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What it means to have more lenses for a smartphone camera

The smartphone camera systems of today play an important role when it comes to selecting the right smartphone. These days, every smartphone comes with a camera and often times, the camera is more than good enough to capture quality shots. From the many flagships that appear all-year round to its much lesser compatriots, smartphone brands have discovered the best way to entice its audience – a great camera setup.

Some have perceived this as having a quality shooter on the back of the smartphone while others have decided that quantity matters more. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can be viewed as such seeing that the quality of shots would usually take a dip. One smartphone giant, in particular, that is taking the multi-camera setup to new heights is Huawei with its latest flagships featuring a triple camera setup.

The Huawei P20 Pro is the first-ever smartphone to feature three cameras.

Its previous flagship, the Huawei P20 series, saw the first-ever time a smartphone featuring three cameras at the back. Dubbed the Leica Triple Camera, the Huawei P20 carries an 8-megapixel telephoto lens for portrait shots, a 40-megapixel RGB lens, and a 20-megapixel monochrome lens. The idea behind this is for all three lenses to work simultaneously to capture a single quality shot. It also depends on whether you want to shoot in colour or black-and-white, with the monochrome sensor provided due to the partnership Huawei has with Leica.

While theoretically, it sounds like a solid idea, the people over at Google were capable of providing the same experience with the use of just a single camera for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. With Google being the home of Android, it steers clear from adding multiple cameras to its repertoire. Instead, it chooses to house all of its features into a single lens for both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; that is something that you will probably not see with Apple for example.

Both the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL

The single shooter for both Pixel 2 devices carries a 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilisation, ensuring that blurry shots become a thing of the past. It also comes with a wider f/1.8 aperture, ensuring that low-light shots look much better as well as for portrait shots. While this may not sound groundbreaking or impressive for that matter, it’s in the software that Google thrives.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the latest in the Korean brand’s lineup to feature a dual-camera setup

While Huawei does have the right idea when it comes to blending multiple cameras with its software, Google does it differently by focusing more towards what its processor and artificial intelligence can accomplish instead of the other way around. The same can be said for the likes of Samsung as it has stuck to its guns with a dual-camera setup over the past few iterations.

In the end, both the smartphone camera and its software go hand-in-hand with one another. It ultimately depends on the direction the brand wants to take it to.

What it means to have more lenses for a smartphone camera

Wi-Liam Teh

Senior Writer

Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.


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