Smart­phone DIY

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

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

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