Qualcomm Clear Sight camera to mimic the human eye

The dual camera seems to be hitting its stride in the mobile world with a slew of smartphones sporting double lenses on the back for even more photo trickery. The HTC One M9, LG V20 and Huawei P9 all bring dual-camera technology to the flagship and with Apple now acknowledging the trend with a dual-camera setup on the iPhone 7 Plus this is one feature that seems to be here to stay. The latest development in this field comes from Qualcomm with the new Clear Sight camera designed to mimic the human eye.


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Cones and Rods


The human eye does its job so well due to the “cones” and “rods” cell structures which each handle what they are good at, namely the cones capture colour but don’t handle low light well while the rods can handle low levels of ambient light but are not great with colour.


Clear Sight Technology


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Qualcomm has taken this perfect partnership of job roles and recreated it within the new Clear Sight camera which has two camera modules. The new technology is powered by Qualcomm Spectra ISP (Image Signal Processor) and is engineered to improve dynamic range and sharpness. Each module has the same focal length but independent images sensors and their own lens.


There is a black and white image sensor to provide better contrast and low light results and a colour sensor for capturing a large colour range. The two lenses are essentially the same with the exception of the black and white sensor that has had the colour filter removed to allow it to capture 3x more light.


When the colour information from the one lens is combined with the improved sharpness and higher contrast image from the black and white sensor and superbly detailed capture is achieved.


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This particular method has been seen before as the Huawei P9 also uses a black and white and colour lens to each capture an image and merges them to create one detailed one. This new technology from Qualcomm opens up this advanced technique to even more manufacturers as it is a complete hardware module which can be integrated into a smartphone and will work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821 processors.


The complete package will allow the dual-camera technology to be used in many more models so as we have seen a few of these in 2016 it looks like 2017 will have dual-camera technology become a standard smartphone feature.


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