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Why does my Android phone takes lower resolution pictures than what it is supposed to take?

asked Jan 15, 2014 in Mobiles & Tablets by Vishki (10,550 points)
The 2 Mega Pixel camera on my Android phone take pictures at 1 Mega Pixel resolution, what is the reason? My phone is a Lenovo A369i which has a 2MP camera, but all the pictures taken are at 1MP. I have noticed the same thing on another Android phone with 2MP camera.

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answered Jan 16, 2014 by Vishki (10,550 points)
This is because of the aspect ratio at which the phone is set to take pictures. Change the ratio in your camera settings and you should see full resolution pictures being taken. By default the camera is set to take pictures at 16:9 ratio and this limits the resolution to 1 MP. Change the ratio to 4:3 from settings to have the camera take pictures at 1.9 MP(Lenovo A369i has 1.9 MP camera, 2MP is a merketing term) Why there is no 1.9 MP in 16:9? My understanding – The reason is, the sensor is 1.9 MP and is of 4:3 ratio. When a picture is taken at 16:9 ratio with this, it is essentially disabling the top and bottom portion of the sensor and only utilizes a 16:9 area in the middle. Because only a portion of the sensor area is being used, the picture resolution is also limited, 1MP in this case.

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