The iPhone 7 Camera Could Offer DSLR-like Performance Thanks to Apple’s Latest Acquisition

Apr 15, 2015

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The iPhone 7 Camera Could Offer DSLR-like Performance Thanks to Apple’s Latest Acquisition

Apr 15, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Pretty much since the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus there have been rumors that the next iPhone will include DSLR-like capabilities.

Apple has taken a giant step towards that goal with its recent acquisition of LinX, an Israeli camera-tech company focusing on computational imaging, and rumor has it that the next iPhone (iPhone 7?) will include the “biggest camera jump ever”.

Setting new standards for color fidelity, HDR and shutter lag are just a few of the company’s selling points, but it is the shallow depth of field, selective focusing and 3D capabilities that make this technology, aiming to revolutionize mobile photography, so important.

The camera module’s multi aperture imaging technology enables the camera to capture DSLR-like blurred backgrounds, parallax images and accurate depth information of the entire frame.

This 3D information can then be used to refocus the photo after it has been captured (Lytro-style), provide exact dimensions of objects in the frame, create 3D models and replace backgrounds in real time for video calls.

Said to be significantly smaller than any other camera on the market today, the LinX module is directly targeting tablets and smartphones – both of which are obviously highly competitive core markets for Apple.

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In addition to its multi aperture technology, the company states that innovative image processing and advanced sensor and optics technology allow additional improvement such as low-light performance and that thanks to its many advantages and small size it is “leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets”.

Apple would not provide further details regarding the acquisition and simply state that Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans”.

That being said, it has been estimated that Apple paid $20 million in order to get its hands on this cutting-edge technology, and that the deal was probably one of the item’s on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s agenda during his recent visit to Israel, where he inaugurated the company’s new R&D center – the largest one outside of the U.S.

There is no certainty that this technology will be introduced to the iOS line of products, but John Gruber of Daring Fireball said the following:

“The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery”.

While this could be referring to the LinX purchase, it is possible that Apple is also targeting Corephotonics – another Israeli tech company involved in this market.

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18 responses to “The iPhone 7 Camera Could Offer DSLR-like Performance Thanks to Apple’s Latest Acquisition”

  1. Dave Johnson Avatar
    Dave Johnson

    No….it couldn’t. Its a phone.

  2. Henry Rodgers Avatar
    Henry Rodgers

    Brace yourselves, more photographers are coming

    1. Yassine Tnt Avatar
      Yassine Tnt

      “Photographers” haha

  3. Orwin Avatar
    Orwin

    hmm… The digital ‘revolution’ has done one thing particularly well… exaggerated the benefits of technology over reality!

  4. Jeff Grundman Avatar
    Jeff Grundman

    Riiiiiiight.

  5. Jürg Wolf Avatar
    Jürg Wolf

    If the sensor has at least APS-C format we might consider the headline to be a little bit true…!

  6. Jon D Petersen Avatar
    Jon D Petersen

    This is funny. Can I get one with a birding lens?

  7. Stephen Pike Avatar
    Stephen Pike

    Hahahhahahahaha. …..ha…ha

  8. Dan Sulla Avatar
    Dan Sulla

    Yes I would like RAW files too

  9. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    its kinda been done before, but i think what they are doing is using 2 lenses, then using processing to work out items depth, then blurring the photo post capture to make it look like 28mm f1.2 or whatever

  10. Richard Wagner Avatar
    Richard Wagner

    Technology will trump sensor size.

  11. Julia Dokter Avatar
    Julia Dokter

    oh cool. where’s the connection for my 70-200 f2.8?

  12. Paul Snow Avatar
    Paul Snow

    Each iphone release was “the biggest jump ever”…?

  13. Phil Philms Avatar
    Phil Philms

    Funny thing is the iphone 6 already shoots better slo motion then most dslrs the only one i can think of that does 240 is over 5 gs

  14. Daniel Scott Avatar
    Daniel Scott

    Coming up next on “clickbait”

  15. Thomas Jakob Brablec Avatar
    Thomas Jakob Brablec

    Yeah, with a single-digit-sized (in millimeters) sensor. Of course it can’t even come close to DSLR quality. If phones could come close to DSLR quality, DSLRs would be at large format level and medium format would be at a level no camera has ever gotten.

  16. Kurt Copeland Avatar
    Kurt Copeland

    How about an off-camera flash trigger? And about a hundred other features? And a sensor bigger than a dime?

  17. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    Meh.

    Time for the Apple lemmings to start lining up.