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.
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?
Opinion 2: Do not touch my periscope camera!
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.
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).