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

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.

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:

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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9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Good, let's see this in Moto X.

5. Univice

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

7. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

4. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

3. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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!

1. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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

2. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

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

6. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 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 -.-

8. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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

11. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

10. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

hey, another guy from central europe)

12. pocketdrummer

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

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