Reference Design Allows Smartphone Cameras Mimic Complex DSLRs

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A new dual-camera zoom reference design brings DSC/DSLR-quality capabilities—such as 10X zoom, Bokeh-effect portrait imaging, and improved low-light imaging—to smartphone cameras. The design combines OmniVision’s OV12A10 and OV13880 image sensors with Corephotonics’ proprietary zoom and Bokeh algorithms.

Combining color and monochrome sensors with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, reference design claims to offer improved low-light performance, up to 10X zoom, and Bokeh portrait effects

“OmniVision has established itself as a leader in image sensors and image signal processing. We are confident that combining its imaging technologies with our proprietary algorithms can deliver a highly competitive dual-camera optical zoom solution for our customers,” said Eran Briman, VP marketing and business development, Corephotonics. “This unique collaboration can enable smartphone OEMs to leverage the system integration and image quality tuning effort already made, and achieve the fastest time to market.”

“Dual-camera configurations in smartphones require advanced technologies that have not usually been found in single cameras, such as image registration, image fusion and depth map generation. These technologies can enable advanced features like the Bokeh portrait effect, which brings elements into sharp focus while blurring the background”, the firm stated in the Press release.

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In the reference design, the Corephotonics algorithms fuse the images from the wide-angle cameras and telephoto cameras to deliver optical zoom, increase resolution, reduce SNR and enable smoother video transitions, the firm added.

To view the full Press release, click here.

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