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If only they had packed an iPhone: Why the camera on your mobile is better than those on the $2.5 billion Mars Curiosity rover.
When Nasa's Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars on monday morning, it almost immediately began transferring back to Earth the first images of the Martian surface. But for its reported $2.5 billion price tag, the images have a little less clarity than you might expect.
Curiosity's cameras have a maximum resolution of two megapixels. For perspective's sake, modern smartphones typically are 8MP or more. The result will be images that are sharper than those of Martian rovers past, yet lack the clarity that would be expected from a snap you take in your local pub.
As any real photographer will tell you the mp value has very little importance when taking picture.
Originally posted by OrionHunterX
This really sucks! Do you really believe that NASA stuck to 2004 technology for its Mast cameras on board the Curiosity Rover in 2012? Why just a two-megapixel camera?
Originally posted by SpearMint
My smartphone can't fly to Mars.
Originally posted by miniatus
ATS hasn't let me down this time.. everyone is responding logically ..
I personally have no issue with the camera quality for all the reasons mentioned.. auto white balancing probably doesn't work so well due to the martian atmosphere, being hazy and dusty... it's not like it's on earth where cameras are generally designed to operate.. The optics were designed to be rugged and get a job done.. in that, they are perfectly successful
Originally posted by Xertious
reply to post by KnightFire
The equipment is advanced.
You do realise what it has to stand up to, from extremes of temperature to cosmic radiation, bumps crashes etc.
If you bought a high end camera, it wouldn't be able to withstand it.