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Samsung's new ISOCELL Dual module will bring dual-cameras to budget smartphones

Dual-camera setups that allow for better zooming and a background-blurring fake bokeh effect have become pretty much a standard feature on flagship smartphones; however, they are still far less common on cheaper 'budget' devices. That's all about to change. The image sensor division of device maker Samsung just launched the new ISOCELL Dual camera module, which was specifically designed for use in budget devices.

The new module comes with a built-in set of algorithms and functions and can be configured two ways: either for low-light performance by combining image data from two sensor, or to provide a bokeh effect feature. For the low-light setup, Samsung couples two 8MP sensors; for the bokeh effect, the module is assembled with a 13MP and 5MP image sensor combination.

Samsung will likely use the module in its own entry-level devices but, like it does with its sensors, RAM modules and other components, the company is also offering the technology to other OEMs. This will allow smaller companies to integrate dual-cam technology into their products without the need for large R&D budgets and software optimization.

We should see the first production smartphones using the ISOCELL Dual module sometime later this year.

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guest2015

huawei has dual cams in a budget smartphone. useless.

Feb 10, 2018
Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoom Zoom Zoom

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"Fake Bokeh" is quickly becoming photography's new sad "reality".

Feb 8, 2018*
DVT80111

Optically faked or Digitally faked. Who cares? A camera is a tool. A picture is a picture. Who cares what tool it is created from as long as its has the quality and content.

Feb 8, 2018
Toni Salmonelli
Toni Salmonelli

You are right, but there is something else. I just like fiddling with knobs and dials. :-)

Feb 8, 2018
Docno

All I know is that fake bokeh doesn't stand up to scrutiny.... Just look around the edges of the in-focus and it's a mess, especially if you're dealing with hair. You can even see these issues without zooming in if you know where to look. Of course, for casual images and viewing, this is not a problem. But I'm far from giving up my camera and my STF lens that gives *real* bokeh...

Feb 8, 2018
RPJG

Never mind.

Feb 8, 2018*
beavertown
beavertown

It is another way to produce bokeh, call it fake bokeh is too much, if you use Lightroom, everything is fake then.

Feb 8, 2018
badi

the problem (at least my problem) with it, is not that it is fake, but that it is ... not usable yet. Not above 3x4 cm prints, in most cases. When the tech will provide "fake bokeh" that judges correctly the depth of field of each pixel in the image, and doesn't look like a novice PS job... then i'll be all over it.
Till then i just prefer setups with different focal length cameras on phones and ignore the "bokeh" thing.

Feb 8, 2018
CaPi

Buy the modules. Remember to not buy phones that dont come with vendors promising security updates for at least two years.
Times are too dangerous to go without. We all do a lot with our phones

Feb 7, 2018*
sportyaccordy

Good for Samsung. I'm still waiting for someone to make a single FL multi module phone camera. There has been a lot of promise shown by separating out color and luminance channels

Feb 7, 2018
Johan Borg

The Essential Phone does just that.

Feb 8, 2018
princecody
princecody

So is the Hawaii phone with 3 cameras already outdated??

Feb 7, 2018
RedFox88

Hawaii phone? 🤔

Feb 7, 2018
otto k

Return of the Autocorrect 2 - Electric Boogaloo?

Feb 7, 2018*
CaPi

@princecody. I kinda like that new product name :)

Feb 7, 2018
guest2015

i like to call it hawaii. i no longer care for the brand. not interested.

Feb 10, 2018