Sony Partners With Light To Make Multi-Camera Modules For Smartphones
Smartphone photography has seen an exponential increase in quality over the last few years. With devices like Google’s Pixel, Apple’s iPhone and Huawei flagships continuously pushing the boundaries of innovation in mobile photography. One such company, Light tried to push the envelope even further with their L16 model in 2017. Noteworthy, the device had 16 cameras at the back. It relied on computational photography to take high quality, detailed pictures. According to a press release, the company has collaborated with Sony to make multi-camera modules for smartphones.
Changing The Future Of Smartphones
This collaboration will make use of Sony’s image sensors and Light’s computational photography to make use in smartphones with four or more cameras on one side. This will not be exclusive to either one of the two companies but will be provided to any manufacturer for use in their devices. Interestingly, many smartphones today use Sony’s imaging sensors. The latest product from the company includes the IMX586, a 48MP sensor for smartphones last seen in the Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 9.
Light is not a new name in the smartphone business. Last year, it provided the computation photography in phones like the Huawei P20 Pro. The rumoured Nokia 9 PureView, is also rumoured to sport Light’s technology for its Penta-rear camera setup. The multiple cameras in a smartphone may be used for many different purposes, like providing optical zoom and ultra-wide angle capabilities. But, the company uses these multiple sensors as RGB and Monochrome sensors to produce images with enhanced quality and detail.
This collaboration between Light and Sony is expected to extend the trend of putting more than four cameras on the back. As many companies already use technologies from these respective brands, the product of the partnership may also be seen in many upcoming devices later in the year 2019.