Xiaomi is set to be working on a movable camera module for smartphones. This technology isn’t yet quite clear so as to how extensively will it be able to change and revolutionize camera on smartphones. But some images from the US Patent office show how it works.
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How Does It Work?
The movable camera module that was patented by Xiaomi is theoretically to assist in getting a picture from a wide viewing angle by making use of the two module camera. This means the user will be able to take high-quality wide-angle images. Without any kind of distortion and drop in quality.
The phones we use nowadays have a dedicated wide-angle camera lens whose disadvantage being it causes distortion in images. Xiaomi’s latest patented technology can solve this problem.
The patent images show a dual-camera array attached which can swivel on an axis. That will allow images to be taken while changing the viewing angle and even widen the field of view.
Doubts Surrounding This Tech?
Theoretically, this technology seems pretty simple, innovative, and interesting. But this technology is not just a walk in the park. The process from moving of the two cameras to clicking the picture, ‘stitching them’, and then presenting will require a lot of engineering.
Moreover, this tech will result in their being a carefully curated pair of cameras on a movable axis. But dropping the phone or vigorous shaking may lead to alignment issues. This will also impact the overall fragility of the device.
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Although this tech does help in obtaining higher quality images without distortion. It won’t mean any reduction in the number of cameras on the phone.
But credit where it’s due to Xiaomi for working on a very unconventional technology to help solve a serious camera issue. This technology does seem far away from reality on our daily drivers. But we can expect some further improvements and refinement in this tech if and when it does become a reality.