Front or back: which camera is more important to you?


After years of developing the main, back-facing camera of their smartphones, manufacturers finally turned to the front-facing snapper and hit it with the more serious stick once or twice. For a while now, we've seen such oddities as selfie-centered smartphones with high resolution sensors on their front-facing cameras, flash modules next to them, optical image stabilization, or even phones that just use one camera that swivels back and forth when it's needed on either side of the phone.

And sure, in 2017, we've got so many apps and social media that make such fun use of our frontal snapper, that it's bound to be used, if only once in a blue moon. We often prefer to take that awkward selfie (or selfie stick-assisted selfie) when out on a nice trip, instead of asking a random stranger to take a proper photo of us. Ironic — we want that nice photo to brag on social media with, yet we are not social enough to talk someone up and have them snap a proper picture; doubly ironic — the phones that arguably make us anti-social are offering the perfect solution — better selfie cameras!

But we're going off on a tangent here. Main point is: when picking out a new phone, which camera do you care about more, the selfie snapper, the main camera, or do you rate them as equally important?

Front or back, which camera matters more to you?

Back - the main camera is much more important!
67.95%
Front - I need my selfies to look as best as possible!
3.86%
Both, really - I put equal importance on both cameras and will not buy a phone if one of them is sub-par
28.19%

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29 Comments

1. danny_a2005

Posts: 362; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Pixel is the best option in both fields :)

3. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I totally agree. It's the best I have owned for both.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I totally disagree. The Pixel's front camera isn't the best in business.

21. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Oh? What would you say fits that? I'm just curious.

16. Bankz

Posts: 2546; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, PA probably knows a thing or two bout the htc U 11 by now and are trying to test our response towards the selfie camera.

14. Bankz

Posts: 2546; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The pixel is a monster tbh.. Infact no phone will beat it till the next pixel. The pixel 2 that is.

28. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Chinese firms will teach you a lesson by putting monstrous cams in front - see the effort of Meitu, they use the same sensor for both front and back. I'd say that before anyone could put an IMX377/378/260 in front, those are the ones to beat in raw power. Algorithm is a different story though, and that's indeed where Google's solution shines.

2. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The back camera needs to be better than the front for me. I do selfies but as long as the quality is decent, I don't mind. I wouldn't not buy a phone because it has a low res front camera unless it's basically VGA.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2546; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I also agree with this. The rear camera needs to be better because its used for general purposes while being more flexible, aside selfies.

4. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

How is this an actual survey? Have we become that self-centered that the front camera is more important than the rear camera? Wait. We have selfie sticks. Never mind.

10. paul.k

Posts: 294; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Sir, we have selfie drones even!

17. Bankz

Posts: 2546; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Sir, we have a selfie coca-cola accessory.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Time to find out which readers are truly Vain

6. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I voted front camera, not because i care more about it but because many front cameras still suck, even on flagships (for example: Galaxy S7) while rear cameras are at the very least decent even on budget phones

22. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Fair point, though I think the poll was more about overall usefulness and importance rather than which one needed more improvements.

7. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I voted front camera, not because i care more about it but because many front cameras still suck, even on flagships (for example: Galaxy S7) while rear cameras are at the very least decent even on budget phones

8. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I voted front camera, not because i care more about it but because many front cameras still suck, even on flagships (for example: Galaxy S7) while rear cameras are at the very least decent even on budget phones

9. TechGirl90 unregistered

The Back is important to me, don't care for the Front at all. I wouldn't mind one bit if one of these Manufactures got rid of the Front Camera and replaced it with great sounding speakers.

18. Bankz

Posts: 2546; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, considered it for a while but that will effectively make video calls impossible.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I only use my front camera for mobile video calls. Any modern device is suitable for it. I'm not a big photography guy, but I like to capture moments. So the back camera is definitely more important, but I actually need speed more than raw image capturing ability. Super fast focus and shutter lets me snag the shots I'm wanting (usually pics of my dogs) and gives me more benefit than the perfect combo of colour and sharpness.

12. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I was afraid front camera will win this poll. Thank god, sense still prevails.

19. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Both are important for me. Front for video calling and back for taking pictures, scanning documents etc.

20. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Techies use the back cameras, and fashion people love selfies.

25. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Also lonely people love selfies

23. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1560; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

If people cared about front facing cameras they wouldn't buy Samsung phones, wide angle lens is horrible for a selfie.

24. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

At least almost 70% people still have not gone completely bonkers is nice to see.

26. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Both. You can be a techie and be a fashionable person as well. I wish they'd put more focus to improving the sensors, software features and processing, and overall technology over front-facing cameras.

27. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Main Camera for me! im not into this "selfie" thing...but if a certain manufacturer put a great selfie camera on a phone,then no need to complain.

29. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I don't care about selfies (old man - get off my lawn), so I'd rather have a high quality rear camera.

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