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Spent the day with the M8 camera - My thoughts
It was my eldest's birthday yesterday so I thought it would be a good test for the M8 and it's camera.
The morning started with present opening at around 6.30am (4 year old's don't do late starts on a birthday!)
There was a lot of morning light that can be quite harsh coming in from one side of the room and sunlight through the glass in the front door reflecting off the laminate flooring.
Not exactly perfect lighting conditions for a smartphone and often the M8 proved it.
Some out of focus shots some with quite a lot of noise, bloomed out highlights, motion blur - none of the pictures I took amazed me but the shots that were left after I deleted the useless stuff weren't too bad.
Then I looked at the wife's pictures she took at the same time with her GS3 (we both upload to the same dropbox) She was taking photos of the same things but from the opposite direction so had more difficult lighting than me but suffice to say... The m8 was so far ahead in PQ I stopped complaining
Later in the day we went bowling, the M8 actually surprised me how well it did with focussing and lighting a place that is very dark apart from bright neon lights.
There was some motion blur, a couple of unfocussed shots and quite a bit of noise (all unsurprisingly.)
I would consider this a torture test for mobile devices and the M8 didn't embarrass itself.
Then the arcade.
I was actually disappointed with the shots, some shots had masses of noise and more shots out of focus.
The lighting was reasonable so I'm not sure why the camera had problems with this area. but there was very little that was useable when I checked on the PC monitor.
But I didn't take a lot of shots in the arcade so maybe with more shots I'd have had more usable photos.
In the afternoon and evening I barely used my phone, I think I had a rogue app crash that wiped out the battery and because the M8 charges so painfully slowly off USB my camera was rebooted and charged off the mains because it went from 40% battery to less than 10% in a couple of hours.
I took some shots of the cake etc later and some were focussed some weren't.
Again lots of noise but the lighting wasn't great so as to be expected for a smartphone.
All pictures were taking on full auto with some using manual focus.
Some nice pictures, some bad, very few great pictures.
The camera never amazed me during the day but it didn't deal many crushing blows either so all in all pretty much par for the course.
The battery woes marred the experience as well but I suspect it was something wake locking the phone rather than the phone itself so I can't really blame the phone for that (seems back to normal now after the reboot.)
I think my expectations may have been a bit too high but for perspective, it was good after I saw the GS3 shots were without a doubt terrible (but to be honest on par with cameras of that generation) so I've got to admit that this generation of cameras HAS improved a lot over the GS3 era.
Even if the M8 didn't always excel I know my old Note2 and the GS3 cameras would have had far more problems and undoubtable worse results.
I guess that's a warm recommendation for the M8 camera in a real world situation, in the hands of someone who isn't a photographer and relies on the camera "sorting it out" for them.