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New Motorola Droids come with RGBC Clear Pixel camera: here is what this means

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New Motorola Droids come with RGBC Clear Pixel camera: here is what this means
All three new Droids, the Motorola Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx come with a 10-megapixel RGBC camera, or what we’ve earlier seen called ‘Clear Pixel’ camera. That’s great news and the reason for this is that enables much better images in low light.

For the technically inclined, a detailed explanations would be that camera sensors need a filter on top of the pixel array to register actual color. The standard is using the Bayer RGBG filter, where each 4x4 pixel area on the sensor is covered with red, green and blue light filters allowing only red, green or blue light. This means that a pixel with red filter on top of it only gets red light and the rest of the light information is simply lost.

Now, the new Motorola Droids use an RGBC filter on top of the sensor. The C stands for clear, and it means that one of four pixels gets the full unfiltered amount of light. That is 50% more light! This extra light is of a huge benefit in low-lit conditions, but even when you shoot in the day time, your camera will be faster thanks to the extra light.

New Motorola Droids come with RGBC Clear Pixel camera: here is what this means

That is one more reason making the new Droids so exciting - their camera tech. Here is an official rundown of the new Motorola cameras from Verizon:

“Low–light camera and easy–to–manage gallery. Snap high–quality photos, even at night. Droid Ultra has new technology that makes taking photos in low–light settings more efficient than ever. So go ahead: Take a photo of your delicious meal in a dimly lit restaurant and share it with your social networks. Or capture an unforgettable moment out on the town with crystal clarity. Tap anywhere on the screen to quickly grab that shot, and with a simple swipe, you’ll be checking out your latest masterpieces and easily sharing them with friends.”


For a more detailed explanation do not hesitate to take a look at our in-depth article explaining filter arrays and the way ‘clear pixel’ cameras work.

source: Verizon

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posted on 23 Jul 2013, 13:41 5

1. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Another way to change photos ? Will see... HTC failed with ONE, now its Motorola time to show its power !

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 13:44 11

2. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Failed? I don't think so. Clearly you've ever actually used the UltraPixel camera.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 15:47 6

6. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Oh I'm sorry, but camera in HTC ONE was supposed to beat the iPhone and Galaxy serier. As far as I know (and I checked it in about 10 different reviews), both apple and samsung BEAT THE HELL this "amazing" HTC ONE cam -.-

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 21:48 3

8. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 357; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Not in low light... HTC One BEATS THE HELL out of those phones in low light! -.-

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 03:56

11. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it's a pity that only in low-light, and not completely.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 03:55

10. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


hey, another guy from central europe)

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:17

12. pocketdrummer (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I've used it. It sucks.

But not because of the "ulta-pixels". It sucks because the auto-focus and white-balance on HTC phones is utter garbage. It works ok for still images, but as soon as you try to shoot video it's completely distracting and ruins everything. Try shooting something moving relatively close with a stationary background. The phone can't decide where to focus, so it just goes between the two constantly. Worthless.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 14:05 10

3. Deaconclgi (Posts: 223; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


As a Nokia flagship camera user since the Nokia N82 up to my current 808 and future 1020, I welcome ALL camera innovations by all manufacturers. This is simply a win win for consumers. Gone will be the days were only 1 or 2 manufactures have great cameras on their phones and not just good enough cameras but cameras that have substantial R&D put behind them and that actually try to produce better images.

I hope that Moto put a larger than normal sized sensor and decent optics to truly elevate their photography effort. If not, it will come with time.

Here's to better pictures for all, no matter the manufacturer or the OS!

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 14:07 4

4. darkvadervip (Posts: 293; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Agreed ahhxd717! I guess the some people talk just from reading articles before trying there self

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 15:29

5. Univice (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I could be wrong but it appears that the RGBC diagram is missing a green pixel square. At least when I viewed it there was a Red, a Blue, and two Clear ones in the 4 pixel square.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 19:14

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


That was my thought too... Wouldn't the 2 clear pixels make it a RCBC arrangement, not RGBC?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 03:27

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2448; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Good, let's see this in Moto X.

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