Is Samsung looking into dual-camera device for next year?

Is Samsung looking into dual-camera device for next year?
We have already seen all kinds of experiments with cameras on smartphones, and a dual-camera setup is nothing new: in fact, the 2014 HTC One M8 features a dual rear camera with the secondary cam used to capture depth information, adding that extra dimension to images, and allowing for the experimental bokeh-like effect to images that helps separate your subject from the background.

Now, rumors straight out of Korea claim that Samsung itself is testing a dual-sensor camera solution for an upcoming device. The report claims that the industry has reached a plateau in camera quality and the traditional method has its limitations, while this new dual-camera is allegedly ‘the new buzzword’ at Samsung Electronics.

It's hard to tell how far in the testing process has Samsung advanced, or whether those tests will indeed results in a mass-market device with dual cameras. There’s also no clarity on the purpose of that secondary camera. So far, we've seen such solutions being used to gather additional depth info to images, as well as allow re-focusing of the picture after you've captured it.

Some possible uses, however, are mentioned: the two cameras will allegedly be instrumental in better adjusting backlight brightness, help for smoother zooming as well as tracking of fast-moving objects.

The report also brings a quote from Samsung Electronics, saying something along the lines of (Google Translate warning): "The Company currently has four concepts for the development of dual camera (backlight correction, zoom shooting, highlight, high-speed shooting), which will be complete in the second half of the year, and they will be adopted in the first half of next year."

source: iNews 24 (translate)

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58 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

Yet another gimmick. Whats next? An s7 edge with dualcameras? What a joke.

2. Kumar123 unregistered

Just a few days ago we read that Apple bought a company which specializes in dual-camera tech now we're hearing about Samsung is looking into dual-camera setup. Samsung will always chase after Apple no matter what. Pity.

5. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Samsung is copying and make it even better and best, I like that.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If its better than by definition it can't be a copy. RIGHT?!

39. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Hmmm.. Parody? On a more serious note, this technology appears to be completely useless. If it were really that good I am pretty sure the cinema industry would have shown some interest. But no they don't care. Well neither do I. But the future is uncertain my fellow commenters. That is why we shall wait and watch.

53. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, dual lens photography has a great many uses. You can actually increase clarity and detail by interpolating two different images from different cameras of the exact same subject/instant.It's used in astrophotography, even blending multiple images of the same subject from the same camera (for instance stacking multiple frames of a video of Jupiter or Saturn)

58. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Ooooh.. I didn't know that.. Thanks for the info... But can it be done on a smartphone processor within a reasonable amount of time? I don't want a phone with a 5 second shot to shot time. *cough* Lumia 1020 *cough*

10. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I often feel the urge to laugh at you, but then I remember you're not supposed to laugh at the handicapped. Then I realize my tax dollars are probably supporting you, and I get a little sad.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

except he lives in so remote part of india that just got 1 telephone line and he is married to his sister and has 4 kids. but then i also feel the need to laugh but was taught not to laugh at the unfortunate upbringings of other people and 3rd worlders.

23. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

Look you need not talk this rubbish and INDIA is home to lakhs of poor people but so what its one of the fastest growing economies seriously this is a tech site so limit your discussions to tech only You may not love your country(from whichever you are) but I cant stand somebody talking rubbish about my country we all live on same planet and every country is dependent on each other, has its own problems You cant understand it narrow minded freak #engineer-1701d

26. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

plot twist: he is indian himself. /s seriously that was uncalled for.

31. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Man up. This is the internet. If you can't handle this kind of behaviour (which is everywhere on the net ie youtube so there is no point to what you just said) then you should just stay away or simply not comment.

42. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

That doesn;t mean we are not allowed to reply back. ;)

41. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Hold on hold on. I admit India is not that great a place but you can't just insult an entire country. That's like saying Uranium is (practically) a useless nuclear fuel. Sure the majority of it is useless, but that doesn't mean you can blame the rest of those fellas who are pretty damn good.

40. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Now now you should help the handicapped as much as possible. It is our duty as fellow humans.

16. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

because it doesn't have a apple logo on it

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

SHow me a device that Samsung or Apple had that has dual cameras on one sensor. Oh that's right there are none so thus nobody has copied anyone. HTC already had a device with dual cameras so thus even if Samsung or Apple release one, wouldnt they have copied spomeone else? Apple copy's everyone yet you can only point a finger at Samsung? Wjo had the first smartphone? It wasn't Apple. Who had the first multi-touch device? It wasn't Apple. Who had the first OS with a Ui? It wasn't Apple. Who had the first smartwatch, it wasn't Apple. Who made he first AIO? HINT! IT WASN"T APPLE. WHO made the first viable tablet? Again it wasn't Apple. In fact...NONE of the products Apple has offered and none of the features of them are first to Apple. Being first to do something doesn't make it yours. Things that Apple did actually invented? Were complete failures. Firewire for example. REMEMBER THAT. The standard behind that we know as IEEE 1394 was made by Apple and how far did it get? NOWHERE! Thunderbolt wasnt even made by Apple. It was made by Intel and Apple was the first to use it. How far did it get? Other than buying motherboards with it on it, its gotten nowhere. Its an expensive useless piece of crap. Its just a way for Apple to make money by forcing you to by overprice $6.00 cables for $50. No one copies everything Apple does because most of the crap they start end up being failures. Apple has one successful product and that is the iPod and its siblings the Touch, iPhone and iPad which are all the same device with varied sizes and features. The only thing Apple is the leader at is selling BS and marketing hype to a bunch of lame brain twits who could pull a rabbit out a hat even if the rabbit was actually in the hat to begin with.

37. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Inventing isn't always coming up with new technologies, sometimes it involves the application of said technologies in new ways to solve new problems. The people who invented maglev trains didn't invent electromagnets, but they applied the technology to a new concept/problem and viola, you get bullet trains. A pretty nifty invention, the preexistence of electromagnets notwithstanding. This, as you point out, is a large part of the type of inventing Apple will do. Novel application of existing tech into new cohesive designs. When the Apple camp complains about Samsung copying they're not necessarily talking about the physical tech, but the design work itself - the ideas and design work Apple put into their products. Not to say that Samsung isn't producing lots of nifty new tech and ideas on their own, but they do seem to have a history of copying at the design level.

28. samsboy unregistered

How many phones are already out with dual cameras? you guys sucks as well. I can't believe all you can do is talk about Samsung copying Apple. Who is Apple copying? HTC or Huawei? Apple hasn't impressed us with single camera how are they sure to do it with dual camera. This apple fanboys are just sucks as their Apple specs.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Also, buying a company and using their idea to claim you invented it is dishonst. Apple didn't make Siri, they bought in and then stole a Ui from another company and made it. They didn't make the fingerprint sensor, they bought it and prevented other OEM's who were on the list to buy it and force them all to find an alternative. Every product made by Apple all for the most part contain 2nd and 3rd party components. Everything Apple has they either bought or simply remade in their own way, but now were novel or unique. The only thing I personally give Apple credit for is making the smartphone industry stop milking us when they could have gave us better shyte earlier. Bill Gates already envision single purpose device that were fully mobile like tablets way back in 2000. The problem is, he left it to PC OEM's to make the idea real and they simply couldn't get their heads out of laptops and desktops to make it happen properly. The same problem XEROX had. They had a PC right in their laps and they coudnt get their heads out of copiers to actually see what they had. As Steve Jobs even said after he stole their crap, XEROX could have been the IBM and Microsoft of the world, but they didnt know what they had. Samsung doesnt copy Apple. They do what every OEM does. They follow industry standard none of which Apple ever owned. Apple didn't invent Apple Pay. Google Wallet I recall was first. Apple Pay doesnt do anything Google Wallet wasn't already doing. Mobile payments didnt take off simply because they require NFC to work and many devices simply didnt have it. Samsung Pay is going to kill Apple Pay because it uses 2 existing industry standards, which require no hardware upgrades by retailers. Its not a copy if its better. You need to look up the word copy.

36. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

LG Optimus 3D P920 had dual-camera (january/2011). So I guess Apple is chasing LG... and a little too late.

38. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

And LG and HTC both had dual lens setup many years ago. What's your point?

46. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

If you read the Article properly, Samsung is working on the Dual camera setup from a long time & in the Advanced stage, unlike Apple which is just buying other companies and copying that companies designs. Go cry somewhere else Lolz :D

51. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Read the article dude. HTC M8 was first with dual camera. If Sammy is copying than its from HTC, not the copycat Apple.

55. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Um read what's written above. Dual camera setups have been around far longer than HTC M8. Both HTC and LG released them on their smartphone for 3d imaging purposes way back.

54. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple was/is also chasing Samsung with smaller tablets, bigger phones, higher resolution displays, OLED displays, soon bigger tablets, smartwatches, somewhen VR headsets. And Samsung is looking for camera tech which can help with positional tracking in Gear VR and this Dual Camera might be the solution for that.

57. khaldoon

Posts: 62; Member since: May 17, 2013

dear mr.apple fanboy, its apple who actually copied samsung on this one. Apple has just recently bought a company to do the dual camera setup, while on the other hand samsungs one is in development stage. since i believe you dont know what development stage means , they have been testing this technology for at least 3 months now. i believe 3 months is more than 2 weeks which results to a conclusion , accoridng to math , that samsung is the one who pulled this first. sincerly , someone much smarter than you will ever dream to be :)

3. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

"(backlight correction, zoom shooting, highlight, high-speed shooting)" is no gimmick. Always excited with samsung advancing smartphone technology.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or any technology. Unlike Apple who just buys other people's shyte and call it their own.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

To see you better my dear. S7 will have dual selfie cams.

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