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While at Mobile World Congress, CNET has produced a video featuring Corephotonics' dual-lens camera technology, which appears similar to that of Apple-acquired LinX. With Apple rumored to introduce a dual-lens camera on either the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, the video offers an opportunity to see such technology in action, providing a glimpse at how it may work in Apple's next iPhone.



The technology uses software to combine the images of two separate camera lenses to create a more detailed picture, including the ability to optically zoom with no moving parts. In 2014, Corephotonics was able to use the tech to offer 3 times optical zoom, but has since increased its capabilities to offer 5 times optical zoom.

The demo showcases how effectively the dual-lens camera can optically zoom into an object while retaining crisp details. It also places a zoomed-in image from a single-lens camera next to a zoomed-in image from a dual-lens camera, contrasting the sharp difference between the two. CNET notes that when they tested an iPhone 6s Plus against the dual-lens camera the results were largely identical to the Corephotonics demo, with the dual-lens camera providing a distinctly sharper image.

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Image via CNET​

LinX's technology also uses multiple camera lenses to create a single high quality image, including noise reduction, better low-light quality and sharper details. Other than a dual-lens camera using LinX's technology, rumors claim the iPhone 7 could have a more waterproof design, a flush rear camera and no antenna bands on the back and, if ready, wireless charging. The iPhone 7 is expected to be released this fall.

Article Link: Video Demo Shows Benefits of Dual-Camera Technology
 

HiRez

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This is the kind of breakthrough tech Apple needs to get their iPhone mojo back. iPhone 6S (including Plus) photos are still horrible in low light. But if Apple doesn't have exclusive use of it, the advantage will be limited (but still great for users).
 
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LeadingHeat

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Maybe I'm the only one here.. But I personally think two cameras would look so clunky and ghetto. And would take away from the pristine look of an iPhone.
 

Juicy Box

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The dual camera looks like a good idea, although it seems like almost every model has an upgraded camera that never works as good as the rumors make them out to be.

The iPhone's picture quality is hit or miss for me.

Sometimes I am very impressed by the photos I take, other times, especially in lower light, the pictures are horrible.

I am currently using an iPhone 6s Plus, which one reason I got that one over the 6s was for the better camera and thinking that lower light photos would be better. The 5s seems just as good with low light photos as the current models.
 

gavroche

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Rumors are saying 7 (plus).

arn

Ugh.. please let the non-plus get it! I got the 6 Plus in order to get optical image stabilization... but had to go back to the smaller size with the 6S... just got tired of having to pull that beast out of my pocket. But i do miss the photos from the 6 Plus.... it really did seem to take better pictures in IMO. If this dual camera feature is Plus only... i'll be very bummed.
 

RobertMartens

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This won't stop at 2 cameras. It will go to 3 then 4 then 8 then 16. The resolution will be unbelievable and you will be able to adjust the focus after the fact. I'm telling you, this is just the beginning.

Actually I first came across this idea with a "scanner" app that I have on my iPhone. It has you take a picture of the piece of paper 3 times. It then combines them to make an incredibly sharp image that when printed out is as clear as the original. And that is how I know that multiple cameras are coming! BTW the scanner app is called TurboScan.
 

gavroche

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I can't help thinking that "looking ghetto" must be offending someone. What ever are you getting at?

I always thought that ghetto referred to a run-down part of town... dilapidated buildings, etc. A quick dictionary search however says that it refers to a part of town inhabited predominantly by an ethnic or minority group. Hmm.. learn something new every day.
 

gavroche

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This won't stop at 2 cameras. It will go to 3 then 4 then 8 then 16. The resolution will be unbelievable and you will be able to adjust the focus after the fact. I'm telling you, this is just the beginning.

Actually I first came across this idea with a "scanner" app that I have on my iPhone. It has you take a picture of the piece of paper 3 times. It then combines them to make an incredibly sharp image that when printed out is as clear as the original. And that is how I know that multiple cameras are coming! BTW the scanner app is called TurboScan.

I used to use turboscan, back when my job necessitated it. Liked it. If i remember correctly, it had a quick option to just do one shot.. and i found myself being impatient and just doing that.
 

ghost187

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5X Optical Zoom? Wow!

Please don't force me to buy the plus model Apple, please!

I resisted OIS this year, but this is too good to overlook.
 

Juicy Box

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Ugh.. please let the non-plus get it! I got the 6 Plus in order to get optical image stabilization... but had to go back to the smaller size with the 6S... just got tired of having to pull that beast out of my pocket. But i do miss the photos from the 6 Plus.... it really did seem to take better pictures in IMO. If this dual camera feature is Plus only... i'll be very bummed.

I can relate.
I think my next iPhone, if I get one, will be the smaller one.

The 6s Plus is a pita to get in and out of my pockets, at least the ones it fits into. Holding it one handed is almost impossible.

And with the tiny buttons on the iOS 9 music app, trying to pause a song, now is a multistep task.
 

DaveP

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So is it essentially stacking two simultaneous images for a higher SNR?
 

Virinprew

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Two cameras have to be oriented in a certain way. Will this make a different between taking portrait and landscape photos?
 

DaveP

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Looks like the second camera sensor has no color filter, so it can capture more light and detail in black & white. Then processing is applied to combine the color and b&w images.
Interesting. Thanks.
 
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