Hey there, I’m trying to figure out what is wrong with my phone (Zenfone8). As you can see, the picture is alright but when I use the zoom the picture goes all pixelated (uploaded in a comment) I change the camera module but it still does the same :(

Any clue/help please…?

EDIT I rebooted the phone to stock settings and the camera is acting the way it ought to…very weird. I guess there was some apps the camera didn’t like…

  • @AstralPath
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    2015 days ago

    That’s just how digital zoom works with modern phones. Optical zoom is typically very limited so you’re stuck with digital zoom.

    • CkrnkFrnchMnOP
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      115 days ago

      I disagree because it wasn’t doing that before…

  • rem26_art
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    815 days ago

    It seems like the phone is applying wayy too much of some kind of sharpening filter. Are you zooming in very far? Cuz it may be trying to compensate for digital zoom by sharpening the image afterwards. If you’ve got a Pro mode setting on the camera app, maybe try using that instead and get closer to your subject, if possible. Pro mode should hopefully stop the app from applying any touch-ups to the image it thinks it needs.

  • Björn Tantau
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    315 days ago

    As a workaround you could also just take the pictures without zooming and then zoom in afterwards with any image manipulation program. It’s technically the same thing. Minus whatever “enhancements” your camera app is applying.

    • @[email protected]
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      114 days ago

      The downside is that you’re then zooming in on the compression artifacts and all the “enhancements” we’ve all learned to “love” over the past decade (thanks, Google!), while the in-app zoom probably works with raw image data before zooming in.

    • @[email protected]
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      315 days ago

      I have Zenfone 10 too, and I would say it isn’t worse than iPhone in sharpening. But anyway you could always use pro mode, where there is no such problem.

      • SGH Fan
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        114 days ago

        Same here, I should probably start using Pro.

    • @[email protected]
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      1015 days ago

      That image has a lot of non repeating textural detail. My guess is that the error is caused by some compression setting or file type conversion. You might look to see if you can change the file type and compression level somewhere in the settings.

    • @[email protected]
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      615 days ago

      It looks like it’s applying some kind of sharpness adjustment to the zoom. Maybe that’s like an “auto enhance” feature you can turn off?

  • @[email protected]
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    215 days ago

    Just because the picture is larger does it mean necessarily that it’s clearer. Although it does seem that you’ve solved the problem in the in this case that isn’t the case. But in real life there is no zoom and enhance - You’re not getting a license plate number off of a reflection in a screw’s head.

  • @[email protected]
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    -115 days ago

    If you want better pictures get an aftermarket lens, the reasonably priced ones just clip on to the phone. You’d use the lens to zoom in, not the app.

    • @[email protected]
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      015 days ago

      Yeah but who wants to carry around a case of lenses for just taking random snapshots on their phone?

        • @[email protected]
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          115 days ago

          It sort of defeats the whole purpose of having a camera on your phone if you still have to carry around a camera bag full of lenses though doesn’t it?

          • @[email protected]
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            215 days ago

            Probably, but what’s the option again? 1, crap pictures; 2, carry lenses; 3, buy a dedicated digital camera and carry that around

            • @[email protected]
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              115 days ago

              I usually just use the crop feature to zoom in on the picture after I take it and just select the part I wanted. Seems to work pretty well. I have a Motorola that wasn’t particularly expensive.

    • CkrnkFrnchMnOP
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      015 days ago

      Any recommendations that would fit a Z8…?

      • @[email protected]
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        015 days ago

        I don’t have that phone, but the clips are supposed to be universal. In theory any would work.