Is Samsung developing a camera phone with SIX cameras?

Is Samsung developing a camera phone with SIX cameras?
(Image credit: Let's Go Digital)

We've seen plenty of interesting camera phone patents recently, but that doesn't mean that this six-camera beast from Samsung isn't any less exciting. We've recently seen news that Samsung Electronics has been granted a patent for a Galaxy camera phone with six cameras comprised of five wide-angle cameras and one telephoto camera. 

However, the number of cameras isn't actually the most interesting part of this patent. Apparently, Samsung is also experimenting with tilting image sensors in order to improve the image quality. This patent was filed in December 2019 with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) and the documentation was then subsequently published on 11 June, 2020. 

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The moving image sensors are designed to tilt so that the camera phone can capture a greater focal length. According to Let's Go Digital, this means that four wide-angle lenses and a moving sensor would be able to capture a panoramic image with a 'pano-bokeh effect' – i.e. a panorama with a blurred background.

Another advantage of an array camera with a tilting image sensor is that multiple cameras can work together to create better results when working in challenging conditions, such as a poorly lit environment. According to the Samsung patent, this camera array will also features better focus, higher dynamic range (HDR) and multiple bokeh effects.

While this potential Samsung camera phone sounds very exciting, it's worth noting that not all patents make it into fully realized products. However, even if this concept doesn't come to market in its full six-camera glory, it's more than possible that we will see some version of the technology in the future.

If you want to learn more about this interesting camera phone patent, check out Let's Go Digital's highly informative article (source in Dutch). 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.