OnePlus One’s camera: what the manufacturer says to expect
OnePlus is hard at work on its One smartphone, set to arrive running a special incarnation of CyanogenMod later this year – sometime in the first half, at least. While there’s still a good deal we don’t yet know about the handset, OnePlus has been remarkably forthright in disclosing certain details about the phone’s hardware, and especially in these post-MWC days we’ve been hearing a ton about what to expect. Pricing, display details, voice commands from sleep, the choice of SoC: all that’s out in the open. Today we continue with the flow of OnePlus One news, learning what the company has decided to do so far as the phone’s camera goes.
Founder and CEO Pete Lau reveals that the One will feature a Sony Exmor IMX214 for its primary camera. That’s a 13-megapixel sensor, with a nice big f/2 aperture. Like the camera we just talked about Samsung struggling with for the Galaxy S5, this one will feature a similar six-lens optical system to cut down on distortion.
What about stabilization? Well… that’s a good question. Lau talks about a feature called Image Stabilization Plus, but its description as something that “will reduce noise and shakiness thanks to a series of inputs received from other components of the phone such as the gyroscope” sure sounds a lot like a software-based stabilization method to us, rather than the optical system we’d hope for.
Around the other side, look for the One to arrive with a five-megapixel front-facer.
What do you think, does a 13MP main camera make sense in light of the OnePlus “never settle” philosophy, or would you have like to seen something a little more capable?