I’ve read with interest the recent letters and articles in AP about the growing abilities and complexities of smartphone cameras. I have been very grateful to have the facility to take pictures with my Motorola Moto G4 smartphone when I am caught without my beloved Olympus OM- D E- M5 Mark II.
I have recently been concerned that the images captured by my phone were becoming less sharp, and after initially wondering if it was just my deteriorating eyesight (Anno Domini-related) I took a closer look at the lens cover and was amazed to see a layer of fine scratches on the surface, which were the obvious culprits for my blurred images. I was surprised by this as I never carry rough objects in the same pocket as my phone.
Microfibre cloths, alcohol wipes and detergents failed to shift the marks. Not wanting to consign my phone to ‘Lomo- esque’ images I took the gamble of using some liquid metal polish and a felt polishing wheel and thankfully managed to restore a smooth finish. Now my images look crisp again.
This experience made me look critically at these impressive looking multi-lensed smartphones which all seem to have unprotected lenses which, like mine, protrude from the phone case. I can’t help but feel these are likely to succumb to a similar fate to my own unless protected. I would surely be upset to spend the best part of £1,000 only to find my phone optics less than perfect a few months later.
I wonder if I am alone in my experience or if other readers have similar experiences and have found a protective solution? A trawl of the internet has only revealed replacement lenses for various phones rather than a lens protector. Rob Pickering
Rob used polish and a felt polishing wheel to remove the scratches on his Moto G4’s lens