My iPhone 3GS camera quality sucks?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Anthony T, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Anthony T macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    My phone's camera is rather blurry, I think there is something wrong with. Especially since it's supposed to be 3 megapixels. Anyone else have this issue?
  2. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    Eat a banana and increase your potasium intake?
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    It's a camera phone, it's not supposed to be incredibly great. Make sure that you are using autofocus correctly and maybe post some pictures on here?
  4. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    switch to decaf so you don't shake as much when you're clicking the "take photo" icon?
  5. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    The photos will appear low-res on the iPhone itself but should look better once you load it to a computer.

    Lighting conditions also matter.
  6. Que macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2009
    is it the camera that's blurry or the photos that you take with it?

    if it's the camera i'd suggest getting your eyes tested :)
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    You really need to post some pics, OP. No one's going to be able to really help you until then. What you think is blurry, might be totally normal to most.
  8. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Be sure your fingers are nowhere near the camera lens when taking the shot!
  9. andymoden macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2009
    I'm looking for information on this too. I got my 3GS a week ago and I immediately saw that the pics were generally out of focus. I tried to shoot in every way in all kinds of light but it didn't help. I took a comparison shot together wita a colleague who has a 3G 2mp camera.

    Although the 3gs makes bigger images, the 2mp pics were much more focused and crisp. My pics just lookes like enlarged 1 megapixel images.

    I suspect it has something to do with movement of the camera, maybe because of it´s new filming capability.

    If I hold the phone towards a surface and take a shot the focus gets much better. If I hold it in my hand I can see that the image flickers.

    Maybe it's a bad camera, the images people put up at flicker taken with the 3gs looks much sharper.
  10. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    +1 ^^^ Yup OP, you need to post some pics, b/c we aren't sure what you are talking about unless we see pics....:confused:
  11. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    Post particular pics pertaining to poor picture parameters, yo.
  12. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Just an FYI

    Increased megapixels does not give you better quality pictures - just larger pictures.
  13. rentinaix macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2009
    try pressing with your finger on an object you want to focus on. my 3gs is crisp.
  14. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    I find that I can get less blurring do to hand shake by pressing the shutter button and holding, then releasing the button when my hand is steady.
  15. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
  16. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    3 things to check before returning the phone because of a broken camera:

    1) make sure the lens is clean - really clean - not just wipe on your pants clean.

    2) brace the camera completely still against a solid fixed object when taking a photo - edge of a table or side of a tree or something.

    3) make sure the lighting is bright and direct.

    With the 3GS, on the preview display tap the center of what you want to see in focus a couple seconds before lightly brushing the shutter button.

    If none of that works even in several different daylight photos, suspect a broken autofocus or whacked lens, and try for a warranty repair/replacement.

    Download the pics to a photo program on your Mac or PC for quality comparisons.

    It's just a pinhole lens, so don't expect to enlarge the photo as much as when using a camera with a real lens (an ancient but full-sized 2 MP SLR will take much better photos).
  17. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    If it's blur, it's definitely due to shaking.
    iPhone doesn't have "anti-shake" or "image stabilizer".

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