So you have bought a nice new Android phone with an 8 megapixel camera and all of the photos you have taken come out in a blurry mess. Maybe you have opted for an Android camera phone that is supposed to support high definition video recording and the video comes out worse than what you can capture with your ten year old webcam. You have probably dragged the image (or video) into an editor in order to clean the picture up but have given up on your phones camera. Before you do this you probably should consider cleaning the lens. In fact, the majority of problems people have with their Android’s camera are directly attributed to this. It is so easy for this to be overlooked. However, if you consider where you store your phone (typically in a pocket or a purse) you can quickly see why your camera lens is a little grubby.
Cleaning the lens is not a difficult task. You don’t have to disassemble your phone and get the lens buffed by a professional camera repairman. In fact it is as simple as getting a soft cloth and wiping down the exterior of the lens. Consider purchasing a microfiber cloth or moistening (lightly) a cleaning cloth and running the cloth over the lens if the lens is pretty bad. You are likely to see a dramatic improvement in image quality just by doing this and won’t feel you need to use the sharpen filter several times before you are comfortable with the image. In fact, you can use the same cloth and method to clean the screen as well as the plastic shell of your phone. It is unlikely to damage anything in the phone and it is a pretty easy process. Steer clear of abrasive chemicals and cloths as you are likely to scratch the heck out of your phone, screen and camera.
The camera resolution offered by the majority of Android phones is higher than what you will find in a lot of entry level digital cameras so it should not be disregarded as a useless function. In fact, you are less likely to forget your phone than your camera before heading out for a day out with the family or friends so it is a great little device to have with you for those opportune photographic moments. It might also be easier to transfer the images from person to person using text/multimedia messaging and an SD card.
It doesn’t have to be a chore to maintain your Android’s camera. Just give it a wipe over every week or whenever you anticipate that you will be using it. If you carry your phone in a case just tuck a small square of cloth between the case and phone so that you won’t be caught out unexpectedly when you need to take a photo. You should get a reasonably sharp image out of your Android’s camera so why risk the quality of the image just because you have a grubby lens?