Samsung and innovation go hand in hand, and we all know it. The company has now filed a patent for a mobile camera design for smartphones that could allow variable aperture and potentially improve the smartphone camera market, especially if it manages to take off the way Samsung wants it to.
A variable aperture mobile camera system in a Samsung looks like a dream come true but could be difficult to implement
Our friends found the patent at LetsGoDigital. The network of cameras, when in its standard configuration, is horizontal. However, the camera array can also move, which forms a triangle. The main camera is in the middle and can move down from its home position. At the same time, the ultra-wide camera and the telephoto camera reside on the left and right sides of the matrix, respectively, and can move inward.
Each camera sensor also has two openings, and each of the openings provides a different opening. In theory, this means that changing the position of the sensors also changes the opening of the sensors. When the cameras are triangular, each would be at its lowest aperture because the cameras have two end locations. This means that you will only get 2 aperture values per camera, and if you are considering a triple camera setup, there will be a total of 6 aperture values.
Honestly, having movable cameras might sound strange, but there are a lot of advantages. Larger openings would allow more light to enter, making low-light photography a snap. At the same time, having a mobile camera system is not without its drawbacks. To begin with, you are looking for moving parts that could break down; moreover, the telephone would become heavier thanks to the system necessary to activate the movement.
The Samsung Electro-Mechanics division filed this patent in October 2020. However, this does not mean that Samsung is working on a smartphone with this system. This is only a patent at the moment. It is possible that Samsung will abandon this entirely or use parts of this technology.
To our knowledge, no Samsung phone released this year would have moveable camera technology.