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I own an old HTC Wildfire A333. I recently switched it back to the HTC Sense ROM and I saw that the quality of pictures taken with the default HTC camera app seem better. Not slightly. Quite a considerable amount actually. I know that picture clarity is related to the camera hardware. I switched back to CM9 again and when I turned the camera app on, I could see the clarity was bad(without taking pictures, just through the app interface. I did take pictures though and the quality was bad. The settings were all accounted for.). Even when I used another camera app the quality was pretty bad. Sadly, I couldn't flash the HTC camera on the CM mod to see if that's what makes the difference. My question is, does software affect the picture quality? If so, how. If not, any answer to this question?

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Digital cameras do apply post-processing to the image (some more than others) - so it's quite possible that different software/firmware will produce different images. Although why the "clarity" (focus?) should be so radically different, even on the preview screen (which is very low res by comparison) is a bit strange IMO - I wouldn't have thought focus should be so dependent on firmware!? Do you have side by side comparison photos? No grubby finger marks on the lense?! –  w3d Aug 4 '12 at 10:23
    
s9.postimage.org/ptzlkuo9r/135122_1736840068454_7957218_o.jpg - That's with HTC Sense s15.postimage.org/6wjnskjpn/IMG_20120804_190941.jpg - That's with CM9 default camera. The third party ones don't make a difference. They both are the same size. I don't get why there's so much difference. Btw, sorry. I don't have HTC Sense installed anymore, so can't take a recent pic of the same object with two different ROMs. –  Torcellite Aug 4 '12 at 13:46
    
Wow, the difference is dramatic! The HTC Sense (pic#1) is much better. I notice pic#1 is 771px high, whereas pic#2 is 768px high - is that intentional, or just another anomaly? Also, there is not EXIF information with either photo? –  w3d Aug 4 '12 at 15:40
    
Are you sure you did not edit any of those photos? Sure, both have EXIF information -- but none of them reveal "Make" or "Camera model name". I also own a Wildfire, and it stores such information (both stock as well as CM7 - I didn't have CM9 on it). Resolution is also different; maybe you could also include the settings used? –  Izzy Aug 4 '12 at 18:11
    
5MP, Super fine. The settings were set to max for both the pictures and I haven't meddled with the photos after they were captured. I think I'll flash HTC Sense back again and see if the camera's fine. –  Torcellite Aug 5 '12 at 4:49
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