Considering the smartphone these days, all are coming with the latest camera features and are getting better results as compared to their previous allies.
Camera Phone Features Important for Professional Photography:
Most smartphone makers claim that the cameras on their devices are a good as professional cameras.
Commonly Megapixels, autofocus, HDR etc are a few of the features that can measure the quality of the camera phones; but the feedback was given by professional photographers, users should focus on the following these features on judging the right quality of camera phones before deciding to buy it.
A megapixel (MP) is equal to one million pixels (more or less, it’s 1,048,576 pixels). You might like a few more pixels into your camera phones as it is more clear, even clarity is there while printing on larger scales and also convenient if you wanted to crop your shot. If you think this is a likely scenario, with your photos opt for higher Megapixel camera phones.
When looking for a camera phone look for optical zoom. Optical zoom does not lose image quality because the same number of pixels are captured when the image is magnified.
Since 2016 dual-lens cameras have become one of the hottest mobile trends. The two lenses on a dual-camera setup can have different functions. Some devices, have one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens. The former allows for wider shots, while the latter allows for a sharper, optical zoom rather than the digital zoom found standard on most cameras.
Manufacturers have been expanding the aperture on smartphones for several years to improve mobile photography. Aperture refers to how wide a camera lens can open to allow in more light. More light taken in by the lens means a more accurate, more detailed, and more colorful photo. Wide aperture on a camera especially helps to capture better shots in low-light settings.
High dynamic range (HDR) modes on camera phones let you capture quality photos, including controlled motion blur and highlights, noise reduction, and brightened shadows, among others.
HDR settings are common for taking photos of the sky and various outdoor, nature shots. HDR is often also used for better night photography or capturing images in darkly-lit areas. The feature is typically easy to find on the main screen of a camera app and many smartphones come with auto-HDR already set.
OIS stands for Optical Image Stabilization; it helps limit the amount of visible motion captured in a photo. This feature is often standard on their device it is so common on camera phones today
Another feature trend that has been gaining traction on smartphones is high-resolution video, which allows smartphones to record video and playback video in resolutions similar to those seen on high-resolution television sets or professional video cameras.
Autofocus may be one of the most common features on smartphone cameras these days. The three most common types of autofocus on cameras include;
- Contrast detection autofocus is best for still photography and pays attention to how much light and dark there is in a photo so that all shade aspects come out sharp.
- Laser autofocus is best for quick snaps where the user doesn’t have a lot of time to steady the camera. It uses infrared lasers to instantaneously focusing the camera for a photo.
- Phase detection autofocus will continuously refocus a shot until the user feels comfortable capturing the photo.
Most cameras have an auto-detection flash option, which will only utilize flash in settings where it’s needed, such as a darkly lit party or a night event.
Filters may seem like a camera option for Instagram or Snapchat, but they now often come standard on many smartphone cameras as well.
Filters can alter the camera settings for various modes like aged photos, vivid colors, sepia shots, or monochrome images, among many. Using a stock filter may give photographers the feel they’re looking for in their image before it’s taken.
Portrait mode is the photography effect every high-end smartphone manufacturer seems to be copying these days. It primarily describes the bokeh effect which causes images to have a sharp foreground subject and a blurred background and is considered very artistic.
Burst mode is a fun camera feature that allows users to take a rapid succession of photos simply by holding the capture button for an extended period.
Incorporating all of the above features as the innovation in camera phones; the hardware is somehow compromised this too in the form of ugly camera bumps this stops you from placing your device flat on a table or wireless charger and just are very noticeable when handling the device.
We now have wide-angle, macro, and normal lenses all packed into a small device in our pockets. It is quite amazing, all things considered. But we still don’t need camera bumps.
Samsung Camera Phones Latest Technology:
Addressing the above issue of ugly camera bump Samsung is working and focusing on the hardware front. Recently announced its new ISOCELL JN1 sensor technology for camera phones. Rocking 50 megapixels total, the real highlight of this sensor is the incredibly small size of those pixels.
Coming in at just 0.64 micrometers, the ISOCELL JN1 has the smallest pixels on a smartphone. This means that Samsung can pack a high megapixel count into a smaller body, lowering the physical footprint required for the camera hardware.
Before JN1 43.7MP ISOCELL Slim GH1 had 0.7-micrometer pixels. JN1 which is smaller than GH1 allowed Samsung to produce a small sensor with applications in many types of mobile camera setups. You might see it someday used in front-facing cameras, ultrawide, telephotos, or the typical primary wide-angle shooters. Samsung also claims that this new sensor will reduce camera hump size by 10%.
How do this ISOCELL JN1 works is clearly shown in this video: https://youtu.be/Aai2Ux2Wsnk
According to Samsung, the ISOCELL JN1 technology has entered mass production, which means this can be seen in the future Samsung smartphones soon. Some technology geeks also has the view that JN1 will spearhead Samsung’s Galaxy S22 photography efforts, but it is still unsure till the Galaxy S22’s arrival.