Many reports are suggesting that Samsung is planning to add a front-facing camera with auto-focus to the upcoming Galaxy S8. It would be the first of its kind if ever. As of now the only available feature like the auto-focus on selfie mode camera is the optical image stabilization (OIS) to improve selfie photos. Auto-focus would allow the camera to focus on a specific area and, as we know from Samsung’s current crop of smartphones, the company is great at helping to create some of the fastest auto-focusing mobile cameras in the business.
Samsung Galaxy S8 To Have An Auto Focus On The Selfie Camera
According to Business Insider, most front-facing cameras use fixed-focus lenses. In other words, there’s no focus on one specific object, just the entire scene at once. Improved focus could help add a bit of a bokeh effect and allow front-facing selfies to look better, perhaps even as good as those shot by the rear-facing camera.
Galaxy S8 auto-focus selfie camera could help the phone stand out smartphone makers have long tried to improve the front-facing cameras with standout features. The aforementioned OIS option was added to devices like the HTC 10 this year. Over the past few years, wide-angle lenses also grew in popularity, allowing consumers to capture more of the scene, or snap group-selfie photos. Auto-focus may build on that trend.
The report of GSM Arena said that the future camera will use an encoder type of focusing mechanism, as opposed to the prevailing voice coil motor. In this type of design, the focusing actuator is mounted on the side of the lens instead of in the middle of it, thus making for a camera module with a lower depth.
“People are starting to take more selfies and number of demands for cameras that take selfies with higher qualities is increasing,” an industry representative was quoted as saying. “It is heard that Samsung Electronics has decided to install front actuators for Galaxy S8 in order to differentiate its flagship Smartphone.”