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Wileyfox Storm Review - Wileyfox Storm – Camera Review

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A phone packing a 20-megapixel Sony f/1.9 sensor, and costing less than £200, seems like a fantastic deal. In practice, however, although you can capture sharp snaps, an ugly app and often frustratingly slow focusing bring the whole package down.

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Cyanogen’s camera app features plenty of settings and options – from altering the ISO to switching exposure modes – but the swiping mechanism to switch from one mode to another is like something out of Windows Phone 8. It’s a pain if you’re attempting to access a particular mode quickly.

Along with the sluggish auto-focus, HDR mode is even slower – and once the picture has been taken, there’s a good second or so delay before you can do anything else.

samples 5There’s plenty of detail here and below and the sensor manages to avoid overexposing the sky. It captures colour well too.

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samples 11There’s a bit of overexposing going on here, but the colours are accurate and the detail is nice

Picture quality is on the whole pretty impressive – especially for a £199 phone. Shots taken in daylight are packed with detail and the camera does a good job of not overexposing bright colours. Portrait shots display accurate colours and you can even achieve some great-looking pictures with blurry backgrounds.

Lower-light shots aren’t as good, but they’re better than the results I’ve achieved with the Moto X Play. You do need to stick with it, since the shutter speed is a little slow, but keep it still and the results improve.

night 1Lower light snaps are detailed, as you can see with the lights, but it takes an age to focus and shoot

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Video capture tops out at 1080p and looks fine, if shaky. The front-facing 8-megapixel camera takes good selfies, but again, it’s as slow as the main sensor.

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