Thoughts on the protective anti-reflect on the camera lens

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bostonian1976, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. Bostonian1976 macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2007
    So I had a SonyEricsson W810i before this and loved the phone. One thing that happened with it was that the anti-reflect on the camera lens came off and made for crappy pictures because it still remained on the edges of the lens. Anyone have any thoughts on whether the film will be any more resistant on the iPhone? You can see the coating when you look at it - looks rainbow-ish
  2. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    I've said it before and I'll say it again... if you really want to take decent pictures, get a real camera... a digital SLR.

    The optics of a phone camera inherently suck.. it doesn't matter if it's a 20 megapixel sensor in there... The tiny optics will not be able to resolve to a level of detail and clarity that a full-blown glass SLR lens can. And even if the miniature optics progress to a point where they do have amazing clarity, so too will full-size optics have advanced and remain the better choice.

    Additionally, there's a HUGE difference between, say, a 2 megapixel image generated by a tiny CCD versus a 2 megapixel image generated by a 2/3 or full-size triple-CCD array or CMOS.
  3. BostonMerlin macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    gee..nice to know your opinion.. but ahh.. you "failed" to answer his question. did he say he wanted to replace his camera with his phone camera?? no..
  4. Avatar74 macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2007
    AR coatings are AR coatings... with more direct wear and tear they're going to wear off, and not evenly because they do tend to flake. Because phones usually feature a lens on a side of the phone that will frequently get abraded or upon which face the phone will be laid, frequently, you're not likely to get around this with any phone camera though you CAN minimize the chance of it with a good case protector of one sort or another... even the InCase rubber jacket... the thickness of its skin means even if you lay it on its back the lens will not touch whatever surface the phone is sitting on (assuming it's a relatively flat surface).

    For this and many other reasons relating to the mediocrity of cell phone cameras, I reiterate... if you really want to take pictures, get a digital SLR. The nice thing about an SLR is you can mount a lens protector directly on AF and EF lenses, and if the lens protector gets scratched, you just replace that instead of the whole lens.

    You have to understand I've reached the point elsewhere on these boards where I've heard a litany of BS whining about the iPhone lacking a videocamera, or the still camera not being too good... etc. etc. blah blah... It's a phone, that happens to have a camera, not the other way around. So what do you expect?

    Expect the AR to flake.

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