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Samsung launches new tech to help low-end phones take better snaps

Known as ISOCELL dual, the solution utilizes a software and hardware component optimized for low-light and bokeh-effect shots.

Published onFebruary 6, 2018

  • Samsung has launched a new solution to help Android OEMs integrate dual-camera setups into their handsets.
  • Known as ISOCELL dual, the solution is comprised of a hardware and software component that Samsung has pre-optimized.
  • This should reduce the time OEMs spend working on the integration, and lead to better quality photos.

Samsung has introduced a new camera solution to help manufacturers integrate dual-camera systems into their smartphones. The South Korean manufacturer announced the news in a press release earlier today, stating that the solution was aimed at “mid- to entry-level smartphones.”

Dual-camera systems are becoming more popular as smartphone manufacturers pursue better low-light photos and “bokeh-effect” (think: portrait mode) style images. Though dual-camera systems don’t inherently lead to higher quality in those areas—just look at what the Google Pixel 2 can achieve with a single 12 MP rear camera—they do offer a reasonably cost-effective and efficient means of achieving this.

However, Samsung says implementing dual-cameras into smartphones is a “difficult” and “time-consuming” process because it relies on optimization between the Android OEMs and the vendors supplying the sensors and algorithm software.

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In an effort to make this hurdle smaller, Samsung has created ISOCELL Dual, what it says is the “industry’s first total dual camera solution.” This is comprised of a hardware sensor component and dedicated “sensor optimized” algorithm software.

Samsung said it will join its bokeh algorithm with a 13 MP and 5 MP set of image sensors, and its low-light shooting algorithm with a set of two 8 MP sensors, to “simplify implementation by OEMs.”

We don’t know which manufacturers will make use of this, or the timescales for when it would roll out, but it could be a big deal—particularly as the dual-sensor setup becomes more prevalent. Giving OEMs a system that’s easier to implement, and that (at least in theory) shouldn’t be prone to problems that can occur through poor optimization, would benefit the creators as well as consumers.