6 October, 2017

Is it time for the front camera to be better than the rear camera?

Social networks and selfies have caused users to give greater use to the front camera of their devices

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Nowadays having a good phone camera is something usual and taken for granted, but it was not always so. The first mobile phone popular use with camera was launched 17 years ago. It was the J-SH04, from the Japanese company Sharp. It was not until 2002 when telephones with an incorporated camera arrived in the United States with the model SCP-5300 of Sanyo, also Japanese. This model incorporated tools such as flash and white balance, among others. However, what was a great qualitative leap was Nokia 7650, establishing a milestone in telephony history with a 0.3 megapixels camera with a resolution of 640×480 VGA.

After so many years of technological advances, most mobile devices have not only simple cameras, but also some capable of capturing very high-quality snapshots and 4K resolution videos, but the future of technology is not only determined by companies, but also users. Thus, social networks and the use that its users have made of them have caused a drastic evolution in frontal cameras, which in some cases are more used than their neighbors in the back.

Instagram, the fastest growing network that nowadays has 700 million users, is the clearest example of photographs taken with both cameras. Total numbers of these are close to be equal. While some take advantage of the frontal camera to shoot group selfies in emblematic places or simply to show their friendship and record Stories, others benefit from the quality of their cameras to capture beautiful snapshots or the most intimate moments of their lives.

It is not clear that the frontal camera has to be better than the posterior, but the tendency should be both having the same quality. It is true that the screen of the phone gives less space to install a higher capacity lens, but technology has already surprised us on many occasions to do it again. For now there are already 8 megapixel front cameras with an f/ 1.7. In a few months we are about to experience a multitude of improvements in this matter.

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