Anybody else slightly disappointed with the camera? I'm comparing it with my S3 and I know the S3 is a higher-end model phone but for me the flash on the 820 is so poor, it's like it doesn't even flash. Anybody know any programs/apps which can improve it?
I avoid the flash at all costs. It's not even a flash... it's a light the turn on for a second and then off.
It's handy as a focus assist light but not a camera flash.
I keep mine turned off unless I need to use it as a flash light.
The 820 has an average camera. Comparing it to the S3 is like comparing it the the 8X or Lumia 920. Not really a fair comparison.
It's going to take nice photos that could be fine tuned with post-processing software and be really nice.
I try to avoid flash in all circumstances on a smartphone. None of them are good, IMHO. But no, I am not unhappy at all with my 820's camera. I took this pic with my 820 yesterday (that's Koonu, my blue & gold macaw), and I'm super happy with the colors on it. It's way better than my iPhone 4 was, camera-wise.
I took my toddler to the zoo over the weekend, and it was a sunny day, and I got absolutely perfect pictures and videos on my 820. like the majority of smart phones you are better off with natural light. the minute you try and use the flash you are heading for trouble. also, because of the silly place they have put the lens suggest you get use a cloth for sunglasses to wipe it regularly. makes a difference.
Photos are really good when done in daylight, when you're in closed room or in dark closed room then you might have a problem and then you have to use flash.
You could set higher iso, that brightens the photo up by a lot but also adds quite a bit of noise to the photo. Increasing exposure time (for me its not available to change it by default and requires additional application, like for instance CameraPro) it will increase the overall brightness but will require a very steady hand otherwise photos get smoodgy.