Corephonotics, a company spun off of Israel's Tel Aviv Univesity, has developed a smartphone camera that uses the combined output of two compact lenses. This enables actual zooming of the camera, unlike most phone cameras which don't actually zoom but simply enlarge the pixels, resulting in grainy photos.
The Corephotonics smartphone camera has a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens, each of which is equipped with its own sensor. Data from the two sensors is blended by on-board software to produce a single composite image. The camera also offers improved low-light performance along with four times the resolution of a run-of-the-mill smartphone camera.
Phones featuring the Corephotonics camera system are expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2015.
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