Can Smartphone Cameras get any better?

Can Smartphone Cameras get any better?

The best smartphone cameras are really, really good right now. Featuring wide-open apertures, excellent dynamic range, ultra-fast autofocus, and the brains to make excellent exposures every time, top smartphone cameras like the Galaxy S7 are as good as they’ve ever been. In fact, unless phone makers are willing to make some major changes to the basic designs of smartphones, they may be as good as they’re ever going to get. Right now, the S7 rules the roost because of its excellence on all four of those key measures of quality. But other companies like HTC and Apple have come close and will likely catch up with Samsung soon. They may even make incremental improvements like better color in low-light situations. But consider this: The S7’s f/1.7 lens sits near the maximum aperture you can get before focus issues become a real concern; even DSLR lenses rarely move past f/1.4. Color and contrast look as good as in professional devices. The autofocus system is smarter, faster, and more responsive than the one Hasselblad installed in the $26,000 H6D-50c. Color and dynamic range are similarly near that of top-tier non-smartphone cameras.

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