This post was last updated on July 23rd, 2020 at 09:31 am
Camera phones have been around the block for a long time. As early as 18 years ago, Nokia published an advertisement which was the first Nokia camera phone 7650 to shoot alien videos, which caused a huge sensation at the time. The Nokia 7650 is also known as the world’s first camera phone with a built-in camera. Although the pixels are not high, it has a certain degree of playability with the S60 V1 system. In this post, you shall be acquainted with the reason why led flash replaces xenon flash on mobile phones(especially android phones)
Nokia Had an Aggressive Approach to Phone Camera Design
In the following years, Nokia became more and more fierce in the field of camera phones. They even released a number of camera phones equipped with xenon flash. Take me as an example. When I used the Nokia N82 back then, I felt that the brightness of the flash was “shockingly Awesome”. It could illuminate the whole street in one flash. Later I learned that it is called a “xenon flash”, which is brighter than an LED flash. Many, but they can’t be turned on continuously, they can only “flash by”.
Some Notable Phones That Used Xenon Flash
Later I used Nokia’s 6720C and PureView 808 for the xenon flash. Worthy of note that the Nokia N8 also has a xenon flash.
Even after many years, I bought a second-hand Nokia Lumia 1020, the last generation of Nokia camera. This guy is actually a “dual flash” structure of xenon flash + LED flash, which is really awesome for night shooting. By estimation, even if Nokia was a brand, there were as many as seven or eight models with xenon flash.
The Major Reason Why LED Flash Replaces Xenon Flash on Mobile Phones(Especially Android)
Nowadays, xenon flashes have almost disappeared in the field of Android mobile phones. Only Motorola Z has realized xenon flashes through the “Hasselblad” module, and Samsung S4 ZOOM (above) has been equipped with xenon flashes.
However, the Samsung S4 ZOOM is a special mobile phone. It can be regarded as a “digital camera” with an Android phone system and communication module, so it is not known.
Why Has Xenon Flash Conspicuously Disappeared from Android Phones?
- Firstly, as for why the xenon flash has disappeared in the field of Android phones, I personally think that it should be because Android phones are getting thinner and thinner.
Consequently, the back cannot accommodate a larger xenon flash module (a booster is required), but can only accommodate ordinary LED flashes.
- Secondly and more importantly, most mobile phone manufacturers such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, and Samsung have studied the night scene mode and used software algorithms to make up for the lack of night shooting, so there is no need for xenon flash to supplement lighting.