Dual-Lens Smartphone Cameras Are Coming

#Telephone

Thu, Feb 27th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Sharif Sakr shows off "leaked images of HTC's forthcoming M8 smartphone," which, among its many new features, will sport two lenses "with two different focal lengths. One lens is wide-angle, while the other is at 3x zoom."

This means you can switch lenses to magnify more distant subjects without resorting to digital zoom. In the test set-up shown in the video above, which compared the dual-lens system side-by-side with a traditional smartphone camera (with both modules pointed at a test card around a foot away), the Corephotonics system outputted a clear 13-megapixel image regardless of whether it was at 1x or 3x zoom.

By contrast, Nokia's PureView cameras rely solely on digital zoom such that outputting a 3x magnified image entails a drop in resolution down to five megapixels. Corephotonics' system can also deliver smooth zooms, for example during video recording, by employing a mix of digital zoom and lens-switching.

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