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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26 Comments

1. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 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.

4. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

youre assuming alot.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Rose gold is enough proof

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

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

13. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Their brains haven't developed to accept the truth.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 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!

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

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

9. tyrionTheWise unregistered

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

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

3D Snaps, anyone??? Go ahead Apple, you've my "Green" Signal...! Not that you need it... Of course not...

18. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

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

26. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

10. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 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.

11. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

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

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

You are very smart.

14. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

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

15. Awaragardiyan unregistered

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.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

16. HarysViewty

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 04, 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

17. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

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

21. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

24. sobit81

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

This is the camera to beat.

25. yurajsiki

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

LG is the future

27. CoryMeetsWorld

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Nope.

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