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Samsung files patent for dual-camera system with wide-angle and telephoto lenses

By Cookie Monster - on 4 Jan 2017, 12:00am

Samsung files patent for dual-camera system with wide-angle and telephoto lenses

Image source: USPTO

Samsung may be equipping its future mobile devices with a dual-camera system.

The U.S Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent application on the dual-camera system by Samsung. Although it was filed in March 2016, the application was only made public several days ago. 

Based on the patent description, the dual-camera system uses a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. To determine which lens would be used to capture a shot, a processor is used to calculate the speed of the subject. In the scenario that the subject moves faster than a preset speed, the processor would instruct the wide-angle lens to take the shot. On the other hand, if the speed of the subject is slower than the preset speed, the telephoto lens would be used. 

Image source: USPTO

The dual-camera system would also project two photos on the same screen with the main photo in full-screen and the other photo shown as a picture-in-picture. The dual-camera would be used in video too where close-ups of the subject will be taken at slower speeds and wide-angle action shots taken when the subject is moving at higher speeds. 

It is not know if this dual-camera system will make its way onto the Galaxy S8. In June 2016, a Chinese source reportedly told WCCF Tech that the Galaxy S8 would be the first Samsung phone to sport a dual-camera module. Samsung also filed two trademark registrations in South Korea which are believed to be for the dual-camera module. The Galaxy S8 is likely to be released in April. 

Source: USPTO via GalaxyClub.nl