The Pelican Imaging camera captures images with an array of cameras and then aligns the individual frames using a bespoke software.

Pelican Imaging has developed a light field camera that captures several images with the same field of view but varying focus points and then aligns the individual frames through a software algorithm. This allows for similar refocusing and subject-isolation effects as on Lytro's light field camera but there is an important difference: the Pelican solution is small enough to fit into mobile devices and could therefore be a better alternative to HTC's Duo Cam and the software-based solutions on some Nokia, Sony and Samsung devices. 

Now Pelican Imaging has launched an online viewer for its images that works in a similar fashion to Lytro's web viewer and lets you experience the image results of the technology first hand. In the viewer you can move the focus point and control the blur strength, allowing for a range of different views of the same image. Please note that you'll need to view the images in a browser that supports WebGL, so it won't work on iOS devices.

Focus on the front
Focus on the back

There is no word yet as to when we can expect the technology to appear in any actual devices but looking at the samples it appears the Pelican Camera probably needs some more work in terms of resolution and image quality before consumers would choose it over a more conventional camera module in their smartphones. 

Read more about the technology on our sister site, DPReview.

Source: Image Sensors World | Via: Petapixel