5 Megapixel camera?

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  1. Chuck1906

    Chuck1906 Well-Known Member

    The camera in the Droid is said to be a 5 mega pixel camera. I have a 5mp Kodak point and shoot camera that takes really nice pictures that sometimes I can fool people into thinking I used a DSLR camera. Now the camera on the Droid which is said to be 5mp looks like crap in my opinion. I've taken pics in the daylight and at night and it looks grainy either way. I have played around with the white balance but mainly keep it on Auto. I own a Nikon D90 so I will use that to take any pics of importance.

  2. droidpcguru

    droidpcguru Well-Known Member

    The sensor in the Droid IS 5mp..but very tiny. The sensor in your Kodak is MUCH larger, and has more area per pixel to absorb light. The lens system in the Kodak also gathers more light than the tiny lens in the Droid. There really is no comparison between the two, except for the pixel count.

    With digital cameras, this is the nature of the beast. The more pixels you cram into a tiny sensor, the more noise you get. For its size the Droid's camera does a pretty decent job IMHO, but again there is no comparison to a decent point-and shoot.
  3. pinesal

    pinesal Well-Known Member

    The number og megapixels in no way determins the quality of the pictures. In fact, in some circumstances more megapixels will make a picture look worse than a camera with less.
  4. radikal

    radikal Well-Known Member

    its true, buy a 12 mp camera, some pictures look like hell! and sometimes this droid will take amazing photos outdoors or in greatly lit rooms, hell even nicely lit rooms it takes a good photo! but dim light = no good pic!
  5. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    I kan has 1 million thousand megapixels?

    Seriously - I bought a Panasonic DCM-FS25 - 12.1 MP with good effects, clear pics - if I ever need pics, I will only use the DROID if I absolutely have to - like it is a life changing event happening before my eyes.
  6. kbayer

    kbayer Well-Known Member

    A agree... the number of megapixels does not really contribute to the quality of the picture. I have an old 2megapixel Canon that still blows my newer 12 megapixel cameras away.

    The type of lens also makes a huge difference as well. My Nokia 2 yr old cellphone (N95) is considered to still be among the best camera phones. It's 5mp and has a Carl Zeiss lens.

    There once was a photo collection on Flickr showing where they snapped pics using a camera with different lenses. The difference was amazing.

    CHAPPELL New Member

    Five megapixels should produce an image way bigger than 640 by 480.

    That size is only point three megapixels. My Droid will not make a picture any larger than 640x480 (or .3 mp) with its so-called 5 mp camera.

    Size of chip should have nothing to do with number of pixels in resulting image. Number of pixels should.

    Any idea how to make a Droid actually take a 5 mp photo?:confused:
  8. square

    square Well-Known Member

    camera>settings>picture size :confused:

    options for 2,3, and 5mp
  9. nstallion

    nstallion Well-Known Member

    My Droid takes pictures at 2592x1936. Like people say there's tons of noise though.
  10. shadowdude777

    shadowdude777 Well-Known Member

  11. Fadelight

    Fadelight Well-Known Member

    This whole conversation boils right down to something that every photographer has been saying for years. People put too much stock in MP ratings. MP ratings are nothing more than the size of the image. That's it. Picture quality depends on an insanely large number of variables, and yet everyone has resorted to choosing their gear rated only by the MP.
  12. nstallion

    nstallion Well-Known Member


    Just took that. As you can see, plenty of pixels but lots of grain in the dark areas.
  13. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

    What is that disgraceful looking hunk of metal? A Altima? Pssst.
  14. Gunner

    Gunner Well-Known Member

    Yep, most of my pics come out noisy and generally poor. But then again I mostly only pull out the Droid for pics when I'm out w/ friends, or at a concert, or somewhere on the run & just need a quick pic of something. The Droid is for 'fun' pics, not for serious photography. That's what my Nikon dSLR is for.

    @shadowdude: That camera must cost many thousands of dollars. ; )
  15. nstallion

    nstallion Well-Known Member

    It's an Infiniti G35, and I love that car :p

    Different strokes for different folks I guess.

    Also I just noticed it looks like tinypic.com resized the image. The full sized image is about 50% bigger (with 50% extra grain!)
  16. radikal

    radikal Well-Known Member


    took it yesterday
  17. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

    Infiniti....mine as well be a Altima! Haha just kidding. I looked very closely at a 2008 M but decided on the Genesis 4.6.
  18. nstallion

    nstallion Well-Known Member

    Yeah it's actually rebadged JDM with Skyline 350GT badging (which is what the car is in Japan). Just to be different. So many G35s on the road.

    It's closer to a 350Z than an Altima :p Very close to a 350Z actually.

    Thread Jack! Yoink!
  19. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA VIP Member

    How about that GTR though....man I saw one of those on I90 the other day and it was saaaweet.
  20. Fadelight

    Fadelight Well-Known Member

    Not to be confused with the Nissan Skyline GTR, which is a different car all together.

    IMO, the G35 is what the 350Z should have been.

    Holy hell... we should just start a car thread. lmao.
  21. FrayAdjacent

    FrayAdjacent Well-Known Member

    5MPix != great pictures. Not all 5MPix cameras will give you the same results. The sensor, it's size, the lenses used... and the software that processes and compresses the image... make the difference.

    My Kodak 5MPix SLR like camera takes better pictures than my 7.1MPix Canon point-and-shoot.
  22. barry99705

    barry99705 Well-Known Member

    Compress the image!!??


  23. nstallion

    nstallion Well-Known Member

    Try getting your Droid to output an image as a .raw. I think that was part of his point.
  24. ttaylor0024

    ttaylor0024 Well-Known Member

    picture from my droid. 5mp setting. i got the bag on the left btw... :)


    Guess you guys are right... looked alot better on the phone lol

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