How to Improve the iPhone 3G Camera

Written by peter grant
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The iPhone 3G smart phone is one of the more advanced mobile phones on the market today. However, because it's the lowest-end iPhone model offered by Apple, it does not have a camera lens that is equal in quality to those that are equipped on higher-end models of the iPhone. Despite this, you can still do one of several things, or a combination of them all, to improve the performance and perceived image quality of your iPhone 3G camera.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Clean the lens and lens cover of your iPhone 3G by using the included microfiber cloth. If it has excessive fingerprints or a build-up of oils, there can be a clouding effect that appears in the photos taken. After cleaning and maintaining the iPhone 3G camera lens, you'll notice a difference in the clarity of images taken with it.

  2. 2

    Download both free and payment-required applications for your iPhone 3G which will modify the camera software operating parameters to optimise the lens for certain lighting conditions. For example, there are applications designed to facilitate taking photos at night or in excessively dark environments. Other applications let you adjust the brightness level and colour saturation, among other image settings, to customise and improve the look of the images.

  3. 3

    Upgrade to the latest version of Apple's iOS operating system, which is found on many Apple devices outside of the iPhone, such as the iPad and Apple TV. By upgrading to a version of iOS that exceeds version 4.3, your iPhone 3G will receive a software camera update which gives the camera high dynamic range (HDR) image production capabilities. HDR photography combines two images of the same subject at different brightness levels, and creates a composite which gives the photo a higher quality look.

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