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Very poor quality on photos made with iphone 4

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Manu from Spain Calculating status...
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Apr 17, 2011 8:03 AM

Since a few weeks i've noticed that photos made with my iPhone 4 have a very poor quality. I've upgraded to IOS 4.3.2 thinking about a software problem, but the quality is still very poor. It´s like out of focus. I submit a just made photo. Any answer? Thanks a lot.


This photo is made with original photo app and no zoom.

iPhone 4, iOS 4.3.1
  • nikos from thessaloniki-greece Calculating status...

    my friend this is not a bad quality picture!this picture has a bad auto-focus!that means that you was using your camera to shoot something that was close and then without doing any focus you tried to take a photo that is far!next time try to push at the middle of the screen before you take a picture, you will see a square one the screen and then you will be ready to capture a clear photo!try this and let me know if this worked?

  • nikos from thessaloniki-greece Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    did you tried to retake it?are you sure this is not the problem?did you clean the camera Len with a cloth?

  • CaptainTriips Calculating status...

    Have you dropped your iphone? I come across some cases where even though no external damage has accured the sensor has shifted or a hairline crack is going across the lens.

  • dbk9999 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Only thing I can think of is a focus problem (which could be software) or a lens with some junk on it that causes some blurring.


    Can't offer a solution but can make some suggestions.


    Take  different types of pictures and, just for variety in case it reveals something, take two of each - one touching the screen and then one after touching for comparison.


    Do close-ups and distance shots.  Do indoor and outdoor, with and without flash on the indoor - again, of the same thing so you can compare.


    Might reveal a pattern.  If all are bad, then it probably goes back to the lense or software not working.


    If some come out fine, it would seem to reduce the chance of it being the lens being dirty or something.  On the other hand, if close up shots look good but distant ones don't, it could be either software or the internal focusing hardware isn't adjusting enough for distant shots.


    Just some things to consider.

  • dbk9999 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Just had another idea.  Use your phone's ability to take a picture of your screen (press both top and bottom buttons).  The picture well then go into your camera roll so you can see it.


    This would bypass all the mechanical stuff and focus shouldn't be an issue either.  Thus I would assume the picture would be just fine, but if it isn't, well, that would give you something new to consider.

  • dbk9999 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Well, I clicked on each picture to get a bigger version and then clicked on each of those to make it even bigger.


    What I noticed was that the letters in the thing you were taking a picture of seemed clearer in the screen capture!

  • dbk9999 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I don't know.  The same lens is being used to create the starting image.  When I talked about taking a picture of your screen, I wasn't thinking of doing so while using the camera - though that is another good thing you tried.  I was thinking of something normal, like a picture of your home screen.


    Maybe better would be to pull up one of your GOOD photos on your phone and then use the capture.  Again, don't know how the relative quality is, but if the capture is blurry while the original looks good, then it is probably software.


    The thing is, this test would bypass any potential lens problem.  The picture you choose would be from before you started to have problems and, of course, the screen capture wouldn't be using the lens.

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