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The Best Technology 2005 Had to Offer: The G1’s Camera

January 14th, 2009 No comments

At 3.2 megapixels, the G1’s camera certainly doesn’t set any records–the Samsung Omnia gets 5 megapixels, and apparently 10mp models are on the way. However, 3.2mp is not half bad for a phone which doesn’t cater to the avid photographer. Besides, I remember when 3.2mp was the state of the art for digital cameras. My Nikon Coolpix 3100 still takes great pictures, dammit!

So far, I’ve found the quality of the G1’s photos to be excellent. Since the phone has no flash, the shutter slows down a lot in low-light conditions, but the colors stay true and there’s almost no grain. Outdoors or with good light, the camera performs even better.

Using the G1's camera

Using the G1's camera

Getting photos from the G1 to a computer is relatively easy as well–since the pictures are stored on the microSD card, you just have to connect the USB cord to your computer, mount the phone by going to the Notifications screen, and navigate to the resulting removable drive on your operating system of choice. Photos are in the “dcim” folder, just like with a digital camera.

My one gripe with the phone is that the photos are saved as 72 dpi by default–too low for a good quality print. Changing the resolution to a more realistic 300 dpi in Photoshop, however, still yields a 6.8′ by 5.1′ image–certainly big enough for a good 4 X 6 print. Thus far, my images average 357kb, certainly small enough to email or send using MMS.