I don’t need a beautiful studio-grade camera. I just need a functional one that takes photos of mostly technical pictures of activities when communicating with people at work, or sharing stuff with friends. While it’s definitely nice to have life-like color balance and incredible resolution, I can live without those.
What I can’t live without, though, is functional autofocus.
The camera on the 2e seems to habitually take blurry photos, unless I spend time and attention repeatedly tapping on a specific area, getting it to re-focus on a subject in the obvious middle of the frame. If I just whip out the camera and shoot at something I’m pointing at, it’s focused out in la-la land.
Most of the photos I take are of subjects an arm’s length away - that is, close-up, but not macro.
It’s incredibly frustrating, and building on my death-by-a-thousand-papercuts that’s killing my vibe with the Teracube 2e as my daily driver. Hopefully there’s some fix that could come via software in the near future, or another camera app that’ll more intelligently autofocus by default, instead of brainlessly snapping a photo with focus out in la-la land?
Optimally, the camera would aggressively attempt autofocus, repeatedly if it detects AF failure, before snapping a photo. That is: I click open the camera with the power button double-click, snap the shutter, and it’ll focus… fail… focus… fail… focus… lock on, and only then would it shutter-click. I’d be happy holding it steady, waiting for it to take an intelligent picture.
It seems like whenever the AF makes a full focus sweep (visibly blurring, then sharpening), it works. But it only does that sweep very rarely - like a camera driver bug or something.