What angle would you rather have on your selfie camera: wide or narrow?

What angle would you rather have on your selfie camera: wide or narrow?
When taking a self-made mugshot, you are often at an arm's length from your device and it can be hard to get a lot into the shot. When trying to get a picture that catches your torso, a landscape piece, or another friend, things can get ugly, with cropped foreheads, chopped off limbs, weirdly twisted poses, and smiles that are obviously forced due to all the pain you are in.

To battle this, most manufacturers have widened the angle of the selfie camera on their handsets, letting it “see” more. Most notably, LG experimented with a super-wide-angle, 120-degree snapper on the V10, and then reimagined the concept for the V20 and G6.

The benefits of such a camera when taking selfies are clear, but there is also an inherent drawback — objects that are not in the center of the camera's field of view will get stretched out and distorted. That's how you end up with an egg-shaped head, a strangely huge palm, or a Leaning Tower of Pisa that looks weirdly wide and not so much leaning.

Still, it seems that manufacturers believe that users are more willing to work with this drawback than trying to fit themselves into the frame of a narrow-FOV camera. Pretty much all of the major phone slingers, save for Apple, have a wide lens on their selfie snappers. So, what do you prefer?

Do you prefer a wide- or narrow-angle selfie camera?

Wide angle! Get all the people in the shot!
Narrow! Enough with the egg head effect!
I so don't care about selfies...



45. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I like the way narrow looks but you can't go wide so i rather have a wide lens then crop it when needed.

41. ingloryon

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Neither. The best wide angle is gopro-like. It fits everybody and there's no egg-shaped head

36. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Generally speaking narrow lenses are preferred for portraiture photography. Wide lenses are used for landscape. Wide lenses exhibit barrel distortion towards the edges. This is distortion is the so called "banana head". I've used a fair amount of professional lenses including Canon's excellent 11-24mm f4... all exhibit this distortion. Only anamorphic lenses do not. But I know of no smartphone with such a lens.

34. tontolou

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

you can crop your wide angle selfie, but not the other way around..i guess someone say narrow because iPhone have a narrow view front cam :p

33. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Not a single person on here has mentioned you have your phone attached to a mechanical zoom, your arm. I don't take selfies but since I can think this through in a second it's clear that wide is the only option. If you want the non wide selfie, guess what geniuses, move your phone in your hand closer to your face to frame it how you want. Want a wide selfie? Stretch your arm out further. This is not an option for a narrow view front camera. Does anyone think nowadays?

37. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

actually I've said that in #18 "you can simply put that phone closer to your face when taking selfie"

43. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Ahh okay thanks thought I read them all. So yes, I agree with you on this.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

Because moving the camera closer with wide angle distorts the oval that is your face.

42. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

I guess I underestimated how serious front camera selfies were to some. My bad.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

@posr #42. LoL. Good point.

32. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Multiple people in a shot is not a selfie, it's a group picture. This is why it should not be wide on the front camera. Also, you want the Selfie to be about you, not the background. I never understood why reviewers would deduct point from a selfie because of the background.

46. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

you don't understand why a front camera should be wide lens??? So who's in the group going left out? you?

30. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Wide. If I want to focus in on myself, or those with me, then I can just simply crop the image.

29. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Another slow day at Phone Arena

28. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Grownassdudes have no need to take selfies.

27. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Wide of course. Why the hell would u ever want narrow. Our peripheral view is horizontal cuz human eyes are not stack on top of each other! Lol. This question is only not obvious to the ghetto folks that record in portrait! Lol.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

I use the selfie camera for video calling only. My little kid giggles when they see themselves (so you can consider that as another use) - but I have no photos of my own selfies in my database. I couldn't care if its wide angle or narrow. Selfie by hand, selfie by stick, all look dumb with stupid angles. I'm old fashioned - if I'm on a trip I bring a tripod - I get to control the angle, the pose, what it captures and what it doesn't. (At the worse, I'll ask a friend or bystander to take a photo).

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

WIDE... if you want narrow photo from wide cam, you can simply put that phone closer to your face when taking selfie, or crop the end result.. but if you want to fit more people with narrow cam, you'll need stupid stick.. (personally, I never take selfie, so I don't care..)

26. MEeee

Posts: 449; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You are confusion the sheeple. Apple will show them how to take narrow selfies on the front wide angle cam on the iPhone 10.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1620; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Don't take many selfies, fact my Samsung phones warp my head and make me look weird doesn't help.

10. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Narrow is the way for me, you don't really need all of that in the background while on a video call and/or making a video message.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I don't care about selfies. Only use of front camera for me is video calling.

6. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Narrow for selfies Wide for groupies

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I use the front cam a lot but has rather low interest in taking photos of just myself all the time. I love taking group photos, a lot of time with some background of where we are. Narrow angle front cams didn't bother me at all cuz we got selfie sticks, but now that wide front cams are widely used, wide all the way for me.

5. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Selfie sticks are still a thing? I barely see any people walking around the sticks with an extended eye poker anymore.

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1777; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Haha. I don't give a damm about whether people still use them or not. I like it cuz it helps getting more into the shot or video without asking random people for help all the time. At crowded places it's hard to use... so yea that's why I love wide angle front cam, lol.

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7679; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So if you had a wide angle lens on your selfie camera, then there is no need to have a selfie stick.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Selfies are for little teenager girls.

22. danny_a2005

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I think you mean, selfies are not for ugly people, period.

1. Ray.S

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Narrow! Wide makes for either small head or banana head, which doesn't look good. A narrow lens does much better at revealing the 'self' in a selfie.

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