Blu Win Jr – Camera Review

10

Rating: 1/5


Pros: 

  • None

Cons:

  • Subpar overall photo quality
  • Poor exposure
  • Slow Autofocus
  • Atrocious front-facing camera
  • Bad video

Summary:  The Blu Win Jr has one of the worst cameras I’ve seen on a Smartphone made in the last 6 years. The front camera is somehow even worse than that. The camera requires the utmost care to get images that are acceptable and may not even be useful in an emergency.



Image Quality – Rear Camera

5 Megapixels isn’t something to balk at. The top-of-the-line HTC phone for the last two years had only 4 MP. It is possible to have a great low resolution camera, however unfortunately the Blu Win Jr only fits the ‘low resolution’ bill. It has one of the worst rear cameras I’ve seen on a recent smartphone.

 

The only things that are good about the rear camera is its color balance. It handles shadows/highlights surprisingly well when it has exposed the photo correctly. Otherwise the camera on this phone is basically a train wreck.

 

It is slow and blurs easily with shaking hands. In daylight there is significant noise and it basically flat out doesn’t work at night. The flash overexposes wildly and the camera doesn’t have enough sensitivity to capture night images without it.

 

Autofocus is terribly slow and inaccurate. The only way it was possible to get images that looked even half decent was using tap-to-focus and even then it was hit and miss.

 

Even compared to other 5.0 MP Blu cameras it is awful. Just see this comparison:

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And the images only get worse indoors. The part that is even more frustrating is that these are the best photos out of all the images I took. I know that comparing it to the HTC One is like comparing Oranges to Bananas but regardless, it was the best indicator of quality.

blu-win-jr-indoor-comparison

blu-win-jr-back-camera-indoor-full-res

The first image is with the camera phone deciding for itself where to focus. The second image uses the touch to focus feature. As you can see, touch-to-focus is a necessity to use.

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And as you can see when the camera does get images in focus they’re OK, but still not very good:

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Image Quality – Front Camera

The 0.3 MP rear camera isn’t even worth reviewing. Images are dark, colorless and lack detail. Just see this comparison. Enough said.

 blu-win-jr-front-camera


Video Quality:

The video on the rear camera is exactly what you’d expect. It’s a little wobbly and loses frames, but in good light you can at least tell what you’re filming as long as you’re not moving too fast. When you move the camera compression causes big squares everywhere. I wouldn’t quite call it 720p, but it is good enough for emergency use. Audio fares similar.

 blu-win-jr-video-sample


The full phone review is located here.

 

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