Chris Marquardt says that mobile phone camera development has really improved over the years, and now we have two, three, or even four cameras to add a sense of depth. Now there's a camera that has 16 camera lenses built into the back! The camera is called the Light L16, and it's designed so that each lens will provide data to create depth of field, as well as changing the focus and aperture settings of the camera after the fact. Chris says it's an interesting concept and the hardware is very impressive. The software is still in development, though. But now, Chris is seeing that the same company is coming out with a smartphone that has nine cameras in a circular array. Read more at washingtonpost.com.
Why on earth would we need that? Because the software can simulate a bigger lens in software. It's all mathematical. It's kind of like the Very Large Array radio telescope that uses dozens of smaller telescopes to create a larger one. It's the same principal. If it works, we could have flatter cameras that offer zoom capabilities.
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