you need some optics to get greate photo quality. but if you had 3 camera sensors close together and they all take the photo at the same time to combine in to 1 foto, i belive you can work off a lot of the sensor distortions for a clean picture.
I always thumbed my nose at phone camera's... but the reality is that you end up using them a lot more than your expensive slr - just because they're right there in your pocket, all the time. The image quality of a 1 cubic centimeter camera is never going to match even a consumer camera, but they sure are handy.
[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]You can call it what you want but nothing beats a large sensor and a big quality lens.Laws of optics...[/citation]
Ever heard of 'evidence is not proof and correlation is not proof of causation'?
Point being, just because bigger sensors and bigger quality lenses produce better images, doesn't mean we cannot pack that in a much smaller form factor.
That's what called efficiency.
Today we have a huge issue that manufacturers are packing very high megapixel cameras into smartphones and pads... however, the quality of such cameras (in terms of sensors and lens) is extremely poor.
Reason: they want to save on fictional costs (Even though we can produce extremely high quality photos/videos using very large resolutions in real time if we used superior synthetic materials which can be made in abundance).
The "reason" has nothing to do with "fictional"(?) costs. It has everything to do with the idiotic megapixel race in which camera makers have indulged over the past ten years. And which the press has abetted by never ever questioning the results.
Ever since small cameras moved beyond 2 or 3 megapixels, picture quality has degraded while file sizes have exploded. Now we have the worst of both worlds: huge files and images that are terrible unless taken under an arc light.
It's so very sad that the best point & shoot cameras you can buy today are 6 years old, and only available used on ebay.
What the Nexus needs is a sensible camera AND AN SD CARD SLOT.
Will be interesting to see what the next Motorola will be especially since current Motorola Droids are very good. As for the Nexus 5 I doubt Google will work with Samsung since there is a good change Samsung will take ideas for their own.
"see a batch of shots merging together to create the best image possible."
May refer to "High Dynamic Range" (HDR).
NVidia's new Tegra 4 chip supports HDR.
"Computational Photography Camera - Never miss that "once in a lifetime" shot while you turn on features like HDR, then try to hold still enough to properly capture the scene. The innovative new computational photography mobile architecture fuses together the processing power of the CPU, GPU, and ISP to dramatically enhance mobile imaging. This enables the first Always-on HDR camera with features like live HDR preview, instant HDR photos, HDR video, HDR burst, HDR Flash, and HDR Panorama, as well as the first phone-based Tap-to-Track feature."
Talk about stating the bleeding obvious, but you can't really stick a DSLR on the end of a phone. As often quoted, the best camera for the job is the camera you have with you. Given that we know smartphone cameras aren't fantastic right now, we can look at Google looking to improve this as a good thing, or we can be really arrogant and say we refuse to take a picture unless it's on a DSLR.