Nowadays, it is perfectly normal to see smartphones with 3, 4 or even 5 cameras on their back. Which raises a question in the minds of many consumers … Why so many cameras? Why not just use a sensor, just like Canon, Sony or Nikkon dedicated machines?
Well … The truth is that the manufacturers tried more than once to go this way, always being a real failure! Now see the examples below:
In fact, even though we all want to take great pictures, consumers still prefer that the smartphone remains a ‘Pocket Computer’! As such, it cannot be heavy or too thick. (It is also because of this, that large or removable batteries are a thing of the past.)
In short, a cell phone with good cameras is cool, but a camera that also serves as a cell phone starts to be a little less appealing … Do you know why? Photographic or cinematographic quality will never reach the heels of products dedicated to this purpose. Therefore, brands will never be able to reach enthusiasts.
In addition, it is necessary to give up several ‘laws’ of the design world to be able to put a quality sensor inside a smartphone, especially if we start thinking about Zoom.
It’s just that in case you don’t know, a modern lens with a good zoom capability is extremely complex. But let’s go by parts.
A typical smartphone lens consists of 4 ~ 6 elements, just as it did in the 1950s, with the great advantage that we now have much more advanced plastic molding techniques. (The interior lenses of smartphone cameras are made of plastic, not glass)
Still, getting everything into something so small is still very difficult and expensive, which is why there are not many moving parts inside a camera module. However, in the world of ‘real’ photography, there are plenty of moving parts to deal with focus, zoom, focal length, etc … But the real question here is, do you really want a classic camera mechanism on your smartphone? (As in the image below)
In short, the use of multiple cameras is a clear advantage for a device that has to remain slim. In this way, manufacturers are able to break the problem down into several parts, which of course also brings its challenges, but it is clearly better than having an authentic lens on the back of the device.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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