Video Demo Shows Benefits of Dual-Camera Technology

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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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.

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56 months ago
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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56 months ago

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.

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

Rumors are saying 7 (plus).

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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.
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56 months ago

That's cool, though I think that they should improve photos taken in low-light situations, too.

Same tech is said to make low light pictures much better.
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56 months ago

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

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.
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56 months ago

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.

I'll take the better camera(s), thanks.
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