Smartphone Cameras: Then And Now

Smartphone Cameras: Then And Now

People are slowly moving away from the need of buying a camera to capture their favorite moments. The habit of printing out physical prints and photos aren’t as popular as it used to be, and is now mostly reserved for wedding albums or formal documentation purposes. Smartphones are sweeping the market with their ability to not just perform rudimentary texting and calling, but also double up as a pocket-sized camera.


We’ve come a long way since the inception of the smartphone camera revolution. A lot of smartphone purchase decisions today are greatly influenced by the quality of its camera. Smartphone companies picked up on the selfie trend and beginned to incorporate the front-facing camera, much to the public’s delight.

In the early days, smartphones that did have cameras allowed only a maximum of between 5 to 8 megapixels. Consumers caught on to the craze and really propelled it into something else; their demand for better quality cameras led to the eventuality of two-digit megapixel cameras and it’s still going up.

Faced with stiff competition and recognising what the market wants, many smartphone companies now advertise themselves as the camera or selfie expert. Some newly released selfie-centric smartphones include Vivo V7+, which boasts a magnificent 24 megapixel on it’s front camera. Its camera settings are enhanced with beauty modes for selfies and video calls, and a portrait mode for that beautiful bokeh effect. Check it out here:

Oppo is another smartphone camera player in the market. Like Vivo, it strives to establish itself as a camera-oriented smartphone. It takes fairly decent selfies although things in the background aren’t reflected as well. Surprisingly, Oppo’s F5 does not come with a camera flash so using it in low-light conditions may be a little tricky.

There are just so many options of smartphones to choose from these days. If you’re buying one for the camera, it is worthwhile looking into factors beyond its megapixels; low-light performance, various shooting modes, and in-camera applications are all equally important in considering the right one for you.