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Think Tank: What is HTC Doing With the Dual Camera Setup on the All New One?

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Press renders for the all new One from HTC are making the rounds quite heavily, and if you haven’t been paying attention, there is apparently two cameras along the backside of the device. While a few may joke about HTC raising the EVO 3D from the grave, I personally find any speculation about 3D camera support hard to believe, as new creations shown off at MWC this past week are now making headlines.

A partnership between an Israeli-based startup called Corephotonic and Qualcomm introduced a dual-sensor setup at MWC, with one lens being telephoto and the other being wide angle. The idea is to give smartphones the ability to not only take great pictures, but then to allow users to zoom in on these pictures much better. Let’s face it, zooming in on photos taken on smartphones isn’t great on most phones, so improvements on this key feature would be quite welcomed. 

Since current smartphone camera setups are a single clunkier lens, the cameras have actual moving parts for when users zoom in on a subject. By adding in a telephoto lens for the sole purpose of taking shots where distance and clarity is the goal, HTC could be looking to make big advancements in the mobile photography game.

Below in the video, CNET went hands-on with the dual-lens hardware. As you can see, there is an insane difference between photos taken with the dual-lens versus the single lens setup. When photos taken with the dual-lens are zoomed in, the image remains vibrant and crystal clear, while the single-lens starts blurring and details are lost. Be sure to watch the video.

With the Snapdragon 800 chip from Qualcomm powering this project, and a Snapdragon chip rumored to power the One (2014), this may not be too hard to imagine. We certainly hope HTC is planning on more than just a 3D picture mode.

Have any others ideas as to what HTC could do with a dual-camera setup on the backside of the new One? Shoot your ideas down below.

Via: Engadget
  • RhodBerth

    I love the thousands of 3D pictures I made with my LG Optimus 3D phone, and I’ll certainly buy this phone if it has a 3D camera indeed.
    Vacation pictures are so much cooler in 3D. (of course shown on your 3D TV)

    Never understood why conservative reviewers had so much fun slamming this cool things down so easily.
    Most probably they just don’t have good 3D pictures of their just new-born baby, like I have. It’s as if I’m there again when I watch it on my TV.

  • Linx

    I have no idea, but the battery life is still gonna suck, so after 6pm without a charger it won’t matter what the 2nd lens is for! I’m off the HTC train & going to the S5. No because it’s a better device, but at least Samsung is still giving me the OPTION to carry a spare battery.

  • Ritalmumbai

    This need to be in android too http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMU51KeRIcs

  • droidbeat

    The Core-Photonic tech sounds interesting and appears to be a plausible explanation for the dual cameras. Another bold move by HTC. Really looking forward to seeing actual results.

  • chris125

    Showing the ultrapixel camera isn’t good enough to perform with just one camera so they need two.

  • PradaMir

    You can refocus a shot after its taken also….. With dual lens…….

  • Higher_Ground

    It’s a back-up, just in case the first one breaks!

  • Alan Paone

    Everyone always complains about how they look like horses in their selfies. That’s because a 28 or 35mm equivalent lens distorts your face. Portrait photographers almost always use 85mm or longer lenses for those closeups. Sticking an 85 equivalent lens on the back of a phone would be awesome. As long as HTC fixes their super aggressive noise reduction this will be the best phone for taking pictures of people or concerts.

    • Chris

      With video calling on the rise it makes sense

    • Mike H.

      Yeah but the front of the phone is what will deter me from buying it. Huge black bar + nav buttons + keyboard = no screen real estate.

      • Alan Paone

        This one still has 5 inches of screen real estate either way. No one is making bezel-less phones. The logo bar is lame, but if the camera, onscreen buttons, metal and bottom headphone jack are less important than your hatred of seeing an htc logo under your screen, then this was never going to be your phone.

  • chris_johns

    so you can take pictures while you picture…duh

  • Daistaar

    The front and back both look to have a low-light LED (at least the back definitely) which would be awesome to finally see flash on the front. I wonder if one lens on the back isn’t for extreme low lightshots, i.e. Nightvision. I imagine it like this: You use the primary camera with the primary flash and the secondary with the lowlight flash. HTC is kinky lol.

    • Random

      the front “flash” could possibly be an LED for notifications. Many camera based apps use a screen flash for a simulated front camera flash. I for one liked the first HTC One and seeing this new One, i see HTC did some improvements and i like it. Hopefully they upgraded their camera tech.

      • Daistaar

        Personally I’d hide the Notification LED either behind the speaker grille as they have on plenty of HTC phones since 2010. I am looking forward to the camera tech updating this year though. That and I’m hoping gapless playback and an actual Google Audio interface finally gets made to allow docks to interact with phone content. What I wouldn’t give to plug in an Android product into a car and see it have the functionality my iProducts do.

    • Alan Paone

      Mac’s use the entire screen as a flash and it kicks ass, I have no idea why phones don’t do it for the front cam

  • ChrisCorp

    I said it a few weeks ago, but I’m going to go with a Lytro style camera with some fancy “innovative” new camera software.

  • jimbob

    Its a weather changing machine that is, in essence, a sophisticated heat beam which HTC will call a “laser.”

  • pilldabeast

    In the video they are using two 13 MP cameras, so not quite sure how that “sharpness” will translate to the One.

  • Don Hatland

    Pretty sure one is for low light situations

  • flosserelli

    I hate to disappoint everyone, but it’s not a camera….it is just a blank area for another Verizon logo.

    • Endless

      You mean holographic logo projector

      • flosserelli

        Even better.

  • Michael Graef

    This would be something completely different: what if the second sensor is exclusively for setting autofocus, aperture, etc., freeing up the main sensor to do nothing but capture the image? Seems like you could squeak out some significant image quality boost from that type of arrangement…

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      It’s the processor that does all the processing, i.e. figuring out what shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc. to use.

    • Alan Paone

      They do the metering and focus before the shot, when its taking a picture that’s all its doing

  • diehardbattery

    Yo! I heard you like a camera with your camera….

    • Chris

      Not funny

      • diehardbattery

        It was meant more for sarcasm.

        • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

          Some folks just don’t get it.

        • Alan Paone

          Its an old enough joke that even telling it ironically is played out.

      • lookatmyfunnyusername

        Really? I thought it was.

  • Ryan Laursen

    The “All New One – 2, 2014, M8″ has my attention. I’m hoping the dual lens = Zoom/Lytro/low light. HTC: I’m your customer to lose.

  • Tyrone Biggums

    3D IS COMING BACK!

  • J

    X- ray vision

    • flosserelli

      Damn you beat me by 2 seconds :)

  • David Stevens

    Probably takes two separate photos, both focusing on different elements, and then some software magic combines the two to make a better picture.

  • J

    Could be like Lytro camera which would be awesome

  • Drew

    Don’t really care. I love my MOTO X.

    • scastro87

      NEAT

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      You must not care for quality of the photos from your phone

    • Chris

      and no one cares that you are in love with your POS phone

  • Fry

    Hope it’s mind blowing

  • Mike

    Either a ‘faster’ dedicated low light camera, or perhaps a normal camera and one that has a 3-5x or so telephoto type lens so that there’s a slight magnification without losing quality.

  • Garrett Sechelski

    One is for you to use, the other is for the NSA.

    • The Narrator

      I’m sure they’d love to look at the ground.

      • Tyler

        The videos of the inside of my pockets will be priceless!

        • Chris

          condoms? counterfeit $100 bills?

          • Pedro

            Maybe even cocaine residue’d counterfeit $100 bills.

        • michael arazan

          3D sexting picks, some guys need all the help they can get, I’m sure anthony weiner and bret farve will put it to good use, they’ll probably be spokes people for this camera

    • Isaiah Machiz

      Just kidding, they’re both for the NSA

      • lgreg64

        so is the front facing camera

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    • El_Big_CHRIS

      2 back and 1 front cameras? Half Life 3 confirmed!

  • jimmyf101

    Can’t 2 cameras side by side create a 3D type effect like GoPro can do with the 2 camera mount?

    • ERIFNOMI

      It’s not going to work well with two different lenses (one is clearly bigger than the other). Maybe a wide and narrow lens.

  • J

    Please don’t be stupid 3d pictures….

  • The Narrator

    If it’s not higher than 4mp, I’ll be disappointed.

  • http://thatgeekdad.blogspot.com/ Rob Delaney

    Lytro type effect cam. Just take photos and worry about focusing in the after processing

    • The Narrator

      Well, phones don’t need two lenses for that.

      • Grayson

        To do it well they do. The S5 does it with a single lens, but you have to hold the camera steady for 3 or 4 seconds and hope nothing moves.

        • The Narrator

          Yeah, I noticed that on the S5 and Z2. Not sure why they’d do it, unless they are appealing to photographers this time around.

          • http://thatgeekdad.blogspot.com/ Rob Delaney

            If you think about it, it appeals to all of us. No longer do we need to wait for AF to kick in or tap the screen to make sure we have a good shot of our kids, family, friends, etc at a special outing or event. You just snap and worry about it later. Its one of the reasons my personal phone is an iPhone 5s (work is a N5) Sure it doesn’t do after processing focusing but it is such a great cam that it allows me to just pull out and quickly take shots of my toddlers and 95% of them are great without any processing. I think for a lot of us, the dream of a cam phone is take a great photo in the smallest time possible then move on with our lives.

          • The Narrator

            That’s true, that’s what I liked about the Lumia 1020, but the only good thing about it was the camera.

            Hopefully they have a good plan to advertise it so everybody knows what it is.

        • Daistaar

          Not 3 to 5 seconds. According to the notes, S5 is .3 seconds. A third of a second and apparently fastest in the world smartphone shutter category. I wonder if that includes the S4 Zoom?

          • Grayson

            Yes, it takes 0.3 seconds to focus a single time, but I’m not talking about focusing a single time. I’m talking about the S5′s Selective Focus feature. Skip to 4:10 in this video to see how long it takes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY904n103BU

          • Daistaar

            Ahhhh I see what you mean now. That’s not awful but I really don’t like the 3-button preset. That clearly needs to be a slider.

      • gallen408

        What? Let’s see one.

        • The Narrator

          The S5, Z2..maybe not what Lytro can do, but close enough

    • http://www.KamilGPhotography.com/ KamilG225

      Considering my HTC One was always out of focus even when it said it was, this is great to hear.

  • Maxim∑

    Think Tank: What is HTC Doing With the large black bezel on the All New One?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Failing.

    • MacNificent

      It’s the 2nd front facing camera. Used to auto awesome your selfies. But you can only post them to Facebook!

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Compared to the S5 though, I don’t care as much anymore lol

    • Justin Larmay

      I would almost for sure buy this phone if that black bar wasn’t there.

  • Joseph A. Yager

    Maybe one for ultra pixel low-light pics, and the other for standard high-res?

    Edit – immediately after typing this I realized that would probably be a waste of dual lenses

  • Logan Jinks

    I’m for it as long as I get great photos. So far I’m pretty sold on the “All new One”. And I don’t even know what it can do yet.

  • MettaWorldTroll

    HDR

    • Grayson

      That would be interesting. It would allow for instantaneous HDR photos, so it wouldn’t matter if there was movement in the shot. But that would be an awful lot of extra cost for just a quicker HDR mode, so I’m guessing it’s the optical zoom thing mentioned in the article, or a 4 ultrapixel camera for low light and a standard 13 to 16 MP camera for well lit occasions.

      • Mike H.

        The smaller top lens actually does nothing. Its like the “second” speaker on the nexus 5. Just meant to look like it does something. ;)

        But seriously i hope they release something awesome and innovative. I mean with Ashton Kutcher designing phones for Lenovo we will most likely get crap moto phones again.

        • Alan Paone

          he’s a pretty savvy tech nerd. If he’s got any say at lenovo its because they believe in him