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A bit of a mystery is surrounding T-Mobile’s newest myTouch devices as a new Consumer Reports story reveals these devices, which are billed as having 5 megapixel cameras — only have 3.9 megapixel cameras.
According to the report, the problem is a limitation in the camera’s shooting modes, which shows that the myTouch line has only one format, which yields an image of 16×9 made up of 2560 x 1536 pixels, or 3.9 megapixels. This is instead of the 2560 x 1920 pixels, 4:3 shaped images (or 4.9 megapixels) of a standard 5-megapixel camera. The problem is basically how the images are cropped by the camera app itself, where the widescreen aspect ratio is cutting off the top and bottom of the image, effectively lowering the resolution of the image.
Needless to say, neither of these cameras are said to be anything to write home about, and this is something that software update can certainly fix, as it’s a software problem and not a hardware one. There’s no telling where the cause or “blame” lies for this, but given that it is an easy fix with a software update, we’re sure now that the oversight has been brought to attention, a software will follow in short order.
Consumer Reports via The Consumerist