We recently discovered that “dual rear camera” was a smartphone feature, and that many devices have it. The iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus all boast about their photographic capabilities for a reason; they all have two cameras and are able to pull some magic tricks that the competition can’t.
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Dual rear cameras are not new. According to The Verge, the technology was introduced in 2016 with Android devices, and later popularized with the iPhone 7 Plus. These two cameras in the rear take different pictures and compose a hybrid, which results in the final good looking photograph.
Because there always has to be more, Huawei decided to add a third camera to their 2018 smartphone, the P20 Pro. CNET reports that the device has three cameras with different abilities; one is a regular camera, the second is a monochromatic camera and the third is a telephoto camera which allows for optical zoom.
Surprisingly enough, the device doesn’t look like Frankenstein’s technological monster. The three cameras fit neatly, and don’t take up much space in the rear area of the phone. Critics agree that the cameras work amazingly well, having cool features that can rival Apple and Samsung’s most expensive smartphones, such as super slow motion and quality night shots.
You won’t be able to get your hands on Huawei’s P20 Pro within the US, but it’ll be interesting to see if other smartphone companies follow their lead. Three cameras sounds like a lot, but photography has become a very important feature on smartphones. Who’s to say when the amount of cameras will stop?