28 September 2020
We have seen manufacturers adding multiple cameras to their smartphones so to cater to the needs of mobile photography enthusiasts. Phones with quad cameras have become pretty much mainstream today with manufacturers even looking to add more lenses for every cause. From telephoto to macro, manufacturers are adding every possible kind so that you could do more from your handheld device.
But, according to DigiTimes, a daily newspaper for semiconductor, electronics, computer, and communications industries in Taiwan, the multiple cameras are not just going to be limited to smartphones in 2021.
According to the report, Notebook brand vendors are expected to adopt dual lenses for their notebooks coming in 2021. The report states the need for online meetings and presentations is growing and hence the notebooks are required to have better cameras support. The report goes on to state by citing the industry sources that this need will continue to grow even in the post-pandemic era.
This is true that the need for video chat apps is on the rise and the work from home scenario has been a catalyst to their growth as well. From education to business, there is a strong demand for video calling apps or communication platforms. These apps require better cameras as well so that the communicating parties could engage better.
The report does not throw light on the type of sensors these commercial laptops are going to have, but we can expect better quality webcams here or some ultra-wide sensors that could span a big meeting room with a presentation.
Today the notebooks’ cameras are terrible with mostly just limited to sensors below to 5MP just. However, they come with HD resolution, but that’s not enough. Note that laptop manufacturers are adopting slim design with a thin frame and they have to be very picky when it comes to the camera. In fact, the camera is the least feature they are bothered about. They have to pack the camera module into the tiny top bezel of the laptop screen and this is a task already. So, adding multiple cameras would be a big deal.
As a representative from Dell pointed out to DigitalTrends, “a smartphone camera would force the laptop to grow in size. Phones are noticeably thicker than laptops lids. There simply isn’t enough space behind a typical laptop’s LCD.”
We may get to hear more about this story soon and will keep you updated.