Mobile cameras have a very varied performance due to their physical characteristics and software in each case, but in many cases they have a common factor: the sensor manufacturer. Sony is one of the majority suppliers and what has now been known is that they have increased the production of 3D sensors
for mobile cameras.
The manufacturer has already shown these capabilities in their cameras with own apps for the realization of a 3D model of some object, both with the rear cameras and the front. And what they have now wanted to make clear on the part of the company is that we will see these sensors in many models of 2019, talking main and secondary optics.
A possible new photographic trend for 2019
The information comes to us from Satoshi Yoshihara, head of the Sony Sensors division. According to Bloomberg, the Japanese brand began the production of these new sensors last summer in order to satisfy the interest shown by many manufacturers, including Apple, and we will see front and rear 3D cameras in many models of various manufacturers during 2019.
How do these sensors work and what practical applications will they have? According to what they have shown and counted so far is that they are based on the Time of Fligh technology, the same one that we talk about for Vivo smartphones and that is based on sending laser pulses and measuring what it takes to bounce , covering distances of up to 5 meters.
With this you can create detailed 3D models of faces, according to the brand, which can be applied in the identification of face to the unlocking of the mobile. In fact, an important part of taking advantage of this new type of sensors is that there is a specific software development so that the user can take advantage of this technology from the start.
And in this regard, what we also know is that Sony has already started distributing software tools to third-party developers so that they can create applications based on the new 3D sensors. Software that allows this 3D modeling of heads, as we have seen in Sony smartphones, or 3D mapping of objects for online sales, or even used when creating video games integrating 3D character creation.
A possible candidate to release them
Of what they have not given clues is sales or production objectives, although Yoshihara qualified that the 3D sector is already giving benefits. Nor specifies which manufacturers will mount these sensors, although according to sources of Bloomberg the next Huawei models integrate these sensors and fits with what we saw a few days ago that the LG G8 (ThinQ?) Will be the first to release a 3D camera.
Of course, the head of the sensor division has dropped an interesting note: Yoshihara said that there will only be two 3D sensors needed for mobile, for the back and the front, although we are seeing a trend to integrate more and more rear cameras (maybe a little sweeping for home, considering that Sony has barely played with the double camera on their phones). Of course, in principle integrating two unique 3D sensors would not imply that there were manufacturers that added other types of sensors and optics in addition to these, continuing with the game of triple or quadruple camera.