CAM­ERA

Not your stan­dard smart­phone snap­pers, these cam­eras are spe­cial

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

The two cam­eras work in tan­dem to pro­duce much brighter im­ages

Be­tween our three flag­ship phones, we’re look­ing at a heady mix of eight cam­eras in to­tal. The Gal­axy S8 has one on the front and one on the rear, while both the LG G6 and Huawei P10 dou­ble down on the back with dual-cam­era of­fer­ings - along with sin­gle selfie snap­pers above their re­spec­tive dis­plays.

Huawei’s party piece is the fact its cam­eras have been co-en­gi­neered with cam­era gi­ant Le­ica, giv­ing the P10 some se­ri­ous photography pedi­gree. It’s also ap­proached the dual cam­era setup in a novel way, with a colour RGB sen­sor along­side a Mono­chrome (black and white) op­tion. The two work in tan­dem, with the mono­chrome sen­sor ca­pa­ble of suck­ing in more light than its coloured coun­ter­part, and thus pro­duc­ing brighter im­ages - es­pe­cially use­ful when snap­ping in low light. If you’re feel­ing par­tic­u­larly moody, though, you can opt to use just the mono cam­era for some stun­ning black and white shots.

The LG G6 opts for a dif­fer­ent take with its dual cam­era of­fer­ing by pair­ing a stan­dard 13MP sen­sor with a 13MP wide an­gle lens. Un­like the P10, you use the two cam­eras sep­a­rately here, with a sim­ple icon tap in the cam­era app shift­ing you smoothly from one lens to the other. The wide an­gle lens is ex­cel­lent when it comes to cap­tur­ing sky­lines, vis­tas, sky­scrapers or large group shots, while the stan­dard lens gives you a more fo­cused op­tion for por­traits and cer­tain ob­jects.

While the P10 and G6 have both taken some ob­vi­ous steps for­ward in the cam­era depart­ment over their pre­de­ces­sors, the Gal­axy S8’s de­vel­op­ment is less clear. You get a sin­gle 12MP rear cam­era, which has the same num­ber of megapix­els as the snap­per found in the Gal­axy S7, as well as the same aper­ture, sen­sor size, pixel size and fo­cal length. That’s no bad thing, though, as it’s an ex­cel­lent cam­era setup and with en­hance­ments in im­age pro­cess­ing un­der the hood the Gal­axy S8 can once again claim to have one of the best smart­phone snap­pers around.

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