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Camera settings on the E90

July 14, 2007

So I am not too impressed with the camera on the E90. It has the same over-sharpening bug that the N95 had, i.e. if you change the scene mode of the picture, it defaults to extra sharpening in the Sharpening settings.

The default ‘Auto’ setting for the white balance is awful! It drenches the photo in a horrible blue hue, especially noticeable if using the flash. Here are some samples of photos taken in complete darkness, with flash, with varying settings for White Balance:

Auto (WTF?):


Flourescent (still yucky):


Incandescent (getting there….):


Sunny (much better!):


Sunny, adjusted with Picasa:


Don’t let the default Auto setting for white balance ruin your shots. Customize the settings as much as you can, and save them in the provided option to save Camera Settings. These pictures only have variation in White Balance. Hell, most DSLR’s even don’t have great White Balance by default! There are settings to play around with for Exposure Compensation, Light Sensitivity (ISO modes) and Contrast. It’s only a phone camera, but tweaking it according to ther surroundings really makes a big difference. I find the Auto White Balance to be fine for outdoor shots, day or night. It makes all the difference indoors, and ‘Sunny’ is best indoors in dim undefined light, or darkness. If you have a well-lit room, the Incandescent or Flourescent settings are better, depending on regular bulb or tube light.

I have yet to play around with the Exposure Compensation settings in detail.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2007 5:39 pm

    in some ways yes i do felt a bit down with the e90’s camera. but other features seemed to compensate such drawback. after all if i need to take pictures, my sony digital camera would do a splendid task 🙂

  2. rezanat0r permalink
    July 15, 2007 9:11 pm

    @safri: i agree completely. but after using the N95 for a couple months, I was getting used to having nearly standalone digital camera quality in my phone 🙂 its not such a big deal though, the e90 still takes much better shots than the majority of phone cameras out there.

  3. Gaurav Kumra permalink
    July 18, 2007 11:32 am

    can anyone let me know how to switch on the internal camera for e90 other than starting video call.

  4. July 21, 2007 10:04 am


    please take a look at my blog above. The pictures are taken with e90

  5. July 21, 2007 10:04 am

    sorry my blog address:

  6. rezanat0r permalink
    July 21, 2007 9:28 pm

    @ericssan: Thanks for the pics! Good pics too.. except if you look at the food pics, you will notice you have a bluish tint and a slightly diffuse image. This can be fixed if you tweak the camera settings, more specifically the exposure compensation and white balance settings.

  7. ency permalink
    January 9, 2008 7:50 am

    Can someone please tell me if / how the camera settings be saved on the E90..?? I currently have to tweak the settings each time i switch on the camera – it just seems to go back to the default setting on exiting the camera app.


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