Sunday, December 07, 2014

Rumor: iPhone 7 to Have Dual Lens Camera

DailyMail, MacWorld, BusinessInsider and many other sites quote a rumor that the next generation iPhone 7 "camera might be the biggest camera jump ever... it's some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery."


  1. Apple filed for a two camera (luminance/chrominance cameras) patent in March 2014

    The electronic device may include a black-and-white camera having a first sensor area configured to receive luma data pertaining to the object. The electronic device may also include a color camera having a second sensor area configured to receive chroma data pertaining to the object. The electronic device may also include first logic configured to correlate pixels in the first pixel array with locations on the second sensor area.

    The idea is to maintain device thinness by using a higher res luma camera and a lower res (larger pixel) color camera.

    One might also imagine generating an image map from the two cameras and then using that map for selective defocus ("just like a DSLR" :-) )

    1. Can be. It requires quite a lot of processing to treat parallax artifacts. BTW, this patent application has been covered in the blog:

      Another possibility is an internal zoom, such as in Corephotonics solution:

    2. Don't know why they don't just use the dual lens technology Kodak had in their V610 cameras. Tiny camera with a 10x optical zoom and nothing protruded from the actual camera. I've got two and they still take terrific shots after years of heavy use.

  2. Bayer and mono camera have been proven in the lab to give us DSLR quality. It is inevitable in production in the next few years.


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