What makes camera phone pictures look good, and what doesn't
Camera module from a Samsung Galaxy Nexus housing an image sensor, optical system, and the necessary circuitry
5 lenses compose the optics on the iPhone 4S' camera
Was this the world's first camera phone?
2. meetmadzky (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Yes. This is so true and I totally agree on this article.
4. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
I hear so many customers say, "But this one has an 8MP camera and that only has a 5MP camera." Then I have to explain that a lot more goes into the camera than just megapixels.
Great info. I'll definitely be e-mailing this article to our sales staff for them to look at.
22. Zephyron (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
Same scenario here.
Good on you on explaining the differences, unlike so many of the retailers on my end here who merely push on the megapixel count of the cellphone's camera.
5. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)
Would have been better if there wasn't 10 iphone references.
6. PaulNotFromSweden (Posts: 52; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Well-written article. Thanks for writing it.
8. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
So the unanswered question here is which comapnies or phones get these things more right than wrong.
One place where we see some of these things at play is the Lumia 800 camera is worse than the N9 but has exactly the same hardware - it's the processing software that isn't optimized so welk on the Lumia.
The N8 has a 12MP camera, but it's clear they got more right than just haveing 12MP when they made it. HTC better have more than just 16MP for it's camera else people will be disapointed with it's performance, despite it's high resolution, especially if a Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 4S or Nokia N9 or even Nokia N82 (5MP with Xenon) takes better pictures.
12. redbirdie (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Yes, agreed. Does anyone have a resource to recent model camera comparisons? In addition to iPhone 4s?
24. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Techradar just ran an interesting article named "Best camera phone: 6 handsets tested". Guess which handset came out tops? (Hint: _not_ the iPhone 4S)
9. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
Nice article..and I can see the best of all the components are there in my N8, and it makes me re-assert that its still the best phone-cam coz of its Carl Zeiss optics,sensor and Xenon flash. :)
Next would be my SGS2! :D
11. redbirdie (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
It is a good article. Has anyone seen a similar direct comparison of specific phone cameras? I really want the Nexus, but the I depend on the really teriffic camera (8mp) in my older Evo4G.
Also, not to be contrarian, but after zooming in on those two shots in the first comparison, I can't agree that the Canon 60D photo taken at lower mp is actually better. Look at the leaves in each of the photos. The leaves in 8mp camera phone photo are noticably more crisp...
23. iAndroid (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
I really haven't been too impressed with the sensor on my evo, I guess I am spoiled by the superior sensor in my Galaxy S II however I would recommend you compare the Galaxy Nexus to your HTC evo to see for yourself which sensor is superior.
28. blazee (Posts: 285; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
The focus of the canon seems to be on the bear and whats in front of it rather than background. I think this gives the object the camera is point at a more crisp, detailed and more natural look to it. It might also just be a matter of adjusting the setting on the camera focus to your preferred option.
13. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I'll admit, I used to be one of those consumers who thought that the higher the megapixels, the better the image quality. And who can blame me.? Many phone reviews I've seen, most phones with high megapixel cameras appeared to have great photo quality. But even an old Sony flip phone I used to use had a simple VGA camera and had great photo quality.
14. redbirdie (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
Actually, I see there is a comparison between Nexus and iPhone cameras here on Phone Arena from November....
15. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Beautifully written article. I've always been the kind of person who just assumes MP = King, although I knew that wasn't true, I could never seem to work out the real differences. This was the perfect article for me. Thanks!
17. Arpad (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
Long live the Nokia N8....well until Bella at least.
18. SoopaManLuv (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Aug 2011)
I think tha biggest thing is, no 2 people view images tha same. And yeah, I use 2 think more MP's meant better photos as well. That was until I did some research. As an example, tha 8MP shooter on my DroidX is u gotta know how 2 use it 2 get a good photo. Wit that being said, it still comes down 2 tha viewer. What I think looks good someone else may say different. Well written article by tha way.
19. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
The N8 isn't even mentioned, with it's Xenon flasH!!
20. TiCAL (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
first time commentor long time reader
I know phonearena favors yphones
i have no problem with that
but i hate hate when they subliminally take stab's
at nokia."brand name optic's" , "Power hungry Xenon flash"
oohh plz all my friends have yphones
but when they wana take a pic in a club ,bar or lounge
they looking for me.
THEY KNOW my N8 will embarass there yphone.
can't wait for the NOKIA 803
26. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Exactly! Carl-Zeiss is "one of the oldest existing optics manufacturers in the world", yet we shouldn't trust them? Please PhoneArena, don't take advantage of your readers' naievity. Unbiased journalism is all we ask for.
21. sumit919 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
What a superb article. Long live phonearena. Articles like these differentiate you from other sites i would say.
Can anyone post some links for more detailed study of optics, sensor, aperture and image processing in digital cameras.
25. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The Nokia N8 ticks EVERY single box, yet no mention? Ah, perhaps that's because it uses Carl-Zeiss optics and contains an image sensor larger than that of most P&S cameras. ("Do not be fooled by marketing tricks, such as optics carrying a given brand name, or the fancy titles that some companies use to market their sensors with").
27. iseedeadpeopleinyou (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)
lolol exactly phonearena hatin on Nokia . :D
29. just.mer (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 May 2011)
OK but when I read a review of a new phone I can only found out the megapixels and i begin to judge the quality of the picture only by it, so can sb tell me how can i know about all these specs there were written a?