Cameras on our smartphones have come a very, very long way. From the early days when phones would come equipped with mere VGA quality cameras, to cameras these days that can detect objects, offer image stabilization, and shoot at unnecessarily high megapixels. But apparently, that isn’t good enough for some.
Speaking to MySmartPrice, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management Judd Heape, revealed that OEMs are currently working on smartphones that could be packing 64 MP or even 100 MP+ camera sensors. Heape does not mention the brands involved, but we imagine that those brands will probably want to make a show of it when they do launch their devices.
According to Heape, the megapixel race isn’t something that Qualcomm really wants or envisions for the industry right now, but that seems to be the direction that the industry is headed at the moment. He also says that he would much prefer if phone camera sensors could pack larger pixels instead of more pixels, and we agree with that assessment.
Image quality is determined by many things, but one of the main differences that continue to give DSLRs a reason for existing is the fact that their sensors are much larger than those found in our phones. This, in turn, helps to produce considerably higher quality images than our smartphones.
In the past, we have seen how companies such as Nokia have attempted to leverage megapixels to market their phones, like the Nokia 808 PureView from 2012 which had a 41MP sensor stuffed inside of it.