[Rumor 2] Nexus 5 May Come with MEMS Camera; Also OIC & More Confirmed in Log Files

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    Here's a second Nexus 5 rumor for you guys today. This one actually comes with several bits of intel, and most of it is related to the camera in the device. Recently we shared a new spec-list rumor for the Nexus 5 which suggested the camera would not be the 13MP one found in the LG G2, but would instead simply be an 8MP shooter. Today's intel seems to echo that info, but before you get too disappointed about it, despite the lower MP count, this new camera will come with some very advanced features which could make up for the difference.

    First, we have a report the camera in the Nexus 5 will come with MEMS technology built-in. For the lay-person, this is microelectromechanical technology. This new tech is vastly different from the voice coil motors (VCMs) used in typical smartphone cameras. Without going into elaborate technical detail, the MEMS tech effectively speeds up the camera dramatically, allowing for a focus which is 7 times faster than current cameras. It will also help the camera take multiple images extremely fast. This would effectively allow you to shoot a picture and focus later, as with a Lytro camera. This new tech is manufactured by Digital Optics and is not normally found in smartphone cameras. Here's a quote with a great breakdown of this technology,

    At this point we aren't sure if this rumor is valid, but it seems pretty solid. It comes from some hidden Nexus 5 log files, which could have been faked.

    That's not all of the intel we have on the camera. According to a different leaked log, this time coming from an Android 4.4 file, the camera in the Nexus 5 will come with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), just like in the LG G2. This would further put the camera in the Nexus 5 on much higher ground than the competition if both of these technologies are present.

    As a sidenote, the second logfile also shared that the Nexus 5 would include USB OTG (On-the-Go) support. This basically allows the phone to become a USB host for other devices. Intriguing...

    It seems like the closer we get to the launch of the Nexus 5 the more interesting it becomes. Could this be the best Nexus device yet produced? Share your opinion.

    Source: TalkAndroid
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    What do you mean by USB-OTG support?
    Because I use OTG on my Galaxy Nexus so it's not a new thing.

    Also I'm skeptical about the camera, but that might be the reason for the price increase that you said in the previous article.
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    I only know what I reported about the USB-OTG. It may not be a new thing, but the logfile simply implies that the feature is supported for what that's worth. :)
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    Pretty sure OTG wasn't available stock on the G Nexus, and needed to be baked into custom kernels.


    All I ask is that it's on Verizon, and that they don't bloat/screw it all up.
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    I concur on the Verizon statement! I would love to have a fancy camera and amazingly awesome rumored specs, but more than anything I simply want it to come to Verizon.

    EDIT/Question:
    How big is a MEMS picture file compared to the 'same' picture with a non-MEMS picture?
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    Bingo. I'm crossing my fingers.
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    To get a great shot no more than 3mp is needed if the lens, software, etc, etc isn't dime store junk like on most phones. 13mp (or 130) with substandard after the fact still results in substandard finished products.
    If you are trying to print wall posters of a person or objects hundreds of feet away a phone camera isn't what you need anyway.
    Optical image stabilization is has long been needed and it alone will make much better results possible.
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