Apple's rumored dual camera setup gets showcased in this demo concept video

In January, a patent application was published by Apple, giving us a glimpse into what a dual-lens camera interface could look and feel like on iOS devices. It was an interesting turn of events, considering the rumors of a dual-lens camera coming to one or several of the iPhone 7's variants. The patent describes a dual-camera system consisting of one standard wide-angle lens (similar to the one that's in the iPhone today) and a second telephoto lens capable of capturing zoomed-in photos and videos.

Both lenses can be used simultaneously for taking separate photos or videos, which Apple's software is able to merge in unique ways. Images from both lenses can be shown on the same screen in the Camera app via split-screen view showing a standard wide-angle image on one side and a zoomed image on the other. When capturing a video or a photo, users can seamlessly shift between the lenses, tapping on the photo to zoom in with the second lens.

For example, a parent could capture a video of the moments before the candles on the cake are blown out using the standard wide-angle iPhone camera, and then tap on the screen to open a split-screen view and activate the telephoto lens for a close-up shot of the exact moment the candles are blown out. The zoom system uses a lens with a longer focal length instead of software magnification, which makes the zoomed in image crisp and clear. Both cameras can be used separately, with each one capturing video (even in slo-mo) or one capturing video and the other taking photographs. The resulting footage can be stored independently, or merged together in an artistic way.

Although the patent may not be entirely representative of the rumored dual-camera setup, it's still a legitimate clue for some of the ideas Apple is toying with. The latest rumors suggest that the dual-lens camera will be present in the larger iPhone 7, although Apple could change its mind prior to the smartphones' September launch. Using the patent as a guideline, MacRumors made a video to illustrate how the dual camera setup could work in practice. The video is available below.

source: MacRumors

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1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

This is an awful way of using the Dual Lens-camera - this whole splitscreen-stuff is bad, and you should feel bad.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Obviously they would come up with more uses than just split screen capturing and the split screen stuff is pretty cool, especially since there is no drop in quality with the zoomed in camera.

3. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Having a zoom camera with one single zoom. I never seen a so useless and bad idea that in a so expensive phone. This is one of the s**ttiest idea,I would really hope they come up with better for this iPhone.

11. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Fixed focal length lenses in the longer range (more zoomed in) are very much a thing. Portrait photographers love their telephoto primes, and considering iPhones are frequently used to shoot people, it's not that senseless. You're free to think and claim it's a bad idea, but you have no basis to be calling it "useless".

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes there is a drop in quality since it is basically a digital zoom. If they had an optical zoom on that camera then maybe you could argue its merits. The focus issue might be considered, but in a distance shot it likely won't make that much of a difference and at a close shot, both cameras are too close together to focus on different objects effectively. At the moment, this can easily be replicated with one camera as you can simply just picture in picture a portion of the shot digitally zoomed in. The telephoto lens speculation isn't finalized yet and would require way more space in the iPhone than Apple currently has with their current thickness. An Asus style telephoto lens requires a lot of space to get a decent optical zoom otherwise its pointless to even have it.

10. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

If there are two fixed focal length lenses, then digital zoom would not be necessary to get a closer shot. If you wanted to get closer than the telephoto lens, then you would be using digital zoom. Or your feet. So basically, based on what is described above and the similar setup we have seen with the LG G5, there should be no drop in quality on the "zoomed in" lens. I don't think Apple would try to fit an optical zoom lens into their phone, yet.

4. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is not the answer to Samsungs dual pixel...

12. Techielover

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It isn't meant to be one

5. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is not the answer to Samsungs dual pixel...

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Just make the photo quality better,and take better pic in low light. rest everything looks like gimmick.

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Better Lowlight Performance>Dual Camera.

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