When I first transitioned to digital photography seriously, my camera of choice was the Canon Rebel XT. In that camera I found a whopping 3 frames per second, 8 megapixels, and a host of other features and benefits that go with SLR photography. The times, how they change…
My Droid2 smart phone bit the bullet (this was the third one of these to die prematurely), and Verizon in its wisdom decided I needed to go to a different model phone. After several logistical problems with getting the correct battery shipped for the correct model to the correct address, I finally got a battery for the new phone, powered it up and activated my number on the new line. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this new phone has…yup:
It staggers my mind that they can fit the same number of pixels on this teensy sensor that used to fill a sensor for an SLR. My hesitancy at embracing this MP count is that there will be excess noise, and pixelation on the images. While the smart phone features (phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) look to perform adequately, the camera is always a point of contention for me as I wish these phones could adapt somewhat and figure out a way to have an adjustable aperture. If you can fit that many pixels onto that teensy a sensor, surely the aperture could be adjustable!
This could just be me ranting on quixotically though – so, here’s a sample image at full resolution (click it to see full size). Does this seem decent enough for a camera phone? Sound off in the comments with your own thoughts on cell phone cameras – what features are good, what should be thrown out, and what should be improved? (No carrier bashing please – try thinking of this as carrier agnostically as possible! 🙂