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Toshiba announces dual 5MP camera module for smartphones and tablets with stereo-3D shots and digital focus in tow

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Toshiba announces dual 5MP camera module for smartphones and tablets with stereo-3D shots and digital focus in tow
Toshiba has announced a dual 5MP camera unit, along with a companion chip, for application in smartphones and tablets this last Friday, and it's quite intriguing. According to the press release, sampling availability starts on January 31st 2014, though it's the bundle of new features that really caught our attention, and for a good reason.

The new product is touted to be quite unique, and it'll incorporate twin 0.25-inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera module, capable of simultaneously recording both image and depth data. The aforementioned companion chip will use the recorded depth data and then apply it to objects in the image, in order to produce something of a stereo-3D shot. Furthermore, functionality such as digital focus tweaking and extracting or erasing entire objects from the image has also been thrown into the mix, making the “TCM9518MD” twin camera unit quite interesting.

In case you're wondering, the twin 5-megapixel cameras will generate a 13-megapixel image, through upscaling. Toshiba touts this as advantageous, as this allows for the camera to be made thinner than currently available 13-megapixel solutions on the market. This, in turn, should allow for slimmer smartphones, though Toshiba hasn't actually given a particular timeframe as to when we can expect to see the new module enter mass production.

You can check out the full specifications of the new unit here.

Press Release

source: Toshiba via Blog of Mobile 

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posted on 23 Dec 2013, 02:34 5

1. amirlukmanhisyam (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Only sample pictures can clarify it...

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 04:20 5

2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 708; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


3D phones making a comeback?

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 04:28

3. taikucing (unregistered)


awesome

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 04:46

4. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Umm, just wait and see...

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 20:20 1

5. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3534; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Similar, but not as good as, Nokias upcoming 16 array module...

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 01:33 1

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1804; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Nice,,,,. 3D is awesome

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