Smartphone makers are racing who will make a phone with a better camera, and more camera modules. The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro have just joined the race, offering “phoneographers” a lot to play with. The Pro model features a four-camera setup, with the 40MP main sensor. It allows 5x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. Along with a few more specs, it really seems promising for all those who often shoot with their smartphone.
It’s all getting a bit ridiculous now. When Lenovo teased quad cameras, I had to laugh a bit. It all just seemed a bit excessive. Even three cameras in a phone felt like a bit much. Two’s cool, sure, it offers some neat computational photography options that a single camera does not. But beyond that, is it really worth it?
Samsung thinks so, as they’ve just beaten Lenovo to the punch with the new Samsung Galaxy A9 which has, yes, you guessed it, four cameras. It’s the “world’s first” quad camera smartphone with a 2x optical zoom, a 120° ultrawide, a regular camera and a depth camera.
Just when you already think that three rear cameras in a phone is a bit excessive, Lenovo comes along and teases this. Oh yes, the Z5/S5 Pro will have four cameras. One 2x telephoto, one regular, and two unknowns. Maybe wide-angle, black & white, depth sensor or a telephoto with a longer reach, who knows?
But what we do know is that one of them is a 2x telephoto, and Lenovo has released a few sample photos shot with it. Officially, the phone’s name is the “S5 Pro”, but people are apparently also calling it the Z5 Pro? So, yeah, no idea.