Monday, April 17, 2017

Yole on Mobile Camera Trends

Yole Developpement publishes an article on mobile phone camera trends. Few quotes:

"First, it seems that in the recent years Apple has slowed down its innovation drive on the camera side, so competitors have been able to move ahead. This is the case for the dual camera setup on the rear side of the phones.

Second, the importance of biometry has had a direct impact on cameras, which are now potential biometric devices. Samsung has implemented a second front-side camera, in the same way Fujitsu had experimented with less than a year ago, in order to provide state of the art iris-recognition technology.

Third, the usage of the front camera is evolving quickly. We had mentioned in our CMOS Image Sensor report the selfie trend’s impact on front facing camera resolution. Companies like Oppo are surfing this wave by improving the performance of the front camera, and recently providing a dual front setup for the F3.


  1. For the high price - high margin NA and Europe markets a good main camera and selfie cameras matters. Biometrics and dual cameras -- customers don't care much in NA and Europe. Biometrics perhaps in India (10% of the market), dual camera doesn't appeal much. Average customer has no idea what is is better at. Players in mobile cameras fail to understand their markets.

  2. As stated more than a year ago, Apple bought Linx and was stuck with their module, which had a limited resolution. Apple always has to have compelling killer app driving HW implementation so they can drive sales within their ecosystem. There is no killer app for dual camera....yet other than showing off you have more cameras.

  3. In a note to investors released on Tuesday, and obtained by AppleInsider, Kuo said the iPhone 7 Plus inspired dual camera system will be the most important new feature for Samsung's Note 8.

    While other smartphone manufacturers have in the past included two or more shooters in their respective high-end offerings, Apple's dual lens solution in iPhone 7 Plus garnered industry praise for its seamless integration and ability to achieve stunning images with relative ease.

    Of note, iPhone 7 Plus introduced users to Portrait Mode. Built into Apple's first-party camera app, the feature leverages both wide angle and "telephoto" lenses, complex computer vision algorithms and depth mapping technology to naturally blur image backgrounds while keeping the subject in sharp focus. Officially considered beta software, the artificial depth of field effect is meant to mimic high-end DSLRs.

    Whether Samsung intends to build similar functionality into its forthcoming phablet is unknown, but the hardware is expected to sport a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS with dual photodiode technology, a 13-megapixel telephoto CIS and 3x optical zoom. Both sensor stacks will be backed by optical image stabilization and topped with six-element plastic lenses.

    Kuo believes Samsung's camera package will be "much better" than the dual camera array found on iPhone 7 Plus, and could potentially match the performance of Apple's rumored "iPhone 8."

    1. It is extremely unfortunate when educated people attempt to compare Samsung Smartphone Cameras with those on iPhones. Samsung's are in a completely different league and way better than iPhone's. Blind testing by non-technical users as well by exerts such as DXO Mark Labs have placed Samsung at very top for most of their flagship smartphone cameras. Even now the S8 takes noticeably better photos than any iPhone, notwithstanding the soon in tricks the dual camera iPhone 7 plus has.

    2. Really? Please tell all the educated people on this web site what makes Samsung camera way better than iPhone? Image sensor, camera lens, or software?


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