Think about it, how important is your phone’s camera in your day to day life? If I could hazard a guess it is up there with your phone’s performance. To further illustrate my point, camera performance was at the top of your checklist when you were shopping for a phone.
Smartphone cameras are great. They allow you to take pictures of your most amazing moments from your great birthday party, to a Private Dubai tour. You get to keep and cherish those memories for life or until you get the next smartphone. Here are the reasons smartphone companies are bending over backwards, trying to outdo each other over their phone camera capabilities.
Optical image stabilization
At the moment, this sounds purely nerdy but bear with me. What optical image stabilizers do is shift lenses in order to cut down on the shakiness when taking a photo. The stabilizers ensure that a clean and shake-free image is taken by the camera. Manufacturers of these optical image stabilizers have found ways to make the stabilization faster. On top of that power consumption of the stabilizers has been lowered by a big margin. What this means is that future camera will be clearer, have a sharper response while being kind on your battery consumption. Great news no doubt for the consumer. On the flip side, manufacturers themselves are trying to beat each other on who gets this technology ahead of the other. Whoever is able to incorporate this technology better gets points over the other manufacturers.
A recent trend is smartphone companies reducing the number of megapixels on their smartphone cameras. You might think this is a cost-cutting measure at first glance; however, the reasoning is far much different. Having many megapixels does not guarantee your camera will take a great photo. Instead, what determines this is the type and quality of your camera’s lens. What the companies are now focusing on is developing better and thinner lenses that create a sharper image.
On top of creating thinner and better lenses, more effort is focused on creating great sensors. No smartphone camera worth its salt will have a sub-standard sensor. Having a sub-standard one may as well indicate you do not have a camera on the phone. The great thing about this upheaval is, the consumer will get the absolute best quality of Smartphone camera money can buy.
Optical zoom on dual cameras
Current smartphone cameras have started adopting dual cameras. What this gives the consumer is an ability to refocus images, automatic lens switching and 3d capture of images. While all these are smart tricks on the camera, once an image is zoomed in quality is lost.
Enter the next generation of smartphone cameras. What they will have are two sensors on the camera. One is meant to fold light while zooming occurs while the other acts as a regular sensor. The results are outstanding and zooming in on images will never be the same. The gulf in quality between the two images, one taken by a normal smartphone camera and the other done by the next generation camera is big. There exists a DMZ kind of difference between the two. Whoever gets the technology on their phone first will hold the keys to the kingdom.
The facts have aligned themselves and they all point to the camera being the next frontier in the smartphone war.