Adding a camera module to a phone was an evolutionary step forward in 1999, and has been a staple to the industry ever since. As time progresses, camera technology has further evolved to bring professional-level photography to the mobile phone platform, with smartphone companies promising high-end sensors ranging from 48MP to even 64MP to their camera setups.
During an interview with the Indian Express, Zeiss Group’s CEO & President Dr. Michael Kaschke commented that he felt 40MP sensors are more than enough for smartphones. He explained that smartphone cameras have limitations from fully utilising larger sensors, which includes processing speeds, signal-to-noise ratio, and even cost. Unlike a professional camera that is specially built for photography, a smartphone’s camera may not achieve the same high quality output even with a higher megapixel count.
He added that a multiple camera setup is currently the most effective approach for smartphone cameras to achieve and simulate professional camera-like photography. However, he insisted that consumers will consider professional cameras instead of smartphones if they wish to experience professional-level photography.
While Zeiss plans to focus more on products catering towards professional, semi-professional, and artistic photographers, Kaschke reveals that his company is still working with smartphone companies to provide Zeiss lenses for their cameras. Zeiss has been providing lenses to HMD Global for its Nokia-branded devices with the latest being the PureView 9, Nokia’s first ever smartphone featuring a quad-sensor setup.