Can the Moto X change smartphone photography as we know it?

July 18, 2013
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We’ve been hearing about the Moto X’s ‘Clear Pixel’ camera and how “It means ‘dark, blurry pics and lack of details’ will be things of the past…”, for a while now, but let’s dive in and see what this could really mean.

In a somewhat unusual turn for smartphone technologies, ‘Clear Pixel’ is actually remarkably descriptive of how the technology works. Digital camera sensors are made up of pixels that record how bright light coming into them is, but only this. To actually bring color into the image, these sensors are covered with a color filter array, which only let’s light of certain colors through. This is great for capturing color, but since it’s a subtractive process, the image is made darker.

Smartphone cameras traditionally use the Bayer RGBG filter, which is comprised of one red, one blue and two green filters. As Phone Arena mentions, it’s very possible that the Moto X could use the new Aptina Clarity+ sensor, which uses an RGBC layout: red, green, blue and clear (aka. no filter).

By using a pixel that does not filter the color spectrum, this setup allows more light into sensor. The end result? Well, hopefully better low light performance. Capturing more light also means that the camera shutter doesn’t need to stay open as long, meaning less of a chance for those blurry, out of focus pictures that most of us are all-too-familiar with.

Whether or not this new technology will be used in the Moto X remains to be seen, though previous rumors seem to point to a similar sensor at the very least. No matter what, we’re definitely excited to see what this could mean for the future of cameras in non-flagship devices.

Do you think that ‘Clear Pixel’ cameras are the way of the future? Or do you think it’s going to take more than just making one pixel transparent?

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