Should the iPhone 11 have gotten a telephoto camera instead?

Should the iPhone 11 have gotten a telephoto camera instead?
So, the new iPhones are here, and that base “iPhone 11” is looking pretty, pretty good! Not only does it have a powerful, future-proof chip, more mature colors, and a second camera, but it actually came out with a much more sensible price tag. But it’s the camera we want to talk about here.

iPhones have had a dual camera module for some years now — since the iPhone 7 Plus launched with a telephoto lens and the coveted Portrait Mode. In current generation iPhones, the telephoto camera is kept as a feature for the more expensive, Pro models. The “affordable” iPhone 11 did get its own secondary lens, but it’s the ultra-wide-angle one.

OK, it’s all fine and dandy to have the cheaper model “only” pack 2 cameras while the expensive ones have a triple module, that’s fine. But did Apple make the right move by giving the iPhone 11 an ultra-wide lens instead of telephoto?

Some people will argue that the 2x zoom of the telephoto lens is nothing special — you can easily make up for it with digital zoom… or you can walk forward a bit. But others will say that using a telephoto lens for portrait shots is much, much better, since it keeps the subject’s features realistic and it helps you compose the shot from the get go.

Fans of the ultra-wide will say “2x zoom is nothing, but that 120-degree lens really helps when you need to get something big into one shot”. There’s only so much space to go backwards. And the ultra-wide angle does help with action video shots for sure.

So, which camp are you in?

The iPhone 11...

... should've had a telephoto camera.
30.61%
... is just fine with an ultra-wide angle lens.
69.39%

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48 Comments

1. jjface

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

but sammys s10e just had an ultra wide

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

But but but but but SAMSUNG!!

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7440; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 11 needs a better display instead of another camera.

2. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

Loving the camera setup on my iPhone 11 Pro Max. Best camera out on a smartphone.

5. Tizo101

Posts: 566; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Very subjective

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

That's just super, but what does it have to do with the article?

15. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Probably that both answers together would be best.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

From reading his/her other comments, I somehow doubt that.

34. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Atliest it’s about an iphone

23. MsPooks

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Looks like someone's never heard of the Mate 30 Pro.

27. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

The $1k+ device without google services? Heard of it.

25. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

True, there’s a reason why apple opted for triangular set up, when you try to zoom and changing lenses the subject appears to be in the center as always.

36. cmdacos

Posts: 4263; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol, that has very little to do with the googly eye setup.

39. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Peaceboy ? :))

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31303; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're not a professional, you're a nobody on a website, so we don't trust you.

4. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Telephoto all day.

43. jjface

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

and ultrawide all night?

6. Venom

Posts: 3715; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, but it could have brought back TouchID. All the camera gimmicks in the world can't compare to having a dedicated fingerprint scanner.

7. Tizo101

Posts: 566; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I prefer ultra wide, i can always try to get closer.

8. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Should have gotten a Full HD screen without notch. Much more important ....

35. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I would rather have the advanced camera array.

44. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Really, the notch is such a non-issue. I love my Face ID and it trumps anything on any device for biometric authentication when it comes to practicality. Underscreen fp sensors are really cool technology - but it falls short when it comes to practicality of Face ID. I will live with the notch, which you stop noticing within a week, to have Face ID.

45. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

I wish it would have worked that way for me...the longer I had my X, the more that notch bothered me. We are all different, eh?

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

Ideally, both, but telephoto, if I must choose

11. maherk

Posts: 6952; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For 700 dollars, ot should've had all three, a 1080 OLED panel, and a fast charger in the box as well.

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

Don't forget 64 gigs...which would be ok if iCloud came with more free storage...but no. That's not the Apple way.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Save your money and wait for a year. Or enjoy what you got today.

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

I am enjoying my Pixel quite a bit! Thank you!

46. Venom

Posts: 3715; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

But but I thought it was bug ridden? How can you enjoy it?

49. Vancetastic

Posts: 1565; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think you have me confused with someone else...or are you just trying to start drama, Mxy?

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