Smartphone Cameras – What Should we Expect in the Future?

Jasmina Lozevska August 14, 2013 0
Smartphone Cameras – What Should we Expect in the Future?

We’ve seen lots of great smartphones this year that have more than a perfect camera. Just when we thought that a 16-mpix camera sensor is the best smartphone manufacturers can do, Nokia came up with a 41-mpix shooter that left us with our mouths opened. I remember when I had my first Nokia with a 5-mpix camera on the back. Nokia and Samsung have declared a war with their Galaxy S4 Zoom and Lumia 1020 when it comes to camera sensors. Both of them are declared as cameras with smartphone capabilities attached to it. From the front side, they look as ordinary smartphones but from the back, they are so different than a phone device. We can say that we are heading towards a smartphone/camera with higher megapixel count. Here is a round-up of what we might expect in near future.

1. 55-mpix camera sensors

Your camera probably has an 8-mpic or 13-mpix shooter but you probably didn’t know that it can carry around a 55-mpix sensor. Camera’s optical glass and sensors are playing the biggest role but they would be nothing without the back processing chips that gives the ability to smartphones to write all the image files pretty quick. If you take the fast Snapdragon 800 processor made by Qualcomm, he has built-in two ISPs into its chip. This means that every smartphone that features this processor chip will gain the capability to support and process images to 55-mpix. It’s up to companies to decide if they will make this step or not and if they do, their smartphones will be called cameras like Nokia’s Lumia 1020 or Galaxy S4 Zoom.


The companies will continue to increase the size of its camera sensor but we will see some other companies like HTC going other way around. With the HTC One we saw an ultrapixel mode that gave easier uploading and sharing mode.

2. Ultra HDR

We saw this option on new handsets and it gave better pictures when it comes to high-contrast scenes capturing deep blacks and midtones. It does better than the automatic mode of the camera. HDR is good but what about Ultra HDR?

Ultra HDR will be one step higher than the present mode and some sources are already suggesting that companies are producing this technology. Today’s HDR feature mixes three exposure levels in order to present them into single picture. The Ultra HDR will be built into CMOS sensor and it will be features into the automatic settings of the camera. This technology is expected to work with a one shot not composite of 3 different pictures. It’s expected to make its debut in 2015 with information that all the companies will do so many things before this.

3. 3D shooting just with one lens

This feature is expected to be part of smartphone’s camera pretty soon. DSLRs don’t need to use many cameras in order to shoot in 3D and we can expect to do the same thing with our own smartphone. This sounds so futuristic but it’s not impossible because we already seen so many features which were taken from DSLRs.

4. More front- and rear-facing cameras

The previously mentioned Snapdragon 800 processor chip has a support for multiply cameras. Dual cameras can be used for controlling your interface and paired with audio coming from multiply mics can work together just fine in order to give you better navigational experience. There is also an option your camera to be used as a sensor to respond to lots of environments and gestures. Multiple cameras on a single smartphone can do so much more than a single camera. It can collect more information about your surroundings with a support for gaze estimation or Face tracking. It can do so much better when you are taking pictures by reading the facial outlines better and improving the automatic focus which will be based on real facial expressions. The expectations are high and it’s only a matter of time when we see more cameras on a single device.


5. Better effects

The Galaxy S4 from Samsung was a real ground-breaker with its Camera features and effects. Not only this device but LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One have the same abilities for enabling you to do everything with your picture. The lacking thing on these effects is that they don’t work as we imagined and very often gave poor results.

We saw a promise from an experts saying that the improvements of these features are already on their way and they will offer larger image processing options which is known as computational computing. The post production of your images for still and video will fall right into this category which has been picking up more effects every year.

Overall, we can expect smartphone cameras to rise really high because the demand is getting bigger and bigger. People are starting to buy their smartphones for using the cameras than its wonderful smart features that are included. As you can see, there are some amazing things and features ahead of us and we can only hope that smartphones won’t turn into cameras.
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