It is no longer news that the camera has suddenly become one of the major focus of most smartphone brands, and it is undoubtedly one of the ‘go-to’ specs to put into consideration before acquiring a mobile phone
The first question I will like to ask before I go further with this article is that- what has been your personal experience with smartphone camera in the last 10 years? I guess it was about that time that smartphone brands started dedicating more effort in the camera business, and if you were very versatile with smartphones, or let me say mobile phones (as a majority of the device then was not actually ‘smart’ to say less), you would be able to notice a significant difference over the years.
By now, I’m sure you have a comparison in your mind already, for me, my first experience with a camera-hosted phone was not as fantastic as you would imagine, it was a Blackberry device, although I can’t specifically remember the Model. Of course, it was a big deal back then, but if I was able to see the future back then, I would rather believe that I was dealing with the crappiest camera back then.
Time indeed flies, and while we can’t hold it back, it remains the best course of Evolution. If perhaps you have forgotten, it would please me to remind you that there was a time when your best choice of camera was a One (1) or Two (2) Megapixel camera, and it felt like the best thing in the world.
If you were ever told 10 years back that a time would come when you can deal with a smartphone that offers as much as 48-megapixel camera (talking about the likes of Honor View20, Redmi Note 7 among several others), then you probably would have criticized the impossibility, however, at this point, technology is rather going infinity and unstoppable at the same time.
Ten years ago, using the camera wasn’t fun enough, I mean you barely can zoom beyond the next 40 meters ahead of you, but recently, with the help of 10X optical zoom lens, looking at an image at 200-300 meters away can be very seamless, and trust me when I say it is quite a funny experience as well, just like holding a binocular in your hands.
Also, another important feature of the camera that has evolved over the years is the number of cameras attached to a single device. I mean, it was quite an insane moment at the arrival of the dual came, and even more insane when LG announced its latest flagship with five (5) camera. How insane you may like to ask.
The LG 9 Pure view breaks the peace on the internet the moment it was first announced, and it got a lot of people wondering what plan does LG have in stock for the amazing device. To avoid so much focus on that, there are devices with three cameras as well, and while this varies among several brands, it has now become a new trend that is not fading away any time soon.
Lastly, you may also want to consider in-camera features such as filter, slo-mo, Pano, Time-lapse, among others to mention a few, all these effects is what adds up to the fun of modern camera usage, and while all of these was absent about 10 years ago, I’m sure you would agree with me that evolution has indeed met with smartphone camera.