We know the photo quality is not related to the hardware only. Xiaomi and other brands have proven for a few times that the software optimization can play a big role in capturing high-quality images. Plus, AI has entered this industry as well. So we understand photography features of a smartphone depends on software as well. But recently, Huawei announced the world’s first smartphone packing three camera sensors on the back. As you remember, the Huawei P20 Pro was out a few months back. And though there is no top-branded smartphone with such a number of sensors but the P20 Pro, it is going to become a mainstream in 2019.
In an interview, Nicolas Touchard, DxOMark Image Labs VP of Marketing, said that smartphones require a slim body. So it is impossible to carry a larger image sensor for the camera. In this sense, carrying multiple camera modules has become a very reasonable alternative. He also believes that with the advantages of multi-camera modules and industry trends, smartphones with three cameras in the back will be popular as early as 2019. Moreover, after that, there will be many manufacturers to launch quad-camera phones as a matter of course.
So far, the highest score of the DxOMark was set by the Huawei P20 Pro, with a total score of 109 points (114 points for the camera and 98 points for the video). Nicolas Touchard pointed out that a three-lens phone like the Huawei P20 Pro can bring better zoom capabilities and better picture quality.
Seems, the more lenses there are, the higher their ranking should be. But when looking for the rest of smartphones such as the HTC U12+, Huawei P20, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 8, and others, we see the gap between them is not that big. So maybe it’s the next marketing gimmick brought by Huawei like the case of the GPU Turbo scary technology?