Can anyone put into layman's terms: what does aperture mean on a smartphone?
For example: f/2.0 aperture. I think the bigger the number, the better - is that right? For low light performance?
May. 7, 2014 at 18:00
Aperture on a smartphone means exactly the same as it does on any camera.
Aperture control amount of light hitting sensor and depth of field.
Example of Numbers: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/87/Aperture_diagram.svg
I don't think any of this relevant for smartphones due to limitations in lenses and camera sensors.
By itself aperture is pretty meaningless - there are a lot of other variables in play. If you looking for professional advice you should try digital photography forum.
JanSt / MOD
May. 8, 2014 at 13:44
Agree. Due to size limits, phone cam designers use other hardware and software tricks to compensate. And results vary quite a bit. Looking at aperture alone won't tell you much about the overall performance. In many many situations and iPhone5(+) or a HTC One and many other phone cams will produce better pics than, say, a Lumia 1020...
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