Nexus One Camera Flash Not as Bad As I Expected: Definitely Useful

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CNET’s Josh Lowensohn wrote a very informative article comparing the Nexus One and iPhone 3GS digital cameras…

Camera showdown: Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS

It contains a lot of head-to-head photo comparisons.

If you’ve been following this blog for the past couple of days, you know that I’ve been putting the Nexus One through a few video and digital photo tests myself. After checking out Josh’s article, I decided to give the Nexus One’s camera flash a quick test myself. I went outside last night to a spot with minimum ambient light. I set the flash to forced-flash mode. This was to avoid the lag I expected if I had it set to auto-flash mode.

You can see in my test photo above that the Nexus One’s flash pattern is a nearly perfect circle. Aside from the “red eye” artificat, color reproduction looks very accurate to me (white balance was set to “cloudy”). Unlike most conventional point-and-shoot digital cameras, however, the Nexus One’s electronic aperture apparently stayed open longer that might be needed for a flash photo. The result is that the rabbit’s slight head turn resulted in the blurring of that part of the photo.

If you need to shoot photos at night, it is well worth the effort to carry a point-and-shoot digital camera along with your Nexus One. But, if all you have is your Nexus One, you might want to try to get as close as possible to the subject of your photo, fire the flash, and hope your photo subject stood real still. “Oooh that wascally wabbit” (Elmer Fudd).

FYI: Bugs Bunny’s 70th anniversary is just a few months away. July 27, 2010.