LG Files Patent For 16 Camera Lens Smartphone
If five cameras on LG’s V40 ThinQ seemed excessive, the Korean company clearly weren’t thinking the same, as LG has filed and was granted a patent for a smartphone with 16 cameras, according to a report from LetsGoDigital.
The camera has always been an important feature on LG smartphones, they were one of the first to introduce a dual camera back in 2011 with the LG Optimus 3D, sparking the trend that now sees multiple camera lenses on the backs of the latest smartphones.
Laid out in a 4×4 curved lens grid, the hexadecimal camera is designed to capture a scene from multiple perspectives in a single shot, enabling 3D videos and allowing users to replace people or objects in a shot after tracing around the object with their finger.
The camera allows the best photo to be selected in a series or amalgamate the best angles into a single image. It also allows objects in the photo to be altered/rotated/manipulated to get the best angle or most flattering look.
Besides the numerous lenses on the back, the front will host a mirror for better selfies, and the patent also states the possibility of adding a second display on the back of the device — however, this isn’t featured in any sketches on the patent.
There’s no indication that LG will ever release such a phone, however, it’s clear from this patent that they are trying to stay ahead of the competition, especially with the release of Samsung Galaxy A9 quad-camera and Nokia’s upcoming five camera phone.