LG phone with 16 cameras could be in the works

LG phone with 16 cameras could be in the works
Concept render of a phone with 16 cameras, based on LG's latest patent

In the beginning, there were phones without cameras. Now, we have phones with two, three, and most recently four main cameras. This trend of adding more and more lenses is slowly, but surely, inching us closer to a future when people with trypophobia won't be able to look at the back of their phone. Also, don't Google trypophobia if you don't know what it is.

Rumors of a Nokia device with five cameras have been floating around for quite a while, and if it seems excessive to you at first, wait till you hear about LG's latest patent, which more than triples that number. We are talking about 16 cameras here. Sixteen. On a smartphone.

A new patent, granted to LG by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this week and discovered by LetsGoDigital, involves a smartphone with a main camera setup that consists of 16 lenses with varying focal lengths and characteristics. And though this may seem like one too many, the patent actually goes over some pretty exciting stuff that could be achieved with this number of cameras.

LG phone with 16 cameras could be in the works

Different camera arrangement possibilities as per LG's patent 

For example, with a single tap, all 16 cameras will take a shot at the same time and you'll be able to pick your favorite after the fact. Want a wide-angle shot of a beautiful landscape? Sure. But what about a nice one at a longer focal length? You've already got it. Seeing as how smartphones are currently capable of capturing bursts of a hundred images in mere seconds, LG's vision may not be too difficult to pull off in the near future.

Another cool prospect is that of vastly improved depth perception in the phone, which could lead to a more accurate shallow depth of field simulation for Portrait mode or even allow us to change the focus after the photo has already been taken. The patent also mentions stitching various parts of different images together and other sorts of manipulations that users could be able to do after taking a picture.

LG phone with 16 cameras could be in the works

An image from LG's latest patent showing some face-swapping trickery and stitching four images into a panorama

But what about the selfie camera then? Well, it's just a good ol' lonesome lens on the front. But wait! LG would never let that sweet, sweet camera setup on the back go to waste, right? You will be able to take selfies — 16 at a time, to be precise — using the rear cameras... with the help of a tiny mirror.

A couple of illustrations in the patent show how a mirror could be used on the back of the phone to help with taking pictures of yourself. It seems like a crazy idea and won't be as precise as actually seeing yourself through the camera, but then again, you'll be taking 16 pictures at a time. At least one's gotta turn out well.

LG has been known for experimenting with new things when it comes to smartphone cameras, with the wide-angle shooter becoming a trademark of sorts for the company, so it wouldn't be too far-fetched to assume that LG could try adding more cameras to its phones. Furthermore, there's already a portable camera with 16 lenses (and sensors) on the market. It is called the Light L16 and allows you to take 52-megapixel images that you can manipulate in different ways later on. Granted, it's not as small as a phone, but that's what thishe industry's good at – scaling down tech to snuggly fit inside of your pocket.




2. Whitedot

Posts: 658; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

What is funny Pixel phone nails it with single camera and LG still hasn't and I doubt their would with zillion cameras. What a waste of resources, time and effort.

3. hopper

Posts: 65; Member since: May 08, 2017

LG the new Nokia from past

4. Godlymansean

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

wtf am I looking at

5. Chris_ABN

Posts: 172; Member since: May 16, 2018


6. Cat97

Posts: 1677; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The world has gone completely nuts. These retarded patents prove that there is no chance in hell that these stupid manufacturers will ever make phones that really answer to people's needs. Take LG for example: 16-camera patents but the smallest batteries in the business. We really need some smart newcomers in this industry.

28. TechGirl90 unregistered

This! 100 percent this! BTW, PhoneArena, y'all need to reevaluate your discussion guidelines, my initial comment in this thread (that y'all deleted "......") had no dialogue, it wasn't offensive towards you or anyone here, reminds me of a comment I posted on a recent story where I simply stated "ok?", but, y'all got butthurt and removed that comment that had dialogue, the reason behind that, I don't even know. Yet, if anyone post a comment that's not supposedly meeting the "discussions rules." ("Fanboy, iFan, iSheep, PhoneArena" to name a few.), that's some how applicable to your ass-backwards "discussions rules." (because I still see those comments from past articles, and they're not removed), but non-dialogue is somehow a problem?? "......." was obviously an expression of speechlessness due to LG's wacky patent. This site is a joke. There's my dialogue, let's see if this gets deleted as well.

7. akistz

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 26, 2018

Mega roadkill

8. sleeppuppy

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

If they spend that much time and effort on battery would be nice...

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Trypophobia is sickness of holes/dots/disgusting circles, etc. isn't it?

20. ahmadkun

Posts: 508; Member since: May 02, 2016

From the first glance my entire body chilled.. i could not look at it again .. i have trypophobia .. i hope they will remove it from the home page banner

10. Rager722

Posts: 598; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

This is why LG is failing. They're focus is on some kind of "innovative" thing instead of focusing on customer complains.

11. emjoigently

Posts: 139; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

If it works, then cool. I'd still pay large amounts of money for a phone camera with a 1" sensor and serious AI behind it. The phone can be fat, no worries.

12. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Ummmm...April Fool's day isn't for another 5 months! Hey smartphone vendors...I guess a protective case for one of these stupid things would look like a piece of swiss cheese? Instead of going all bat-sh*t-crazy with more and more camera lenses & sensors, how about making ONE larger sensor, with a retractable zoom lens and be done with it?

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2102; Member since: Nov 04, 2011


14. hazard1

Posts: 229; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Umm....just no.

15. Japultra

Posts: 132; Member since: May 16, 2014

Remember when 5.3" was a huge screen and there were tons of people who swore they would never go that big? Me thinks that is happening again here.

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 317; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Make sure you pu It out Big time. Otherwise Apple will do it and claim that "First in the World" title like they always. Just like the whole notice, the LG V20 was (and still is the only phone (correct if am wrong)) to have a notich aka second screen. Yet everyone thinks Apple brought the whole sectioned screen idea.


Posts: 316; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Insert "Am I a joke to you" meme

18. Vokilam

Posts: 984; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yes! Finally! I and millions were asking for this!..

19. Mashiba

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 2018

Trypophobia people will not buy it

24. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It's killing me just looking at the above. They better find a way to hide some of those lenses or better set them out.

21. Sealblaighter

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Oh please no! 2, or 3 cameras are enough!!! Even the Nokia with penta camera looks weird!

22. Critical54

Posts: 30; Member since: May 04, 2016

With Two cameras on the back of devices, Running them too long causes the device to heat up rapidly, But LG wants to amplify this to 16??? Are they serious lol

23. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Had an lg g3 worst phone ever was continually in boot loop never again.

25. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Owned LG G2 years ago, and it heated up like a small oven. Never owned LG phones since then. Their TVs on the other hand, are top notch.

26. aioros

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 27, 2018

is this really necesary??

27. technut

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Lmfao. This is a joke RIGHT?

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