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Cameras struggle with dark skin. Here's how new smartphones stack up.

By Chris Velazco

30 Dec 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

A visible tech bias: Camera phones don't correctly reflect dark skin because they've been trained on lighter shades. A quick check on improvements by three brands from The Washington Post.

Erika Young flew from Florida to San Francisco with her mother for two reasons: to meet up with a family member in the military and to see Michelle Obama speak. But when Young and her mom happened upon a massive Christmas tree in the city's Union Square plaza, they had to stop and get some pictures with it.

That's when the back-and-forth began. For a few minutes, Young and her mother, Jwana Luckey, snapped pictures with different smartphones to see which produced the best results.

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