Here’s a question for all you smartphone lovers – what’s the deal with dual cameras? In the past year we’ve seen double the camera on some of the world’s most popular smartphones, like the Huawei P9, which offers users the first ever dual camera co-engineered with the legendary camera brand Leica.
So why would two be better than one? Read on to find out why smartphone users around the globe are falling in love with dual cameras, and how you can experience a premium dual camera for yourself – without the premium price tag.
1. Extra sensors, without the extra weight
Smartphone cameras have a hard time living up to high-end dSLRs for one major reason – a device that’s small enough to fit in our pocket will never offer a large enough sensor area to take really great shots. However, dual cameras are changing all that. Two cameras means more sensor area to capture more pixel data and detail. That’s why dual cameras can offer better HDR mode, a more dynamic range, better low light photos and quicker, more accurate auto-focus – all without sacrificing the smartphone’s design, performance or affordability.
2. Improved performance in any light
Until recently, smartphones have relied on optical image stabilization (OIS) for better shots at night, indoors, or any time that lighting conditions are less than optimal. OIS keeps the shutter open longer in order to compensate for slight, unintentional hand movements which would otherwise make the shot blurry. However, OIS isn’t perfect. If you’re shooting a moving object in low-light, OIS won’t be able to compensate for both the movements of your hand and the object in your shot. Enter dual cameras. With more sensor area to take in more light, dual camera users get better photos both inside and after the sun goes down.
3. It’s more than double the quality, that’s not double the price
Dual cameras are ushering in a new era in smartphone photography, and what’s most exciting is that you don’t have to pay two times the price for two times the camera. Moreover, thanks to industry leaders like Huawei, dual cameras are making an appearance on budget-conscious yet premium devices. According to recent Huawei’s news, the next generation of GR5 will be featured dual camera. With twice the camera now accessible at an on-budget price, everyone can experience the power and possibilities of a dual camera.
4. Real, optical zoom
Single-camera smartphones use digital zoom, while dual camera smartphones capitalize on their two separate lenses to offer real, optical zoom. What’s the difference? Digital zoom is analogous to enlarging the image after you take it, only you’re enlarging it in real time. Optical zoom, on the other hand, is how professional photographers zoom – by using a combination of lenses to adjust focal lengths and get closer to a subject. Dual camera smartphones do the same thing; utilizing their two lenses to create crisp and detailed close-up photos, without sacrificing image resolution.
5. GenuineBokeh effects
One effect that dual camera users love is Bokeh, which takes advantage of multiple lenses to keep the subject sharp and in focus while blurring the background.Bokeh is a mainstay of professional photography (especially amongst wildlife and portrait photographers), but the effect can’t be effectively achieved with a single-camera smartphone. Some smartphone apps offer Bokeh after-effects, but blurring a background just isn’t as effective as using a dual camera to create real depth, layers and contrast from the start. The result? Creative, fun photography for beautiful shots.Dual cameras open up a new world of choice for smartphone shoppers.
6. Endless possibilities
The brightest minds in technology are expecting a slew of new photo apps that use the power of data captured by two lenses to create 3D effects or instant gifs. Already, we’ve seen the rise of “wigglegram” apps that use the slight difference in location between each camera to create a moving image that, by the power of its movement between two slightly different pictures from two slightly different perspectives, tricks the eye into seeing a 3D image. This Instagram user is already exploring the possibilities:
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