An example of the new technology An example of the new technology On the left, a photo taken with digital zoom. At right, a photo taken with optical zoom, the technology in Corephotonics' dual image camera module. (Photo: Corephotonics)

New technology could vastly improve smartphone cameras

Dual-lens system results in sharper images and could change the face of the camera industry.

When it comes to taking high-quality photos, the folks at Corephotonics believe that two is always better than one.

That was the thinking behind their innovative dual-camera image fusion module, a design that they hope will one day replace traditional smartphone- and compact-camera technology.

With their system, they say, smartphone users can take sharp, clean photos that are free of grain, noise and blur, even when zoomed in at the closest setting and shot in poor lighting.

The secret is the two lenses, each with a different focal length – one wide angle, the other 3X zoom. The two are combined to a single image using the algorithms of its accompanying software.

The company, based in Tel Aviv, presented the device to glowing praise at a Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year. "We expect first devices in the market with Corephotonics dual cameras in 2015,"  Eran Kali, one of Corephotonics' founders, told From the Grapevine. 

Both CNet and Engadget have reviewed the system and agree with its potential to change the face of the camera industry.

"Our technology provides up to three times the zoom factor, has improved low-light performance, and can fit into compact dimensions," Dr. David Mendlovic, who runs Corephotonics with a team of colleagues from Tel Aviv University, told The Daily Mail. "If successful, we’ll define a new standard for the next-generation compact camera ... resulting in an entirely new user experience."

Corephotonic dual-camera puts optical zoom on phones 

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