OT: Smartphone Telephoto Lenses

Paul Stenquist pnstenquist at mac.com
Fri Oct 9 11:10:22 EDT 2020

Thanks Bill. Good to know.

> On Oct 9, 2020, at 10:20 AM, Bill <anotherdrunkensot at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/6/2020 12:38 PM, Paul Stenquist wrote:
>> I was surprised to learn that the “telephoto” lens on the best Apple and Samsung phones yields only the fov of a 50 mm lens on 35 mm full frame. Not exactly a big glass look and hardly deserving of the telephoto moniker.
>> Paul
> Not quite correct, at least on my Galaxy Note 10. The phone has 3 cameras, the wide angle is quite wide, somewhere between 24 and 28mm equivalent on a 35mm format, the standard is pretty close to 40mm equivalent, the telephoto is closer to 70mm than 50mm equivalent.
> I checked this by comparing the live view on the K1 to the phone screen.
> Something to remember is that the phone is a much wider aspect ratio. The Note 10 is 19:9 compared to the 2:3 aspect ratio of 35mm.
> I did my Q&D comparison by looking at the top to bottom coverage rather than side to side coverage.
> bill
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