An indispensable part of modern day mobile phones is the camera. Ever since the iPhone 3GS with its 3.2 megapixel camera was launched, it has been debated on whether or not its camera is good enough. While serious photographers will still consider it wise to go for a dedicated digital camera, most users have found the iPhone's camera to do more than a good job for a smartphone.
You might recall one of our earlier articles where we had compared iPhone's camera with Droid's. Back then, it was evident that despite the Droid's 5MP camera, pictures taken with the iPhone were still of better quality than those from the Droid. With the Nexus One out, how does this new handset compare with iPhone in terms of camera picture quality? CNET writer Josh Lowensohn has a comparison of the pictures taken from the two devices that offers pretty interesting results.
According to his casual study, one of the biggest plus-points for Nexus One has undoubtedly been the flash. Josh's picture in a darkened room shows that the iPhone performs quite well.
But in a very dark room, thanks to the flash, Nexus One's pictures are good, while its pointless to take pictures with an iPhone 3GS. It also produces a more grainy picture compared to Nexus One when used in low light conditions.
That being said, iPhone too does a few things better than the Nexus One; primarily in features such as auto-focus. The camera of the two phones seem to produce more or less similar quality pictures otherwise. Josh claims that the Nexus One camera marginally outperforms the iPhone mainly because of more recent technologies.
We would tend to agree with Josh here. With technology getting outdated at such a quick pace, even the eight odd months of difference between the launch dates of these two devices mean that the Nexus One stands to have better technology equipped in its camera. With LED flash expected to come in the next generation of iPhone, the gap between the two devices in camera technology should be bridged very soon.
What do you think?