Counterclockwise: counting cameras as single camera phones are on the way out

17 February 2019
Before 2003, most phones didn't even have one camera. Now a phone having 3, 4 or even 5 cameras is considered normal.

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Manhurt, 17 Feb 2019Galaxy A9 its just for misleading their costumer to think m... moreAtleast Galaxy A9 has atleast every sensor.

Depth Camera is just making FOOL to user. Google Pixel has proved that it can give much better potrait without using secondary lens. Instead of depth camera Wide Angle or telephoto lens is brainy.

But happy to see Wide angle camera on new Galaxy M series which is low midrange device.

    YUKI93, 17 Feb 2019It doesn't matter how much camera you put on a phone. If yo... moreSo your saying your surprised that the relatively new computational photography hasn't caught up yet with the aged "physical" photography??

    So you side with brawn over brain, eventually computational input will do better than physical photography

      Anonymous, 17 Feb 2019Too bad that real optical zoom ( no phone today has) requir... moreWhy are people saying that no phone as true zoom not even the old Samsung zoom ? What is true zoom then?

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        • 17 Feb 2019

        Lg was my first phone with 2 camera's on the back, one been the ultra wide. Dont think id buy another phone if it didnt have ultra wide angle lens, they take awesome pictures and video.

          www, 17 Feb 2019Nothing come close to xenon flash in night time photography... moreThis comment remind me of Night Sight on Pixel 3 series ad. Kn they ad, the flash just annoy the object and just make an unnatural light effects.

            Galaxy A9 its just for misleading their costumer to think more value its better. Change my mind.

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              Aria, 17 Feb 2019I think having multiple cameras becoming an anti consumer s... moreDigital zoom still cannot match optical zoom. If you can add more sensors without compromising the phone function, why not?

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                Aria, 17 Feb 2019I think having multiple cameras becoming an anti consumer s... moreIt's not anti consumer. Don't have to make it into a religious crusade. Different strategy different design. Each has its own advantages.

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                  Aria, 17 Feb 2019I think having multiple cameras becoming an anti consumer s... moreDifferent strategy different design, no need to complain about multiple sensors. They have their advantages.

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                    I think having multiple cameras becoming an anti consumer strategy in which manufacturers make more money off of producing and selling more sensors! meanwhile a proper technology can put stop to this trend! All these extra sensors are adding up unnecessary costs, phones camera will never replace DLSR's from technical point of view but they have already done that from practical point of view so no point on adding unnecessary sensors and extra lenses while software can literally create some of that effects free of charge.

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                      YUKI93, 17 Feb 2019It doesn't matter how much camera you put on a phone. If yo... moreGuess why those did not make it? You still have to sell them as phones, not cameras. If I want a camera, I buy DSLR, not those?

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                        r33fd, 17 Feb 2019Instead of 2, 3 or 100 cameras, They better fund a way to... moreMembrane or liquid zoom lens, but a long way from now. Multiple sensors are still the best solution. Phone camera is all about computational photography.

                          Oh man i wonder where this race will ends.
                          Maybe someone will create a phone which will be full of camera on a back side from bottom to top chin.

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                            Maria, 17 Feb 2019If the real cameras (even a pocket camera) has 1 lense and ... moreReal cameras has many apertures , many focal lengths and true optical zoom.
                            Not even counting the bigger sensors.

                            1/2.55" has about 24mm2, Full Frame has over 800mm2.
                            Full frame using f8.0 can easily beat a cellphone f1.7 at night.

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                              Shanti Dope, 17 Feb 2019You have a good point, but don't you think it would be bett... moreThe issues is the fixed focal length.
                              Panorama will never be as good as UWA for example.

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                                • 17 Feb 2019

                                Too bad that real optical zoom ( no phone today has) requires a lot of space and some compromises like losing the ingress protection and design issues.

                                  It doesn't matter how much camera you put on a phone. If you only rely on software and AI correction, it would never make a neutral, realistic photo quality finish.

                                  Honestly speaking, I didn't see any camera at all that can surpass the Nokia Lumia 1020 or Nokia 808 PureView or even the Panasonic Lumix CM1. Even Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and X didn't win me, the photos look more like painting rather than a real photo.

                                  P.S Eventhough I am currently using Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, it still can make minced meat with newer Android flagships of today.

                                    Whackcar, 17 Feb 2019For most people, a single great camera is all they need. ... moreYou have a good point, but don't you think it would be better if they made that single camera better instead of adding another worse one to go along with it?
                                    Say for example, instead of having a primary 12MP 1/2.55" primary + 12MP 1/3.06" telephoto setup, why not just a 12MP 1/2" single sensor with superior quality to either of the two sensors??

                                      For most people, a single great camera is all they need.

                                      But fact of the matter is, that these phone cost a lot, and so it makes more sense for them to offer more features to justify the pricing. Hence, i would prefer my phone to have as many features as possible (including multiple cameras), just so i know what I'm paying extra for.

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                                        • 17 Feb 2019

                                        I completely agree with other people. Not everyone is obsessed with the camera quality and taking photos all the time. I don't know if I snapped 20 photos with my S8+ in 8 months of using it.
                                        I'd be more interested in having a infrared camera or 2 SD card slots instead of 15 cameras I never use.
                                        If high-end flagships become more and more expensive, they should at least give us the chance to choose what we want in them. Just like car configurators. That would justify the price..