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Dual camera smartphones

By Jahanzeb Tahir


The next generation smartphones may have dual cameras so here is everything you need to know about them



LG and Huawei worked with google last year to give nexus that we have today. Since virtual reality and 360*  having a big year to say that smartphone companies might surprise us dual cameras on the back as other features in smartphones had slowed down a little bit.

One of the smartphones that have a dual camera on the back is the LG G5


But here is the catch about the dual cameras , they are never identical . One is the main RGB camera and the other is the secondary camera that process extra information that is usually given back to the original one and when you stich them together via software which can be on the smartphone or on PC, gives you one great quality picture.

HTC EVO(3D Picture) back in 2011 had two identical camera thus resulting the phone module being huge but basically that other camera took  picture at a slightly different angle and when you stich them together , you would get a 3D image that you could look on your screen . But it became obsolete and since then there haven’t been more 3D picture processing phones.


HTC M8 one is probably one of the other most recognizable smartphones with dual camera. It is rocking powerful four mega-pixel camera on the back with that secondary sensor for processing depth information of the whole scene and with this you could tell what was in your forground and what is further away in the background of your photo.  You could use the necoplasm software that has Bocca effect that lets you take advantage of the extra information you have and lets you play around with it

before after

It is not perfect . It does get a little grainy around the edges which tells that you are using a software.

Coming to LG G5 and Huawei P9


Huawei P9

The G5 is carrying a regular 16 mega-pixel camera with regular field of view and another 8 mega pixel, super wide  camera right next to it almost 135* more that lets you take those super wide shots


You can switch between the two as both of them don’t work together to process information into one . At times it would feel as if you are holding a go pro camera because of those super wide shots.

In Huawei P9  there is  one regular RGB camera and the secondary camera that has monochrome sensor . And since there is less color information to process it can add additional detail to the picture like sharpness, dynamic range more depth of field.  You can use a software to stich them together to get one better quality photo .


So the upcoming apple’s iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 pro also might have a dual camera but don’t know what apple might do with it . It can be 3d processing , secondary identical camera or just a monochrome sensor or can be a combination of all. Here is an option , it can have identical cameras but slightly apart to create those high resolution panoramic pictures . And since VR and 360* are around it would be nice to see a smartphone that can capture in360* without user feeling the need to carry some extra accessory to make it work. But that is just a wish . It is nice to know that smartphone companies are working one it so when next time Apple , Samsung or Nexus release smartphones with  dual cameras on the back … Well now you know why.


The Blogger  Jahanzeb Tahir



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