Blind in the Dark: Blackberry Should Have Fed Its Z10 Smartphone More Carrots


The company formerly known as RIM changed its name to Blackberry yesterday, and launched a new flagship smartphone called the Z10. While the the phone is getting decent marks among reviewers, one weakness is sticking out as a sore thumb: the camera’s low-light performance. Gizmodo writes,

The Z10 didn’t even hold the dimmest, most-pathetic light to the other cameras in our test. Look at that photo above on the left. It is an abject and miserable failure. Because this is a particularly difficult shooting setting, all of the photos have problems with noise, distortion, and detail, but we’ve haven’t seen something so crummy as the Z10 in a long time. The Z10 even has a “night” setting that was completely useless. This is some four-years-ago crap.

It’d be interesting to find out who Blackberry chose as the supplier of its camera sensor.

BlackBerry Z10 Camera: The Worst Low-Light Performance We’ve Seen in a Long Time [Gizmodo]

  • Sporkguy

    Return of the Potato Cam

  • Renato Murakami

    Being a happy (with photo quality) owner of Nokia’s Lumia 808, I can vouch for that test. It really is amazing what Nokia has been doing regarding the camera of it’s smartphones… as for the Blackberry, maybe not so much for the supplier, but probably on sensor size? They must’ve used one of those tiny sensors… well, Blackberry fans can still hope this is due to some software issue, but I dunno.

  • destroy_all_humans

    i had never taken seriously any of my smartphone cameras before, until i got the 920

  • branden rio

    But that’s Gizmodo; has any reputable source investigated this?

  • A Canuck

    Buy an expensive dSLR, if you want good low light performance. My cell phone camera is NOT my primary camera, and I don’t expect it to take photos like that of a dSLR.

  • FuqGizMoDoh!

    Gizmodo literally sources all of their photo posts from PetaPixel … but this is a post that sources Gizmodo … $10 says one of their inept “writers” double posts this in 2 days (minimum usual lag time).

  • Sean Priest

    I have heard other reports that photos are not the greatest in dark conditions for the Z10 but this post seems overly biased. Look at the photo, its point of focus is higher than for the other phone models. That would have had an impact on the result for a start. Also, any ‘writer’ whose critique is like that of an angry teenager is enough to make me disregard their opinion.

  • Kurt Windibank

    The review is a failure.
    I own a Z10 and it takes better pics than my old S3 and my w iphone5.

    Get a life