July 11, 2005

Camera phones are getting better

Follow-up to What a nice day from Steve's blog

A few months ago I took this shot of the sun reflecting from a University House window. It was taken with the camera in my phone, a Nokia 6230, because that was all I had on me at the time.

I've got a new phone now, a Sony Ericsson K750i, so I thought I'd try and repeat the shot to see how it compares to the old one. Of course, the sun is much higher now, so the reflections are in different places and I can't take exactly the same shot. The orignal and today's are below, Nokia on the left, Sony Ericsson on the right.

There is an obvious difference in the images at this size, but the difference is even more obvious if you look at the full-sized images (just click on the ones above). The Sony Ericsson had a 2MP camera, compared to the Nokia's 0.3MP one, which explains it all, probably. With the large difference in resolution it is hard to say if there's any difference in quality. One of the other differences is that the lens on the new camera isn't as scratched as the old one, so there's a much reduced starburst effect. And it will stay that way because this one has a lens cover:-)

This phone might just be good enough to be my "take anywhere" camera, when I can't be bothered to take my proper camera, or didn't expect to need it. Which is perfect because I rarely go anywhere without my phone…

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