The new strategy of mobile industry is to produce equipment with a predominant function. While some privilege the screens, others come with a super battery or incorporate exclusive accessories. A few hours before Father’s Day, five cell phones with cameras higher category and they cost less than 100 thousand pesos.
And while it is true that a low-end mobile is not going to deliver the best photographic experience, it is not necessary to resort to ultra models either. In the intermediate zone there are cell phones that stand out, both to achieve good photos as in video recording.
The three-chamber module – depending on the consultation TrendForce– represents more than 40% of shipments this year. While some begin to adopt four to differentiate themselves from their rivals, those with two cameras are relegated to the most basic.
According to the vision of the experts, the lenses, the software, the size of the sensor and the aperture, are among the key aspects. The new Motorola Edge 30, Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, Xiaomi 11 T PRO, Realme GT 2 Pro and the TCL 20SE respond to this demand.
Motorola Edge 30
Motorola Edge 30. Price: $89,999.
The trend in this category is to combine lenses with different focal lengths, not only to achieve good results but also to offer a greater variety of approaches.
This composition opened the doors to the professional world of night photography, background blur, face detection and the possibility of achieving small details at very short distances (macro).
The three most used chambers are the so-called main, depth and wide angle. And although many times, through the software they can work together, each one is intended for a type of photography.
The main one is the one that the cell phone uses by default for instant photos. The incorporation of artificial intelligence (AI) allows it to recognize scenes and apply automatic adjustments. The depth one works together with the main one and generates a blurred effect (bokeh) in the background.
The main purpose of a wide-angle lens is to achieve – between 60 and 120 degrees – a greater depth of field, which is the area in front of the camera that appears in focus. The idea is to widen the viewing angle.
The Motorola edge 30, which was presented this Thursday, incorporates a triple camera system, which includes a 50 MP ultra wide angle (UGA) that allows you to capture macro photos, a 50 MP high resolution and a depth sensor.
In addition, it brings a 32 MP front, to capture the best selfies. Record HDR10 video with over a billion shades of color. sold to 89,999 pesos.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Galaxy A53. Price: $92,999.
Every phone is set up to frame, shoot and post, without worrying about the technical details. It is the apparatus that makes all the decisions: from lighting, exposure, white balance, shutter speed, image processing, tone mapping and contrast.
It may also happen that, in some conditions, the system fails to capture the complexity of the environment and applies techniques that are not the most appropriate. In these cases, it is important to be able to use the professional mode of the camera to regulate the values.
In addition, during post processing, these teams have different software to optimize the information from the sensor. The more advanced the lens, the more options it will provide in the final result.
Thus, once the shot is made, they apply to the images automatic correction algorithms ranging from noise reduction, contrast/sharpness enhancements, repair of geometric or chromatic lens aberrations.
The Galaxy A53 5G quad system features a 64MP (f1.8) OIS camera with optical stabilization (OIS). That main camera adds a 12 MP (f2.2) wide angle and two additional 5 MP (f2.4) sensors.
One of them is the one that allows you to take macro photos and the other one, provides information about depth. Meanwhile, a high resolution 32MP front camera. sold to 92,999 pesos.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro. Price: $98,099.
It is increasingly common for a mobile to appear, as is the case with the Redmi Note 11 Pro, with 108 megapixel (MP) resolution cameras. However, when measuring the points of the photo, the image is 12 megapixels. How is this explained?
The increase in the number of pixels is related to the size of the sensors and the ability of the software to associate pixels, a technique known as Pixel Binning. What it does is group several individual pixels into an array, so that they act as one large pixel.
Xiaomi’s team packs nine pixels into one, which some manufacturers call “nona binning”. In this way, when dividing 108 MP by 9, it gives 12. In addition, the ability to capture light by the sensor increases, thus generating more illuminated and better detailed images.
The frame with the 108MP main sensor with a wide-angle lens is complemented by an 8MP UGA sensor with a 118-degree field of view and a 2MP macro camera. The picture is completed with a 16MP front.
This Redmi Note 11 Pro allows you to record videos in Full HD with a maximum resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 at 30 frames per second. This 98,099 pesos.
Realme GT 2 Pro
Realme GT 2 Pro. Price: $92,000.
Beyond the number of holes that the camera module brings, what is really important is the size of the sensor. The larger it is, the greater the capture surface, which is used to build an image with less electronic noise.
To achieve a better focus, it is convenient that, at least its main camera, has the stabilizer function OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), compensating for the slight vibrations of the wrist that can ruin a shot.
Optical stabilization allows you to obtain sharper and better quality images even in low light as the stabilization system allows you to keep the shutter open for longer.
Most of today’s mobile phones include Sony’s IMX series or Samsung’s ISOCELL series sensors. Like the Realme, which mounts a 50 MP Sony IMX 766, accompanied by a 50 MP UGA sensor, signed by Samsung.
Its great innovation is a 40x magnification microscope camera. Instead of capturing razor-sharp images, it allows you to see skin imperfections, lint from a cloth, or any surface particles in the layer of an object. This 92,000 pesos.
TCL 20SE. Price: $51,499.
The diaphragm is like the iris of the eye, depending on how open it lets the amount of light pass through. The opening of the lens regulates the passage of light to the sensor. It is measured by the F number, which relates the diameter of the lens to its focal length.
The lower the number, the larger the aperture and the more light reaches the sensor. To get an idea, an f/2.0 lens lets in twice as much light as an f/2.8 lens.
In its photographic facet, the TCL 20 SE comes with a front 8 MP (f / 2.0) and a quad rear composed of: a 16 MP main sensor (f / 1.8), a 5 MP UGA (f / 2.2) , a 2 MP macro sensor (f/2.4) and a 2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4).
The two cameras record at 30 fps, in HD resolution on the front and in FullHD resolution on the rear. This 51,499 pesos.