“Apple’s iPhone camera is a massive advantage,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “Yes rivals can match its quality, but not with as much consistency or with such small file sizes – a key aspect in today’s photo sharing obsessed world. And now it looks set to get significantly better.”
“A report picked up by the ever vigilant AppleInsider says Apple will upgrade its next generation iPhone, expected to be called the ‘iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus’, to a dual-lens array,” Kelly writes. “So what is the key benefit of a dual-lens camera? A smartphone holy grail: optical zoom. Furthermore this isn’t science fiction. Israeli camera specialist Corephotonics announced a dual lens smartphone camera module early in 2014 which enables 3x optical zoom in photos and 5x optical zoom in 1080p video.”
“Perhaps the biggest benefit optical zoom would make in an iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus would be the elimination of digital zoom, a horribly outdated technology which merely zooms into the screen. Photo tip: you will get better results cropping a full size image after taking it than using digital zoom,” Kelly writes. “All this raises the question of whether Apple will use a Corephotonics module (presumably upgraded one over the 4 megapixel unit in the One M8) or if its long term optics supplier Sony has made the breakthrough itself.”
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