As you might imagine, we couldn’t do a series on the perfect Nexus phone without talking about the camera. Camera technology on smartphones has come a long way since the HTC-made T-Mobile G1 hit the market. Digital imaging sensors have shrunk while boosting the number of pixels they are able to capture. There’s no arguing that the technology has improved every single year, but do we really need 13 or 20 megapixel images? For me, a phone’s camera is the most important feature. Not because I’m a photography snob and want to show off how great my pictures are on Instagram, but because I want to capture a moment.
There is an argument that you should just get a DSLR if you want a good digital camera. That argument annoys the crap out of me. I do own multiple “real” cameras (it doesn’t hurt that my wife is a professional photographer) and we take them with us on family outings or to events. When we know we want a good picture, we plan for it. The problem is, it’s extremely impractical to carry a DSLR with you all the time.
While the megapixel race is still on, some manufacturers are looking at different options when it comes to improving the camera experience on Android phones. HTC actually took a step in the opposite direction, reducing the megapixel count on its flagship HTC One, dramatically increasing the amount of light each pixel is able to absorb. HTC definitely get credit for thinking outside the box, but the phone didn’t get the response HTC was hoping for because the smaller images were not as crisp as those produced by the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the LG G2 despite the fact that the phone has superior low light performance.
Do you think the perfect Nexus phone camera should be a leader in the megapixel race or champion unique image capture approaches?