"Even when it does work reasonably well, it never quite looks natural, especially since most smartphone cameras that have this feature apply an even blur on everything in the background whereas with a DSLR, the intensity of the blur increases with the distance from the focus point."
Just this point is enough for you to stay away from phone cameras those which try to function as DSLR camera but can not, as it's nearly impossible for phone cameras to provide "true" depth of field without sophisticated lens arrangement which is again impossible inside a compact body of a phone camera.
AnonD-481463, 02 Oct 2017Very good article! The wide angle one is the one that's really worth my money. Still a shame ... moreI was shocked by your comment and went on web to check review about this phone, and you wrong it does have telephoto lens, where did you get this idea about dummy lens?
I like the G5 wide angle camera, it's great for casual street photos. I did not care first but i start to like it more and now I use the wide angle shots very often.
AnonD-632062, 02 Oct 2017Nice Article.
After giving it 18 months to mature, it seems the small jump in overall imag... moreJust use a single camera that has the best, biggest sensor, like the Nokia 808. And to have zoom and wide angle photos, just make a case that has attachable zoom and wide angle lens, like the Galaxy S7's and Note 7's lens cover. This way you will have all the benefit and quality of the single main camera. Or make a built-in optical zoom.
Multiple camera systems are totally useless, ridiculous and gimmick and ruin the potential performance/development of the main camera.
oooh wow!!! Dual camera phones have been out about 4-5 years and you are now trying to educate people on it. This is all because of the dual camera on the iPhone 8. Change the name of this site to "iArena" or something. Pointless article!!!!
Understanding the fact that dual camera is a stupid and useless gimmick and a good single camera with OIS is much better than a dual mediocre camera, like we find today in many smartphones.
The best thing would be to put several lenses on one device, and combining all the possible advantages in one device.
And the devices today are quite big, so there is enough room to place several lenses.
Sony came with widest primary camera having all goods - sensor size, aperture, new sensor tech., a bit wider and it would be as wide as lg's super wide cam. With high resolution sensor they can also go straight from super wide to telephoto. 120° fov is definitely meaningful, thats about eye's focus area, although we register more than 180° vertically or horizontally so there is no limit in fov use, maybe only hw limitations.
Anonymous, 02 Oct 2017Those many Megapixels give you worse qualityGet your phone and test all resolutions it has...
Highest one will give better shots..
And the most important thing of all - dual cams take more space than a single, larger sensor, so the concept is detrimental to the growth of camera quality on smartphones and gives the manufacturers an easy break in improvements in that field for a year or two.
My CM1 works very well without any of these dual cameras or software nonsense. Sadly Panasonic still has not produced a CM2.
I had an LG G5, and found the wide angle camera to be superb. The distortion was understandable for a 1st gen implementation, but it wasn't that bad.
no need of these we only need a good 41mp optical zoomed lens with a big sensor and the others are only bulk for insta...blabla square footage.
It's simple: Monochrome camera is for photographers, Wide-angle for regular people, and Telephoto is for stalkers.
wide angle is a must, make easier for me to shoot audience on class / meeting room
After giving it 18 months to mature, it seems the small jump in overall image quality isn't really worth the extra monochrome sensor without a Bayer filter. Also B&W images can be closely replicated by normal camera's too.
The best implementation would be a triple camera (Normal FoV, Super-Wide Angle & Telephoto Potrait lens). That way we would have the best of both worlds, we can zoom (in and out) and can also replicate the bokeh effect (or just get a DSLR which can do all of them better).
But there are other crucial things too for a camera system and right now the Note8 is closest to the perfect smartphone camera.
Hopefully my triple camera design will have Dual Pixel, f1.6 and OIS(+EIS) on all three lenses, along with high-quality optics, large sensor and pixel size. Oh, and don't forget Multi image stacking like Pixel and S8's.
AnonD-504554, 02 Oct 2017I think this comment section should be free of comparation comments. Anyone should know that s... moreNo, you are wrong. Phones easily can be the best in everything. No, the consoles aren't necessarily better than phones in gaming. The smartphones are capable to run PS1 and PSP games with emulators, so phones replace those older consoles. Phones also can run old console grade/ported PC games like GTA San Andreas, Doom 3 (DIII4A version), ... And you can use gaming controllers with phones. Also, you can use the HDMI output of the phone to connect it to a TV or monitor.
The phones can be the best in photographing too. If phones had a large camera sensor like Nokia 808 and low megapixel but very large pixel size + OIS + at least f1.8 aperture + today's processing, phones could beat any compact camera. You also can get great optical zoom for phones with attachable lens, like the Galaxy S7 and Note 7 have a lens cover ( http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note7_and_lens_cover_testing_the_addon_lenses-blog-19790.php ). You just attach the desired lens be it either zoom or wide angle.
But unfortunately manufacturers won't use large camera sensors, because that would increase the thickness of the phone and the primitive consumers want thinness instead. The primitive people prefer looks over features and usefulness. The non-existent common sense of the mass/sheeple is what limits the performance of phone cameras.