poor and useless test.
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    Don't think he has the settings all the same.

    Also agree with shpen, Droid has flash which would make the picture much better.

    I don't use the camera at all to be honest, but I am kind of disappointed that a 5mp camera seems to struggle to take better pictures. I always find cell phone cameras need to be able to take quick pictures, but the Droid camera lags quite a bit compared to others. I have no fooled around with the settings cause I don't use the camera, but the slowness of it does bother me when I used it a bit just to see the quality.
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    Epic fail on the test... Sorry to say.
    And like I've said before, its a 5mp camera not a DSLR...



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    Yes I agree, what did that really prove??? Nothing at all, the other phones have to internally up the lighting and the contrast to get a good pick in low light conditions because they do not have a flash whereas the droid has 2 LED!

    Also is the camera funtion of the phone really a deal breaker, you can get 12 mp cameras for around a hundy now! It amazes me what people get wound up about bought!! America, the gotta have it now my way country!!!
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    i guess I shouldve been more clear about the test I was doing. The reason for testing the camera WITHOUT the flash, is simply because of the fact that the flash feature isnt always available.
    For example if I was trying to take a picture of something within 15ft and it was dark. Even WITH the dual flash, that picture sure as hell will come out dark.

    The only reason why I started noticing this was because a few weeks ago at Disneyland (at night when the castle lights up), everyone of course brings out their phones (other smart phones and non-smart phones)to take pictures of it, etc etc.... so here I go to pull out my Droid.... but what do you know, I'm left with one REALLY dark picture :(, despite me using the flash. And I look over at other phones being used and a pretty clear/bright picture (yeah, a bit grainy, but still very visible). At that point I just put away my Droid :(
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    i've taken a few pics with my camera; and while i haven't transferred them to the computer yet, they look at least as decent as the camera on my dare took. whomever made that video is a silly bunt with a pos video camera to boot.
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    you should take some low-light pictures to compare the two... then you'll see what I'm talking about
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    You have to take the picture to compare!
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    i think i will.... but tomorrow, since my lazy ass is already in bed, lol

    I'll post up some low-light pictures of:

    Droid w/flash
    Droid no flash
    iPhone no flash (of course)
    LG Voyager no flash
    LG Chocolate no flash
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    I think the camera is great for those up close on the go moments.

    Mine works pretty good.

    msblueline

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    Maybe there will be an update in 2.1, Google is showing off the N1 as having a great gallery and the photos in it are amazing. I'm not sure if they are claiming the phone took them but they are there.

    Nexus One Phone - Web meets phone.
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    Didn't watch the video but:

    Blackberry 8900 single LED flash 3.2mp camera > Droid 5.0mp dual LED camera

    That match doesn't work out but I've seen it with my own eyes and my older 8900 with worse stats across the board takes MUCH better pictures. I can't take a decent photo with my Droid ot save my life. All of them are blurry, pixelated or worse. Not to mention the interface is terrible. Why can't I erase a pic I just took right away w/o going into my gallery if it looks like crap? Why does it take so long between photos? Why does it take so long to launch? Why does it not activate the LEDs while focusing so you can actually see what you're taking pictures of in the dark? Instead I get a black display and then 'click' oh look, I missed the subject by about 2'. Grrr.
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    I do agree that the picture-quality is poor when compared to a "real" digital camera. But when compared to other phones, it's really not that bad...

    It does seem to me like it's not the hardware, though -- which means a properly-written software update should fix the camera issues, I would think... I'm hoping, like you, that the 2.1 update will fix some camera issues, in addition to the other stuff it's going to do for us.

    So if the camera issues get fixed, and if they'll just give us Bluetooth-activated voice-dialing, the Droid would be the perfect phone!
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    My wife bought the pink rubber case. Every time the flash goes off the light bounces off the pink case arouns the flash and causes a pink hue in one corner of the photo!

    I might just take a Sharpie to the cover and add some black and see if that fixes the flashback?
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    I'm glad you also agree on how crappy the Droid camera/video is compared to the Iphone. If we had a choice, I'd rather lose the flash and have the Iphone's camera vs. the Droids. What's the point of taking a picture/video, if you can't even see what you're pointing at?! And for the people that say the quality would be better in low lighting, no, your pics turn out so grainy.

    I actually posted a similar thread a while back too. :)

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-general-discussions/2393-droid-vs-iphone-video-recording.html

    I'm crossing my fingers that will problem will be fixed with the next OTA!
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    The Droid camera isn't the greatest... but it's not terrible. Given proper lighting it takes crystal clear pictures for me.... we all know in low light situations it struggles tho...
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    First let me state the I know absolutely nothing about photography. As a result I'm easy to please when it comes to camera phones.

    I quite honestly am amazed at how well the Droid does in low light. I didn't know a camera could work that well in those situations.

    Obviously for me ignorance is bliss. I know my Blackberry Storm (1 and 2) couldn't deliver pictures this well. That's what I always compare Droid to and in every area so far Droid just rocks.:greendroid:
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    I've got some images from the Frozen Fenway BC vs. BU game... It was a night game under the lights... I'll post them up in a second...
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    You can see some came out great... some not so great...depending on zoom or lighting. Overall I was happy with my shots. (I took a ton) And it was snowing... so that did create some 'fuzziness' in the images.
    [​IMG]
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    My problem with the camera is not so much the PQ but the slow picture advance. The original focus problem is almost completely fixed but the speed of taking pics is slower than the other phone cameras I've used.