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  1. ronpfid's Avatar
    Hey folks, I just accidentally found a fix for one of the problems I had with the Z30's camera. Flash exposure.
    I had been avoiding flash as many of the photo's would come out over exposed. Especially if there was a small portion of a light colored object amongst darker objects. 2 of our dogs are mostly dark colored with some white fur. Most times if I took their photo with flash, the white areas would be blown out pure bright looking. Today I was messing around with the camera and just by chance, put my finger on that little focus box and moved it a teeny bit, this makes it 'exposure lock', when I took the photo it adjusted brightness based on the area in the box (center meter) rather than the whole scene and exposed it properly! I did a bunch of tests and it fixes that problem every time. All you have to do is rest your finger on the focus square and move it a teeny bit so that little paddle lock icon shows up, then take the photo. Here is a comparison showing.
    Attached Thumbnails ~ Camera Tip-z30-auto.jpg   ~ Camera Tip-z30lock.jpg  
    Soul_Est and DaFoxGrey like this.
    01-02-15 11:48 AM
  2. jaydee5799's Avatar
    Whoa. Good tip. Will try this out!
    01-02-15 11:56 AM
  3. non-vtec's Avatar
    Nice.....will use that more often


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    01-02-15 12:06 PM
  4. kbz1960's Avatar
    I found on my 30, that turning auto suggest off too.
    01-02-15 12:28 PM
  5. lnichols's Avatar
    Also if you are taking video in a dark room with a lit stage, move the focus Window out to edge where it is darker and it will make the center stage area, that is lit heavily, clear up and look good. Otherwise the center will get bleached out with the light.

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    01-02-15 12:50 PM
  6. ronpfid's Avatar
    Cool, glad you guys liked and cool other tips.

    The flash problem was my biggest gripe with the camera, now it works great.

    Man, if they could just add slow motion video in 10.3, that's the only 'just for fun' thing I really like on my Note 4.
    01-02-15 01:04 PM
  7. ronpfid's Avatar
    Not only does it get exposure better, but in insures proper focus. Sometimes just snapping the pic I'd get slightly out of focus shots, they sometimes look decent on the phone screen but if you look at them close up, they are too blurry. Look at these samples, with exposure lock, the lighting is more natural and the photo is sharp.
    Attached Thumbnails ~ Camera Tip-tauto.jpg   ~ Camera Tip-tlock.jpg  
    kbz1960 likes this.
    01-02-15 01:20 PM
  8. Signhere's Avatar
    Cool, glad you guys liked and cool other tips.

    The flash problem was my biggest gripe with the camera, now it works great.

    Man, if they could just add slow motion video in 10.3, that's the only 'just for fun' thing I really like on my Note 4.
    Slow motion is on 10.3 Take the video as normal then go to video app, open the vid and then tap edit. Select Slow motion on the bottom list and it will convert it right there. Sadly, slow motion is a no show on the latest leak 10.3.1.1949 but surely hope it will make it into the official 10.3 for first gen BlackBerry 10 phones.

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    01-02-15 01:39 PM
  9. nah.uhh's Avatar
    Sadly, slow motion is a no show on the latest leak 10.3.1.1949 but surely hope it will make it into the official 10.3 for first gen BlackBerry 10 phones.

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    It's there
    Video > edit > enhance tab


    PassportSQW100-1/10.3.1.1154
    Signhere and Soul_Est like this.
    01-02-15 02:04 PM
  10. Signhere's Avatar
    It's there
    Video > edit > enhance tab


    PassportSQW100-1/10.3.1.1154
    Hey Thanks!! Love it!!

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    01-02-15 05:06 PM
  11. bh7171's Avatar
    Thank you! Loving my new Z30...

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    01-02-15 06:55 PM
  12. gads83's Avatar
    Nice tips thanks very that.

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    01-02-15 09:52 PM
  13. nah.uhh's Avatar
    The shutter is slower and the camera does more software processing if the flash is turned off. Looks like auto low light mode to me.
    If you need to take pictures with flash off but don't want the shutter to be slow, use the beach and snow scene mode.

    Also
    If you tap and hold the on screen shutter button, it will lock the exposure and focus to whatever it was facing when you FIRST pressed the button.

    This is different from holding the focus square. Holding the focus square to lock focus/exposure will lock the focus but readjust exposure to whatever is inside of the focus box.
    Tap and hold camera button will remember/lock the exposure and won't readjust if you point at something else.

    For example, point camera at a light, press and hold on screen shutter button, then point camera at something dark.

    This is in reference to the camera on PassportSQW100-1/10.3.1.1154
    Last edited by nah.uhh; 01-02-15 at 11:26 PM.
    01-02-15 11:12 PM
  14. ronpfid's Avatar
    Yes, good info.
    With flash though holding the focus square works better so it will readjust and darken
    01-03-15 12:41 AM

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