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The Apple iPhone 7 may have a dual camera module, but why? Here are 6 smartphones that already have such a feature

The Apple iPhone 7 may have a dual camera module, but why? Here are 6 smartphones that already have such a feature
We've been hearing reports and rumors from various sources about the iPhone 7 and its camera module. More specifically, the rumor mill claims that the iPhone 7 Plus will rock a dual sensor snapper. Why? Well, there could be a few reasons – true optical zoom, better low light performance, more detailed and wider shots, or the freedom to switch focus post-capture, as both sensors could be used to read depth data within a shots. Unfortunately, aside from teasing the sensor, the rumor mill is silent on its application.

Dual camera smartphones are actually not new. The concept was first introduced with the HTC One (M8), back in 2014, and we now have a handful of handsets out there toting dual sensors for their main or their selfie cameras. However, not all of them employ the duo setup for the same purposes. So, here are all the currently available dual camera phones we know of with a short explanation of what they use the two sensors for:

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posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:45 28

1. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1948; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Of course Apple will says it's an iMagic dual cameras or iPhoto or iSight Plus and Apple fans will swear on their loved ones that Apple created the dual camera on a smartphone.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:04 1

4. bucky (Posts: 2582; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


youre assuming alot.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:14 19

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2318; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Rose gold is enough proof

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:08 7

19. BobbyDigital (Posts: 1948; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Considering Apple's track record I most assuredly am not.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:19 8

13. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Their brains haven't developed to accept the truth.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:53 16

2. SIGPRO (Posts: 1443; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Why you say, because Apple is just a copycat!
1: ifans will say no Apple improved it so it is better......... i say no matter what they still copy!
2: ifans will say Apple was the first the one..........i say ifans take your head out of your @ss!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:57 1

3. hafini_27 (Posts: 888; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Is there any kind of technology that use 2 cameras to make better picture?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:35 5

9. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


The huawei honor 6 does. It combines 2 8MP shots to make a 13 MP one.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:40

22. ibend (Posts: 4644; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and those 4MP ultrapixel by HTC (lol)
hope they actually make it work for M10

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:06

5. GreenMan (Posts: 1258; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


3D Snaps, anyone???

Go ahead Apple, you've my "Green" Signal...!

Not that you need it... Of course not...

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 18:48 4

18. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 344; Member since: 07 May 2014)


LG Optimus 3D and HTC Evo 3D had it in 2011

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 12:58

26. dorianb (Posts: 599; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


^^^^
This!!!
Back when HTC was a beast.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:11

6. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


If this is true then iPhone is late again for the party. Lg g5 camera samples are awesome.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 19:12 1

20. izim1 (Posts: 609; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


"If this is true"... You think there might be a possibility phonearena is making all of this up and none of it can be verified?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:24

8. nctx77 (Posts: 1971; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


It's not just having dual cameras, it's what you do with them.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:43 1

10. Guaire (Posts: 519; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Dual camera setup alone can't provide optical zoom. It can provide better image quality for example with a mono sensor, hence lack of color filter means better light sensitivity. That also means better low light photography.

At 2014 Linx proposed an 8MP dual camera module contains 2 4MP sensor with 2 micron pixel size. Comparison to an image captured from just one sensor then scaled it up, of course it would produce better images. You can say it's optical zoom, but it isn't same thing as well I understand.

I have a long suspicion that Huawei implemented Linx's module at Honor 6 Plus before it acquired by Apple and that's why after that Huawei didn't use it again. Both timing and setup fits the bill. BTW it's pixel size is 1.98 micron not 1.85. That pixel size and resolution would have mean 1/2.3" sensor, but Huawei had been silent about it instead to gloating about it.

Qiku employs same principle.

HTC only used secondary camera for depth measurement.

LG offers two independent camera.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:13

11. der_damo (Posts: 189; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


The only difference is, that the others suck compared to the revolutionary iPhone 7 :p

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:17

12. submar (Posts: 462; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


You are very smart.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 11:29

14. tacarat (Posts: 770; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


I wish they threw in the Evo 3D. It'd show how old of a option it is.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 12:38

15. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 134; Member since: 17 May 2012)


seems like this will be the ONLY new feature on iPhone, following apple's one feature (not innovation) per year policy to keep iSheeps in the barn.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:43

23. ibend (Posts: 4644; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


dont forget about:
- digital audio
- water resistant
- no 3.5mm port
- fast charging
nothing revolutionary tough

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 13:04

16. HarysViewty (Posts: 34; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)


Lg optimus 3d, 3d max (3d at, ruler, fake lighting, blur, stereoscopic depth map, 360 3d in or out etc), htc evo 3d, Fujitsu &sharp 3d phones, lenovo google project, dell Intel sense camera, etc
That's only for phones btw
Update it please

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 17:41

17. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


LG G5 preview camera is the king rightnow.toping the s7.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 20:04

21. shnibz (Posts: 301; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Yeah Evo 3D was the first to come to mind for me too. My boy DeJuan had one, it was a pretty good phone for its time.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:19

24. sobit81 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


This is the camera to beat.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 04:16

25. yurajsiki (Posts: 16; Member since: 15 Oct 2015)


LG is the future

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 09:54

27. CoryMeetsWorld (Posts: 170; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


Nope.

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