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  1. mh1983's Avatar
    I gave my wife my old KeyOne BE as she needed to depend on some more apps for school. Rather than hop back to BB10, I scored an S7 Edge w/ the keyboard attachment that I used for awhile. Wow, was it ever a reminder of how superior BB's keyboard experience is! It was an inventive attachment (didn't even use bluetooth or any external battery), but it was too squishy and of course didn't have backlighting. The S7 edge has a nice design and camera is lovely, but I just couldn't adapt to the attachment nor just using it a slab.

    Recently, I saw a KeyOne Silver Edition for sale for $50CAD. I went for it. Am I glad I did. It had a flatlined battery but I installed an aftermarket one in under 5 min for only $15CAD.

    The KB is so nice in comparison. Battery life is far superior, especially with the fresh new battery. It just all around feels good and I like the extra heft of the build. The S7 Edge felt so fragile. You don't realize what you have until it's gone!

    That said, the one achilles heel for me is the rear camera, specifically. The front camera? No problem and takes a more than decent pic. But that rear camera? Utter garbage. I've tried every combo of manual vs. auto settings, different apps, cleaning the glass, etc. Nothing seems to improve the outcome -- everything is foggy and dark. I see a lot of threads that say the KeyOne camera is decent and better than the Key2 -- I find that hard to believe somehow. Am I missing something? Could it be a bad/dying module? I'm not opposed to replacing parts as needed.

    Maybe I'll keep that Edge hanging around for a bit for some snaps. Heck, even my old Q5 takes better pics. That said, am generally am a happy camper being back on the KeyOne but would appreciate any camera tips so I can hate that part a little less.
    Last edited by mh1983; 02-03-21 at 02:00 PM.
    02-03-21 01:41 PM
  2. whatnow00's Avatar
    You could try replacing the camera lens. Maybe it's just dirty. The K1 camera is pretty good.
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    02-03-21 03:53 PM
  3. the_boon's Avatar
    You could try replacing the camera lens. Maybe it's just dirty. The K1 camera is pretty good.
    Its the best camera ever put on a Berry
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    02-03-21 08:31 PM
  4. mh1983's Avatar
    Its the best camera ever put on a Berry
    That so? Wow...that hasn't been my experience at all. Do you mean in terms of specs? I thought the Priv was the nicest rear camera.

    But I'll try whatnow's suggestion. Hopefully it's just dirty and I can clean it out.
    02-04-21 05:50 AM
  5. saint300's Avatar
    In that case, the new part needs to be just the camera lens, or the complete camera module?
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    02-04-21 09:40 AM
  6. mh1983's Avatar
    Here are a few sample pics to illustrate my point -- one taken outside during daytime, one taken inside with a good amount of natural light.

    Back to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210204_1220011.jpg

    Back to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210204_1223074.jpg
    02-04-21 10:54 AM
  7. conite's Avatar
    Here are a few sample pics to illustrate my point -- one taken outside during daytime, one taken inside with a good amount of natural light.

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    You clearly have a dirty/scratched lens.
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    02-04-21 10:56 AM
  8. mh1983's Avatar
    In that case, the new part needs to be just the camera lens, or the complete camera module?
    That's what I'm wondering. However, my wife's BE gives similar results when pics are taken.
    02-04-21 10:56 AM
  9. mh1983's Avatar
    You clearly have a dirty/scratched lens.
    These were taken AFTER a cleaning. So you're suggesting the camera module as a whole would need to be replaced? Ebay is a bit scarce for those right now, which I expected. Any recommended parts suppliers that ship to Canada? TIA!
    02-04-21 11:02 AM
  10. brookie229's Avatar
    These were taken AFTER a cleaning. So you're suggesting the camera module as a whole would need to be replaced?
    Those are some baaaaaaad pics and by that I don't mean good.
    I think you need a new module.
    mh1983 likes this.
    02-04-21 11:09 AM
  11. Ben xfg's Avatar
    These were taken AFTER a cleaning. So you're suggesting the camera module as a whole would need to be replaced?
    That's what happened to my KEY². The outer lens broke, then when I tried cleaning the inner lens on the actual camera module before replacing the outer lens, I scratched it up so the pictures turned out fuzzy just like yours do.
    You could start by taking off the outer lens and lightly blowing it out with compressed air, then very carefully wipe it off to test.
    mh1983 likes this.
    02-04-21 11:12 AM
  12. mh1983's Avatar
    Those are some baaaaaaad pics and by that I don't mean good.
    I think you need a new module.
    Thank you for confirming I'm not losing my mind! Yes, they're painfully bad. The front camera is so much clearer. We both got great deals on the KeyOne, so figured a few parts might be wonky.
    02-04-21 11:12 AM
  13. conite's Avatar
    These were taken AFTER a cleaning. So you're suggesting the camera module as a whole would need to be replaced? Ebay is a bit scarce for those right now, which I expected. Any recommended parts suppliers that ship to Canada? TIA!
    EBay used may be your best bet.

    "https://www.ebay.com/itm/143559778216"
    mh1983 likes this.
    02-04-21 11:16 AM
  14. mh1983's Avatar
    Anyone have any experience with Parts4Repair? They seem to have what I need in stock: https://www.parts4repair.com/blackberry-keyone/
    02-04-21 11:18 AM
  15. conite's Avatar
    Anyone have any experience with Parts4Repair? They seem to have what I need in stock: https://www.parts4repair.com/blackberry-keyone/
    https://m.aliexpress.com/item/329645...0Q90.jpg_.webp

    This is probably more reliable.
    02-04-21 11:22 AM
  16. brookie229's Avatar
    Anyone have any experience with Parts4Repair? They seem to have what I need in stock: https://www.parts4repair.com/blackberry-keyone/
    Years ago I bought a laptop fan from them and all was good fwiw. I see the camera is not that expensive. I would go for it if it was me needing it.
    mh1983 likes this.
    02-04-21 11:22 AM
  17. mh1983's Avatar
    Thanks to everyone for your help! Ordered 2 new cameras from parts4repair and will report back with the results.
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    02-04-21 12:28 PM
  18. saint300's Avatar
    I was also not happy at all with the rear camera, and after reading the_boon's comment that this was the best camera on a Blackberry, I bought the complete camera module from the UK on eBay, so I will report back as well.
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    02-05-21 11:09 AM
  19. bh7171's Avatar
    Wish you all a fix. I have always been quite impressed with my BE KeyOne. Here is a shot from this AM. In daylight (and all but the lowest light) for everyday shots it's as good as my S9 was (and that was a great single lens camera) Back to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210208_1146243.jpg
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    02-08-21 04:52 PM
  20. bh7171's Avatar
    Out for a ride yesterday with a loved one. Beautiful colors and clarity. No editsBack to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210207_1044328-2.jpg
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    02-08-21 04:56 PM
  21. mh1983's Avatar
    Wish you all a fix. I have always been quite impressed with my BE KeyOne. Here is a shot from this AM. In daylight (and all but the lowest light) for everyday shots it's as good as my S9 was (and that was a great single lens camera) Click image for larger version. 

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    This is encouraging! We're eagerly awaiting the replacement modules. Also, your dog is beautiful!
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    02-09-21 07:28 AM
  22. mh1983's Avatar
    Out for a ride yesterday with a loved one. Beautiful colors and clarity. No editsClick image for larger version. 

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    Yes, colourful and clear. Thanks for sharing!
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    02-09-21 07:28 AM
  23. bh7171's Avatar
    Hope you get that new camera module soon. Here are a few more photos with my BE KeyOne @ Hidden Falls in Auburn CA today on a family hike. Back to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210214_1144310-2.jpgBack to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210214_1243538-2.jpgBack to the KeyOne -- LOVE it, apart from the rear camera-img_20210214_1247303-2.jpg
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    02-14-21 11:36 PM
  24. saint300's Avatar
    Hope you get that new camera module soon. Here are a few more photos with my BE KeyOne @ Hidden Falls in Auburn CA today on a family hike. Click image for larger version. 

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    Great pictures indeed!

    I received today my camera module, so as soon as it is up and running, I'll report back and hopefully share a picture or two.
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    02-15-21 10:12 AM
  25. mh1983's Avatar
    Great pictures indeed!

    I received today my camera module, so as soon as it is up and running, I'll report back and hopefully share a picture or two.
    Nice! Ours are delayed so it'll be awhile yet before I can do the fix. Hope it works out for you and look forward to hearing the results!
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    02-15-21 01:32 PM
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