Last year was the year of Smartphones camera. A lot of new devices released under the promise that the Smartphones can replace the normal point and shoot camera, and in some respect, some OEMs has delivered it, like Nokia. Let’s look at some reasons why OIS and 13 megapixels should be standard for flagship devices in 2014.
Now, I’m not saying that OIS is what make camera great, but it certainly improves the picture quality. Look at the all the Smartphones like LG G2, or Lumia 920 and above, or even the Nexus 5. They all have OIS, and although the Nexus 5 did not deliver great pictures, what they produced is comparable. Also, with OIS, it helps if our hand is a little shaky, it’s also helped stabilize the images or even video when the lenses are in motion. Now, with that being says, there are some good Smartphones out there that does not need OIS to deliver great pictures like the Galaxy S5, the Note 3 or the iPhone. But as the competition is improving this year, even Apple is rumored to have OIS build into their camera to improve auto focus and picture quality. So, if Samsung doesn’t act fast, the competition will leave them behind.
As awesome as both of these devices are, their camera is horrible. Now, don’t get me wrong, HTC was trying to prove that megapixels count is not matter, and I agree to some degree. It does not matter until it matter. I mean, what is this, 2006? No, we are in 2014, and 4 megapixels, although maybe good for low light situation as HTC claimed, but looks at Nokia, they able to have 41 megapixels in their camera and great low light camera as well. Now, what they can do is put a standard 8 megapixels, or 13, since we are talking in 2014, and the fact that 4 megapixels did not serve them well, I say that 13 megapixels with OIS is the way to go for HTC One’s successor. In the Moto X cases, they need OIS and a software fix. Although after the update that Motorola released, there was a sign of improvement in picture quality, but they need more improvement, and I think that OIS, and maybe a 13 megapixels camera can fix some problem that the Moto X has right now.
As Smartphones evolved and become a part of our daily life, improvement is needed for all the new Smartphones that is going to be released in 2014. But it is also important for OEMs to keep the promise that they make. The camera on devices like HTC One should not be implemented on a high end Smartphones. Again, don’t get me wrong, OIS and megapixels count aren’t what’s making a point and not shot camera great, but the consumer has such a great experience with it so much that it seems a little bit outdated for phones that do not have these feathers. So, OEMs should go with the flows and join the technology trend. With that being says, if they can innovate new way in their camera technology, and then, what the hey, I’ll be the first one in line to try it out.