While Apple is definitely not the first to the market with a dual lens camera, given Apple’s reputation and the fact that everyone just loves to talk about (and bash) the company, the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera setup certainly has the tech world talking up a storm about the feature.
However it looks like HTC wants to remind everyone that they were there first. In a tweet by HTC USA, the company wrote, “Just reminiscing over our #HTCOneM8 launch over 2 YEARS AGO”. Yes, in case you did not know, HTC was indeed the first to the market with a dual lens setup. However in HTC’s case, their setup was more like a mobile Lytro camera in which the point of the dual lens was to allow users to refocus parts of the photo after it was taken.
In Apple’s case, it’s more about giving users the choice between a wide or zoom lens, and with a software update coming later this year, it is also meant to provide users with bokeh-like DSLR images. So far Apple’s sample images have certainly managed to impress, but whether or not it will live up to the hype (think Siri) remains to be seen.
It also sounds like the dual camera setup could be catching on as last we heard, the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 2017 is also rumored to sport a similar design. In any case what do you guys think of dual cameras? Is this a must-have feature for you?