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Why Have 1 Or Even 3 Lenses On A Smartphone When You Can Have 16?

LG has filed a patent for a smartphone design which features 16 lenses on the rear so an image can be captured from different perspectives.

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LG 16 lens smartphone patent

We first started with 1 rear lens on smartphones then 2 were introduced and now we're seeing 3 lenses and more (the Light smartphone prototype has 5 to 9 cameras) built into the back of our smart devices. However, it looks like LG wants to really take a lead in the 'lenses on smartphones' race by adding a whopping 16 lenses to a smartphone design patent

You may be wondering why you need 16 lenses as surely a wide-angle, standard and telephoto give you plenty of options but the 16 lens design seems to work slightly differently in that it offers multiple perspectives of the same shot with one click of the shutter rather than you having to switch between lenses. You can, also, choose just one specific lens to use, pick the best image to use from a series (The Google Pixel 3 lets you do this) or combine photos to make a moving photo. 

LG 16 lens smartphone patent


As the smartphone uses multiple angles, it also looks like you can replace parts of one image with another or rotate an object/person to create a better shot without changing the background. 

All of the features are rather cool but, of course, they're just theories in a patent for now and there's no information on when/if the smartphone will be created. Having said that, we didn't really think foldable smartphones would become a reality and they have with Samsung and Royole both introducing foldable smartphone prototypes. 

(Via LetsGoDigital)

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