Poll results: Would you be interested in a dual camera iPhone?

Poll results: Would you be interested in a dual camera iPhone?
We asked you yesterday if you would be interested in an iPhone 7 Pro of sorts, or whatever Apple decides to name it, with a dual camera setup that might eventually bring new features like optical zoom. Well, the results seem to favor such a decision by Apple, as a quarter of our 1000+ respondents think that if anyone can make dual-camera right, it would be Apple, while in addition more than a third are interested in any new features this might bring, with only 35% telling outright they don't really care.

Famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent a research memo to clients not long ago that the iPhone 7 Plus will have an extra special version with two rear camera sensors, and since then an alleged chassis mold of that Pro variation has appeared, as well as a picture of the dual camera setup itself. Apparently, Apple has shoehorned technology from the Israeli firm LinX, whose acquisition it announced last year, which allows it to produce high-quality images from relatively small sensors in a multi-lens, multi-aperture configuration with a unique software algorithm. LinX wasn't shy to describe this invention as being able to produce pictures bordering on DSLR quality, especially in low-light scenarios.

Apple's internal optical zoom patent

Apple's internal optical zoom patent

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's dual-camera setup for this iPhone 7 Plus model will include two 12 MP camera sensors from Sony, but one of the lenses will have wider aperture than the other, like on the LG G5. Here, however, things get a little crazy - the analyst says that one of the camera modules will be equipped with optical image stabilization. 

So far so good, we have OIS on the 6s Plus right now, but he also claims that the other would sport 2-3x optical zoom lens. Apple actuallypatented such a setup last year, so this suggestion is not totally out of whack, and will be a true game changer in phone cameras if it materializes. When it comes to pricing and availability for this camera-centric version, whatever it gets named eventually, Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to account for 25-35% of total iPhone 7 Plus shipments, and we'd wager to guess it would cost more than the regular single-lens model.

Would you be interested in a dual camera iPhone?

Yes, if anyone can make a dual camera setup useful, that would be Apple
25.8%
It depends on what extra features this brings to the table
38.85%
Nah, not really
35.35%

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13 Comments

1. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

I wouldn't judge anything yet as of now, but I hope at least the aperture will be constantly wide throughout the zoom range. If this doesn't happen, it's pointless and solutions like the G5 would be better. But I'm very interested in this, let's just wait.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sad to see once again another iFan milking tactic. All of these things like OIS and even this dual camera could be put on the iPhone 7 but they're only going to put it on the plus variant or even a new higher priced pro variant. So even their flagship is now a mid-ranger in their own product portfolio now. At least when you buy an S7 or G5 it has the best possible specs and features they can produce. If Samsung decided to have OIS only on the S7 edge and not the S7 people (and so called unbiased reviewers) would lose their minds and ask some serious questions of Samsung. iFans though only ask one question of Apple.... How low?

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"If Samsung decided to have OIS only on the S7 edge and not the S7 people (and so called unbiased reviewers) would lose their minds and ask some serious questions of Samsung" Just like iPhonearena did in their "annoying things with the S7 and S7 edge" article: http://www.phonearena.com/news/5-mildly-annoying-things-with-the-Galaxy-S7-and-the-S7-edge_id79255 Complaining about the edge menu exclusive to the S7 edge, whereas you'll never see them complain about anything exclusive to the iphone 6+/6s+, not to talk of the many things the iphone lacks that they complain about android devices lacking...

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea and the edge menu, in my opinion, is a pretty meh feature as of right now. Compared to that, OIS makes a night and day difference in pretty much all cases yet it's perfectly fine for a flagship priced phone to be excluded from it for no obvious reasons.

3. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Gimmicks asusual. 3x optical zoom sensors are needed.

4. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Ok initial lines of this article make no sense.. "Well, the results seem to favor such a decision by Apple" 25% heck yes. 35% nah So yeah, that means the general aspect is 'nah' 38% say "depends" a maybe, and a maybe is not something that would support a yes or a no, it can be either or, so yeah...weird article.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's how iPhonearena interprets any apple-related poll, always optimistic like investors regardless of the reality. They did the same with regards to the iphone se: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Quite-a-few-of-our-readers-are-excited-about-the-4-inch-iPhone-SE-poll-results_id78952

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

wow, yeah....ok that's just silly...

5. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Yes if it is useful ... but that weird lump! Oh no!

6. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN A DUAL CAMERA IPHONE? it completely depends on how much improvements (in actual results) it brings compared to single camera setup ..

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

exactly... I bet they'll make similar poll when i7 released

9. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@XaErO It also depends on howmuch they'll charge for for the improvements (if any) it will bring compared to single camera setup! Because Apple has never done a fair balance between performance and price. Always charging beyond what an additional feature's worth in price-to-performance ratio.

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nope. I'd be really interested if they change some of their policies.

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