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Qualcomm could make dual cameras standard on phones

Written by Mariella Moon

Qualcomm’s new offering called “Clear Sight” could put dual cameras in more Android phones. It’s a single module that’s already equipped with two rear cameras and low light imaging algorithms, after all, and phonemakers can simply slap it onto their devices instead of developing their own. It’s more similar to Huawei P9’s dual cams, co-engineered with Leica, than to the iPhone 7’s in that Clear Sight is comprised of a black-and-white and a color image sensor. See, black-and-white sensors can take better images in low-lighting than color sensors can. So, the tech combines the B&W photo taken by one of the cameras with the colors captured by the other to get the best of both worlds.

Since it’s only compatible with phones powered by a premium Snapdragon 820 or 821 processor, expect any Clear Sight device to be on the higher end of the pricing scheme. But who knows — it could make dual cameras so common until they become a staple even in more affordable Android devices.

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  • I’m a little confused. I’ve seen two cameras used for capturing 3D, like the HTC Evo 3D, and two cameras to have a standard lens and wide angle lens, but one camera with a b/w sensor and one with a color sensor? Also, it would be capturing two different vantages, so how do you make an image without morphing or making a 3D image?

    EDIT: Nevermind, I understand better now, looks like the camera takes two pictures, one in color and one in black & white.
  • More like, with continued downsizing of components and better performance, such features make more sense. Multiple cameras is nothing new and has been around for years in one variety or another. It just seems the time has come where putting this in phones is practical.

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