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I've recently bought two LG G2's, and I'm having a hard time trying to get decent photos out of either of them.

The photos are distorted in a scary way.

Obvious jokes aside, look at my face in this photo (click on the photos to zoom):

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And again here, with a weird line on my forehead, and smudges on the nose, mouth, etc:

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Some of the photos are even worse...

Am I doing something wrong? I've tried the different modes or settings and I'm getting the same results. I keep reading the G2's camera is great, but I'm not seeing that at all...

  • I tried installing another camera app, and the results are much better. Is this a common problem? I have the latest update, 4.4.2. – Kobi May 6 '14 at 21:00
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    Looking at the pictures zoomed-in, it looks like the default camera app is applying some heavy noise reduction which is reducing the number of colours in the image, causing this banding. If there's a noise reduction setting, turn it off. (I don't have this phone, so I don't know the specifics of each setting.) Otherwise, it may help to take pictures in more light so there's less noise in the first place. – Dan Hulme May 6 '14 at 22:27
  • @Kobi did you check what Dan recommended? Solved your issue? Then it would be nice to answer your own question, it might be helpful for others :) – Izzy Jun 4 '15 at 18:13
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    @Izzy - I've added an answer, thanks for the reminder! – Kobi Jun 4 '15 at 18:56
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    Rewarded by 10 points rep :) I rarely use the pre-installed camera either (LG P880 here), but have 2 favorite camera apps I switch between (mostly use A Better Camera from Almalence recently, as my other fav, after updating the P880 to the latest stock ROM, takes 30s between "pressing the button" and "making the shot"). Option #3 would be OpenCamera, you might wish to take a look at that. For a larger selection, here's my list of camera apps ;) – Izzy Jun 4 '15 at 19:09
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The only solution I found is using another camera app, like Google Camera.

The problem is in the default LG camera app, and it still takes deformed images when I use it. I use it sometimes because it has more features and seem to take photos quicker, but I try not to take photos of people because the result can be scary and deformed.

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