One Windows

Microsoft is building a new Windows 10 Shell for PC, Mobile and Xbox

On the Inside

Everything you need to know about the Xbox Insider Program

Beautiful compromises

Surface Studio review: you'll want one, even if you don't need one


Is this the Surface Phone? Microsoft awarded patents for foldable devices

Windows Central Offers

MCSE Certification bundle is just $39

Even more improvements

All the changes found in Windows 10 build 15007!

Games as a Service

What does the cancellation of Scalebound mean for future Xbox exclusives?

Windows Central Offers

Save $90 on these FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

Returning for 2017

We're back with an new episode of #AskDanWindows

Lifetime Subscription

VPNSecure is currently 91% off

Our favorite things

The Best of CES 2017 Awards

Infinity Edge in your hand

The XPS 13 2-in-1 is the Dell convertible we've always wanted

Project Valerie

Razer just made a laptop with three — THREE! — 17-inch 4K displays. 😱

Great design from Palo Alto

HP's CES 2017 releases are truly gorgeous PCs

Intel and Google's big day

CES 2017 Day Two: New laptops, new phones, and old ideas made new

Take five is better than ever

The updated Lenovo ThinkPad X1 packs Kaby Lake chips and zero bloatware

Everything we know about the next Xbox: Project Scorpio


'Game Mode' for Windows 10 will power Xbox One and Scorpio games too

Buyer's guide

Best accessories for Microsoft Surface Book

Oh, what a year!

Windows Central Best of 2016 Awards

< >
Welcome to the Windows Central Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 7 of 7
Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By George Ponder
  • 1 Post By iamtim
  1.    #1  
    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?
  2. #2  
    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.
    tpbklake likes this.
  3. iamtim's Avatar

    1,579 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,774 Global Posts
    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.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
  4. adamski777's Avatar

    35 Posts
    Global Posts
    57 Global Posts
    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.
  5. Morq's Avatar

    64 Posts
    Global Posts
    196 Global Posts
    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.
  6.    #6  
    Yeh, in the light its quite good, mums currently got the S2 and she used it today outside and she said how good it was but in the dark its VERY poor and the flash is awful IMO
  7. matrixcruiser's Avatar

    52 Posts
    I attached 3 prictures of the same scene. Taken with an ip4, ip5 and lumia 820. Just for comparison. The 820 is doing not bad. I know there is a bit of difference in the angels.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails photo.jpg   foto.jpg   wp_20121222_001.jpg  

Similar Threads

  1. Omnia W Camera Review - Extremely Poor
    By anond in forum Samsung Focus Flash 4G
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-26-2012, 12:00 PM

Posting Permissions