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Poll for FP3 owners: camera upgrade or not?

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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What’s the protocol for what to do with the old modules? Attempt to sell them to other uses or is there a way to sell them back to Fairphone for a base amount?

If you’re in France or Germany they’ll collect them back for free, but no cash refund. If you’re somewhere else, you can send them back in a simple envelope or try to sell them/give them away on the marketplace of this forum. Or you can keep them just in case…

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Well, I don’t agree with people who think improved camera will improve their lives.

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I would be even interested in returning them to Fairphone for free, so they can be used to repair other people’s phones.

In this case:

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Woah, thanks! Now I’m seriously considering to buy a new camera module. However, I will probably wait and see how the upgrade worked for others - I can already imagine the “I upgraded and now XYZ doesn’t work” threads.

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Great to see the co-operation with iFixit lives on! :slight_smile:

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Exactly, which is why I’ll wait a bit before sending the old modules back :sweat_smile:
Or I might just keep them in case of spare parts need :thinking:

If we return them for free will they be given to others for free? I wouldn’t want to give back a two month old part to be resold.

They’ll have to test them, eventually repair them and refurbish them, this has a cost. But I guess they could also serve as spare parts for repairs…

Or you can simply put them in the Market > Giveaway or Sell section.

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Not sure what to vote for when I’m only really considering the back camera, but the current (and likely future) package deal is tempting. I chose back camera only, because this is what I truly care for and would take in case there’s no deal when I buy.

Actually, I like to film my son while video whatsapping with his grand parents. Problem: if he is watching his grand parents on the display, I cannot see if the direction of the camera lense is ok (the back of the phone is directed to me). What I would like to have is a LCD I can attach to the back and connect to USB port, showing me a copy of the picture the front camera is recording (= a phone with LCDs on both the front and the back sides).