The Razer Phone may have plenty of strong points, but taking a look around, the phone’s dual 12 MP rear-facing cameras are not part of that conversation. Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan seems to know that and took to Facebook to say that upcoming updates should change some of the talk around the cameras.
Those updates, which will arrive “over the next few weeks,” include improvements to shutter speed, low-light capabilities, and other other optimizations. The next camera app update, according to Tan, will add new features like an instazoom button, which lets you jump to optical zoom with the Razer Phone’s telephoto lens, and 4x slow-motion video capture.
Features like portrait mode and 60 fps video capture will arrive with Android Oreo, which will land sometime before the end of the first quarter of 2018. Razer is also looking into making further speed and performance improvements with the Oreo update, and Tan says updates to improve the camera software should arrive with some sort of regularity moving forward.
All in all, it looks like Razer is paying close attention to what people have to say regarding the cameras on its first smartphone, but it remains to be seen how much can be improved through software. As we’ve seen with the Essential Phone, the image quality can be salvaged from the abyss, but the phone still struggles to capture consistently good images.
Of course, some well-aware people opted to sideload the Google Camera app onto the Essential Phone and use it in lieu of the stock camera app, which led to improved images. There’s no doubt that folks with the Razer Phone will have done the same thing, but this doesn’t mean that Razer gets a pass for shipping a phone that takes mediocre images, particularly for a phone that costs $699.
If you own the Razer Phone, share your thoughts on the cameras in the comments below and tell us whether the image quality is good enough for your purposes.