If you thought Samsung’s Galaxy A9 with four rear cameras was an overkill, LG might have a surprise up its sleeve for you. The Korean phone maker has patented a smartphone technology with a whopping sixteen camera lenses on the rear. In the patent, LG also outlines how it plans to implement the setup and if all works out, it could turn out to be a trendsetter.
The set of cameras are closely arranged in a matrix layout on the top left corner and their core purpose of existence is to essentially let you click the same scene from multiple perspectives with a click of a button. There are several ways LG employs this array of information. For starters, you can, of course, select a particular sensor and click a single shot from it. Or you can press a button and produce sixteen images, all taken from a different angle. What this enables is the ability to develop moving, three-dimensional pictures.
Plus, you can tweak particular pictures through all that extra data. For instance, if you prefer a background in one shot and the faces in another, the phone will theoretically let you swap them and create that perfect result. Since every photograph is captured from a different perspective, you could even simply move a face to the desired angle. In addition, LG has placed a tiny mirror below the gargantuan camera setup and as you’d guess, yes, it is so that you can click selfies. That could also mean LG might omit the front camera to accommodate an edge-to-edge screen.
However, it’s worth pointing out that this still a patent. It may or may not end up being a commercial product. Cramming sixteen cameras inside such a narrow space will be a herculean engineering challenge and LG might end up compromising quality in an attempt to stand out. And if history is any indication, that approach usually hasn’t turned out well for the maker. LIGHT L16 comes with sixteen cameras as well but its lenses are scattered all over the rear to make space for the high-end sensors and other components.