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20 Megapixel Camera Phone Chip Rediculousness from Broadcom

broadcomBroadcom is producing a chip capable of handling a 20 megapixel camera phone, the BCM2763 VideoCore IV.  Why?  To provide their customers with the ability to one-up the 12 and 14 megapixel camera phone offerings, as if they don’t have enough pixels.   While the 20MP numbers are the “ceiling” of this signal processor’s capability, that doesn’t make the concept of a 20MP camera phone any less outrageous.  The chip does have some actually desirable characteristics though, such as 40nm CMOS technology, 1080P H.264 encoding, and minimal power usage.   Press release follows.

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Canon S90 smokes Panasonic LX3 in shootout

4033357063_d1cb8c3796Another example of why not all pixels are created equal.  The Cannon triumphs in producing appealing colors & low noise images.

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Kodak EasyShare M381: 12 Megapixels and lots of image quality problems

easyshareM381Despite the 12 megapixel sensor it packs, this low-budget ($170) camera appears plagued with numerous image quality issues.  The review rules it “acceptable for casual snapshots”.  (Read: it could be a LOT better)

“In my informal tests for image quality, I noticed inconsistencies in exposure. Shots taken within a few seconds of each other in the Smart Capture mode varied noticeably; some images looked fine, while others seemed overexposed.”

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Olympus E-P2 Packs in a lot more than Megapixels

e-P2Companies who spend research and development costs on things other than trying to pack insane amounts of pixels into their sensors often get their devices overlooked by uneducated consumers.  Olympus has invested considerable effort into development of these sorts of quality-improving features that deserves to be recognized.  These features mean more than the megapixel count.

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12 Megapixel shoot out: Sony Ericsson Satio Vs. Samsung Pixon12


Sony Ericsson prevails in a close battle between 12 Megapixel camera phones

“The Sony Ericsson phone has captured the more natural looking image with brighter and, more importantly, more natural colours.”

“both cameras on the tested phones are incredible, proving that this wasn’t just a case of upping the Megapixel count to sell more handsets.   …  I found the Sony Ericsson Satio offers the best all round package. The 28mm wide angle lens of the Samsung Pixon12 is more of a hindrance than a positive addition as everything in your viewfinder is consequently smaller so you’ll find yourself having to zoom in to match the size of the Satio (which in turn impacts on the quality of the photo). Whilst a close run race, for me the Satio just edges it. The ease of use, larger display and more natural looking results are ultimately more important than the Pixon12’s smile detection and range of scene settings.”

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Casio jumps on the 12 Megapixel cameraphone bandwagon

In yet another example of over-stuffing pixels into a tiny form factor, Casio has released their 12MPix Camera-Phone – The Exilim Ketai CA003

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Nikon D3S SLR; Start of ISO war?

ISO sensitivity is more important to image quality than pixel count.  This camera has 12.1 megapixel sensor, you can bet its going to be remarkably better than a 12 megapixel camera phone.

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Canon Powershot G11 Review

A compact digital camera with a whopping 14.7 megapixels

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Samsung’s Pixon 12 offers a controversially large number of pixles

We can’t wait to get a hold of one of these to test it’s Image Quality.   We consider 12 Megapixels to be a ridiculously large number for a camera phone.  This phone has been delayed before but apparently is now released in Asia and Europe.

News of it’s release in june from Engadget:  Samsung’s Pixon 12: a dozen megapixels of cameraphone nonsense in June

Here is a test of the phone.   Apparently it has the ability to take a decent picture, but we still think that the 12 megapixels is a waste of Memory and Network bandwidth.  See more for some low light tests. Continue reading ‘Samsung’s Pixon 12 offers a controversially large number of pixles’ »

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