Originally Posted by irishjoeyo
I simply can't get past the sad fact that this phone only has a 5mp camera. I've read a lot of nonsense commentary about that, saying things like "megapixels don't mean anything anymore". The simple fact of the matter is, while the number of megapixels certainly is not the only significant spec in a camera, it is certainly one of the most important specs if not the most important spec. The more pixels, the higher the resolution and hence the higher the quality the image is, plain and simple.
Wow, that is just so wrong.
Let me put it to you this way. Would you rather have a $200 14MP point and shoot, or a $1000 10MP DigitalSLR? There's a reason that one camera costs over 5X as much even though it's less MP.
The single most important aspect of a camera is the lens glass, followed by the sensor size (not megapixel size, but physical size). Google publically stated they selected 5MP for two reasons:
1. Zero shutter lag requires faster processing, so they went with a smaller size to ensure that there wouldn't be any lag.
2. Low light performance is far superior. Since the physical size of the 8MP and 5MP sensor are the same, the larger sensors on the 5MP CCD allow more light to be captured quicker.
I'm not going to go into obsessive detail, but for most pictures, the 5MP sensor should be fine. BTW, the same criticism was levied against the iPhone4 when it came out, and that was widely regarded to have one of the best cell phone cameras around.