Feb 13, 2018

Samsung new camera solution to bring low-light and bokeh effect photography to low-end devices

To help manufacturer integrate dual-camera setup into their handsets, Samsung has announced the "ISOCELL Dual" camera solution. The new technology is geared towards the mid to entry level smartphones for ensuring better low-light as well as bokeh effect photography.

Samsung has its hands full in the smartphone business. It is not only the biggest manufacturers of the smartphone in the world but also makes Exynos SoCs, memory and flash storage as well as OLED displays for other OEMs. And now, it has invented a new technology called "ISOCELL Dual" that will allow other OEMs to integrate dual-camera setup into their entry-level to mid-range devices.

A dual-camera setup which supports low-light as well as bokeh effects photography has been becoming the order of the day, however, it is the high-end devices that have been getting it right so far and the low-end devices still struggle for a satisfactory output. Samsung's "ISOCELL Dual" as touted by the company will now implement this feature better in mid-range smartphones and interestingly also in the entry-level devices.

Although the dual cameras are in vogue, their proper implementation is "difficult and time-consuming" as Samsung puts it. The ISOCELL Dual will, however, make it quite simpler as it contains dual-camera sensors coupled with optimized image processing algorithms. Samsung wants to market this tech billing it as "industry's first total dual-camera solution".

Samsung says the tech can be implemented on separate camera configurations. If the smartphone is geared for low-light photography, it will be implemented on a set of two 8MP sensors while for the bokeh effects it will be implemented in a combination of a 13MP-primary and a 5MP-secondary-camera sensor. The OEMs will have the option to choose between the two configurations.

No doubt, the ISOCELL Dual tech will serve as a new revenue stream for the Seoul-based tech giant, but as of now, it is not certain which OEMs are going to employ this dual-camera solution in their smartphones. We believe Samsung will first utilize it in its upcoming budget smartphone lineup so that it will inspire confidence in other OEMs.

The tech is indeed very promising and it can significantly reduce the total time span taken for churning out a smartphone for manufacturers. Now, they won't have to be invested in time and money for hardware integration as well as software optimization meant for implementing a dual-camera setup. Let's wait and see how this new dual-camera solution will impact the world of smartphones in the near future.

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