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Samsung bringing dual cameras to entry-level devices

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a premium device with dual camera technology. (Source: CNET)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a premium device with dual camera technology. (Source: CNET)
In a press release today, Samsung has announced a software solution for dual camera features which will enable the technology to be introduced into budget and mid-range smartphones. ISOCELL Dual image sensors will offer refocusing and low-light shooting functionality.

In a press release from Samsung today, the South Korean technology giants stated that it has discovered a way to implement a dual lens camera system into entry-level devices. Previously, this technology had been mostly reserved for premium devices. The company has developed its own software algorithms to operate in conjunction with the ISOCELL Dual sensors it already makes. ISOCELL is an advanced type of technology used in some Samsung sensors that offers increased light sensitivity and higher color fidelity.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) face time-consuming obstacles when constructing smartphones offering dual lens functionality because the sensors and algorithm software utilized usually come from different vendors. With Samsung now being able to offer both these things as a single solution, it should assist in optimizing development of new smartphone models and allow the technology to be placed in future entry-level and mid-level devices.

Dual lens camera technology allows for additional photography features such as bokeh and low light shooting (LLS). These features are likely to be important to aspiring photographers, who may have felt forced into buying a premium smartphone in the past just to have had access to these advanced capabilities. It is likely Samsung will pass this technology on to select third-party phone developers at some point in the future.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-02- 7 (Update: 2018-02- 7)