The groundbreaking Essential Phone has two cameras on the back. So what? Many smartphones have dual cameras on the back these days. What’s unique about the Essential Phone is that one is a color camera, and one is black and white, and it actually uses both at the same time when taking color photos to increase detail and contrast. You don’t really see evidence of the monochrome photos in the bright parts of the color images, but it does add a kick to the darker areas.
Below are several color photos taken with the Essential Phone. First up though is on that I deliberately underexposed in order to capture the detail of the neon signs in this bar window I was walking past one evening. I then brought the exposure back up selectively in a photo editor to see how much of the dark areas I could recover. Take a look at the before and after. As you can see, the first photo was really dark, almost black in many areas. While I wouldn’t advise deliberately underexposes images this much on a regular basis, I was impressed by how much information I was able to recover in post-processing.
Here is a similar shot at a more sensible exposure:
Something I appreciated about this camera is that it consistently nailed the white balance dead on every time. I never had to adjust the white balance in any of my photos.
Daylight photos have accurate colors and are typically bright and cheerful, with tons of usable sharpness while maintaining gobs of shadow detail. Look at the 100% crop below from this brewery sign. So much detail! (The image it was cropped from is a few photos down).
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