LG wants to make a camera phone with 16 lenses. Er, what?

LG recently revealed the LG V40 Thinq with five lenses (three at the back, two at the front)  but it wasn't to go way bigger with a future phone. A new patent reveals that it is trying to create a phone with 16 lenses on it. 

Now, on first read that is utterly ridiculous. And on second, third and fourth... But, the thinking behind the camera phone is that the lenses would be arranged in a 4x4 matrix and this would allow the user to shoot 3D movies and giving the utmost control to image manipulation. 

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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of Shortlist.com. 

An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.