The all new HTC One (M8) is scheduled to be launched tomorrow (March 25th), but is by far the most leaked smartphone ever, beating even the likes of Moto X and Nexus 5. We already know the most probable specs of the new HTC One, and today, we are going to tell you how exactly the dual rear cameras work.
As you can see in the leaked image above, HTC One (M8) comes with two rear cameras, which is pretty unusual for a smartphone. The last time we saw dual cameras was on HTC Evo 3D which was one of the first smartphones with 3D shooting. That obviously didn’t work out great, so the one we see on the HTC One (M8) is meant to do something else.
Duo Camera is for Image Refocusing
That’s right. According to our tipster, the secondary camera on HTC One (M8) is meant for image refocusing. Back in January this year, we had written about how Image refocusing will be the next big thing in smartphone cameras. At that time, only Nokia had it, with their refocus app, but since then, it has been introduced on other flagships like Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G Pro 2 and Sony Xperia Z2.
But all these smartphones rely on taking multiple images with the single rear camera, which is obviously slower. So, HTC has gone ahead and has introduced a separate “Duo Camera” which will let you select the focus of a shot after it’s been taken, like the other phones mentioned above, but hopefully with better results.
It seems that the Duo camera will collect the depth information, while the primary camera normally takes the photo. You can then easily add the soft blur, popularly referred to as ‘bokeh‘ in photography manuals, in addition to several effects like sketch and cartoonize.
Our tipster also mentions about a new 3D mode in the new HTC One (M8) camera which will allow you to tilt the phone to see the photo in different angles. This will also let you to zoom in or zoom out from a subject whose depth is already captured by the Duo camera. There’s also an option to add animated seasonal themes, for those who care.
I’m really kicked to see the actual results of HTC One (M8)’s camera. Having tried the Refocus app on Nokia Lumia 1020, I’m pretty sure the hardware implementation of HTC should make image refocusing even better, while simplifying the process. Also, as per the previous leaks, the primary UltraPixel camera hasn’t got a big upgrade. It still has the BSI sensor with 2.0µm pixel, 1/3″ sensor, f/2.0 lens. But the front camera has got a big update and will now have 5MP, f/2.0 BSI sensor with wide angle lens.
Thank you Mr.Anonymous tipster!