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Megapixel Camera phone Comparison Megapixel Camera phone Comparison

16 December 2004
Written by Albert Malik


Recently the iMobile team had the unique situation of having a collection of megapixel class camera phones together at one time. So we took this opportunity to do a large camera comparison review! The lucky contenders of this competition were the Nokia 6670 with 1.0 megapixel CMOS camera, Motorola A1000 with 1.2 megapixel CMOS camera, Sony Ericsson S700i with 1.3 megapixel CCD camera, and Siemens S65 with 1.3 megapixel CCD camera. For reference, we also included my Sharp GX20, which only has a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera, but has one of the best CCD sensors in any VGA camera phone. For more information on any of these phones, take a look at iMobile’s preview and review articles.

We subject the phones to various outdoor and indoor environments with various lighting and colours to gauge their ability to properly capture their surroundings. The outdoor photos were taken at or near Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, and the indoor ones were taken at the not-so-famous reviewer’s home. Some phones returned excellent results, and others, horrible ones. Read on for the review!

Round One! (Bondi beach)

Our first picture focuses on the Bondi Beach shoreline from neighbouring cliffs, with a good view of the ocean, the beach, outlying suburban buildings and the cliffs themselves, providing a myriad of colours.

 Nokia 6670  Motorola A1000  Winner!
The 6670 does a good job in this situation – it has captured and reproduced all colours accurately, although its contrast level is too low – colours appear rather dull and have a light grey look to them, compared with the other pictures. Its focus comes out at a satisfactory level.

Take a closer look!

Take a closer look!

The A1000 does the best job here. It reproduces colours well, although tends to over-saturate them and make them too vibrant. It also has the second best focus, only losing out to the S700i in this area. The contrast is spot on, only tending towards a darker look in some shadowed places.
 Sony Ericsson S700i  Siemens S65
The S700i would have won outright here if not for its tendency to focus on blue colours. The picture is much too blue, but otherwise shows colours accurately, is not too dark or bright, and has the best focus of the group, producing a sharp, clear picture.

Take a closer look!

Take a closer look!

The S65 comes out last here, and it’s quite easy to see why from the picture itself without explanation. Besides the abundance of red in the picture and an overall dark look, the picture’s focus is abysmal, being sharp in some places and fairly blurry in others. This point proves that it’s not just megapixels that count in a camera module.
 Sharp GX20  Canon PowerShot Pro1 Camera
Lastly, the GX20. While not able to capture 1 megapixel, it is able to capture a pretty image, with accurate colouring and good focus similar to the Motorola A1000. It does have a focus problem on the edge of the photo however, going slightly blurry.

Take a closer look!

Take a closer look!


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Table of contents

Table of contents:

Introduction & Round One (Bondi beach) (Page 1)
Round Two! (Tasman sea & apartments) (Page 2)
Round Three! (Close objects & the beach) (Page 3)
Round Four! (Indoor & night shots) (Page 4)
Round Five! (Night mode & the flash) (Page 5)
Conclusion (Page 6)

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