How to Make Your Android Pictures Come Out Clear

By Ashley Poland

Photos taken in low-light are often blurry and hard to discern.
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Many modern Android smartphones boast high-megapixel cameras capable of creating HD video and photos good enough to print in the newspaper. When your phone is capable of all that, getting grainy and lackluster photos from your smartphone can get frustrating and even turn off viewers. Whether you're posting photos to your website or sharing them with followers on social media, taking a few simple steps can help ensure your photos are as crisp as possible.

Don't zoom in; move closer to your subject instead. Unlike a traditional camera lens -- which uses magnification -- the zoom on your Android camera app is digital. It blows up the static image. When you zoom in, the picture becomes grainy and poorly focused.

Clean the lens on your phone with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth. If there are any gunk or fingerprints on the lens, your pictures will end up looking blurry or distorted.

Choose a location with bright light, preferably natural light. While the flash can give you an advantage in a dark setting, the flash also skews the colors and creates harsh lighting. If you're outdoors, shooting photos in the shade can create a crisp but softer photo.

Select a larger resolution for your photos. In the Android camera app, click the "Settings" icon, and select "Image Size." Choose the highest resolution available to your phone.

Use the screen to tap the element of the photo you want to focus on.

Brace yourself or your phone when taking photos. If your hand is shaking when you take the photo, your photo may turn out blurry. Use two hands, or consider using a smartphone tripod.

Consider trying a different camera app than Android's stock camera app. Apps like Camera360 Ultimate and Camera ZOOM FX offer more features such as filters and control over your photos, which can result in better quality.


You also can use a photo editing app such as Adobe Photoshop Express or Perfectly Clear to enhance photos after you've taken them. While it won't make a blurry shot sharp, it can improve the colors and contrast of your photos.


This articles refers to features and apps that were available in June 2013. The specifics may change over time.