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How giant camera sensors help and hinder your smartphone photography

How giant camera sensors help and hinder your smartphone photography

Smartphone camera sensors have gotten pretty huge in the last year. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a massive 1/1.33-inch sensor in its main camera, along with a 1/2-inch telephoto sensor. The Huawei P40 Pro Plus that Alex just reviewed has an even larger main sensor is at 1/1.28 inches.

Before we get too lost in the numbers, let’s talk about what all of that actually means. Larger camera sensors aid in all sorts of aspects of photography, from depth of field to low light performance. This is the main reason why dedicated cameras are able to take such great photos in various conditions, while smartphones have a particularly hard time when shooting in low light.