My last smartphone just had one front lens, so I could understand. My current phone has three front lenses (and three sensors, too, I guess), so I was a bit surprised, that I had zero control over the lens in the camera app.

Even when viewing the EXIF data with exiftool, there was very little detail on which lens had been actually used to take the shot.

So I wondered how do these modern multi-lens cameras work: Is there a single camera/sensor in use, or are the results of multiple sensors being mixed for the overall result ("multi-framing")? (Actually when matching the human eye, mixing a telephoto lens for the center with some wide angle might make sense).

My smartphone is a OPPO Find X5 Lite.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I've removed questions 2 and 3 here as they were essentially product requests which are off-topic here. The main question is a good one and interesting. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip Kendall
    Sep 9, 2022 at 14:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ Which phone are you asking about. With an iPhone you can select the camera in the app by selecting 1X or 2X on my 10S for instance. My wife’s iPhone 12 has 0.5X and 1X options. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eric S
    Sep 9, 2022 at 15:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PhilipKendall Well #2 might be an Android question, but an answer might still be interesting, just as #3 would IMHO. \$\endgroup\$
    – U. Windl
    Sep 12, 2022 at 6:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Eric There is no "Android" tag yet, and PhilipKendall removed the EXIF data that showed the manufacturer and model. \$\endgroup\$
    – U. Windl
    Sep 12, 2022 at 6:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ how do these modern multi-lens cameras work? you should share what brand/model you are actually asking this question about. They simply don't all work the same way. \$\endgroup\$
    – MrUpsidown
    Sep 19, 2022 at 9:35


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