Finally we reached a point where sensors are big enough. IMX989 and GN2 are big sensors and I’m sure there will be more and improved versions coming out from Sony, Samsung and OmniVision soon.
vivo X90 Pro+
OPPO Find X6 Pro
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Are all confirmed to use 1″ sensors. I think it’s safe to say 1″ sensors will be the standard for flagships starting from 2023. Don’t know about you, but I think for me 1″ sensor is good enough so I would like for manufacturers to focus (pun intended) on other areas now.
* Image processing – Change it so it’s not digital and processed looking. Easy on the HDR. Soft but detailed images are ok, just look at Nokia 808 PureView. Nothing else can capture [fur](https://www.esato.com/phonephotos/cam/nokia/808_pureview/2018082415413jPEYR.jpg) or [grass](https://www.esato.com/phonephotos/cam/nokia/808_pureview/201907071958WD8QBk.jpg) like that. I would really like to see shadow and noise handling to be improved, specifically on Pixel devices (but all modern flagships do the same). [This is](https://i.imgur.com/dI7Pbd1.jpg) how a Pixel handles noise. And [this](https://i.imgur.com/eHbHlqa.jpg) is how a 7 year old Lumia 950 handles it. No other phone has a better noise handling as far as I am aware.
* Lenses – This is very important. A lot of flagships now have awful lenses that cause fringing and [ghosting on the edges](https://fdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/reviews/22/google-pixel-7/camera/gsmarena_041.jpg) which results in a very unpleasant blur. (another [example](https://fdn.gsmarena.com/imgroot/reviews/22/xiaomi-12s-ultra/daylight/gsmarena_111.jpg). Check the bikes basket and flowers). Good blur (bokeh) is supposed to be very airy and soft; “creamy” as they say. Besides that, there are artifacts and strange light spots at night. I don’t know how Nokia did it but they managed to get really [pleasant blur on Lumia 950](https://i.imgur.com/wL9AkFf.jpg).
* Fix shutter speed in bright daylight. This is going to be very hard to do though. 180 degree rule is very important for video smoothness. You can watch why [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnWJVkdoaoU) and [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB21OGR8DSo). However comes up with a solution is going to win big! This will make video on smartphones take a major leap ahead.
* Start using high quality sensors and lenses for ultrawide and telephoto cameras too.
* Adjust the colours so they’re the same across all cameras.
* Smooth transition between cameras.
* I would like more phones to have a “Pro” mode with manual adjustments (looking at you, Pixel).
* The ability to adjust focus speed would really help with smoother transition shots. Modern smartphones have such a fast focus that it sometimes ends up jarring because it jumps from point to point.
What would you like to see improved?
EDIT: Since Nokias received so much attention, if you are interested I have another post [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/wfa8r0/i_compared_pixel_4a_camera_to_lumia_950_and_nokia/) where I compare 950, 808, Pixel 4a, S22 and iPhone 13 Pro. If you found this topic interesting, I think you’ll enjoy that one too.