Today almost all phones come with a camera and you even get high resolutions on higher models. For under Rs. 10,000 you can buy a smartphones with at least 5MP primary camera and above.

Is the phone camera as good as the digital cameras?
A digital camera is meant for clicking photographs, whereas the camera on a smartphone is an add-on feature. Do not expect it to perform as good as the digital cameras.

The built in LED flash on the phone camera is also not as powerful as the one found on the digital cameras, and hence the image quality will be rather disappointing in low light conditions or indoors.

I have used many of the high end as well as the low cost handsets.  On high end phones the default camera auto modes are really good and you can get going without any manual settings. But on low cost phones like the Micromax A90, A90s and A110, Karbonn A11, Spice etc. and many others, you might want to update the default settings for better output.

The camera features on your mobile phone do come with lot of settings; we have seen this on the A110, A90 and many other phones.  Start the camera and use it normally with default settings. For best result try both indoors and outdoors.

When using the camera if the image quality is dull with pink (or any other colour) tint you will need to try different camera settings to fix the issue.

When you are using the camera watch the image quality on the screen and compared it with the real subject. There is no need to click the images, just watch it on the phone screen (camera mode). Try focusing on any red coloured object do you see it as it is or does it look pink. If you see different colours you will need to adjust some of the settings to fix it.

Check out the image below with pink tint and one without it. All that I did was to change the hue, saturation and some other settings from low to medium.  As you change the settings you will immediately notice the difference on the phone camera view screen.

Shot using Karbonn A11 with default camera settings
Shot using Karbonn A11 with default camera settings
Shot using Karbonn A11 with hue, saturation, brightness, contrast adjustments
Shot using Karbonn A11 with hue, saturation, brightness, contrast adjustments

Here are some of the settings you can fiddle with

  • Sharpness (high).
  • Hue (medium).
  • Saturation (medium).
  • Brightness (medium).
  • Contrast (medium).
  • Exposure (+ or -) depends.

Once you change these settings you will find a considerable amount of improvement in the picture quality. You can also try using different scene modes like sunset, daylight, night etc instead of auto mode. In video mode you can apply the same settings.

With trial and error you will get an idea about the settings that work best.  Outdoor the results will be excellent whereas indoors it may not be that good.  Remember the camera flash is not that powerful, for indoor photography light up the environment as much as you can and when using flash be as close to the subject as possible.

Hope these small tip will help you get better clicking next time!

Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. Dear gogi,
    Am using spice x life dragon when am using camera on this phone it was very bad resolution Hw should I make my brightness setting for a better resolution

  2. Hi,

    I recently purchased MMX A110, i have a problem with Camera, whenever i switch on the Camera its starts shaking & unable to take photos.

    It keeps on rotating contiously, even i tried making Auto Rotation off, but same problem.

    But Sometime, when i restart the phone, the camera works perfectly and after sometime the problem repeats.

    Please suggest…
    Thanks & Regards,

    1. Hi Wasim,

      I have the same problem. It seems the g-sensor is having some problems. I’m planning to take it to the service center.

      Did you find any solution for that?


  3. Hi Gogi,
    Can U Update settings for Android Pro Camera apps like
    Camera Pro & Camera FV5 for better Night and Day Photography.

  4. hi Gogi,

    you always provide very good reviews. kudos for that.

    can you provide info on the best available smartphone with best camera quality. both budget phones and high end ones.



    1. Rohit, if you are buying phone for the camera then its no good better buy a camera instead. The camera phones are good to a certain extent i.e for out door photo and that too for still photo. A good camera will provide you many more options. For low light the LED light is useless and works only up to 3 to 4 feet. The best camera I guess is on Galaxy Note 2 and Nokia 808 PureView.

      1. Thanks for your prompt reply. I am waiting for your future reviews on ascend d2 and ascend mate by huawei.

  5. Hi gogi,

    I have MMXA100, Image quality is dull … I need to fix the issue.

    Any suggestion please…..

  6. Hi gogi,

    I am using MMX A110. Pics in daylight looks too good with perfect colors but when i shoot pic in any dark place (in daytime ONLY) it gives pink-blue effect in image. And at night with flash it gives Blue effect.

    Please give me perfect settings for this so that i can take excellent pics.


    1. Jaymin, you can try night mode and see if that helps. But anyway for night shots most of the mobile cameras are useless, you do get some good output from Galaxy note 2 but its not that good. The LED flash is useless in most cases.

      1. No. I mean to say if there is a dark place in room/anyplace (in daytime) then if we shoot a photo then it will have pink-blue effect. (not talking about night time for this issue).

        1. Try playing with the saturation, hue and other settings, you can see the output on the screen in camera mode as you change the settings – when it looks perfect remember the settings and use it.

    1. Sumit, when using at night tap the screen so the LED lights up and the camera does the focusing. Then tap the click button which will again light up the LED and click picture. Remember the LED is not very powerful so at the most it will light up up few feet (less than 6).

  7. Hello Mr. Gogi. I just Received Karbonn A11 today phone is great but the camera takes 5-7 seconds to clip the pic after hitting capture button. And then when I zoom in a bit the pixels start showing up starts getting blur, I already tried factory reset, nothing. plz help, thanks.

    1. Nikhil, have you inserted the SD card make sure you are using a good SD card or better get a new one. Also make sure HDR is off cause that takes a lot of time but you get the best images and you need a very stable hand. As for the zoom feature its digital zoom and hence it will show pixels, better not use it.

  8. Hi gogi i had setted all settings and its grt to have pic but one problm m facing while all setting remain unchanged ecept exposer change to “0” every time i reopen the camera i want to fix exposer to +1 every time i shoot pic hw can i do this

    1. Ajay, even I seen that it changes to default, not sure if anything can be done, but you can try different camera apps from the store.

  9. Hi Gogi,
    I have MMXA100, need some help regarding the camera because it takes photos which are saved upside down.
    are there any solutions for that?

    1. Manish, you need to visit the service center they will flash it with the OS which will fix this issue.

  10. Sir one problem here when I checking the images of cameras on my a110 its look good and when its on comp it does not look clear. What is the prob or anything to do with the camera settings?

    1. Nnrendra make sure the image is set to 8MP resolution and take snaps outdoor and then check on PC. If you zoom in too much the image will not look good But generally 8 MP pics on PC will look really good.

  11. Hi Gogi,
    Nice article.

    I have A100. Any suggestion about Autofocus mode.

    I have used camera of Samsung I5700 also its autofocus is much better than A100’s. Especially while taking very near images e.g. any document or visiting card, the images are not clear n sharp.

    Any suggestion please…..

  12. I have purchased micromax a90 its a nice handset in use, but some time I am getting trouble in using weather application,all other net application are working properly but this per defined weather app. is not working, means not showing temp and weather forecast and when I click on that its showing, internet cant access but other net sites are working pls help me out for that..

    1. I too had that same problem on my A90, just download that update for that widget from playstore and the problem will be solved 😀

  13. Useful tips many a times it is easy and convenient to click instantly using mobile camera than take out a DSLR, attach lens etc.

    1. Mini in camera mode please go through all the icons that you see you will find the settings option where you will be able to change the hue, saturation and other settings.

      1. You are putting it on my trial and error. Can you make any specific suggestions like you did for karbon a11?

        1. Mini the same suggestions as for A11 will work on other handsets too. The trial and error is cause depending on the environment lighting conditions you will need to try out different settings, the good part is you can actually see the results on the screen without even clicking a picture.

  14. Hi Gogi,

    You are pampering us with everything on smart phones pls never think of stopping it.

    Thanks a lot.

  15. Thanks a lot Gogi, noted the settings! I’ll try it out today as I have received my CANVAS 2!

  16. Dear gogi,
    This was really required as people are not aware of how to get the optimum from the camera this has helped us a lot thanks on behalf of all the people benefitted.