best smartphone camera More and more smartphones are equipped with a multitude of lenses on the back. The Huawei P30, announced today, has no less than four lenses on the rear. But what is the most important feature for you?
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Barely a year ago, smartphones with two cameras on the back were already striking. You now need at least three or more lenses to be one of the big boys. The Samsung Galaxy S10 has three cameras at the back, on the Huawei P30 Pro you will find four and with the Nokia 9 PureView it even comes out with five lenses.
Every manufacturer also uses those cameras in a slightly different way. One opts for a wide-angle lens, the other opts for a depth sensor, and another compresses the image of all cameras into one razor-sharp photo. If it’s up to us, we prefer a smartphone with all those functions.
However, we can imagine that a smartphone with fifteen lenses on the back is very expensive and perhaps a bit too exaggerated. That is why we put the question to you: which striking camera technology should not be missing on your next smartphone?
All types of smartphone cameras explained
If you have forgotten what all those lenses do exactly, don’t worry. We first give you a small refresher course.
- Wide angle lens, such as on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. This allows you to shoot much wider photos. This is how you actually create panoramas without turning the camera.
- Telephoto lenses, such as on the Huawei P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 Plus. This allows you to zoom in optically and bring your image closer without loss of quality. The P30 Pro can zoom in up to five times thanks to a telescopic zoom lens.
- Depth sensor. A secondary camera that looks purely at the distance to objects around you. This way you add a bokeh effect to photos, essential for a good portrait mode.
- Monochrome sensor, such as on the Huawei P20. This lens shoots in black and white. That is less colorful but sharper. The image is often combined with a normal camera to take photos with better contrast.
- Time of flight sensor, such as on the Honor View 20. Similar to the depth sensor. This uses infrared light to measure your distance to people and objects in the neighborhood. Not only ensures a good bokeh effect, but also makes better-augmented reality apps possible so that you can view virtual objects in the real world with your smartphone.
- Selfie camera. All those extras on the back don’t matter to you, but do you just want to make beautiful self-portraits? Then you need a good selfie camera.
- Multiple lenses with a large dynamic range, such as on the Nokia 9 PureView. There are five lenses on the back of Nokia’s smartphone, you can’t just use them separately. The image of all lenses is combined into one photo with better contrast and sharp image in all parts.
Enter your preference via the poll below, and share your favorite cameras with other readers of Golobal Tech! Note: it is not about which the best smartphone camera, but which features you prefer on your device. Is your preferred lens not listed, or do you simply want to share your experiences? Then leave a comment below.