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Samsung files patent for dual-camera technology using wide angle and telephoto lens

The purported dual camera setup uses one wide angle lens that tracks the object in along with a telephoto lens that allows one to adjust background settings real time.

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After Apple announced its iPhone 7 Plus with dual-camera setup, arch-rival Samsung appears to finally catch on the trend. The South Korea-based manufacturer has reportedly filed for a patent for a new dual-lens camera configuration which is not only aimed at enhancing the subject in a given image but also the background. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, S22 set to annoy plastic haters in 2022 

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According to a patent filed by the company, the purported dual-camera setup features a wide-angle lens along with a telephoto lens, while the first lens tracks the movement of the object, the second allows one to adjust zoom and other settings of the object without losing focus, GalaxyClub notes. So for example, if there is an action one wants to capture, like a moving car, the said camera will be able to automatically switch from the telephoto lens to a wide angle lens. This automatic switching between lenses also derives the speed of the subject along with the depth information. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests

Based on the diagrams in the given patent, the setup essentially tracks the movement of the object in a given scene, takes related information, switches between lenses to allow users to adjust the settings and thus produce an overall enhanced image. It is to be noted that such a function is different from the existing setups. The present dual camera setup allow either more depth-of-field, as seen on the iPhone 7 Plus, which offers a DSLR-like blur effect, or a richer output by merging monochrome image with a color image as seen on the LG G5.

It is further expected that Samsung s dual-lens technology will launch along with a dedicated iPhone 7 Plus-like Portrait Mode that allows one to achieve DSLR-like bokeh effect in images. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode review: Adding a new dimension to your photos

Meanwhile, Samsung is betting all it hopes on the Galaxy S8 which is said to turn the company s fortunes around following last year s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The Galaxy S8 is rumored to feature a 4K UHD (ultra high-definition) super AMOLED display. It is further expected to come with up to 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Successor to the Galaxy S7, the smartphone could also ditch hardware navigation keys in favour of on-screen soft keys.

As the company is looking at ways to come out of the Note 7 disaster, it is expected to do away with the Note series and introduce features such as a large-display and a stylus with its next Galaxy smartphone to help entice phablet lovers. The Galaxy S8, with its rumored 6-inch variant, is expected to come with an external S Pen like accessory.

In the past, there have been reports about the Galaxy S8 featuring dual rear camera modules one RGB sensor with 16-megapixel resolution, and the other 8-megapixel module with monochrome sensor. For selfies, a camera with auto focus capabilities is likely to be in tow. Now the question here is whether Samsung is looking at incorporating the patented technology in its next Galaxy smartphone which leverages the functionality of both the wide angle lens and the telephoto lens. While there have been reports about a dual camera setup, we are yet to see any concrete evidence about the same. Nonetheless, the latest patent does hint at Samsung s keen interest and progress in the same direction. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 to ditch hardware navigation keys in favor of on-screen soft keys: Rumor

 

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  • Published Date: January 4, 2017 6:00 PM IST


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