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

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

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.

How to know if your mobile camera is good

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If you are the one who pays more attention on the camera than the rest of the elements when buying a mobile phone, this article might be interesting to you

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As we told in the previous article of the blog, today most mobile phone users who like to take amateur-level photographs for their social networks or personal albums only carry their mobile devices instead of compact digital cameras. Mobile phones have not reached the quality of a digital SLR camera, and it is very complicated this happens, but the technology advances and the cameras of our phones are getting better and better.

We often tend to think that the number of megapixels means quality, but nothing further from reality. Megapixels are a size unit. The more you have, the bigger the picture, but if a photograph is enough good with 2 megapixels (1080p) at least, why should we be obsessed about our camera having more than 20?

However, the ability of our phone to capture light will tell us much more about the goodness of its camera. As a basic rule, if a phone is capable of capturing good night or low-light images, your camera will undoubtedly be good. It is also the focal aperture. The smaller the value of the “f /” number, the better. The usual in high-end mobile phones is f / 2.2 or f / 2.0.

Focus speed is another factor to keep in mind. If our mobile is fast we will be able to capture a snapshot without spoiling it because of the focus. Also, make sure your phone has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) to prevent blur unless you have the pulse of a surgeon. But the top of mobile phone cameras is the professional mode, that allows us to save files in RAW format, modify the focus, vary the speed of exposure or ISO.

The decline of compact cameras

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The constant advance of mobile phones relegates them to the background

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Telephony covers a huge activity within the technology industry. The months go by and the progresses take place without giving a second. In turn, in a few years we have gone from the tendency to use tiny or capped phones, to use huge devices whose screens facilitates their manageability and allows us to use a multitude of tools for everyday life. Among them, of course, it is the camera.

Social networks have significantly influenced on the improvement of mobile phone cameras. Without them, there was no need to take pictures of our daily lives and share them in our social profiles, so we did not need to have a camera in our pocket. That is why we used compact digital cameras. They were useful for family gatherings and trips, and the rest of the time they were kept in the drawer waiting for the next event.

With the consolidation of Facebook and, more recently, Instagram, and the need to share our experiences, mobile phones began to move towards this trend, providing us with ever larger devices, better resolution and more advanced cameras. Thus, with the passage of time, the trend has taken compact digital cameras to ostracism.

With the arrival of the 5G just around the corner, internet of things and the interconnectivity of all household electronics, it seems clear that telephony will continue evolving without brakes. With it, photographic objectives evolve too, soon to reach unsuspected quality levels. Meanwhile, our digital compact cameras will be buried under the dust in our drawers.

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