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LG G5: the pros and cons of a wide angle lens on a smartphone camera

By Juan Carlos Bagnell March 29, 2016, 12:54 pm

We’re going to see numerous smartphone camera experiments over the next several years. Samsung is experimenting with reducing the resolution of the sensor on the Galaxy S7. Asus is experimenting with a hardware optical zoom on the ZenFone.

One of the more interesting experiments is using multiple camera sensors. The LG G5 packs two different sensors, with two different lenses. The main 16MP sensor and lens is similar to what we’ve already seen on the G4 and the V10, but the second sensor is a lower 8MP resolution which is paired with a super wide lens. That second lens approaches a 135 degree field of view.

Rumors are pointing to phones like the iPhone 7 and Huawei P9 also coming with multiple camera sensors on each respective phone, though they might have dual sensors which are similar. Two of the same sensor + lens combinations is a very different situation than what LG is doing on the G5. Why might LG’s experiment be more of a benefit than having two of the same camera sensors? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a wide angle lens on a smartphone camera

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