After trying out the Astroid for the first time, I had the impression that its 5MP camera’s ability to capture high def photos and videos are limited. Having tried it for a few days, I kept getting gritty shots with every use, especially when confined in a dim room with the sun as the lone source of light.
Still, I received a few queries regarding the Astroid’s photo-video capabilities, which compelled me to explore the cam more extensively – something I don’t do so often as I am already satisfied with our Canon Ixus.
|Quite the same quality as the first few ones I took:
A bit gritty and overbright. This is the only one in the batch that required flash,
as the room was a bit dim.
With a bit of practice and a few adjustments on the settings, photos do come out wonderfully (particularly during daytime), even without the flash. It may be a hassle to do the adjustments, yes, but IMO, it’s the only way you can get the work done.
Here are a few daytime snapshots taken during the past weeks, sans the camera flash (simply set it to auto). Note that these didn’t involve any external light source save for sunlight.
|Taken in our room during daytime.
And no, these are not for sale. Haha.
This time around, the texture is sharper, and the colors more vibrant. As for the video, audio quality is clear and crisp, although the graphics itself is not as excellent as the sound.
|Shots outside the house. Taken by my 10-year old niece.|
I remain firm on my previous suggestion that people to keep expectations at a minimum at night time, as it’s nearly impossible to produce high-quality with a lamp or the built-in flash, even.
But I still have to say, it’s the best Android phone one could possibly get for P4,999. Have been using it for nearly a month and so far, I am more than satisfied overall.