As an industry-leading manufacturer of technology smart machines, Samsung has just won a design patent for a rear-mounted six-camera smart machine. Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital reported that Samsung Electronics filed a patent application for the utility model , “Devices and Methods for manipulating multiple cameras” with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in December 2019 and was officially released to the world on June 11, 2020.
In recent years, many mid-range smartphones have become popular with the rear-facing four-camera scheme, and HMD Global introduced the Rear Five PureView smart machine as early as early 2019.
However, from the new 55-page patent, Samsung clearly wants to go one step further — adding a zoom camera (which looks rectangular) to build on five wide-angle cameras to further improve image quality.
Five 28mm (equivalent 35mm) wide-angle lenses and a combination of telephoto lenses can point the image sensor in the same direction in normal mode, and then use the image algorithm to optimize the array configuration.
(Picture via LetsGoDigital)
Even larger focal lengths can be achieved with mobile and tilt sensors, such as four cameras for images with panoramic virtualization, a feature that has not yet been introduced on Samsung’s smart machines.
It is reported that multi-camera collaboration can enhance the photography experience, different lenses can independently horizontal / vertical tilt. The high cost, size, and power consumption make the array camera available to a limited extent today.
Properly configured, this technology helps to achieve better shooting in low-light conditions, with excellent focus, higher dynamic range, and even multi-base bokeh effects.
After assigning one of the lenses to the primary, the other cameras in the array work together, so even the lower resolution sensors work well.
For example, a vendor can use four 32MP sensors to produce photo files larger than a single 100 million-pixel sensor. In addition, with the camera’s field of view overlap, we can record more details.
Unfortunately, we don’t yet know which new aircraft Samsung will be introducing this technology. What is certain, however, is that the battle for smart cameras in the future will surely become even more intense.