Trend Prediction: Dual and Selfie OIS Cameras

Tuesday, January 24th 2017

TechSpot blogger Tim Schiesser recently posted a very detailed description of his dream smartphone for 2017. He covers all the key features, including display, body, processor, cameras, battery and software.

What really caught our eye was Tim's wish for OIS functionality in both the main dual cameras and the selfie camera. Why? To improve low-light performance, traditionally the weak point of smartphone cameras.

Were Tim’s wish granted widely in premium handsets, it would represent a potential tripling of the overall market size in this segment, to over a billion units per annum – great news for OIS actuator suppliers.

To quote Tim’s wishlist:

  • Both rear cameras will feature optical image stabilization to improve low light performance. Both will also be capable of shooting 4K video at 30 FPS, alongside 1080p at 120 FPS and 720p at 240 FPS, with high quality stereo audio.
  • The wide angle camera will use an f/1.9 lens, while the zoom camera will use an f/2.2 lens as increasing the aperture of this 72mm lens any further would have led to a larger-than-reasonable camera module.
  • The front camera will be another Sony IMX260, this time paired with an f/1.7 24mm lens and OIS.
  • The ideal smartphone won’t be the first handset with OIS for its front facing camera (the HTC 10 included this feature), but it’s a smart inclusion that helps deliver the best low light selfies. Again, this sensor would pack 4K video recording.

We understand smartphone makers have already recognised the benefits and demand for dual OIS cameras but hit development issues with conventional products due to magnetic interference between the cameras and also with other critical components – such as loudspeakers and antennae – that compromised picture quality, audio and signal strength.

This is partly why CML SMA OIS products aren’t made with magnets, and simply don’t suffer these issues. Ever.

Camera technology pioneers hTC and Sony are the only smartphone makers so far to have launched selfie OIS cameras. As most major brands continue to increase camera resolutions and specifications, we predict that the selfie OIS will be a significant consumer trend soon.