Earlier this week we saw a live image of the Oppo Find X5 Pro which corroborated its design revealed by previously leaked renders. The picture showed us the Find X5 Pro’s Ceramic White version, and now we are looking at a couple of new images showing us the smartphone with reflective rear panel.
These pictures don’t reveal anything new, but a previously leaked image of the Find X5 Pro’s About screen revealed a few specs of the smartphone, including Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, MariSilicon X NPU, 12GB (+ 3GB virtual) RAM, 256GB storage, and ColorOS 12.1.
Reports about Apple launching the iPhone 15 Pro in 2023 with a periscope cam are nothing new. However, the latest info, coming from analyst Jeff Pu, stated that Cupertino is testing prototypes and component samples of 5x telephoto lenses. A final decision on who will be the manufacturer is expected in May 2022.
When the components are approved, they will be included in the “high-end models of the 2023 iPhone lineup”, which should mean the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The likely maker of the lens will be Lante Optics, and expectations are 100 million units to be made just for Apple.
Periscope lenses aren’t new with a bunch of Android smartphones having one of those – they allow the optics assembly of longer telephoto cameras to be placed horizontally and thus fit in modern slim phones.
While Android phones have adopted the technology for several years, Apple is traditionally trying to perfect a feature before implementing it, and first, we have to see its take on pixel-binning with the upcoming 48 MP camera in the 2022 class of iPhones.
Smartphone shooters are continually hitting new heights, but sometimes you just can’t beat a proper camera. Handheld units haven’t changed as much as smartphones, but they’ve added new features like Wi-Fi and Full HD displays. Unfortunately, some of the latest technologies mean higher price tags. So we’ve gone ahead and put together a list of some of the best cheap camera deals available right now.
As the post title suggests, you won’t find many high-end DSLRs that don’t run you thousands of dollars. This list is more for those of you looking for a first camera or an affordable upgrade. We’ve broken the deals down into each type of camera to make it easier for you to decide just what you need.
You’ll notice that a lot of the deals below are from B&H and Focus. That’s no coincidence since photography is their specialty. We’ve picked out a selection of their best deals, but there are dozens more to check out, with massive savings to be had. You can peruse both selections on the B&H or Focus websites.
Featured deal: 53% off the Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR bundle
When you’re looking to take that perfect shot, details really do matter. The Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR gives you stellar images that capture all of those details and more, and you can get it with a lens kit and a load of other handy extras for just $549 ($638 off) right now — a massive 53% price drop.
While it’s by no means a budget purchase, investing in a high-quality camera that can be used to take thousands of photos and will last for many years might be the right option for you. Plus, it becomes extra incentivizing when it’s on a great promotion.
The Canon EOS Rebel T7 has many features to justify its price point, such as an internal Full HD video recording, a 24.1MP CMOS sensor, and a DIGIC 4 Plus image processor. This deal doesn’t just help you save on the camera body either. It also includes an EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens kit, spare battery, SD cards, and more. It even includes Corel Photo, Video, and Art Software Suite v4.0 to ensure you can perfect your pictures post-shoot.
You can check out the deal by hitting the widget below or keep scrolling for more offers.
Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit
As well as an excellent DSLR camera, this bundle also comes with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit, camera bag, 64GB SD cards, spare battery, and more.<br />
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All of these deals were live at the time of writing, but sites like Amazon change their offers often. We’ll do our best to update the deals as we find new savings and others expire.
The best cheap camera deals are compact or point-and-shoot cameras, which are small and easy to operate. The lens is built into the camera, so you can essentially point and capture images with the push of a button. However, compact cameras are smaller than DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, and you might find that your image quality is limited depending on your setup.
DSLRs are what many people think of when they think of professional cameras. They feature interchangeable lenses and large sensors for better image quality than compact cameras. DSLRs also use a rotating mirror to preview and capture your image to the sensor.
Mirrorless cameras are similar to DSLRs in that they rely on interchangeable lenses for image quality. However, as the name suggests, they lack a mirror, so images are captured directly on the sensor. Mirrorless cameras are often smaller and lighter as well, which makes them easier to carry and use.
What if your work is equally split between still photography and video production? The Canon EOS R5 (announced in mid-2020) is great for stills, but it’s video recording capabilities are no match for the Cinema EOS cameras. Today the company unveiled a camera that is designed for just such hybrid workflows – the Canon EOS R5 C.
Canon EOS R5 C
As you can tell from the name, this is very similar to the R5. It uses almost the same hardware and fits it in almost the same body, which makes it the smallest and lightest Cinema EOS camera yet (at 680g, it is easier to carry and mount on drones).
We say “almost” because the R5 C features active cooling, which allows it to shoot 8K video at 30 fps for an unlimited time. Also, if you plug in an external power supply, the camera will enable an 8K 60 fps recording mode.
This includes 8K DCI RAW footage. There are a total of three 8K 12-bit RAW modes, plus a 4K 10-bit XF-AVC mode. There are two memory card slots – one CF Express (Type B) and one SD UHS-II – and the camera can record simultaneously to both in different formats and resolutions.
If you drop down to 4K or 1080p, the footage is oversampled from 8K for improved quality and reduce noise. There is also a 4K at 120 fps mode with sound recording and Dual Pixel autofocus. Speaking of, there is also EOS iTR AF X tech for head and face tracking.
Pros will also appreciate the dedicated timecode interface (which allows you to sync multiple cameras) and the new multi-funciton shoe, which supports the Tascam CA-XLR2d-C microphone adapter for up to 4-channel audio.
The EOS R5 is basically two cameras in one and the Power switch allows you to boot into R5 mode or into Cinema EOS mode. The camera has a full frame 45 MP sensor and a Digic X processor and most of the shooting modes provided by the R5.
It can do bursts up to 20 frames per second and features eye detection, plus animal and vehicle tracking. The camera natively supports RF mount lenses as well as EF lenses using an adapter (anamorphic lenses too, using a third-party adapter). The Dual Base ISO allows for expanded sensitivity while keeping the noise low.
The one thing that is missing from the R5 is in-body image stabilization. The R5 C does come with advanced 5-axis electronic stabilization, though, which works with both stabilized and unstabilized lenses.
The camera has an articulated 3.2” display (2.1 million dots) and a 0.5” OLED viewfinder (5.76 million dots, 100% coverage). Spread around its body are 13 user-assignable buttons. The Browser remote feature (which needs the WFT-R10B accessory) offers full control over the camera through your phone’s or tablet’s web browser. And if you don’t mind installing an app, Content Transfer Mobile can easily copy the files from the camera to your device. It allows you to edit metadata and can upload your images to image.canon.
The Canon EOS R5 C will be available in March at a price of $4,500 (the EOS R5 started at $2,500). Here is a 9 minute video that runs you through the best features of the hybrid camera.
You can also join travel filmmaker Kevin Clerc behind the scenes and see how he used the R5 C.
The Oppo Find X5 Pro’s supposed camera specs have leaked.
A 50MP primary shooter could headline a triple camera array per the leaks.
While an ultrawide and telephoto may return, there’s no evidence that the 3MP micro-lens camera will return.
Yesterday the first supposed live image of the Oppo Find X5 Pro broke cover. Now, details surrounding the flagship’s camera hardware have leaked, hinting at a triple camera setup.
However, peeking at the ultrawide snapper and you’ll notice a big change. This shooter may use the 32MP Sony IMX709 sensor with an RGBW array. It’s the same sensor the company marketed heavily on the Reno 7 Pro‘s front-facing “cat-eye camera,” and in theory, it should provide better light sensitivity. Oppo may also use this sensor for the Find X5 Pro’s selfie camera.
Rounding off the offering is a telephoto shooter backed by the 13MP Samsung S5K3M5 sensor. There’s no word on the zoom level at play, but we could expect 5x hybrid zoom if Oppo recycles the Find X3 Pro’s reach.
That’s a reasonably solid camera setup on paper and effectively mirrors the Find X3 Pro’s. Notably, the 3MP f/3.0 micro-lens camera seemingly won’t make a return. That’ll surely disappoint those who enjoyed snapping ultra-macros. That said, a leaked live image suggests that the phone will also see Hasselblad branding and the MariSilicon X image processor. There might be more to look forward to yet.
Does the leaked Oppo Find X5 Pro camera specs pique your interest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
DxOMark just published its full camera review of last year’s vivo X70 Pro, which we found to be among the best cameras in the market. DxOMark’s rating aligns with this az the handset got an overall score of 131 points sharing its 12th place with the Oppo Find X3 Pro and the vivo X50 Pro+. Interestingly enough, that puts it one place above the iPhone 13, 13 mini and 12 Pro Max.
The reviewers liked the accurate exposure, vibrant colors, excellent detail in low-light scenarios, the proper white balance on the ultrawide camera and the effective video stabilization. On the other hand, the review findings suggest that there’s noticeable clipping of fine detail in some scenarios, a little bit of noise in both day and night, color fringing on the ultrawide camera (this is a common issue, by the way) and the loss of focus and detail in low-light video scenes.
If you want to read in detail as well as compare the handset to other phones, check out the full review at the source link down below.
Last year we heard rumors of the vivo NEX 5 – it was supposed to have an under display camera like the APEX 2020 concept phone and it was allegedly scheduled to launch in the second half of 2021. Clearly, that didn’t happen, but now rumors of the NEX 5 have started anew with even bigger promises.
Leakster Digital Chat Station points out that the current roster of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered phones have relatively short telephoto lenses – their cameras offer magnification ranging from 2x to 3.3x, if they have a tele camera at all.
The vivo NEX 5 will change that with a 5x periscope lens, according to the leakster. The rumors from last year namechecked Zeiss as a potential partner for the optics on the phone. That would be expected, considering that the two companies established the vivo Zeiss Imaging Lab to do joint development of mobile camera tech back in 2020, something that the vivo X series has benefited from.
The vivo APEX 2020 concept phone
The screen of the vivo flagship will reportedly be massive with a 7” diagonal (earlier rumors claimed 6.78”). It should be quad-curved, if the original design is preserved, but it’s not clear if the under display camera will be sticking around.
DCS writes that the phone has undergone water resistance testing, but it is unclear whether it will have an official certification. Also, wireless charging is set to go up to 50W (it was originally rumored to be 40W).
Whether you like the sound of those specs or not, don’t get too attached to the idea of the vivo NEX 5 – there is no hint from the company that a new NEX flagship really is coming.
According to the renowned Weibo tipster, Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra won’t be offering any upgrade over its predecessor when it comes to sensors. The 50MP+48MP+48MP configuration will be retained in the upcoming flagship.
The machine-translated text does mention something about “super-telephoto periscope” but it’s unclear if that refers to the same 5x lens as on the Mi 11 Ultra or a new, longer-reaching, one.
The report from Digital Chat Station seems to be in line with previous rumors that the camera modules will be the same even if the camera island will be revamped.
Xiaomi is expected to introduce the Redmi K50 series in February and at least four devices are expected in the series. A phone case, developed for the Redmi K50 Pro, appeared online, suggesting an entirely new camera design for the rear camera.
Quickly after the leaked image, renders of the supposed phone popped up as well, courtesy of a website called Xiaomiui. The device looks a lot like Xiaomi Civi, although the triple cameras, lined up in a triangle setup is something vivo implemented first with the X60 series.
Xiaomi Redmi K50 Pro case and render
This Redmi K50 phone will have a fingerprint scanner on the side. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the screen will be an LCD. Xiaomi is famous for implementing AMOLED screens and still putting the sensor on the side as was the case with the Redmi K40 series.
According to the sources, the device will have a 6.67” display with Full HD+ resolution, and it should have 120Hz refresh rate.
The images of the case also reveal a cutout on top for the noise-canceling microphone, for a small speaker, and what is likely an IR blaster. On the bottom, there is no 3.5mm audio jack cutout – only for the USB-C, the primary mic and speaker.
A new leak has possibly shed light on the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s camera layout.
The phone may not see massive upgrades over the Mi 11 Ultra.
This means it could retain the triple camera specs of its predecessor.
The Xiaomi 12 series launched at the end of 2021 with a selection of three devices, but despite this variety, there was no Ultra option. However, this premium model could still be on the way and might again pack high-resolution cameras.
According to prominent tipster Digital Chat Station, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could retain the 50MP+48MP+48MP triple-camera layout as its predecessor. Per the machine-translated Weibo post, this may include a main, ultrawide, and a “super-telephoto periscope” shooter. The tipster doesn’t overtly mention the Ultra by name in the post but does imply the device using a bunny emoji denoting Xiaomi and an image of the Mi 11 Ultra.
At face value, the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s purported camera hardware doesn’t seem too exciting, but there’s no mention of the actual sensors at play or the additional tech used alongside each.
Xiaomi did switch sensor providers with the 12 series. The Xiaomi 12 Pro uses the new 50MP Sony IMX707 sensor in its primary shooter, not the Samsung Isocell GN2 used in the Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra. It wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine the Xiaomi 12 Ultra following suit. Even if it didn’t, though, the Mi 11 Ultra has a more than capable camera array in our experience.
There are also no official details relating to the Xiaomi 12 Ultra’s launch date but expect more information to emerge ahead of its debut.
OnePlus and Hasselblad will take their collaboration to version 2.0 on January 11 when the OnePlus 10 Pro goes official. While you wait, you can enjoy these first camera samples that the company shared, including ones from the 150º ultra wide-angle camera.
Yes, the Realme GT2 Pro is getting competition in the ultra ultrawide camera field. It seems that this camera will also be used to take fisheye style photos.
As before, a major focus of the camera is color accuracy. The OnePlus 10 Pro will feature “Hasselblad Natural Color Optimization 2.0”, bespoke tech developed for this phone that promises professional-grade colors. There will also be a Hasselblad Professional Mode 2.0 RAW shooting mode, if you prefer to dial in the colors yourself.
OnePlus 10 Pro camera samples (downscaled, the focus is on the color rendering)
These are just some of the 500+ optimizations that were developed for the triple camera on the Pro phone. Official teasers stop short of giving out camera details, but TENAA revealed a 48 MP main camera, a 50 MP sensor for that ultra wide cam and an 8 MP 3x telephoto module (plus a 32 MP selfie).
The OnePlus 10 Pro will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, naturally, and it will feature an LTPO 2.0 display with 1-120 Hz variable refresh rate (6.7”, QHD+). Camera aside, this phone will offer an improved gaming experience with features like HyperBoost for the GPU.
OnePlus 10 Pro will numerous camera improvements • It will be something of a gaming phone too
Here is a short trailer for the phone that shows its camera in action:
The full reveal of the phone will be on Tuesday next week and availability should follow soon after that.
OnePlus has finally delivered details on the OnePlus 10 Pro camera.
Highlights include a 150-degree ultrawide camera, a Movie Mode, and a “RAW+” setting.
10-bit color is also on deck, co-developed with Hasselblad.
Today, we’re finally learning more about the OnePlus 10 Pro camera. Although OnePlus still hasn’t divulged explicit specs for the system, we now know some of the integral features on the way.
Below, we’ve summarized what you can expect from the camera on OnePlus’ next flagship. Keep in mind the information and photos provided here come directly from OnePlus. You’ll need to wait until we get our hands on the 10 Pro before we can give you our honest opinion on things.
OnePlus 10 Pro camera: 150-degree ultrawide
If you’ve ever thought the ultrawide lens on your smartphone just isn’t wide enough, OnePlus has some good news for you. Whereas most smartphone ultrawide cameras stick within a 110- to 120-degree field of view (FoV), the OnePlus 10 Pro camera bumps that up to 150 degrees. This allows you to fit more of a landscape into your frame without physically needing to move backward.
Of course, the trade-off here is image warping. The wider your FoV goes, the more of a “fisheye” shot you’re going to get. Thankfully, OnePlus allows you to drop down to a normal 120-degree FoV with the OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera, which would produce a shot similar to the 9 Pro’s photo above.
Speaking of the fisheye effect, OnePlus leans into this by also offering a fisheye mode with the 10 Pro. This will allow you to take fisheye-style shots without using a snap-on fisheye lens, such as those from Moment. Check out an example above.
‘RAW+’ and 10-bit color
Professional photographers prefer shooting in RAW because it allows more editing control as well as non-destructive editing. On the OnePlus 9 series, the company’s partnership with Hasselblad produced the Hasselblad Pro Mode, which shoots in RAW with natural color reproduction.
On the three OnePlus 10 Pro cameras, we have the next evolution of that Hasselblad system. Using what OnePlus is calling “RAW+,” the second-gen Hasselblad Pro Mode provides all the benefits of shooting in RAW with the capabilities of the phone’s computational photography smarts. In other words, you can edit the photos as you would in a traditional RAW shoot but still get a photo processed by the phone’s software.
In the four example shots above, you can see an original RAW+ file. You also can see various edits can make it look very different without any loss in file quality.
To assist with RAW+, the OnePlus 10 Pro camera also supports the OnePlus Billion Color Solution. This is marketing jargon for the fact that the 10 Pro supports 10-bit color in HEIF formats, just like the iPhone 12 series. Unfortunately, this format only works on the latest macOS systems and the 10 Pro itself, so you’ll need to be a Mac user to make the most of this (at least for now).
Finally, the OnePlus 10 Pro camera isn’t only focused on still photography. OnePlus is bringing in some video smarts as well.
The new Movie Mode, as its name suggests, is all about shooting cinematic-esque footage. The Movie Mode UI, shown above, allows you to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and more before or even during filming.
Additionally, you can capture footage in LOG format. This is similar to RAW stills in that it allows editors a “blank canvas” to edit without any post-processing from the smartphone.
You can see how this works in the video samples below. The first video shows the original shot in the LOG format, and the other shows it after an edit:
Those are the new features coming to the OnePlus 10 Pro camera. Unfortunately, we still don’t know the hard specs for the system. All we know is there will be a 48MP main, a 50MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto. Hopefully, OnePlus will dish out more specs info soon.
Do you want to see more phones with the technology this year though? We posed this question earlier this week, and here’s what you said.
Do you want to see more phones with under-display selfie cameras?
We posted this poll in an article about Google’s latest under-display selfie camera patent, accruing just over 1,000 votes as of writing. It turns out that almost 60% of respondents want to see more phones with under-display selfie cameras in 2022, but only if image quality is actually good.
This makes sense, as there’s still a noticeable gulf in image quality between phones with under-display selfie cameras and front-facing cameras in a punch-hole/notch/bezel. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which has an under-display camera on the foldable screen and a camera in a punch-hole on the smartphone display. I found a massive quality gap between the two cameras when I used the foldable, with the under-display shooter taking shots that looked like they were smeared with Vaseline.
Interestingly enough, the next most popular pick was a tie. Exactly 16.3% of voters said they want to see more under-display selfie cameras in 2022 even if the image quality was poor, while 16.3% of respondents said they want more under-display selfie cameras if image quality was merely okay. In other words, a combined 32.6% of polled readers want to see more phones with an under-display selfie camera in 2022 even if picture quality is lacking.
We’re guessing that people who voted for this option either don’t take selfies very often or simply value an uninterrupted screen experience.
Finally, 7.7% of readers say they simply don’t want to see under-display selfie camera phones in 2022 because they don’t care about the technology. Interestingly enough, a couple of comments suggest that companies need to fix things like under-display fingerprint sensors first.
jimv1983: Anything to get rid of the damn hole punches and notches. I don’t even care if the image quality is worse. It could be a lot worse I’d still prefer no hole punch or notch. In fact they could just get rid of the front facing camera on my phone and I’d be ok with that.
Jason Mclaughlan: Honestly the hole punch is perfectly fine as long as the camera qualify is amazing. Udc and pop up cameras come with limitations…Hole punch doesn’t. The only other option is a rear display for selfies but the display is either tiny aka hard to see or it removes wireless charging +adds thickness/weight and makes cases be less useful. Mid size Rear display + advanced udc would be ideal.
Notpoliticalyet: I’d like to see a phone with a good in display fingerprint sensor first. They need to focus on fixing things that are currently not working as expected before jumping to the next thing. That’s what happens with these companies, they get greedy and they lose focus on the current tasks at hand.
NetApex: It’s just a matter of time before someone introduces the tech on a watch…that no one will care about. Fast forward 3 years and Apple adds it to their watch for Facetime calls and everyone will think it’s God’s gift to tech.
Grey: Given how bad the selfie camera is on the Pixel 6 Pro, maybe get the basic tech right before trying for advanced tech.
Jor Beck: Bahaha, maybe they should perfect the under display fingerprint reader first. I’m pretty sure my years-old Oneplus 7 Pro had a better result than the new Pixel 6 Pro
Thanks for voting in our poll and for leaving a comment. Would you buy a phone with an under-display selfie camera this year? Let us know below.
A new phone called Oppo A96 5G is on its way, and its press images just appeared online. Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks shared several photos of the phone, revealing its design – two cameras at the back, one more at the front, and flat sides.
Oppo A96 5G
Some replied on Twitter that the Oppo A96 5G bears a strong resemblance to the Apple iPhone 12, and we can’t disagree, but there are also plenty of differences to make the A96 stand out. It does appear to have a punch-hole screen with a single front-facing camera, instead of a notch, increasing the overall screen-to-body ratio.
This is the first time we see this moniker and there’s nothing about the specs of this phone, aside from the obvious fact it will have 5G connectivity. The images look scraped from an official website, meaning the Oppo A96 5G launch is right around the corner and we’re likely to see more teasers soon.
Today’s flagship smartphones are absolutely jam-packed with camera features. From staples like HDR, night mode, and portrait mode to astrophotography, Single Take, Magic Eraser, and Clone mode, there really are no shortage of modes to choose from if you want to get creative (or just want a better shot).
In saying so, there’s one feature I’d really like Android manufacturers to embrace in 2022, and that’s simultaneous photo capture.
When we’re talking about simultaneous capture, we mean taking two or more photos at once. And no, we’re not talking about the Dual Sight or “Bothie” feature popularized by HMD’s Nokia phones, letting you take a photo via the rear camera and front shooter. We mean photos simultaneously shot via different rear cameras or several separate photos concurrently shot via the same camera. This isn’t a new feature but it’s one that, I feel, should be far more widespread.
One of the earliest examples of this tech came with Nokia’s Lumia Windows Phone handsets. Devices like the Lumia 1020 and 1520 offered the ability to simultaneously capture full-resolution (38MP and 19MP respectively) and oversampled images (5MP) back in 2013. This means you got one image for editing and another image that’s smaller, cleaner, and more suitable for sharing.
The fun didn’t stop there with these phones, as they also offered simultaneous JPEG and RAW capture. Yes, you could capture a full-resolution RAW shot and a 5MP oversampled JPEG. This was another example of how simultaneous image capture can be convenient, giving you a file for non-destructive editing and a smaller file for sharing again. This is actually one of the most common examples of this feature on the market today, with the likes of Google, Sony, OnePlus, and Vivo all offering simultaneous RAW+JPEG capture on some devices.
The likes of Nokia, Samsung, and LG have all offered simultaneous camera capture tricks in years gone by.
Samsung is another prominent example of a company that embraced this feature. However, devices such as the 2017-era Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 Plus leaned on this for simultaneous capture via two different rear cameras. The so-called Dual Capture feature allowed you to take a picture from the main camera and a 2x telephoto shot at the same time. And it’s a feature that remained a Samsung staple until last year.
LG dabbled with this trend too, as the LG V40 not only offered triple rear camera previews (seen above) but also offered the Triple Shot feature back in late 2018. The phone actually captured photos one after the other rather than simultaneously, but the process seemed brisk enough. It even put together a janky yet neat animation that lets you zoom in and out from one shot to the next.
The industry has toyed with these types of features for a while but now is a good time for OEMs to embrace simultaneous capture tricks to an even greater extent.
Utilizing today’s powerful hardware
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Modern processors are more than capable of simultaneous image capture smarts. For example, the Snapdragon 888 SoC which powers many of today’s flagships supports the ability to capture three 28MP shots at once, or 64MP+25MP dual camera capabilities. Meanwhile, the Dimensity 1200 chipset supports 32MP+16MP dual camera output. Samsung’s Exynos 2100 also offers concurrent data processing from four different camera sensors.
2022’s phone processors are upping the ante in an even bigger way when it comes to multi-camera and multi-frame prowess. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 serves up simultaneous 36MP triple camera capture or 64MP+36MP dual camera support. Qualcomm’s chipset even supports 240 12MP shots in burst mode (up from 120) and 30 frames of multi-frame image processing, illustrating just how much bandwidth is on tap. The upcoming Dimensity 9000 is similarly impressive, offering 32MP triple camera capture and triple 4K HDR video capture.
Modern processors support multi-lens simultaneous image capture — we just need manufacturers to include it.
The possibilities are almost endless with modern hardware then, and we’d definitely like to see companies resurrecting existing simultaneous capture modes and improving them.
For starters, Samsung’s old Dual Capture feature could expand to triple or even quad-camera capture. This would allow users to capture multiple perspectives at once, such as the main, ultrawide, short-range telephoto, and periscope lenses. This could be handy for situations like cityscape or landscape scenes, or any other scenes where you were planning to take shots at multiple zoom factors anyway.
In addition to the likes of Google, OnePlus, Sony, and Vivo already supporting concurrent RAW and JPEG capture, we’d also like to see a few more manufacturers offering this take on the technology. This is especially relevant now that the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Vivo are supporting enhanced RAW shots for more advanced editing.
Robert Triggs / Android Authority
There are even a few altogether different shooting options brands could implement to offer a more unique photography experience. We’d love to see manufacturers offering simultaneous high-resolution and pixel-binned photo capture, for example. This would let you crop in on the high-resolution shot later if you wanted, while still giving you a clean, smaller snap too.
We’ve also recently seen Apple offer customizable color profiles, and a logical next step would be to allow users to take two photos at once with each snap using a different specified color profile. We’d then be able to keep the one we liked best without having to go back and take another snap. Apple already gives you two files (with and without blur) when shooting in portrait mode, after all.
Assorted resolution, color profile, and AI-enhanced images would let us pick the best-looking shot without having to reshoot.
How about this tech being deployed to Pixels, taking one image with the shadow slider all the way up and another with the shadow slider reduced? Or somewhere in between. What about one shutter press giving you a shot with a smartphone’s AI mode on and one with the mode disabled? There’s a huge range of possibilities.
Why stop at images?
Robert Triggs / Android Authority
Simultaneous capture smarts aren’t limited to photos either. Flagship phones from Huawei and Samsung, as well as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra seen above, offer a dual recording mode. This records video via two cameras, be it a front and rear camera or two rear cameras. In Xiaomi’s case, you can choose to combine the two video streams into one video using a side-by-side format, or it can spit out two separate 1080p video files in a more traditional aspect ratio.
It’s a really cool feature, and we’d love to see more manufacturers hop on this bandwagon, particularly when it comes to offering separate 16:9 video files. Nevertheless, today’s silicon offers support for features like triple 4K video, showing that concurrent recording via up to three rear cameras is within reach too.
There are a few challenges with simultaneous capture via two or more cameras though, with the first hurdle being thermal-related. We’ve already seen brands shy away from “unlimited” 960fps recording introduced by the Snapdragon 888 series, ostensibly due to thermal reasons. And we haven’t seen many companies offer concurrent video capture either, presumably for the same reasons.
Concurrent multi-camera video streams are a reality already with some brands, but there are still a few challenges to overcome.
Another challenge rightfully raised by Motorola representative Rahul Desai in an interview with video stabilization company iMint is video quality and stabilization. The interview specifically covers Motorola’s use of a rear and front camera for simultaneous video, but this applies to two or more rear cameras too.
Desai noted that “Additionally, simultaneous cameras draw a lot more attention to video stabilization per se because you can clearly see if one camera is more stabilized and has better algorithms than the other. As a result, it will look more professional if they are stabilized in sequence.” This presumably pertains more to recording two video streams as one file in a side-by-side format, but it’s still something for manufacturers to think about.
Concurrent image capture is clearly less ambitious than concurrent video capture, so we’d love to see this tech come to more phones in 2022 and beyond. After all, if the Galaxy Note 8, Lumia 1520, and LG V40 all offered differing takes on the technology years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t see more of it today. When combined with today’s better cameras, multiple lenses, and AI smarts, simultaneous capture should be a stand-out feature.