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Poll for FP3 owners: camera upgrade or not?

Vote you’re undecided then. I didn’t want people to be influenced by the results before voting… And changing this might - again - reinitialize the whole poll…

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did anyone understand what are the actual benefits of updating the camera? I just saw a couple of pictures that obviously looks good because it’s for marketing, but I would like to see an independent review. Do you know if the same camera is on any other phone?

At least the picture’s resolution will be much better and zooming with a decent resolution will be possible.
They also mentioned the camera would take pictures instantly, unlike now with the (already) “old” modules.

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I think they called it “No shutter delay”.

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yes but megapixel are not all. After a certain amount of megapixel, adding them doesn’t improve quality that much… I’m interested in how it handles light exposure, how it works in low light conditions and how it works when you have half of the pic with low light and the other half with very bright light… I thinks these aspect are way more important than the mega pixels…

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Currently, despite a good quality sensor, the quality (especially contrast and flash problems) with the native Google Camera app is not the best. It’s improved with the Open Camera app and Google Pixel ports but it’s not flawless and crashes often with the last one, despite best quality pictures, especially in the dark and a functioning flash. I think they’ll really have optimized it for this new camera. Obviously they’ll be comparisons tests and a lot of articles in the press about it, so they can’t have ignored this.

very interesting. So the camera was the same of pixel 3a… I missed that. But with the new camera things are different… Should the port saw in your link still work with the new module?

I don’t think so, as the port was specifically designed for this camera sensor. I think Fairphone realized that a good camera sensor is not enough to make a good smartphone camera. So that’s why they optimized the software for the one to come, according to what they say.

I have to say the ‘perfectly functioning’ kind of makes me feel guilty for considering to buy the new modules.

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Same for me, but I already ordered the new ones because of the fact they’ll reuse them and thanks to the discount offer. I’ve had several times when I wanted to be able to zoom with a better quality image, and to take pictures instantly, not 2 seconds later…

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I think I’ll await your review before ordering mine :slight_smile:

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When comparing the tech-specs, the new camera module comes with a 13% larger sensor as well (1/2.25" instead of 1/2.55" for the old one; i.e. 1.13 cm versus 1.00 cm).
Given the amount of pixels, this was inevitable.

@Antoine
Your poll is not exactly correct (point 4), since the new front module comes with 16MP and therefore even with a higher resolution than the current back module at 12MP :wink:

I myself use my camera for taking pictures; therefore I don’t really care for camera modules for a phone. I even would buy a phone without a camera. (Of course there wouldn’t be too many buyers beside me. :wink: )

That’s, why this kind of marketing always comes at a price. It gives a good feeling and enables oneself to justify a decision that is still producing/increasing waste.
In cases like this it always helps to ask oneself “Do I need it or would it just be nice to have?

Just my personal opinion of course.

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Of course, it’s nice to have a better camera on your smartphone and I don’t think anyone really NEEDS it. That’s the limit between keeping a basic smartphone for environmental purposes and upgrading a Fairphone, or worse changing phone, for more futile reasons. Buying the new modules is also an - expensive - way to support them.
I’m wondering what the next step will be, next year…

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I’m not ordering. I just bought the FP3 a few weeks ago and i’m happy with the current camera.

Looking at the Fairphone goals i’d say ordering a new camera and getting rid of the current one is not a sustainable choice.

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It depends if the old modules will be reused, for example to make a more affordable refurbished Fairphone 3 for poorer customers, which would make this more sustainable, compared to them buying a cheaper but polluting and enslaving brand.

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This is why it was like a joke to me that I had so select “stick with my PerFecTLy functioning camera.”

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@Antoine could you add an “I don’t own a FP3 but I want to see the results” option? They are only visible after voting, but I don’t want to mess with the results.

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Sorry I’ve tried, but none can change a poll after 15 minutes. But you can vote for undecided if you want to see the results :wink:

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I will stick with the current camera. After having reduced the sharpness value in the advanced options (as kindly suggested here in the forum) the overall quality increased a lot. If you consider that the Pixel 4a has still the same Sony sensor and can shot amazing pics, I would have preferred an improvement on the software side. Anyway, in my humble opinion, it’s the optical stabilization that makes the difference in low light conditions, not the Mpx boost. I will wait for the next upgrade :slight_smile:

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I’ve understood the improvement is on the software as well, but sadly only for the new cameras… Unless Android 10 also improves the handling of the old one by default…

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