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Pelican’s Lytro-Like Mobile Camera Sensor To Bring Always Focussed Images

By Aniruddh on Wednesday 22nd of Jan 2014

Digital imaging has no boundaries. Pelican’s new revelation at CES 2014 might just go beyond Nokia’s PureView or Sony’s CyberShot camera sensors which are famous for being the best in the industry. Pickett, CEO of Pelican explains that their upcoming mobile phone camera sensor has a unique 16 lens arrangement and will arrive as soon as first or second quarter of 2014. Reportedly, Nokia is in fact working  on a rumored tablet or smartphone with the new Pelican camera sensor.

A 4 x 4 micro-lens array captures 16 different points-of-view to the same scene ensuring every section always in focus.

Pelican Imaging PI-figure2

The most important advantage of this sensor its 16-lens array arrangement in a much thinner structure. This will allow smartphone manufacturers to build phones even thinner. This micro-lens array also captures 4D light data about in a scene, making this a Light-field camera, very similar to the famous Lytro cameras. This camera uses a 4 x 4 micro-lens array for capturing 16 different points of view to the same image. This ensures that every part of your image is always on focus. A feature  dubbed as “Selective Dynamic Focus” was demonstrated by Pelican, which lets users change the focus point in the image after clicking it.


The camera can also capture a full 3D depth map of a scene or other details about any particular point in it.

The camera can also capture a full 3D depth map of a scene or other details about any particular point in it. The depth map can tell the 3D distance between any two points which can be particularly useful to architects, interior designers when deciding whether a given object would fit into a given space. This fully 3D image could also be a perfect input to 3D printers since the image has all the data required for creating a 3D replica of the given image. As mentioned earlier, 16 views of the same image are captured at once. Hence, it is possible to combine all the 16 views to provide a better and clearer image or videos resulting in flawless images and continuous video HDR. This level of image processing requires its own threshold requirements though, first being a very strong processor. Pickett has confirmed that the camera is already compatible with the new Snapdragons processors which has the required brute power to pull off such tasks.

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