Are Smartphone Makers Getting Too Camera Happy?
Little by little, smartphone manufacturers are doing their best to turn the army of smartphone-toting consumers into a band of full-blown mobile photographers. As our devices today struggle to push their technical feature sets any further, manufacturers have made it clear that they’re in a race to create the most over-the-top smartphone camera system known to man.
To be fair, smartphone cameras have come an incredibly far way since they were first introduced a little over a decade ago. Single lens systems with single-digit megapixel counts and digital zoom have been replaced by multi-lens systems that are capable of optical zoom and more shooting modes than I care to count. It’d be a legit argument to say that these devices have become camera-first products that happen to support a ton of apps, and can make phone calls and send texts. Just think about what most of the reviews of these devices tend to focus on these days: it’s all about comparing the picture quality of the latest phones from Apple, Google, and Samsung.
But is this camera arms race getting out of hand? Possibly.