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