Which of these camera features is most important to you?


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?

Portrait mode
25.31%
Optical zoom
30.58%
Wide-angle lens
30.63%
High-quality slow motion
7.89%
Advanced beautify
1.19%
Virtual masks and AR effects
0.6%
Food shot mode
0.46%
Built-in filters
1.19%
Group selfie mode (or wide-angle selfie lens)
2.15%

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32 Comments

1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Wideangle seems useful,all the others look gimmicky.

2. yann

Posts: 612; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Maybe. They forgot black&white lens. Also so called optical zoom is gimmick software zoom. Portrait mode also, but obviously consumers don't care.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Optical zoom isn't really zoom, but it is optical, not software.

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

That's a little confusing... It's known as optical zoom, when 2 or more mechanical lenses are used to zoom into a subject, no? Software mode is digital zoom.

23. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

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.

26. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Which is, zooming in. Just like on DSLR's etc.

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not between 2 lens to adjust the focal length... Optical zoom term used in phones are too loose. Which I think is misleading.

29. worldpeace

Posts: 3124; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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)

4. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Yeah. None of them are important to me but the wide angle lens seems like it would be the most useful.

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Wow! No "Low-Light Performance" option?!

6. KingSam

Posts: 1422; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Thats not a "feature" all cameras try to improve that as a general rule.

5. Borh77

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

optical image stabilization.

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Wide angle lens...'bokeh effects' are overrated imo

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True also bokeh is easily done afterwards if needed, wide angle lens is not.

8. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Wide angle has been a life saver too many times for me with my G6, can't recommend it enough.

9. pooma

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

solid low light performance + fast autofocus

10. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Wide angle all the way !!! i love landscapes so...

11. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Optical zoom... Most important

12. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

optical zoom and portrait is bad on my Note8 so LG's ultra wide angle feature is the best

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

There's no optical zoom in Note 8, or iPhones for that matter

27. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

There is.... are you for real? Do you know how zooming works? We even learn this at high school in the Netherlands.

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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.

13. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

None.. Where is ois?

14. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I would say OIS but it's not in there

16. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Great low-light performane.

17. talon95

Posts: 992; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I went with slow motion, just to get better low light since slow-mo also requires good light gathering and fast focus.

19. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Why not optical zoom with a wide angle lens & ois?

22. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

"None of the above" is missing...

24. ph00ny

Posts: 2024; Member since: May 26, 2011

Optical zoom isn't really much to talk about on note 8 or iphone 7+/8+/x On the other hand i take pics of people more than anything else so portrait mode for me

25. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

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.

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