Is Samsung working on a new phone with six cameras?
(six cameras) A patent filed by Samsung in late 2019 has just come to light, revealing the company’s plans to develop a set of six-sensor cameras for smartphones.
HMD Global currently holds the record for the largest number of sensors in a single-phone camera setup, thanks to the pentagonal lens design found on the back of last year’s Nokia 9 PureView.
Now it looks like Samsung could be preparing a six-sensor setup with some decidedly unique tricks up its sleeve that would allow for a more versatile shooting experience from its future smartphones.
In a patent filed with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in December 2019 and published on June 11, 2020 (as noted by Let’s Go Digital), Samsung details an arrangement of multi-sensor smartphones (sometimes with four, five or six sensors) with the ability to tilt and angle select sensors within the array to achieve unprecedented smartphone photography feats .
The 59-page document goes into exhaustive detail about the benefits of so many sensors built to work together, but we’ve picked out a few of the highlights.
The setup employs a series of (up to) five wide-angle cameras with a focal length of 28mm (35mm equivalent), accompanied by a single telephoto sensor. Like the PureView, Samsung envisions that data from multiple sensors will combine to create a high-fidelity composite end shot.
This approach benefits areas of image quality such as noise reduction and dynamic range, but also improves low-light shooting. Better yet, each sensor’s field of view overlaps that of the others (see above) allowing, as an example, each 32 MP sensor to help build a final 100 MP + photo.
However, the patent does not stop there, introducing the idea of tilt shift sensors that can change its angle and position within the body of the phone to capture a greater focal length / wider field of view.
In addition to capturing larger images, this mechanism could also bring a “cloth – effect bokeh ” the photos that is characteristic of traditional tilt – shift lenses. The shots would essentially offer a wide field of view but also rich, creamy bokeh on both sides of the focus plane.