New Camera Technology Boosts Smartphone Photo Options

When shopping for an affordable smartphone, one of the main features you’ll want to pay close attention to is the rear-facing camera, which may come with multiple lenses. Manufacturers have been tweaking and improving smartphone camera technology for several years, and the cameras now included on flagship devices like the iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Samsung Galaxy S10 allow you to take professional quality photos with relative ease.

If you look at the back of your phone, you’ll see a small camera lens. In a smartphone, the camera module is quite tiny, since the phone itself has to be slim. Inside this tiny module are multiple lens elements, including an image sensor and sometimes even motors for optical image stabilization.

Each camera has a lens for directing light and a sensor for capturing it, both of which affect the quality of the finished shot. In recent years, manufacturers have added more and more lenses to the back camera, spawning designations such as “dual-lens” and “triple-lens.” As an example, the Samsung Galaxy S10 includes a 12MP wide angle lens, a 16MP ultrawide sensor, and a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, in addition to a 10MP front-facing “selfie” camera.

Multiple lenses give the device independent camera modules that work together to produce sharper, richer images. Typically, the primary lens does the main work while the additional lenses adds fine detail by capturing additional light, increasing the field of view, or adding background effects.

The breakthrough in lens technology is augmented by built-in editing options to give you even more precise control over the finished look of your photos. For iPhone users, just a few clicks in the Photos app allows you to use the auto-enhance feature to automatically adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, and more. You can crop and straighten the photo, and even add filters and adjust the light and color. The camera app for Android phones includes numerous options depending on the type of phone, including a host of interesting filters for adding different textures or colors to your photo. Some even feature Beauty Mode, which gives you tools to touch-up a subject’s facial features.

Best of all, manufacturers are continuing to refine camera technology, so these formerly “high end” features are now available on an even wider selection of smartphones than before. It’s already possible to take beautiful, pictures with most smartphone cameras, and that functionality just continues to get better!

9 Thoughts on "New Camera Technology Boosts Smartphone Photo Options"

  1. Grace says

    We are current customers and are very happy with the service. Are there any plans to support Apple Watches in the near future?

    reply to Grace

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the question, Grace. We don’t have plans at this time to offer support for the Cellular capabilities of the Apple Watches, but we appreciate your feedback and have passed it along.

      reply to Nicole

      • Edward J. Bond says

        Nicole,
        This is a boiler plate answer. Considering the health advantages of the Apple Watch perhaps CC can explain the reasoning behind the the non support. Is it a delay or should customers pursue alternatives?

        reply to Edward

        • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

          Hi Edward, the cellular function of Apple Watches requires the use of eSIM technology. Unfortunately, this is not something that is supported on our service and is only available to a limited number of carriers. At some point in the future, we may have access to this feature, but it is not currently available. If you need to use the cellular function of the Apple Watches, then you would have to check what carriers are compatible with that service through Apple.

          reply to Nicole

  2. david gulley says

    If my phone is not working, how do I get help?

    reply to david

  3. Bonnie Pickhardt says

    I will look forward to learning more about Consumer
    Cellular’s new features.

    reply to Bonnie

  4. Shirley Burns says

    Are these phones and plans subject to misc. cost and taxes?or is it just $20.00 A month.. I know there will be taxes on the phones. Are these phones for sale or are they lease phones per month?

    reply to Shirley

    • Great questions, Shirley, thanks for posting! I would advise the bill will have state and federal taxes that are applied for cell phone use. They generally run around 20-30% depending on your state but it can vary depending on your location. If you’d like to get a better idea of what taxes are being charged for your exact location, we would suggest taking a look at a current cell phone, or landline bill. The phones are available to purchase to use on our service, or there is the EasyPay option which would allow you to make a down payment and then pay the phone off in installments until it’s paid off.

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