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.

corephotonicsdemopic

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.

Related Forum: iPhone

Popular Stories

Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

10 Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Monday July 8, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models simultaneously, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different – already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
iPhone 15 Pro Cameras

iPhone 17 Pro Max Will Be First Model to Feature Three 48MP Cameras

Thursday July 11, 2024 12:20 am PDT by
Next year's iPhone 17 Pro Max will feature an upgraded 48-megapixel Tetraprism camera for enhanced photo quality and zoom functionality, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his n-iphone-tetraprism-upgrade-ca62dd37e364">latest investor note published to Medium, Kuo said the key specification change would be a 1/2.6" 48MP CIS sensor, up from the 1/3.1" 12MP sensor expected to be used...
iPhone 16 Pro Front Update Blue

iPhone 16 Pro Rumored to Support 40W Fast Charging and 20W MagSafe

Wednesday July 10, 2024 3:57 am PDT by
Apple's forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will support 40W wired fast charging and 20W MagSafe charging, claims a rumor currently swirling around China. Right now, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models are capable of up to 27W peak charging speeds with an appropriate USB-C power adapter, while official MagSafe chargers from Apple and authorized third parties can wirelessly charge...
AirPods Pro Beta Firmware

Apple Releases New AirPods Pro 2 Beta Firmware With Support for iOS 18 Features

Tuesday July 9, 2024 11:46 am PDT by
Apple today released a second beta firmware for the AirPods Pro 2, including both the Lightning and USB-C versions. The updated firmware has a build number 7A5244b and it is available to developers at the current time. This is the second firmware update that Apple has released since announcing new AirPods Pro 2 features in June. There are several new features that are coming to the AirPods...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID

iPhone 16 Models Rumored to Have Face ID-Related Design Changes

Tuesday July 9, 2024 9:15 am PDT by
iPhone 16 models coming later this year could have some Face ID-related "design changes," supply chain publication DigiTimes said this week. The original source of this information is British newspaper The Telegraph, which six weeks ago reported that Face ID component supplier Coherent was considering selling or repurposing a manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, a small town in...
orka desktop

MacStadium Releases Free Orka Desktop macOS Virtualization Software

Wednesday July 10, 2024 6:55 am PDT by
Mac cloud services provider MacStadium today unveiled Orka Desktop, a free virtualization tool that allows Mac users to create and manage macOS virtual machines locally via an easy-to-use admin panel. Orka users can create or download custom macOS images locally for their own personal use, or to collaborate with team members using a familiar workflow, versioning, audit, and review controls....

Top Rated Comments

HiRez Avatar
110 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).
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RobertMartens Avatar
110 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?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gavroche Avatar
110 months ago
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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arn Avatar
110 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.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jont-fu Avatar
110 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
\-V-/ Avatar
110 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)