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Camera quality on Sony devices - could it be improved?

asked 2019-09-15 23:28:27 +0300

Olsen gravatar image

I think camera quality is one of the weakest points in SFOS. On my Xperia X it is almost impossible to get sharp images, in low light situations images become almost completely black and colors are totally out of sync when using the flash.

The camera hardware on the Xperia X is high quality and produces brilliant pictures when using Android. As far as I know, Sony uses very sophisticated algorithms within their Android camera drivers, but these are deleted when unlocking the boot loader and they are not included in Sony's open devices project which SFOS is built upon.

So, what does this mean? When there is no sophisticated image post processing done in SFOS, shouldn't be the image more or less be a raw image? Similar to raw images produced by consumer cameras beside JPGs? If this is the case, all the details should be there. Then it would be technical possible to do high quality post processing within a specialized camera app, wouldn't it? Even an Android app could do the job if there was one which is specialized on optimizing raw camera images. Even sharpness could be better if an app was able to analyze the picture itself while searching for focus.

So is this just a (master)piece of software missing? Or do the camera drivers destroy information so it is completely impossible to restore them?

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Your last sentence basically sums it up, part of the software (blob) is missing/not included by Sony, I believe.

I'm also happy to be corrected if my comment is not right!

Spam Hunter ( 2019-09-15 23:38:07 +0300 )edit

@Edz: but would it technical be possible to achieve the same image quality when implementing the post processing on a different part of the processing chain? At the application level instead of the driver level?

Olsen ( 2019-09-15 23:52:11 +0300 )edit

@Olsen - I have absolutely no idea. I'm still using Jolla1 and am very unlikely to buy/use anything made by Sony.

Spam Hunter ( 2019-09-16 00:56:27 +0300 )edit

After unlocking my xa2, I still get beautiful photos when using Android, and the camera has not lost any features. Camera quality may be more related to jolla's software

xbt123ufo ( 2019-09-16 01:44:57 +0300 )edit

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answered 2019-10-28 23:14:55 +0300

makarch gravatar image

updated 2019-10-28 23:17:31 +0300

I dont know Jolla wants to spend time on that if its even possible.

Maybe Piggz with its Advanced Camera App would be a better partner on that. I already have donated 5 € for his work but would be willing to donate some more if can improve the picture quality - if thats possible.

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Asked: 2019-09-15 23:28:27 +0300

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