Thanks to a recently unearthed patent, we now know that LG is currently developing a smartphone that will feature up to 16 lenses and sensors. The patent, filed at the US Patent And Trade Office (USPTO), also shows off how the 16 camera array would work together.
According to the patent, it looks like the 16 lenses will have different focal lengths and apertures. All working with each other via an on-board camera app. One function in particular hints at a single snap feature that will enable all 16 lenses to simultaneously capture a single image. Once taken, users will then be able to choose the image they want after post-photography.
Also shown in the patent are several ways the 16 lenses can be arranged, physically or software-wise. The different lens arrangement could help in showing better depth data or with more accurate photo stitching after a picture has been taken. The patent also seems to indicate the possibility of a face swapping feature, which could make for a personalised photo editing experience.
Lastly, we may see the return of the tiny rear mirror for selfies. While the phone will have a front-facing camera, LG may want users to take advantage of the 16 lenses it will put onto the smartphone. To that end, the selfie mirror will give users an approximate view of the cameras’ point-of-view for easier rear-selfie photos.
Of course, as this is just a patent, the chance of LG launching the smartphone is quite slim. However, LG is known for creating outlandish designs that in the end is folded into its mainstream designs. That said, it’s possible that we may just see this smartphone become a reality in the near and immediate future.
Edited by John Law