1. RiseAgainst94's Avatar
    I know that a lot of people have already complained about the picture quality of the Lumia 900 and it seems unnecessary to add to it, but earlier today I experienced some very unsatisfactory results.
    I've had my Lumia for about 15 days down and I've noticed that every time I take a picture I get a different result. Sometimes (most the time) everything is washed blue or green. Other times the picture fine (though colors are never correct).
    This time, however, the camera failed to adjust to some incoming light and as a result the picture has a very washed out look to it. I couldn't imagine the Lumia 900 taking such terrible pictures and so I'm wondering if my specific device has issues.
    I will upload a picture of what I'm referring to (I took many, all looked the same).

    The washed out effect is seen here on the ceiling of Union Station in KC
    Note: The camera was wiped of any fingerprints or smudges and the settings were on default (8mp). The washing out is a result of light coming in from a window to the right of the picture.

    Last edited by RiseAgainst94; 04-29-2012 at 07:56 PM.
    04-29-2012 07:27 PM
  2. socialcarpet's Avatar
    Can't load your pic, do you want to upload it to a free image host? I recommend imgur.com

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express
    04-29-2012 07:50 PM
  3. SoloXCRacer's Avatar
    Yeah, I have similiar issues. It's very dissappointing.
    04-29-2012 07:52 PM
  4. RiseAgainst94's Avatar
    Can't load your pic, do you want to upload it to a free image host? I recommend imgur.com

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express
    No worries, you can see it now.
    04-29-2012 07:57 PM
  5. ictia's Avatar
    folks - this is my second wp device (lg quantum was first). the camera software is software is something that is usually device specific -- i.e. oem provided/tweaked. as with my quantum, i had to play with the settings to get the image quality that looks good "to me". here are the settings i'm using:

    scenes - macro, exposure - 1.0, iso - 400, metering mode - center shot, saturation - low, focus mode - macro, flash off

    you can play with the settings and see what looks best to you. you might have to tweak for certain special lighting situation ... yea, i know, camera AI should be super smart enough by now to mimic exactly what our eyes see :)
    04-29-2012 11:09 PM
  6. dkp23's Avatar
    Whatever settings you do, the camera is a let down.

    Outside, very lighted areas, the pictures come out good at best and at times still get the halo effect

    INdoors, low lighted, dont get me started...it is just terrible...
    04-29-2012 11:44 PM
  7. nokia4life's Avatar
    the camera has been the achillies heal for the lumia 900 which advertised that it was a great camera not good but great and yet we all have these issues and unless you are a camera pro the avg person has no idea about messing with iso's and all of these other options just bad i only hope what comes in october -dec from nokia will be 100 times better than what they offered in this sensor / lens or whatever the excuse is.
    04-30-2012 12:01 AM
  8. Peterukk's Avatar
    04-30-2012 05:26 AM
  9. HeyCori's Avatar
    http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/ap...d-f55374c9a70f

    Currently free. I'm gonna download it just to take advantage of the deal.
    04-30-2012 07:15 AM
  10. invertme's Avatar
    I didn't think SophieCam looked any better. I am holding out hope that Nokia will update the camera drivers/software and make it better. I realize this camera will never have good night pictures but I am sure daylight pics can be made better.
    04-30-2012 08:40 AM
  11. SoloXCRacer's Avatar
    folks - this is my second wp device (lg quantum was first). the camera software is software is something that is usually device specific -- i.e. oem provided/tweaked. as with my quantum, i had to play with the settings to get the image quality that looks good "to me". here are the settings i'm using:

    scenes - macro, exposure - 1.0, iso - 400, metering mode - center shot, saturation - low, focus mode - macro, flash off

    you can play with the settings and see what looks best to you. you might have to tweak for certain special lighting situation ... yea, i know, camera AI should be super smart enough by now to mimic exactly what our eyes see :)
    No I disagree. I've had other phones with smaller sensors and crappier optics that have taken better pictures, without having to adjust the settings and take multiple photos. This includes both Windows Phone and other OSes. Someone dropped the ball on this. And it's absurd that one would be expected to adjust settings to capture the moment before it's gone.
    04-30-2012 11:03 AM
  12. RiseAgainst94's Avatar
    I understand that there are apps that can greatly increase photo quality, but if I'm going to be taking hundreds of photos with the Lumia 900 I'm not going to edit each one. I really expected better default photo quality.
    04-30-2012 11:51 AM
  13. dkp23's Avatar
    Downloaded sophiecam last week to see if it helped, it didnt..pictures come out just as bad in certain types of pictures...

    Nothing is fixing this camera except for nokia coming to my house and putting in a BSI sensor in my phone or nokia has some magical software update...
    04-30-2012 02:08 PM
  14. kashk5's Avatar
    Did you take the picture with the hardware button or by tapping on the screen? If you used the button, try taking the picture by tapping on the screen. For some reason, the button does a terrible job with focusing and white balance, whereas tapping the screen results in MUCH better pictures.
    04-30-2012 02:39 PM
  15. RiseAgainst94's Avatar
    Did you take the picture with the hardware button or by tapping on the screen? If you used the button, try taking the picture by tapping on the screen. For some reason, the button does a terrible job with focusing and white balance, whereas tapping the screen results in MUCH better pictures.
    I tried both, I believe the one in my original post is with the button, but I couldn't tell the difference.
    04-30-2012 03:13 PM
  16. rdifiori's Avatar
    Did you take the picture with the hardware button or by tapping on the screen? If you used the button, try taking the picture by tapping on the screen. For some reason, the button does a terrible job with focusing and white balance, whereas tapping the screen results in MUCH better pictures.
    +1

    I get pretty darn good pics doing this. The only other thing I recommend is setting ISO to 200 or 400.



    04-30-2012 03:24 PM
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