Israeli Technology Reinvents The Smartphone Camera

By YIFA YAAKOV, The Times of Israel May 15, 2014 Comments

An Israeli startup based in Tel Aviv aims to transform smartphone camera imaging by bringing photo quality up to par with that of compact zoom-lens digital cameras.

The company, Corephotonics, has developed a dual-lens phone camera that can produce crystal-clear images even when the zoom function is used. Because the parallel 13-megapixel lenses also have their own sensors, the camera boasts improved low-light performance, producing cleaner images with less noise.

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According to a review on Engadget, which awarded the technology 9.2 points out of 10, the use of two lenses also provides “a degree of depth analysis,” meaning that the camera can automatically blur backgrounds in portrait shots and autofocus more quickly.

The dual-lens system uses a platform manufactured by American semiconductor company Qualcomm, which has offices worldwide.

Some tech experts say Corephotonics’ zoom technology is particularly innovative, so much so that it could revolutionize phone photography and make the “megapixel war” — the rush to produce phone cameras boasting higher image quality than the competition – obsolete.

A review on CNET said the startup, which is just two years old, may change the way we take pictures with phones — although it has yet to announce any involvement with major smartphone manufacturers. According to the company’s website, its zoom technology is based on a “hybrid approach” wherein a dual aperture camera is combined with an “image fusion library.”

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