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Moto X camera will combine 4 pixels into 1 ‘perfect’ pixel for great image quality

There’s only a day left to go before Motorola makes the Moto X official, and word has got out that the handset’s camera will use an oversampling technique to capture pictures with a high amount of detail and color accuracy.


Nokia has used oversampling techniques to great effect on the Nokia 808 and the Lumia 1020 PureView cameras, combining seven pixels into one superpixel (using 41-megapixel sensors) to capture photos with great detail and accurate color that have become the benchmarks in what smartphone cameras can do.

Now, while the upcoming Moto X won’t be able to match Nokia’s PureView tech in camera quality, its 10-megapixel ‘ClearPixel’ camera will supposedly use a similar oversampling technique to bin “4 pixels together to create one perfect pixel,” while being able to shoot 1080p video at 60 fps and play it back in slow motion at 30 fps, a first for a smartphone. The info comes from Taylor Wimberly, who has been accurate about other details on Motorola’s hero device before.

Wimberly also mentions that the pixel size on the camera is 1.4 microns, smaller than 2.0 on the HTC One but larger than the Galaxy S4’s 1.1 microns. Bigger pixel size basically allows a camera to capture more light, so the Moto X camera should allow for some impressive low-light performance. Oh, and for those who “love marketing buzz words,” there’s also 3D audio recording, enabled by the inclusion of three microphones on the handset.

The Moto X will be officially unveiled by Motorola tomorrow (August 1), and it is expected to retail for as low as $299 for the 16GB model, with a focus on customizability and a great software experience which, among other things, will allow users to use voice search even when the screen is off. In terms of specs, it will match yesteryear flagships like the Galaxy S3 with a 720p display, custom eight-core Motorola processor, and 2GB of RAM.

SourceTaylor Wimberly

Abhijeet Mishra
Abhijeet holds an avid interest in technology, and when he's not tinkering with this smartphone or covering the latest development in the mobile world (or singing along to classics from Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra), he can be found reading a novel or two.

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