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Samsung i8910: It’s not about the megapixels

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Any camera enthusiast who’s well-versed in the technology can give you a list of what makes a good camera from the lens to the software that puts it all together. If you’ve paid attention to the evolution of stand alone digital cameras, you know that megapixels certainly aren’t everything and now that the standard has been made so high for both digital cameras and camera phones, the significance is becoming increasingly negligible.

I’ve never had any critical issues with the quality of Nokia’s 5mp cameras, at least not to the point where I wanted an upgrade to 8. What disappointed me for so long was the lack of innovation after the same 5mp module was used again and again on each of Nokia’s new devices. Although we’re still waiting on Nokia’s first 8mp camera phone, I’m could care less that they’ve finally caught up to the competition for the megapixel count. No, what upsets me is that they’ve done almost nothing to improve the software.

The 8mp camera modules used by other manufacturers within the past year or so didn’t just take larger pictures, they supported a plethora of features shared on standlone digital cameras that Nokia has still yet to touch. I’m referring to features like face detection, smile shutter, blink detection, slow-motion video capture, and in some phones, even optical zoom. Some people might find these features to be only gimmicks and irrelevant to the quality of the picture being taken, but that’s not the point. The point is that these other manufacturers have continued to develop and focused their attention on the features than their consumers will want and like to sell more devices. These features don’t just mean a larger menu of options to take the same picture, it means more ways that a person can interact with the camera on their device and it gives that person a much more versatile set of tools to choose how they want to best caputure their memories.

It’s for this reason I’m excited about the 8mp camera in the i8910. I could care less about the bump in megapixel size and I’ll probably end up keeping is set at 5mp anyway. I just want a camera that’s closer to integration with standalone digital cameras, and now with a device that’s also running S60, we can all finally have it.

What do you think? Does the 8mp matter to you? Do you care about the additional features offered by non-Nokia camera phones?

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Written by Jonathan

May 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Posted in s60 Suggestions

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  1. it would of been cool if samsung keep the size of the sensor but dropped the mpx down to 5! less pixle density=better low light pictures!

    thefailingstudent

    May 15, 2009 at 2:07 am

  2. 8MP is cool, the horrible thing is the single LED flash

    Mike

    May 24, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    • We’ll see. I understand they included the LED to focus on the video recording (to provide continuous light), which makes me believe they may have done something different to make sure pictures come out well in poor lighting as well. I haven’t seen any low-light camera samples yet, so I’m not going to complain about it just yet.

      Jonathan

      May 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

      • Well the other killer is the lack of 850mhz which really cripples the device for US use

        Mike

        May 25, 2009 at 2:17 pm

      • Funny you should mention that. Check my most recent post for more info about that.

        Jonathan

        May 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm


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