My first black iPhone 5 that had hissing and buzzing in the earpiece I thought also took lackluster quality photos, especially compared to the 4S I remembered as well as my dad's 5. Specifically, in terms of sharpness, color saturation (severely washed out), and noise. Before you blame the photographer, I am an amateur photographer and I love it: buying lenses, SLRs, the whole bit. I won't go into it, but I know quality when I see it. So I know a bit about photography outside of the Camera app is all I mean to say by rambling on. I returned the phone and re-ordered a white two days later because I ended up preferring the white (i like that it reminds me of my white 4S, but more elegant). And it took photographs fine, phew. My mom just got a 5, and I didn't give it my "OCD" rundown because I'm sure I'd find something, but she said right away the photos it took were washed out when she took it for a spin and sort of blurry. I gave it a whirl, and it reminded me of taking photos when I had a Galaxy Nexus: by all means, not impressive. It also reminded me of the first black 5 I had. So it wasn't just my mind or lack of skills playing tricks on me, I looked at the sensor on the back. It looks like its center point is protruded outward, like a bubble, whereas mine, my 4S, and my dad's 5 all have flush but recessed looking sensors. WTF?? This is a major selling point of the 5, the camera, and I've now stumbled across two 5's that look worse than a normal 5, the 4S, and probably even the 4 (my mom said it looks worse than her 4) Sort of as ironic as having a "resolutionary" iPad 3 only to have most screens defective (I went through a handful before I got a decent one that was as close to perfect as I've seen after Color Profiles jailbreak tweak on my DY serial # , not including most DN serial # models... one of my parent's got a flawless one on launch day, and I told her to not damage it or mess it up because a swap will most definitely not be as good). I'm only so glad I didn't spend $2,400+ to take a gamble with an IR or multiple hue rMBP. Plus, I wouldn't think people would be too happy to repeatedly swap an item so expensive: they'd probably be like take it or leave it (return it). ...Back on story, I think just to simplify things, she's gonna get a bar swap. The notion of that is bothersome: it's like paying first go round for a genius bar phone.. but I think in the interest of saving time and hassle, she doesn't care. She's just annoyed to have to make another trip there period. But wow! I should also note that my near-perfect iPad 3 does have a speck of dust under it but NO WAY in hell I'm ever going to swap it, or possibly even get a Mini/iPad 4 (prefer 10" factor anyways) because I don't want to play the swap game. As well as my near-perfect iPhone 5. As well as my dad's near-perfect iPhone 5. No way I'm ever swapping those either if I can help it. It's bad when you fear getting a worse model than you already have. And I'm not anti Apple (despite trying a Nexus, first android I tried since first gen iPhone). I've been using Apple products since nearly the 2001 iPod comeback. I've just seen the QC go from bad to like offensively bad. When my mom notices an issue in quality with her iPhone (especially looking at her yellow-screen blasted 5K replacement iPhone 4), you know somebody has messed up. And I'm not an Oct 2012 poster, I've been around the block for quite some time. :/ I just feel those qualifying statements are needed before you guys tell me I hate Apple, I should go Android and PC, yadda yadda. I am holding onto my MBA, iPad3, and iPhone5 for dear life Hopefully once they've reached extinction, QC will have improved by way of boycotts or active complaints or someone else will have stepped up to the plate.