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Never take photos with the WhatsApp camera!

If you do not want to open the camera app, you can also take pictures directly with WhatsApp – which is not a good idea, as atechbook’s test shows.

Quickly snap a picture and send it to friends and family – you can use the camera software integrated directly into WhatsApp for this. But if there are important details on the photo, then the popular messenger turns out to be a flop.

atechbook makes the photo comparison

WhatsApp photos
The original iPhone photo in 4:3 ratio at a resolution of 3024×4032 Photo: atechbook
WhatsApp photos
WhatsApp photo from the same perspective in the ratio 16:9 at a resolution of 2160×3840 on Photo: atechbook

The result of the atechbook test confirms the quality differences. The WhatsApp camera clearly swallows the details on our snapshot. It gets blurry very quickly there. We also noticed in the direct comparison that WhatsApp already zooms in a bit when taking a photo. Since WhatsApp only uses the main camera (and not the telephoto lens) of a smartphone, it has to be digitally zoomed in, which means that quality is already lost.

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Why WhatsApp photos have poorer quality

The camera software of WhatsApp is sometimes very different from the app of the respective smartphone manufacturer that you otherwise use for photos. WhatsApp takes photos in a different format that is slightly more elongated than those taken with the camera app to make use of the elongated smartphone screen. A “normal” photo sent via WhatsApp has a resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels. A WhatsApp photo, on the other hand, resolves at 901 x 1600 pixels (16:9 format) and is thus often almost 100 kilobytes (KB) smaller. The smaller resolutions come about because photos are compressed once again when they are sent.

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So several factors come together that contribute to the fact that the quality is worse with WhatsApp photos. However, because of the compression when sending, you should not only not take important photos with WhatsApp, but also not send them through it. No matter if they were taken with WhatsApp or the camera app. So if you want to send a photo in the best possible quality, you should always do it via email, AirDrop or with a data service.


  • Cameras
  • WhatsApp