Is it me or... front facing camera is grainy?

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  1. Pinkstiletto66 macrumors 6502a

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    The front facing camera is grainy? I tried getting an answer, but didn't get help elsewhere. Sooo... Is there an app or a way to enhance it? Mine looks like a 2 megapixel stretched. The back camera is fine. When I took some self portraits the white balance looks bad if I get to close. My cheek looks over exposed. Like the sun is beaming on it, depending on the angle. Any help?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Its a low resolution camera. I think it's only about .5 megapixels.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Good work on the descriptive thread title!

    It's my understanding the front facing camera isn't as good as the rear, could be wrong. Are you seeing grain (noise) all of the time or just in low light a.
     
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  5. Pinkstiletto66 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    About the title: Thanks.. I try, I try. lol..

    Well, after putting on the light in my bedroom, and the person above telling me its a low res. then I guess its fine. However looks grainy to me. Id upload a pic to show, but I'd first have to figure that out.
     
  6. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    As everyone else said, it's grainy because it's a low resolution cheap camera. It's just supposed to be good enough for FaceTime and the candid self portrait. That's it.
     
  7. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    In other words, its not as good as the commercials lead you to believe.

    Another Apple mistake.
     
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    They don't because they never show you low light calls. It looks fine in normal lighting.
     
  9. Pinkstiletto66 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What they should sell is the "ilight." a big as* stage light for taking pictures in low light. Oh well. Damn commercial actually got me. Damn you Steve. Lol
     
  10. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    The front facing camera is like 1.4MP or 2MP. Running at 2MP and with low light atmosphere, you will get that graininess you speak of. This is true of any camera.
    So you cant' blame Apple. You can try, but you'll just make yourself look uneducated and only looking to blame. A trait not unfamiliar with spoiled children.

    The apple commercials show everyone using the front camera in a "hi bright" environment. Meaning, there really aren't shadows anywhere. You'll see some, but not enough to affect the camera in such a way.

    Another note, its a phone. The fact that you can call someone on a video call with a device that will fit inside the palm of your hand is rather buck rodgers sci-fi. People are complaining about this futuristic technology?
     
  11. Pinkstiletto66 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Chillax. It's not that serious. I figured out what I needed to. I"ll live.
     
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    It's not a mistake. The front facing camera is only .3072 mega-pixels. It's designed principally for FaceTime and the lower resolution allows for a smaller data stream. In bright light, there is no problem for a video chat app.
    The back facing camera is 5 mega-pixels. It takes pretty amazing photos for a cell phone camera.
     
  13. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    When they show Facetime on their commercials being clear and bright and it isnt when you buy one and use it, it is a mistake. It is misleading and they put in a crappy camera. It gives some iPhones users yet another reason to dislike the device that showed how clear it was.

    If Android users were in here complaining like that about their FFC, you guys would be all over them saying Google messed up. But, i havent seen anyone complain about their FFC on Android and i dont have it on mine.
     
  14. Mliii macrumors 65816

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    I disagree. I use FaceTime routinely and find the entire experience more than satisfactory. The camera works great in ordinary room light and even better in a brightly lit room.
    As far as the ads go, have you ever had a Big Mac that looks like those in the commercials? I don't live in the land of illusion that suggests that an advertisement is reality! It's putting the best possible face on any product, pure and simple.
    And why would I want a multi-mega pixel camera looking at my nose when that large data stream would cripple the functionality?
    And I don't give a crap about Android phones. I'm not an 'Apple is always right' person as my posts have demonstrated over time. I have no experience with Android phones and really don't care. If an Android phone works for you, knock yourself out! I'm not here to bash another product or get into a flame war between Android and Apple or AT&T and Verizon or McDonald's and Burger King for that matter! If you'd rather own a different product, feel free. There are going to be compromises made in ANY product line. Costs, functionality, technology and corporate choices (to name but a few) are going to drive what a product offers no matter the manufacturer. But for my use, namely FaceTime, the front camera is adequate as is.
     
  15. JASApplications macrumors 65816

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    Your only ever going to be using the front facing camera for FaceTime, it's not as though you will be using it to take panoramas! Of course it would be great to have a high quality front facing camera but to be honest it doesn't bother me.
     
  16. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    A Big Mac wont cost you $200 at minimum either. Im not flaming Apple. I think they are good devices and had one for two years. I dont like any company misleading the public on things that cost a lot of money and then when you get it, you have 15 days to try it out and find it wont make calls for crap and other things arent working as well. If you like how Facetime looks, great. I have other friends that complain it looks like bad when they use it.
     
  17. Mliii macrumors 65816

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    You know what's funny? You admit on another thread that you don't even own an iPhone 4. And now you're an expert because you have friends who complain about the camera used in FaceTime?
    It's an ad campaign that you are complaining about! Your premise is that the camera doesn't work as well as it shows in the ads... Whether we are talking about a feature of a cell phone or a Big Mac, the point is precisely the same- an ad campaign is going to show a product in its best light. That's how it is in the real world. Get over it!
     
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    Why ain't you on an android forum instead?
     
  20. wyneken macrumors regular

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    I had a two FaceTime calls from my kids this morning. They're in London and I'm in Maine. My computer was downloading app updates at the time, which caused the video to become jerky because of the strain on bandwidth. Two takeaways from this:

    If the camera had higher resolution, there would be yet more data to squeeze through the pipe, and the user experience would have been worse overall, not better.

    That said, FaceTime was still pretty amazing. My son climbed out onto the roof to show me the scene on Camden High Street, no doubt at risk to life and limb. I gave him and his sister new iPod touches for Xmas (which obviously they've gotten into early) specifically so we could do this. And, as they say, it just works.
     
  21. Vegastouch, Dec 19, 2010
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    So because i dont have one , i havent tried one? Ive seen it first hand and there are complaints by friends that have one.
    You know whats funny? That you think i have never seen it for myself when i have friends that have one. I myself am not complaining about it because i dont have one. Just saying Apples ad's are misleading.
    You keep trying to compare it to a $2.00 Big Mac. YOU get over it.

    I go to a couple. I think im allowed to go to both. I been coming here long before i ever went to an Android forum. Thanks for the great input though.
     
  22. Mliii macrumors 65816

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    Ad campaigns are just that...
     

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    Hey you're welcome.
    Maybe there you'll find more friends that hate the iPhone :D
     
  24. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    I dont hate the iPhone and not looking for that. I used one for two years.

    Im interested to see what they do with iP5. Its a good device as ive said many times but IMO if they dont upgrade things that other phones have like a 4" screen, notifications, etc.....i just think they will lose customers.
     

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