The camera is, perhaps, the most important feature of a phone. That’s why it’s not surprising to see manufacturers, like Samsung, Huawei, and Google, to invest their money to research & development, just so consumers can enjoy a better photo quality.
48MP and counting…
This year, we’re seeing a lot of innovations in smartphone cameras — night mode, AI, and even periscopic lenses. But none of which is more popular than high megapixel (MP) count. Just a couple of years ago, we were used to seeing 12MP and 16MP cameras. But when Sony announced its flagship sensor — the 48MP IMX sensor, it was a shocking yet welcoming innovation.
Thanks to that, smartphone buyers in 2019 don’t have to spend on a flagship phone just to achieve great photo quality. Sure, MP is only an attribute of a great photo, however, it still provides a huge improvement than, say, for example, aperture.
Realme’s 64MP smartphone camera is coming
The 48MP camera sensor isn’t entirely adopted yet by the whole industry, but we’re seeing already the next big thing — a whopping 64MP camera sensor. This news isn’t entirely new. In fact, Samsung has announced its own 64MP sensor, the ISOCELL Bright GW1. But that’s all there is to it. On the other hand, Xiaomi is said to be working on a 64MP smartphone. But unlike Realme, with a hashtag #DareToLeap, it unveiled a sample photo of a 64MP camera on Twitter. The photo even includes “64MP AI Quad Camera Shot on realme” watermark.
Here’s a glimpse of what this realme prototype can do. Even compared it with some other flagship model in a more premium price segment. Buckle up and #DareToLeap to some real exciting camera experience this year. pic.twitter.com/kVgz9griQy
— Madhav X (@MadhavSheth1) June 25, 2019
Given that it’s uploaded on Twitter, the company’s compression technology has already been applied. But even with the fact, the photo looks very sharp. And personally speaking, my eyes judged that it can be easily mistaken as shot on a DSLR camera.
While Realme didn’t unveil more, we have a few things to take note of.
For one, it’s almost sure that the 64MP image uses pixel binning technique — capturing the full image resolution and processing it to 16MP. The same way how 48MP images are processed today. Second, the file size has to be huge. When we tested the OPPO F11‘s camera, a single photo took nearly 10MB. So if this 68MP camera becomes a standard, phones will need at least 128GB of internal storage. It also shows the need for a microSD card.
What do you think of this 64MP photo? Do you think the smartphone industry needs it? Or is it a marketing scheme that will make you pay more for your next smartphone?