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Marketing materials for camera-equipped phones tend to focus on megapixels, flash, and video capability. As anyone with a little experience with digital photography knows, these are not, actually, the most important things. A little research has shown that the real useful information (sensor size, max aperture, even focal length) is difficult to find, and there doesn't seem to be an all-in-one place to find the answer.

Hopefully we can solve that with a community wiki. I've moved to here some of the information I've collected in trying to answer my earlier question about what Android phone is best for photography. Please contribute what you know, preferably with sources.

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closed as too broad by eldarerathis Sep 8 '13 at 0:47

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Camera Details for Android Devices

  1. HTC EVO 4G (pc world article, ov8812 sensor specs, engadget review, androidpolice review)
    • Sensor size: 4.6mm × 3.5mm (~16.2mm²)
    • Megapixels: 8mpix
    • Pixel density: 49mpix/cm²
    • Max aperture: can't find anywhere
    • 35mm EFL: 38mm
    • Max ISO: 1250
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): good
    • Optics: jpeg and over-sharpening artifacts on sample images make it hard to even tell :(
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: very good
  2. HTC Droid Incredible (maximum pc article, ov8812 sensor specs, androidandme article)
    • Sensor size: 4.6mm × 3.5mm (~16.2mm²)
    • Megapixels: 8mpix
    • Pixel density: 49mpix/cm²
    • Max aperture: ?
    • 35mm EFL: ?
    • Max ISO: ?
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): quite good, some oversaturation
    • Optics: ?
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: ?
  3. HTC Nexus One (androidandme article)
    • Sensor size: ?
    • Megapixels: ?
    • Pixel density: ?
    • Max aperture: ?
    • 35mm EFL: ?
    • Max ISO: ?
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): good
    • Optics: good
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: ?
  4. Motorola Droid 2 (maximum pc article)
    • Sensor size: ?
    • Megapixels: ?
    • Pixel density: ?
    • Max aperture: ?
    • 35mm EFL: ?
    • Max ISO: ?
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): poor
    • Optics: ?
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: ?
  5. Motorola Droid X (pc world article, ov8812 sensor specs, droid x hack blog post, maximum pc article)
    • Sensor size: 4.6mm × 3.5mm (~16.2mm²)
    • Megapixels: 8mpix
    • Pixel density: 49mpix/cm²
    • Max aperture: f/2.8
    • 35mm EFL: 38mm
    • Max ISO: ?
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): good, although still somewhat oversaturated
    • Optics: pretty good, relatively speaking
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: poor
  6. Samsung Epic (maximum pc article)
    • Sensor size: ?
    • Megapixels: ?
    • Pixel density: ?
    • Max aperture: ?
    • 35mm EFL: ?
    • Max ISO: ?
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): good, especially in natural light
    • Optics: ?
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: ?
  7. Samsung Galaxy S (pc world article,Official Specs)
    • Sensor size: ?
    • Megapixels: 5 MP
    • Pixel density: ?
    • Max aperture: f/2.6
    • 35mm EFL: ?
    • Max ISO: ?
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): ?
    • Optics: ?
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: ?
  8. Samsung Nexus S (official specs from google)
    • Sensor size: 3.9 mm × 2.9 mm (as calculated from 35 mm EFL)
    • Megapixels: 5mpix (2560×1920=4,915,200)
    • Pixel density: 44.2 mpix/cm² (as calculated from 35mm EFL)
    • Max aperture: f/2.8 [source]
    • Focal length: 3.63 mm [source]
    • 35mm EFL: 32 mm (as observed)
    • Max ISO: 400 [source]
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): ?
    • Optics: ?
    • RAW output: no
    • Responsiveness: ?

Other Camera Phones For Comparative Purposes Only

  1. Apple iPhone 4 (pc world article, falk lumo blog post, maximum pc article)
    • Sensor size: 4.5mm × 3.4mm (~15.5mm²)
    • Megapixels: 5mpix (2592×1936=5,018,112)
    • Pixel density: 33mpix/cm²
    • Max aperture: f/2.8
    • 35mm EFL: 29mm
    • Max ISO: 1000
    • Low-light quality: Eh. No miracles.
    • Color rendition (subjective): mediocre — tends towards over-saturated, some hue shifts
    • Optics: okay, not great. good detail, medium sharpness, moderate distortion
    • RAW output: no
    • Responsiveness: decent-to-good
  2. Nokia N8 (nokia specs page, gsmarena blog post, dpreview forum post)
    • Sensor size: 7.0mm × 5.2mm (~36.8mm²)
    • Megapixels: 12mpix
    • Pixel density: 33mpix/cm²
    • Max aperture: f/2.8
    • 35mm EFL: 28mm
    • Max ISO: 1200
    • Low-light quality: ?
    • Color rendition (subjective): ?
    • Optics: ?
    • RAW output: ?
    • Responsiveness: ?
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Added link to the (International) Galaxy S's specs (you need to click the specs tab), don't know enough about cameras to translate parts of that into your categories ;) –  GAThrawn Jan 5 '11 at 1:16
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@GAThrawn: Thanks. The official specs there are better than most, in that they list the lens focal length and aperture, but it's still not everything we need. Hilariously, it lists ISO as "Yes". –  mattdm Jan 5 '11 at 2:31
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