I hope the Nubia Z60 Ultra is the future of smartphone photography

A photo of the Nubia Z60 Ultra
(Image credit: Basil Kronfli)

The Nubia Z60 Ultra challenges one hard and fast tradition of smartphone photography, specifically, focal lengths. While iPhones, Galaxys and Pixels have built camera systems around a roughly 24mm primary camera for years, the Z60 punches in, building its camera around a 35mm lens. After some time with Nubia's flagship, I don't only think it's a big deal for this phone, it could also be an indication that mobile photography is about to head in a 35mm direction.

Before we cover the Z60 Ultra, let's look at why phone cameras are so wide. After all, when you speak with a photographer, their go-to lens will unlikely be more expansive than 28mm. 24mm and wider starts to creep into the ultra-wide territory, introducing distortion and a potentially subjectless viewpoint. If I had to guess the reasons for the 24mm primary camera, there would be two: size, and utility.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.