New Technology Allows Slimmer, High Resolution Camera Phones
The Plenoptic Camera consists of an array of small images rather than one large one, which will enable smartphones to be thinner than current devices.
California-based start-up Pelican Imaging has developed a new prototype array camera for mobile phones that is not only among the thinnest in the industry, but also uses computational image processing that lets a user adjust focus after a shot has been taken. The Plenoptic Camera employs light-field photography that consists of an array of small images instead of one large one which, as Cnet reports, allows setting a shallow depth of field to blur out backgrounds or the opposite after taking the photo.
Experts say that this technology could mean that the next generation mobile phones would be slimmer but still have high-resolution cameras.