Ok, anyone who knows me knows I’m a fanatic about the Pixel series of cameras. You know, the flat thingy I carry around on my pocket that also happens to write some of these blog posts, tweets, and even occasionally makes phone calls?
Anyway, I FINALLY went over to see the Hydrogen One camera phone and I have to tell ya, I was at first intrigued but eventually disappointed. In quick summary:
It is interesting to look at and has a Red camera-like feel, but as a device it’s too big and the design feels dated.
The Leia screen is very similar to what David Fattal showed off at the Plug and Play Center during the Gizworld Wearable Tech and IOT conference on 27-Oct-2015. It’s cool to see it in the wild finally, but it’s not really any better than what I saw 3 years earlier.
The photos aren’t nearly as good as my Pixel 3 and the video..well I’m astonished that they let this thing go out in the wild to tarnish their good name. What were they thinking!
They failed at simple 3D video. I’ve been working on multi-camera systems as a hobby and professionally for years, and I know that if you’re going to make a 3D video, you need to make it play back on YouTube. Red somehow missed the memo:
Anyway, I checked it out and left pretty disappointed. After discussing it with my friend Paul at Project InfraRed, he pointed out to me that just a few days earlier it was designated as the Worst Tech Product of 2018. I can’t say I disagree with them