First, there was Apple’s dual-camera system. Then came Huawei’s triple-camera setup.
Now, LG has its eyes fixed on outdoing all the rest if its latest patented technology makes it into real smartphones.
The South Korean tech giant has filed a patent for a smartphone with a whopping 16 camera lenses fitted onto the back of the device.
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The South Korean tech giant has filed a patent for a smartphone with a whopping 16 camera lenses fitted onto the back of the device. The lenses are arranged in a 4×4 design
In the patent, which was filed in 2014 but only recently made public, LG describes building a curved mechanism on the phone’s rear panel that could house several camera lenses.
The lenses are arranged in a 4×4 design, so that the camera can capture an image from numerous angles at once.
According to the patent, this would enable several innovative uses, ranging from 3D movies to the ability to stitch several different shots into a single image.
LG’s sixteen-lens camera would outdo Apple’s dual-lens camera system and the triple-lens camera on the Huawei Mate 20. Pictured is LG’s G7 Thinq smartphone
The patent also describes users being able to use the multi-image feature to cut certain subjects out of the photo or edit out objects and other errors.
To do so, users can trace around an object in the photo with their finger and move them around or take them out of the frame entirely.
‘If any one of the graphic objects…is selected, the image of the select part, that is, the image of the head part may be replaced with a part of the image of taken from any one of the lenses corresponding to the rotation direction selected by the user,’ the patent states.
According to the patent, the 4×4 lens design would enable several innovative uses, ranging from 3D movies to the ability to stitch several different shots into a single image
What’s more, the phone would use facial recognition to look for other snapshots of a person that would replace their head with one from a better photo.
Users could also rotate the head of a subject in a photo to find the best angle.
For selfie fiends, the 16-lens camera would be equipped with a camera that lets users take high-quality, front-facing photos.
Like most patents, it’s unclear if the technology will ever come to fruition.
But if LG’s five-lens camera system on the V40 ThinQ is any indicator, the firm is likely looking to up the ante in future phones.
NOKIA’S FIVE-LENS SMARTPHONE
Nokia is reportedly building a handset with five lenses.
Believed to be called to Nokia 10, the mysterious handset has been rumoured for several months.
By using different lenses, it is hoped to dramatically boost the capabilities of the handset in areas like augmented reality and 3D effects.
The camera module includes five lenses arranged in what looks like a circle, with prominent Zeiss branding.
HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, teamed up with Zeiss last year.
It also recently bought the rights to the PureView brand from Microsoft, which could see the mystery handsetbranded the firm’s first ‘new’ Pureview Android handset.
It claims the lenses could each be used for a different purpose – telephoto, black and white, color, blur, and multi-lens pixel synthesis.