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You told us: Robust zoom or realistic portraits? Here's what you prefer.
We’ve seen some impressive zoom tech on smartphones in recent years, with 3x, 4x, 5x, and even 10x cameras popping up. Google has also stepped up with the Pixel 7 Pro, going from a 48MP 4x camera to a 5x shooter.
However, our own Rob Triggs argued that Google’s decision to embrace long-range zoom cameras means that portrait photography suffers by looking less realistic. So with that in mind, we asked Android Authority readers whether they valued robust zoom or realistic portraits.
Do you prefer phones with more robust zoom or more realistic portraits?
We posted the poll inside our opinion piece last week, attracting just over 1,500 votes to date. The winning pick? Well, it turns out that 54.51% of polled readers would pick robust zoom over more realistic portraits.
Meanwhile, 45.49% of respondents said they’d prefer more realistic portraits instead of more robust zoom capabilities. We can understand this stance if you often take photos of loved ones to begin with.
Then again, phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and vivo X80 Pro have two telephoto cameras, with one being used for short-range zoom and portraits while the other is used for longer-range shots. So you don’t necessarily have to choose between polished portraits and long-range zoom these days.
- bull3946: I want my telephoto to be actually useful for telephoto, not to limit it so that portrait shots come out better. Portrait photography isn’t something I’m overly concerned about for a pocket point and shoot camera because I want to be capturing moments, not face-on posed photos. I’m not saying there isn’t a time and place for a good portrait with nice bokeh, but it’s dubious to compromise other functions of a camera to optimize for that.
- Rick: There’s a reason so many film 35mm cameras shipped with 35-70 lenses. Perhaps phones aren’t such great cameras after all if they ship with 25mm base lenses, which is possibly economics rather than utility.
- The Mr. Globe: I’d rather have two focal ranges. This is why I applaud Sony’s solutions, even if flawed. That said, I really like telephoto on Pixels especially with super rez. It helps on a lot of non closable occasion. Maybe they can slap back their 2x on future flagship.