IDG Contributor Network: Why do new smartphones at MWC19 need so many cameras?

Looking at all the product introductions at this year’s MWC 19, we saw sooooo many cameras on smartphones. Why? Apple iPhone, Google Android and countless others all have multiple cameras. Do we really need that many on a single device? Do we even want them? What about the personal privacy implications?

We are taking a great idea too far. Years ago, cellphones were just, well, wireless phones. Then mobile phone makers started to add lots of new features. The camera was one of them. It started out as a way to capture a rough and scratchy image. Then, especially over the last several years, it’s gotten much better.

Today, smartphone makers seem to think if there is one great camera on the device, two would be better. Then three, four, five, even six. Someone should tell them, enough is enough already!

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