CHIPMAKER Qualcomm wants more smartphones to have dual-camera set-ups and is going to help manufacturers make that happen.
The company has announced a dual-camera package called Clear Sight that manufacturers can add to smartphones as long as the devices use a Snapdragon 820 or 821 processor that comes with Qualcomm's Spectra image sensing processor (ISP).
"The Qualcomm Spectra ISPs inside these Snapdragon processors are engineered to merge and quickly process data simultaneously from both cameras to create a high-quality photograph, even in very low light, by using algorithms to blend the images captured from each of the two cameras intelligently," Qualcomm said.
The camera is different to the zooming and depth-sensing, er, sensor seen on the iPhone 7 Plus, and focuses instead on image quality. The secondary sensor provides improved sharpness and contrast, particularly in low light, according to Qualcomm.
"The results will astound you, as this technology is designed to mimic the attributes of the human eye. Clear Sight is engineered to give your photos improved dynamic range, sharpness and less noise in low light," Qualcomm said.
Like the set-up seen on Huawei's P9, Qualcomm's dual-camera system features two different sensors: one colour image sensor, and a separate black and white image sensor.
The two cameras are near identical from a technical point of view, but Qualcomm explained that the black and white sensor has had its top layer's colour filter removed and is capable of capturing three times more light than the colour sensor. µ
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