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We asked, you told us: You value an astrophotography mode on your phone
Google was the first smartphone manufacturer to offer an astrophotography mode, doing so with 2019’s Pixel 4 series. The mode allows you to take photos of the night sky, including stars, light trails from planes and satellites, and even the Milky Way.
Astrophotography modes are now available on phones from the likes of realme, vivo, and Xiaomi, and I detailed my love for the mode in an opinion piece earlier this month. We also posted a poll inside the article asking how important an astrophotography mode is to you. Here’s how you voted.
How important is an astrophotography mode to you?
Over 1,000 votes were tallied in this poll, and it turns out that 41% of respondents say an astrophotography mode is one of several must-have features. This was the most popular option, while the “nice to have but not a must” camp was in second place and accounted for ~38% of the vote.
Meanwhile, ~16% of polled readers said they don’t buy a smartphone without an astrophotography mode. This suggests that companies like Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus are losing out in some capacity by not including the feature, although we’re guessing the number of phones going unsold is negligible at worst.
Finally, just under 5% of respondents say they don’t care about the mode at all. We can understand this stance, as you need a tripod, an area with reduced light pollution, and several minutes for each shot. By contrast, other camera modes like Single Take and night mode are more seamless and versatile.
Either way, we’d be keen to see the results of this poll among typical (i.e. non-techie) consumers, as we’re guessing our poll and opinion piece attracted some fans of astrophotography modes to begin with.
- I’d much prefer this than extra selfie modes and AR overlays. I’m still annoyed the extra sensors like project tango depth cameras didn’t become a standard fit on android phones. 7 years later, apple ‘invented’ it.