I’ve scoured the internet looking at smartphone photo comparisons. They are all getting better. My two year old 2 megapixel iPhone 3G just doesn’t cut it to depend on it although I have uploaded a lot of photos to Facebook as more timely and opportune shots than quality shots. Plus I like the ability to directly send up photos from the phone.
In looking at them I have concluded for myself the new iPhone 4 at only 5 megapixels is the best low-light smartphone camera available as insurance of always getting your picture because you tend to most always carry your phone. Anything above 3 megapixels is more than enough for converting and uploading standard 640 x 480 internet posts. Digital processing and lens are more important. Since the purpose of smartphones is to mostly transmit data and storage memory is limited and dear, I think 8 megapixels is starting to verge on overkill. Can you shoot in lower resolution modes?
Still I wanted the total control aspects dedicated cameras can provide even though I have the skills to fix a lot in post processing. You can’t fix everything especially out of focus.