Smartphones have been around for years now, but we recently saw a first in their camera department. I wrote an article about the new BoomSound speaker setup on the HTC 10, but now I want to talk about its camera. No, not the main camera, the front-facing camera.
For years now, the front camera never got much love. They’ve always had 1MP, and got up to about 8MP (some even higher). They shot fairly well, if you had a steady hand. The front camera was meant to take… selfies. So, not much work was really put into the front shooter because it wasn’t always about quality. Now that more and more people are taking selfies, the game is changing. The quality now is at stake, because you can’t put a filter on and facetune a blurry image, right?
HTC did something with the M8 a few years ago we had never seen before. They put a higher megapixel count camera on the front instead of the back! This was when the selfie-game was heating up, about three years ago. Now, HTC is doing something to innovate the front-facing camera again. They have put Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) in the front-facing camera module!
That move is something I never would’ve anticipated. I never would’ve thought that people even need OIS on the front-facing camera. I have found that they, in fact, just might want it, though. It’s one of those extra things that you really don’t have to have, but it’s such a help to you when in actual use. We used to think we didn’t even need front-facing cameras… see where I’m going with this? I think OIS, on the front and back cameras, will be the new standard within the next few years.
I know it may seem like a gimmick at the present, but I think it will truly be beneficial; just like it was when it came to the main camera. Even now, some phones don’t include OIS on the main camera, but that’s more of a monetary and spatial influenced decision on the company’s part. Although, Having OIS on the front makes taking front-facing pictures and video a lot easier, in my opinion.
Tell us in the comments if you think OIS is useful on the front camera, or if it’s just a gimmick to you.