We’ve been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers.

Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It’s exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get better cameras?

Smartphones have absolutely decimated the casual photography market, and fewer folks these days are likely to invest in a “point and shoot” camera after buying a newer smartphone. It makes sense that traditional photo and video manufacturers would want to produce hardware for the devices most people carry around in their pockets.

We’re taking a look at three phones which proudly wear their camera collaborations on their cases. The Microsoft Lumia 950 with Zeiss optics, the Blackberry Priv with a Schneider lens, and the new Huawei P9 with a Leica “inspired” dual camera module will help us examine this branding phenomenon.

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Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.

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