Should Samsung have put a wide-angle lens on the Galaxy Note 8?


Dual cameras on smartphones are still a fairly new trend, but one that's picking up fast. And there are four different ways in which manufacturers implement the technology.

The first we actually saw on the HTC One M8 years ago — a low-resolution sensor assists the “main” camera only by collecting distance information each time you take a photo. Thanks to that, users are able to return to the picture later and set background blur effects and the like. Of course, the tech back then was a bit bad and the effect was far from convincing.

Then, we have the “Huawei” solution — one RGB sensor is used for the “main” camera, while the secondary snapper is also a high-res one, but only has a black and white sensor. In this case, the assisting camera is used to collect better light data within an image. Still, both can be used together for a special “bokeh” mode, which also allows the user to adjust focus and blur post-shot.

LG has had dual cameras for about 3 years now, too, but it goes a whole separate direction. LG does not care about bokeh or portrait modes. Instead, it offers a super-wide angle secondary camera to its users, allowing them to get a lot more into a shot. It helps for various situations, including when you want to use your LG phone as an impromptu action cam — just make sure you have a rugged case on.

Apple was first to introduce the telephoto lens for the secondary camera — a 2x optical zoom with a small aperture and narrow viewing angle offers an “honest” shot for better portrait pictures with a software blur to simulate a DSLR camera to boot.

So, when Samsung's Note 8 was rumored to come with a dual camera, we went wild with speculating which implementation Sammy would choose. Now, we know it's the telephoto one. Some fans are happy, some say they would've preferred the wide-angle solution. So, let's measure the two camps! Vote your side in the poll below:

Should Samsung have put a wide-angle secondary camera on the Note 8?

Yes, wide angle would've been much more useful!
54.22%
Nonsense, telephoto camera and portrait mode are awesome!
45.78%

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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30 Comments

1. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Samsung copies LG's features?

2. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Yes, Samsung was definitely gunning for Lg...

9. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Both companies has never had any problems with copying each other, look at the history of their devices. I for one would have loved to have a wide angle camera instead of the telephoto one, and that's one of the main reasons I'm anticipating the V30's announcement, because if it does come with an OLED panel, then that baby is mine.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Makes no sense to have a telephoto really. We saw with the iPhone 7 plus that a telephoto lens is absolutely worthless. Can't do portrait mode right, zoom is defeated by single camera solution as seen with the Pixel XL, and image quality does not improve due to the complexity of merging two images of different focal lengths together. Should have put something more practical in there like a wide angle or BW sensor.

19. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

It already does have the wide angle lens. The dual lens system consists of the following: Telephoto lens: 12-megapixel, f/2.4, OIS Wide-angle lens: 12-megapixel Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS The same was mentioned in the presentation as well.

30. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Yes, 26mm equivalent is considered wide. The 'telephoto' would then be 52mm, which is hardly anything that anyone would consider as telephoto. The marketing dept has the monkeys dancing.

15. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Wasn't the HTC Evo 3D the first phone with dual cameras?

25. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

to be honest, no-one wants to copy htc. its a dying brand. 3d cameras were a fad and it died out in a year. but yes it did have 2 cameras, just not used in the same way as it is now.

3. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

I can zoom with my feet but when can't knock out a wall when backed up against it. Wide angle is more useful than a limited 2x zoom.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They could've just kept one rear camera for all I care. I hardly use the cameras. What they SHOULD have done is place the FPS in an ergonomic position.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They should've went Vertical with the Cameras, HR Sensor, and FPS

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Yeah.. And totally use up way more of the already limited space and shove a smaller battery in there...

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Google managed to get a 3450 Battery in the Pixel with a centered FPS

23. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

And how large is the pixel XL compared to smartphones of the same footprint and thickness?

29. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Smaller than the Note 8

24. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Exactly!

11. mikehunta727 unregistered

Looks like I'll just be using the Iris Scanner

13. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I have FPS, Iris, and Pattern set. So I can unlock however I want for each situation. Then take advantage of Smart Lock at home, work, and in the car

6. B3NN377

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Of course Samsung just wants parity with the ePhone. I really wish Note 8 had wide angle fov like 120 degree. Good for LG tho.

20. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Yes, that ePhone is a hot commodity.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Wide angle gets old after while thanks to the rounding on the edge and would prefer the longer lens. However 2x is pretty useless and it's not a big enough difference to make it that much more useful. Maybe 4x would have been nice Also the current main shooter is wide enough

10. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

just put 3 cameras, problem solved.

14. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

wide-angle always better and useful

16. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Ugh, I've become used to the wide-angle lens on the LG V20. Glad I have T-Mobile's JOD so I can jump to the LG V30 from the Note 8 if it becomes necessary. Samsung, really? The FPS placement, now this? *le sigh*

18. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

It already does have the wide angle lens. The dual lens system consists of the following: Telephoto lens: 12-megapixel, f/2.4, OIS Wide-angle lens: 12-megapixel Dual Pixel, f/1.7, OIS The same was mentioned in the presentation as well.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's got a wide angle lens now.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It has a wide angled lens already. The regular camera is wide angled. The fact is mention in the specs listed on Samsung';s website and it was also mentioned in the Unpack, if you dogs would have actually watched and listen. What a way to give consumers bad information. You need to correct your BS. http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-note8/specs/ You stupid writers are so s**t stupid. It says right in Samsung specs, the main camera on the Note 8 is wide-angled. How frikkin hard is it to fact check!? You writers are a bunch of stupid poor excuses for writers that I've ever seen! Telephoto camera Resolution: 12MP AF Pixel size: 1.0µm Sensor size: 1/3.6" Sensor ratio: 4:3 FOV: 45° F.No (aperture): F2.4 Wide-angle camera Resolution: Dual pixel 12MP AF Pixel size: 1.4µm Sensor size: 1/2.55" Sensor ratio: 4:3 FOV: 77° F.No (aperture): F1.7 Pro mode Panorama Slow motion Hyperlapse Food mode Save as RAW file You fools are complete circle jerks! To get a wide angled shot, you change the camera setting to one of the 16:9 options and not the 4:3 camera option. SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

27. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

OMG you are clueless, I'm not even wasting my time explaining it.

28. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

See, I feel bad for being misled, and not doing my own fact checking, by this poor excuse for a phone website.

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