Apple buys LinX Imaging for advanced camera technology

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It’s no secret that the iPhone has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, even though it’s not the highest megapixel camera out there. In a bid to improve its imaging tech even further, Apple has spent $20 million to buy LinX Imaging, an Israeli company that develops tiny tablet and smartphone cameras.

LinX camera tech slated for future iPhone

Apple has always promoted its iPhone cameras as providing great quality images, and encourages customers to become better photographers and even showcases work in the retail Apple Stores. But the new acquisition indicates there are even more improvements to come in the near future.

LinX Imaging

Some of the tiny image sensors developed by LinX.

 

“LinX cameras are significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets”, says a statement on the LinX Website.

Furthermore, it says that its multi-lens technology allows apps to “use the 3D information captured by our camera … to refocus an image after it has been captured” (a bit like Lytro cameras) and perform functions like measuring true object dimensions, 3D object modeling and background replacement for video calls.

The company has compared its camera tech to single-lens-reflex (SLR) image quality, but without the associated weight and bulk.

Hopefully we will see some of the new technology being used in this year’s iPhone 6S (presuming that’s what it will be called), which is expected to be announced this September.

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