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The new Motorola DROIDs feature a Clear Pixel camera that promises faster processing and better low light performance. How does it work? A traditional camera sensor needs a filter on top of the pixel array to register the actual color. Typically you will find a Bayer RGBG filter, which means each 4X4 pixel area of the sensor is covered with red, green (2), and blue light filters. The new DROIDs use a RGBC filter, which is similar, but the “C” stands for clear. This means that one of the four pixels recieves a full unfiltered amount of light while sacrificing one green pixel. This equates to 50% more light. Obviously this will help in low light conditions, but it will also make the camera a lot faster.
My chief complaint with Motorola over the years has been the camera. I am totally excited to see what the Clear Pixel can do.