iPhone X Whats the purpose of the third camera in the upcoming iPhone 11?

Benz63amg

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If the leaks of the triple lens camera end up being true, What is the third camera even going to be and what is it going to be used for? the iPhone X, XS and XS Max and the 8 Plus as well as the 7 Plus have two camera lenses and it is clear what the 2 lenses are used for (One is a standard lens and the second is a telephoto lens that helps with zoom etc) but what is the point of a third lens?
 

noobinator

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What do you do it with it though? Is it like a fish-eye lens on the Ring Video door bell cameras?
It won't be fisheye just a wider Angle with which you can capture more of the scene around you. Good for a variety of situations in photography, with landscapes being a big one.
 

Benz63amg

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It won't be fisheye just a wider Angle with which you can capture more of the scene around you. Good for a variety of situations in photography, with landscapes being a big one.
Can’t you just use panorama mode to capture a wide landscape shot..
 

pika2000

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Can’t you just use panorama mode to capture a wide landscape shot..
Using panorama mode is more like a workaround. Plus it’s a separate mode. Having an ultra wide angle lens allows one to use the main camera mode and simply point and shoot,

Whether the ultra wide is useful or not, that’s a different story. I do feel the regular “wide” lens on the iPhone often times feels a bit too tight, especially for indoor and group shots.
 

fred98tj

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Generally, on cell phones, the “super wide angle” lens display a lot of distortion. Very noticeable on pics with buildings etc. in them. Buildings, especially at the edges of the photos, are curved and not straight. :p.
Relatively inexpensive and uncorrected lenses in these cell phone cameras.
They’re basically designed for what I call “digi snaps”. That’s how the vast majority of people use their cell phone cameras.