Are you one of those who complain about poor cameras on budget devices? Have you read gadget reviews in which the reviewer scores a budget device low because the camera doesn’t take stunning shots? To be honest, you should not be surprised. Budget phones are the wrong places to look for quality cameras.
Budget Phones And Poor Cameras Are A Pair
Whether it is on smartphones or on drones or manned aircraft or on security towers, great cameras and budget do not mix. Wherever you see an outstanding camera, you are looking at something that has cost money to produce. It is like expecting a high octane performance engine in a budget city car. If you find one in there, it is placed there at great, extra cost.
Ignore The Megapixel Ratings
We have known for years that a camera’s quality is not all about its megapixels rating. There are a handful of factors that contribute to the quality of photos that a camera produces. As such, you can have an 8 megapixel camera on a N20,000 budget smartphone and an 8 megapixel camera on a N90,000 flagship. But the flagship will produce much better images than the budget phone ever can. It is more than the megapixels.
All The Best cameras Are On Flagships
Have you ever – at any point in time since smartphones were invented – found the best cameras on any device that is not a flagship? Run your web searches. Since the garden of Eden, every list of the best camera phones year after year have always featured the most expensive phones.
But What If…
But what if one manufacturer were to produce a phone that has budget specifications in every other area and then include a flagship grade camera on it? It would cost a bit more than the average budget phone. Perhaps its price would cross over into mid-tier territory. But I am wondering….a performance camera would require a really good processor too. Those glorious photos tend to be heavy too and will require lots of internal storage. Sigh. The price is going up gradually; right? Perhaps cloud storage can be used?
Anyway, you get the picture? Stop expecting anything other than poor cameras on budget smartphones. It costs quite a bit to produce a well refined camera that produces stunning photographs.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.