So reading a few discussions from the past, like this one started by @saxman, I know I’m not the only one.
Camera Still Takes Bad Photos
I don’t expect this discussion to actually lead to any happy resolutions. (I am optimistically calling this a “discussion”. Right now it’s just me talking in an empty room. )
Before anyone responds to chastise me for “wanting a mobile phone camera to compete with a professional camera”, that’s not what’s happening here at all. So I’ve never owned anything better than a $300 point & shoot digital camera. The funny thing is, the best camera I ever had was my very first digital camera probably pushing 12 years ago now. It was a simple, low-end Kodak, but it consistently took crisp, clear, color-correct pictures. Every camera I’ve owned since then has been a disappointment. When I finally broke that old Kodak, I bough the newest version of that Kodak camera…and it took crappy photos. I went out and bought the most highly recommended Canon of the low-end market, and couldn’t get a non-blurry photo to save my life. Of course folks just reply to say “you have to hold the camera still”. Like @saxman, I’m just looking for relative success. Somehow I was able to take great photos with that old Kodak. Did I develop Parkinson’s since then? No. No, I did not. (At least I have that good news!)
I could care less about another 10 million pixels! I think that old Kodak was 2 MP, and it took great photos. There is a WHOLE LOT more that goes into making a great quality photo than megapixels. I whole lot of crap is still crap. 21 MP of blurry, grainy, color-flat photo is still a crappy photo. Of course if I’m trying to publish photos in magazines or blow them up to make billboards, well pixel count starts to matter. But I’m just a guy wanting to look at photos online and occasionally print a 4x6. I might even go crazy and print an 8x10 for a frame. Hold me back!
So…all that rambling for what? …well, I’m trying to become a long-time RW customer and fan. I bought 2 phones and am on the 14 day “experiment”. I picked up the Huawei Ascend 5W and the Moto G4. Very similar camera specs. The specs on both are way above our old Samsung Galaxy S4 phones that we currently have with Verizon. I’m happy with both phones–like them a lot actually. We are having a cellular call issue with the Moto G4, but I’m sure tech support will resolve that for me. HOWEVER, my wife is extremely picky about the camera. She has been testing the 2 new phones against her old Galaxy S4. She sets up shots with all 3, then views the results all on the same screen to level the viewing playing field. I have to agree that the pics on her old phone are consistently better. I would describe them as “warmer” and more color-true.
Now me? I just take the new phone, faster CPU, more memory, more storage, WiFi calling to resolve my basement call issues, and the RW savings. I don’t worry about the photo quality. My wife? Almost ALL she cares about is the photo quality. I think if every other call dropped but the camera took consistently great photos, she’d be happy! (maybe that is hyperbole)
So of the current RW lineup, which phone is going to stand the best chance of satisfying my wife’s camera demands? I don’t want to throw hundreds of dollars at this problem, but I will if it actually results in happy wife. We’ve been married more than 24 years, and believe me, that has involved throwing money at all kinds of issues over the years!