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Megapixels Are Not A Key Element In Smartphone Cameras

August 10, 2015 - Written By Ricardo Trevizo

Smartphone photography is a recent trend that has been on the rise ever since handsets began including better and more powerful optic sensors. Every day, Android-powered smartphone users all over the world take over 93 million selfies, which shows just how important cameras are to the everyday user, and how much of an impact a good camera has when customers purchase a new device. Previously, it was only necessary to know the graphic resolution of the camera (the amount of megapixels) before actually deciding if a smartphone had enough potential to take high quality images; Today, there is a lot more that comes into play, including the image processing software, focus time, and much more. The technology included inside smartphone cameras, is one of the most advanced hardware pieces inside the numerous devices available in the market, and that accelerated innovation could be acquainted to the incredibly high demand for smartphones with powerful cameras. Taking photos with your smartphone is no longer a novelty as it was several years ago, it has now become a key element of our lives.

As opposed to other key elements in smartphones, such as the amount of RAM, type of processor, number of cores, or the clock speed, the quality of the camera is a feature that most people care about, not only the tech savvy. Which is why its a feature that manufacturers will continue to be focused on improving, as it is one of the few elements that will appeal to the whole market, not only to a fraction of it. This has led OEMs to accelerate the innovation process behind smartphone cameras, doing their best to release the indisputable best photo-taking smartphone in the world.

The technology behind smartphone cameras has advanced so much during the past few years that it has come to a point that users are able to take dSLR-quality images with a device so small that they can carry it in their pocket. The main aspect behind the quality of an image is the sensor itself, but it is no longer the only one. Back in 2008, smartphone manufacturers seemed to only care about the resolution, solely boosting the amount of megapixels in their cameras, without actually improving the software responsible for image processing. Today, manufacturers like Samsung, have proven that with the right balance of resolution and advanced image processing software, photos turn out to be much better. This is something that most OEMs have already noticed, but have just begun improving all the technology behind their devices’ cameras.