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    Default Considering an N4. Camera quality?

    Thanks for all your input peeps. It is so tempting to get one and see for myself, then sell either phone depending on my experience. Might first try and get a hands on though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Flowers View Post
    That is a really useful thread, thank you.
    For me it is reliability. Consistency. With my s3 all my pictures just turned out good. With the n4 some of mine are good some are OK and a good chunk look awful ( mostly inside). Plus I have to fiddle with the settings all the time to get a decent one. I don't want to have to fiddle so much on the fly, I just want to take a picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codeda View Post
    For me it is reliability. Consistency. With my s3 all my pictures just turned out good. With the n4 some of mine are good some are OK and a good chunk look awful ( mostly inside). Plus I have to fiddle with the settings all the time to get a decent one. I don't want to have to fiddle so much on the fly, I just want to take a picture.

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    I think we're on the same page mate. I want the same from my phone camera. I think I'll stick with the iPhone 5 for now.


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    The other alternative would be to buy the Nexus 4 and live with both for a month or two and sell the lesser of the two. You won't be out more than $50-100 to know what OS and phone you feel is right for you rather than speculating.
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    The other alternative would be to buy the Nexus 4 and live with both for a month or two and sell the lesser of the two. You won't be out more than $50-100 to know what OS and phone you feel is right for you rather than speculating.
    That's what I have done I have the iPhone 5 and my nexus 4 will be here tomorrow I will sell which ever one that does not meet all of my needs.


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    I think that in reality the bigger question should be, are you buying a phone or a camera. If the camera is the most important then you will be disappointed. As others have said, it takes some great shots but not super fast and on the fly. I would be willing to bet most of the shots on XDA were not the first attempt. Candid shots are far and few between. But I have found that after some playing you can certainly get by. But for me it is a phone first and a camera second or third.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    I think that in reality the bigger question should be, are you buying a phone or a camera. If the camera is the most important then you will be disappointed. As others have said, it takes some great shots but not super fast and on the fly. I would be willing to bet most of the shots on XDA were not the first attempt. Candid shots are far and few between. But I have found that after some playing you can certainly get by. But for me it is a phone first and a camera second or third.

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    I know what you're saying, however these days of technological convergence, consumers want a device that performs well in all areas. It's not so much a case of 'phone first anything else second' anymore for a lot of people. For example in my own usage requirements of my iPhone 5, it's used roughly 50% for data connectivity, 15% camera usage, 15% apps and games, 15% texts with actual phone usage making up about the last 5%. I barely make a call, perhaps once or twice a week. I probably receive a call a two to three times a week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Flowers View Post
    I know what you're saying, however these days of technological convergence, consumers want a device that performs well in all areas. It's not so much a case of 'phone first anything else second' anymore for a lot of people. For example in my own usage requirements of my iPhone 5, it's used roughly 50% for data connectivity, 15% camera usage, 15% apps and games, 15% texts with actual phone usage making up about the last 5%. I barely make a call, perhaps once or twice a week. I probably receive a call a two to three times a week.


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    Right yet for someone else it could be completely different. I want everything too but for me updates are more important than the camera. And customization is more important than anything. So the Nexus 4 is perfect for me. There is no perfect device in all areas. The closest is the S3 and Note 2 in terms of covering all features but HTC still does everything better without the battery and SD card. IPhone lacks customization etc. You always make some concession at some point.

    I just took a bunch of photos in my house with my kids. We were goofing around and just all taking pics. Honestly the camera on this phone is pretty good. I hope they do a bit more to the software after the next update. If they do the camera will rock. As mentioned the editing software in the stock gallery app is great. I'd never used it before but it gives lots of added features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    Right yet for someone else it could be completely different. I want everything too but for me updates are more important than the camera. And customization is more important than anything. So the Nexus 4 is perfect for me. There is no perfect device in all areas. The closest is the S3 and Note 2 in terms of covering all features but HTC still does everything better without the battery and SD card. IPhone lacks customization etc. You always make some concession at some point.

    I just took a bunch of photos in my house with my kids. We were goofing around and just all taking pics. Honestly the camera on this phone is pretty good. I hope they do a bit more to the software after the next update. If they do the camera will rock. As mentioned the editing software in the stock gallery app is great. I'd never used it before but it gives lots of added features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbrad17 View Post
    Right yet for someone else it could be completely different. I want everything too but for me updates are more important than the camera. And customization is more important than anything. So the Nexus 4 is perfect for me. There is no perfect device in all areas. The closest is the S3 and Note 2 in terms of covering all features but HTC still does everything better without the battery and SD card. IPhone lacks customization etc. You always make some concession at some point.

    I just took a bunch of photos in my house with my kids. We were goofing around and just all taking pics. Honestly the camera on this phone is pretty good. I hope they do a bit more to the software after the next update. If they do the camera will rock. As mentioned the editing software in the stock gallery app is great. I'd never used it before but it gives lots of added features.

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    Agreed that everyone's needs and requirements are different, but an unwritten line is drawn under what is an acceptable quality for each component of a device in line with technological advances and periods in time.

    Too many N4 owners in this thread alone have stated its 'garbage' and for a device in this moment in technological time, it's a poor effort by LG and Google to put out a device to compete amongst others which clearly have much better cameras.

    It may tick all your boxes for satisfaction, but it would appear that it's below par for the current standard amongst camera phones and its hard to find a review that disagrees.


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    Does it have to be an N4? The advantage of Android is that if a phone doesn't hit all your points, you can look at other phones.

    The Sony Experia Z (I think) is supposed to have an awesome camera.

    Edit: personally the N4 hits all the right points for me. But I do agree that it's not the best camera of all phones out there. Still, I have taken pics I am very happy with.
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    I think the camera on this phone is pretty good but there are better options. Honestly, my brothers HTC One S (which is considered mid-range in specs) has a better camera. Can I get great shots from my Nexus 4? Yes. You can get great shots with any phone. I've even seen some good ones from the Galaxy Nexus thread and their 5MP camera. But overall, I would still say get the N4. If a camera is your end all be all, then as others said you might just want to get a point and shoot. But if you want a great phone with a good camera, you can't go wrong with the N4 in my opinion. Check the thread for pictures on this site. For every 2 or 3 bad ones, I see a few amazing ones as well. Also, there are plenty of third party camera apps that really bring out the true quality of this camera (as well as really showing off the shutter speed you wanted which rivals the iPhone 5 in my opinion).

    So in general if the camera is about 90% of your concern, id say keep the iPhone 5 you have. It takes amazing pics and is a great phone. But the dropoff between the N4 and the IP5 camera is really not that huge. Some of these folks are saying it takes horrible low light/indoor pics....its a PHONE CAMERA. What phone besides the Lumia takes great low light shots? Look at any comparison video..the differences are minuscule.
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    I've got two young kids that I chase around with my Nexus 4.

    I came from a Galaxy S3. The difference was quite noticeable for me. The auto focus in the default camera app is a little slow, and the image quality isn't quite as good as it was on the GS3.

    If you switch from an iPhone, you'll notice a difference.

    I hasten to say that it's not a deal breaking distance. I use my Nexus 4 camera every day. I get great shots of my boys. I find the 3rd party app Camera Zoom FX focuses faster than the native camera app. It's a tradeoff, but a very small one. The differences aren't significant, but they're there.

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    I've come from a 4s to the n4 and the camera isn't too far behind the iPhone just the n4 needs abit more work to get as good a shot. I find the inbuilt editor using auto colour helps bring the picture to a good standard.
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    Concur.... the autofocus on the N4 is pure crap! it goes in and out of focus contiunously and will not stop.... so of course when you push the button its out of focus! Frustrating!
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    It really depends on where you're coming from. I have a HTC One s and my wife has a iphone 5 and both cameras are compatible to each other. The Nexus 4 camera compare to those two is really lacking especially indoors.

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    My two phones are a Lumia 920 and the N4, and the 920 has by far my favorite camera from any mobile device I've ever had. Not perfect, but I find it easiest to get wonderful shots out of it that are ready-to-use with no post-processing, and its low-light photos are outstanding.

    The n4 is definitely not in the same league, though I do find that with a little judicious post-processing I can get most photos looking pretty good (from a casual perspective), so while I wouldn't get the n4 for the camera, I think it is workable. I had an HTC One X for a while and that was the best camera I've ever had on an android phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Flowers View Post
    I really like the N4 and am seriously considering selling my iPhone 5 and getting an N4 to compliment my N7. However, I've heard mostly negative points about the N4's camera. How is everyone finding it? I have two young kids and a decent camera phone is paramount for me to capture moments quickly. If anyone is in a position to do so, I'd be grateful for a few comparison shots taken on an iPhone 5 and an N4. Thanks.


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