The BlackBerry Z30 features an 8-megapixel sensor that sits on its back and performs a swift and agile job of taking high quality photographs on the fly. The phone comes with an LED flash that is present with the 8 MP main camera and there is a secondary 2MP camera as well. Both the cameras can record HD videos - 1080p for the main camera and 720p for the front-facing one.
Furthermore, the company makes it so easy to access the camera app. You can launch it by from the lock screen by pressing and holding down your finger on the camera icon. Alternatively, the homescreen has another icon that you can use to launch camera. Finally, you can access camera app by clicking on the camera icon in the app panel.
The camera interface is simple and easy to use, and looks pretty familiar at first. It comes with all the necessary options that you would expect in a smartphone such as scene mode toggle, shooting models, geo-tagging and digital zoom to name a few. There are three shooting models that Z30 offers - Stills, Video and Time shift.
Image quality of its 8 MP camera is pleasantly amazing. There is plenty of fine detail and not too much sharpening going around. Exposure and contrast are also good enough. Photos that are taken outdoors are decent enough with plenty of lighting to accept with their average details and subtle oversaturation. This showers a bit of liveliness to its shots. Nevertheless, based on the position of its focus box, can appear over or under exposed. Plus, there will be loads of noise even in sunny conditions.
When you switch to video mode the user interface still remains the same just only options available will be changed. You can still access digital image stabilization and pick from the preset scenes. The main camera can shoot 1080p or 720p videos (720p is picked by default), while the front-facing camera can do only 720p. Video quality is also very good. Clips recorded are smooth at a consistent 30fps and with plenty of fine details. There’s no visible noise though colors are again oversaturated.