Periscope cameras Trendy fad or here to stay
Periscope cameras Trendy fad or here to stay

This article may contain personal views and opinions of the author.

Periscope cameras have already made waves in the phone industry, pushing the boundaries of what we believe is possible with our devices. Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and others have led the way in ultra-long zoom lenses on flagship phones, allowing the user to take a usable photo not just remotely.

At first glance, there is nothing wrong with these cameras. The more the merrier, right? When it comes to technological advancements, there’s little reason to be frustrated with the advancement of the camera.

Opinion # 1: Periscopes are a gimmick

Okay, I know I might be in the minority here, but periscope lenses definitely feel a little unconventional to me. Sure, they work wonders and let you zoom in 5 or even times with no noticeable loss of detail. When you’re ready, select models zoom in at 100x or even 120x, all for the boastful rights. And the best part is that periscope lenses work wonders. So what exactly is the problem?

The way I see it, periscopes are mostly useful, but also a bit tricky. If you can get a powerful long zoom device, you will surely use it all the time during your honeymoon. I would know I’ve used a couple of these. For a while, forget about your phone’s main camera and just use the mega-zoom to look around your immediate surroundings and take pictures of objects that are otherwise completely uninteresting. And I understand it’s only natural to be amazed by the eye-catching new features you get on your new device.
My deliberations won’t attract a lot of supporters, but due to my not-so-short time with various periscopic cameras, I’ve come to the conclusion that once the honeymoon is over, you’ll only use these as a monocular to zoom in on the car license plates, distant signs and what do you have. After that, I always kind of forgot about the periscope camera as the main camera is the one I used almost 90% of the time, so it’s much more important than the periscope. This has happened to almost all of the periscope phones I’ve used and I’ll let you know I used a few: Oppo Reno, Huawei P30 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra and several others.

Opinion 2: Do not touch my periscope camera!

First of all, I have to agree – periscope cameras are not for everyone. However, it’s always nice to have a warm mug when it gets cold outside. Looking beyond the vague analogies, I say, isn’t it better to have a periscope camera even if you use it occasionally than not to have one when you need it?

Besides, since I’ve been using mine Huawei P30 Pro Almost two years ago I found several use cases for my periscope camera. As Peter pointed out, some are purely practical, like looking at a sign far away.

But! A long-range zoom camera really shines when you have something to photograph, or in other words, trips and holidays. I’ve taken my P30 Pro to several countries and there isn’t another phone I would have liked to bring with me (the P30 Pro was a little ahead of its time).

I managed to get some really nice pictures of the Icelandic glaciers and volcanoes. unique street views of Dublin; the sunset at a German airport (I know it’s coincidental); and of course all kinds of birds and smaller animals that are otherwise inaccessible.

Not only does zooming in bring the camera closer, it also makes the final scene a lot more intimate – as if you were really close to someone or something. I think photographers will know what I’m talking about (I’m not a photographer).

And, hey … don’t forget the moon mode or whatever you want to call it. Is it a gimmick? Yes. Is it a cool party trick? Certainly! At first it’s kind of surreal when you can get a shot of the moon and see the texture. It’s not super clear, but it’s not bad at all either. We didn’t even ask for it, and periscope cameras gave it to us.

To conclude, long-range zoom cameras are of course not a fad. Whether in their current form or as part of a continuous zoom system, they are here to stay. Before it became a verb describing the action of making a zoom call, zooming was forever a part of photography. So whether it’s a wild cat or a pigeon; a stop sign or banner; the sun or the moon … we’ll always want to zoom (rhyme intended).

From wide angle to 5/10 periscope zoom. You can’t deny the magic.


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