The race for more lenses in mobile cameras has done nothing else. While companies like Google are out to bet on one, there are others that already contain three and even four sensors in the main body (such as the Galaxy A9 and its four rear cameras).
With this in mind, we have long heard of Nokia and its potential terminal with five cameras, but LG’s latest patent is undoubtedly the one that breaks all records in terms of lens count. The Korean brand has registered a mobile camera system containing a matrix of no less than 16 sensors.
Is this the future of mobile photography? Does it really make sense to integrate so many sensors?
LG is not the first to bet on 16 sensors
Especially the virtual reality and augmented reality are other areas in which a mobile phone could be useful with a camera system as suggested by LG. In any case, the integration of this number of sensors in a mobile phone can be associated with costs that significantly increase the final price of the product. And we can not ignore the power required to process such a large amount of data.
Therefore, it seems not very feasible that we will be in the short or medium term with 16 cameras in the mobile market. Considering that, as Google has shown with Pixel 3, many of the benefits of installing more sensors can now be achieved through software without the need for more complex and expensive hardware.