LG just released the V40 ThinQ and made headlines with its array of five cameras. It was one of the first phones to feature so many sensors crammed onto a single device and, therefore, offered versatility you couldn’t find elsewhere. Now, the company looks to make waves in the future with some sort of gadget that could feature as many as 16 cameras.
As spotted by LetsGoDigital, LG was recently awarded a patent for a device with 16 camera lenses strapped to the back. It’s unclear if this is a smartphone, but it certainly looks like it in the photo.
As for what you could do with 16 cameras on a phone, I have no idea. I’m assuming LG would provide different focal lengths and angles that would provide more versatile shooting modes. The company mentions a certain feature that would let you create a sort of mini-movie using the different cameras and their varying angles, but it’s unclear how/if this would be implemented into a final product.
There’s also a possibility these cameras could capture depth for scanning objects and other tasks like that.
Regardless, it should be interesting to see whether LG ever actually slaps 16 lenses to the back of a phone one day. Knowing LG, it’s probably coming at CES 2020 or 2021, but I’m just taking a shot in the dark. As always, we’ll keep you posted if any developments are made.
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