Just about every smartphone maker has a different approach to photography. Depending on who makes your smartphone, you might have access to a super versatile multi-camera setup, a single lens that takes fantastic photos, or somewhere in between. But whatâ€™s theÂ best camera setup?
Last week, I asked you to choose between two options: a single camera that takes great photos but isnâ€™t very versatile, or a triple-camera setup thatâ€™s more versatile but doesnâ€™t take great photos. The results are in, and thereâ€™s a clear winner.
Would you prefer one great rear lens or a versatile triple-lens setup?
Out of nearly 3,000 total votes across the website and Twitter, 74.31% ofÂ Android Authority readers said they would prefer a single camera that can take great photos. Say what you will about the Pixel lineâ€™s lack of shooting options, but their ability to take solid photos with minimal effort has proven popular with smartphone enthusiasts as well as a more general audience.
Just 25.69% of voters said theyâ€™d rather choose a more versatile setup. I canâ€™t say I blame this group for voting this way. Whenever I switch over to a Samsung phone, I get a little obsessed with wide-angle and periscope photos.
Hereâ€™s what you had to say
Here are some of the best comments from last weekâ€™s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:
- Stan Schwartz: Whichever one is less expensive to buildâ€¦ these phones are getting ridiculously pricey.
- VJ: One good lens. It could also probably reduce costs.
- amedei_pralines: Quality is always the wise choice; thatâ€™s why it is always the least popular.
- DBS: I prefer versatility as long as the software provides a comprehensive Manual mode.I know how to take photos, I donâ€™t need the camera to do all the work for me, so I enjoy having more options.
But I understand that, for people with no clue how to take photos, who just want to click a button, the dumbed-down experience of an iPixel is more appealing.
- Roomahh MurrHaa: Unfortunately, 1 lense canâ€™t do all, 1 lense canâ€™t do a picture/video shoot of a kid doing play in a stage from far back, 1 lense canâ€™t do a good wide angle fit. Multiple lenses are the future. And Google have become an apple in this regards.
- Gianluca Di Maggio: I rather have one great lense than multiple mediocre ones. Wonâ€™t use half of those anywaysâ€¦ Should be cheaper, prettier and less extruding. My Mi 9T got a relatively small camera setup without extruding to far but if i look at the Note 20 as an example only thing i can do is laugh, itâ€™s just hideous and people complained about lenses sticking out forever so i have no clue why they still continue to do this, surely there has to be a good way to hide it somewhat. I know that making phones thicker would also increase weight so maybe lighter batteries could be the next step?
- uk: Ideally multiple cameras should use the same larger primary sensor with different lens configurations (expect might be for TOF or Black and white camerasâ€¦). Though I do understand having a telephoto lens with large sensor increases the size of the module.Companies are going for quantity over quality. As quantity is easier to market.
Thatâ€™s it for this week. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and donâ€™t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.