Not one, not two, but now some phones are showcasing cameras with up to four lenses on the back (the main camera) - here's why.
Smartphones with four lenses tend to have a primary camera lens, a telephoto lens, an ultra wide angle lens and a depth sensor. They work together to give your pictures depth, richness, enhanced colour and texture.
- The primary lens helps the camera take a picture in different lights, ranging from bright indoor and outdoor light to night time, and the clarity of the resulting picture is directly related to its megapixel strength.
- The telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on your subject - for example, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G has a dual telephoto lens with 3x and 10x optical zoom. Once you've zoomed in and taken your picture, you can then use 100x or 20x Zoom Lock to see even greater details.
- An ultra wide angle lens lets you capture more background with wide-angle pictures, widening what you can see in the picture. It's great for landscape and group shots.
- The depth sensor enhances portrait and bokeh photos. It takes a black and white image and blends it with the RGB image taken by the primary camera, packing in more colour vibrancy and detail.
If you're keen to take great pictures but you're not sure you need a smartphone with up to four lenses, a dual lens will give you the best of both worlds. One lens is the main shooter, while the other captures the depth. This gives you the ability to separate a foreground subject from the background, meaning you can refocus or recolour either part of the image.
If you'd like a dual-lens phone, we recommend the Google Pixel 5 5G, or iPhone 12.