Which of these camera features is most important to you?
by Preslav Kateliev / Dec 05, 2017, 9:24 AM
OK, so when it comes to smartphone cameras, it's pretty clear that the number 1 thing we all want is great image quality. Mainly for pictures, but also for video, we want our $700+ devices to be able to snap outstanding memorabilia at the touch of a button.
And manufacturers have that down in 2017. Sure, some are slightly better than others, some will fail in some select scenes... but generally, if you buy a top-tier smartphone nowadays, you can expect to be able to make stellar photos with it.
So, since everyone has a camera that's somewhat on par with everyone else's, manufacturers have started looking into other features — little "extras", or call them gimmicks, that can entice you to buy phone X over phone Y. Those include AR masks, beautify modes, extreme slow motion modes, portrait and optical zoom, wide-angle lenses, and so on. We wondered – which such extra feature is most important to you?
What extra feature is most important to you in a camera?
High-quality slow motion
Virtual masks and AR effects
Food shot mode
Group selfie mode (or wide-angle selfie lens)
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Wideangle seems useful,all the others look gimmicky.
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 9:27 AM 15
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Maybe. They forgot black&white lens. Also so called optical zoom is gimmick software zoom. Portrait mode also, but obviously consumers don't care.
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 9:32 AM 2
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Optical zoom is changing the focal length of a camera by adjusting the physical zoom lens. A telephoto lens has a longer focal length than standard. So, switching between the standard and telephoto lens is changing the focal length of the camera system, which fits the definition of optical zoom.
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 2:53 PM 2
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Optical Zoom = Optical Part did the work (Just see when DSLR, point&shoot, or prosumer camera did zooming, you'll notice that the lens is moving) Digital Zoom = Software did the work While in smartphone, it's a whole different sensor and lens used for wide-angle shoot and zoomed shoot. We don't have correct term to call it (yet)
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 10:00 PM 0
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Wow! No "Low-Light Performance" option?!
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 9:54 AM 8
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Wide angle lens...'bokeh effects' are overrated imo
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 10:22 AM 4
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optical zoom and portrait is bad on my Note8 so LG's ultra wide angle feature is the best
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 11:12 AM 1
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There's no optical zoom in Note 8, or iPhones for that matter
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 2:02 PM 0
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Are you for real? Do you know how zooming works? 2 separate lens with different focal length don't make it an optical zoom when the phone is switching between them separately to get closer to the subject. That's called switching, not zooming.
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 11:43 PM 0
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I wonder how people don't see that a wide angle lens is so much more useful that a "portrait mode"?? Are people seriously more into pretty gimmicks rather than genuine benefits to usability, or are they voting for it simply because their favourite brand has embraced it, so they'll vote for it out of bias? I could be wrong, but I don't think there is a single unbiased tech reviewer out there that prefers the portrait mode over the wide angle lens given the options. It usually goes along the lines of "the camera is great, and the portrait mode is good too, but I wish they'd gone for a wide angle lens instead." Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course, and if selfies or bokeh shots of your face or your food for Instagram are your bread and butter, then sure, it's great to have, but for taking photos of anything other than still "portraits", like landscapes, scenery, group/party shots, action shots, etc, wide angle is just objectively a better option to have. Especially now that Google has proven with the Pixel 2 that you don't need a dedicated second lens to get great portrait bokeh shots, by using a single lens with the dual pixel tech and software post processing to get the same effect, I feel that having a second lens should always be for wide angle. That way, you can literally have BOTH.
posted on Dec 05, 2017, 4:26 PM 0
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