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Peter 25 June 2023
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Many of you think it’s useless – the dedicated 2MP macro module that is there to pad out the camera count on cheaper phones. But if the phone has autofocus on its ultra wide-angle camera, then it can produce far higher quality photos.
Is this a feature that you use regularly? Or ever? Note that we’re asking specifically about macro photography with AF-enabled ultrawide cameras, not about dedicated modules like the aforementioned 2MP units or even the higher quality telemacro modules.
High-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro/14 Pro Max do have autofocus on their ultrawide cameras to enable macro photography. Other flagships and high-end phones don’t, including the Galaxy S23/S23+ and iPhone 14/14 Plus.
Macro photos with iPhone 14 Pro Max's ultra wide camera Macro photos with iPhone 14 Pro Max's ultra wide camera Macro photos with iPhone 14 Pro Max's ultra wide camera Macro photos with iPhone 14 Pro Max's ultra wide camera
Macro photos with iPhone 14 Pro Max’s ultra wide camera
For whatever reason Samsung and Apple see this as a premium feature. They are not alone, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra has an AF ultrawide lens, the Xiaomi 13/13 Lite do not.
But this doesn’t actually have to cost premium. For example, the Motorola Edge 30 neo (available for €300 or so right now, €400 MSRP) has a 13MP ultrawide camera with 120° lens complete with autofocus. The Nothing Phone (1), which was €470 at launch and closer to €350 now, has an even better 50MP 114° ultrawide with AF.
Another interesting option is to use in the telephoto camera instead – that’s what the Xiaomi 13 does, thanks to its floating lens that allows its 50MP 75mm tele camera to focus at just 10cm/4in distance.
Macro photos with Xiaomi 13 Pro's telephoto camera Macro photos with Xiaomi 13 Pro's telephoto camera Macro photos with Xiaomi 13 Pro's telephoto camera Macro photos with Xiaomi 13 Pro's telephoto camera
Macro photos with Xiaomi 13 Pro’s telephoto camera
Are good quality macro photos something that the industry should focus on? Or is this a feature that you rarely if ever use?
Telephoto, it's not a debate. When doing macro, you need some FL to put distance for lighting , and much easier framing. Macro UWA were the specialist of specialist lenses dedicated to only a very minor niche of photography, they were fewer in n…
These 5MP Macro cameras are so terrible. I prefer the ultra-wide replacement almost always. The shots in this article are very poorly done, no offence to GSMA. I'll never go back o using a low resolution Macro camera, as every shot looks li…
Useless 2 Mpix macro cams should be banned to be honest. I do believe macro photos are usefull for certain people but 2mpix macro cam on a 500+ eur phone is like 6th tyre on a car and i really thing one spare tyre is good enough.
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