In 2013, I attended the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch in New York City and was blown away by the quality of the photos it could take. It was the beginning of a new era, and for the subsequent several years, I’ve only used smartphone cameras to capture my memories.
Flash forward to 2021, however, and everything is in flux. The camera systems in modern smartphones offer dramatic improvements over the Lumia 1020 in quality, functionality, and performance, but our expectations have likewise grown as well. And these modern camera systems have moved to multiple camera lenses and AI-based computational photography techniques to help overcome the size limitations of devices that we can and do carry around in our pockets.