Let’s face it – most smartphones nowadays have the same features and specs. There’s so much one can do with a phone, and companies are dying to search for the next big feature to stand out from the competition.
Most recently, LG and Huawei have led the way by having two cameras on their phones – a possible indication to where the industry is heading next. Rumours are the next Apple iPhone and Samsung might be following suit with their own dual-camera setup.
So are two cameras really better than one? Here’s why:
Taken with the Huawei P9 by Alexander Kopke
1. Quantity leads to better quality
Dual cameras aren’t new. Before, the secondary camera only served to gather depth data so you could refocus your image after it’s taken, like on the HTC One M8.
The Huawei P9 aims to change that perception by using its Leica branded 12-megapixel dual cameras to take photos that have better sharpness and quality.
It works by combining one colour and one monochrome camera to capture in three times the light of a normal camera, resulting in better detail and image quality especially under low-light.
[Image source: Eyeem]
135-degree wide angle shot taken with the LG G5
2. Different lenses for different scenes
Ever wanted to shoot a beautiful landscape on holiday but your camera can’t fit the entire scene?
Well, the LG G5 has an 8-megapixel wide angle camera that sits next to the standard 13-megapixel module. With two focal lengths, it’s like having an interchangeable lens DSLR camera with you all the time.
Professional photographers carry multiple lenses because different focal lengths give a different feel to an image. Having the function built-in without needing any accessories is a great addition.
[Image source: LG]
3. Bye-bye to blurry camera phone zoom
Then we have Corephotonics, an Israeli-based tech company aiming to bring DSLR-level optical zoom to smartphones.
To achieve this, they use two 13-megapixel cameras, one normal and a second unit that uses proprietary folded optics to achieve 5x seamless optical zoom and that is sharp throughout.
Dubbed ‘Hawkeye’, the company says this technology could be in the latest smartphones coming up this year, so watch out.
What can we expect in the future?
The best thing about the two-camera build is that it does so without sacrificing form or function, providing great advantages to the resulting image. With Apple coming on board, it’s highly possible that 2016 could be the year of dual camera smartphones.
Do you think that this will lead the way of mobile photography for years to come? Or will it simply be another gimmick? Let us know what you think.