Lesser known Croatian brand Noa might not be the first manufacturer that springs to mind when you think about mobile photography, but the company will be launching a new mid-range device with some very interesting imaging features at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month.
The Noa N7 comes with a dual-camera setup that features two 16MP Sony IMX298 1/2.8″ image sensors. At this point, there’s no further detail on how the two cameras play together, but we would assume there will be a shallow depth-of-field simulation mode and some kind of computational merging for better detail and reduced noise.
What the camera will definitely feature, however, is a 80MP high-resolution mode, presumably using image data from both lenses in combination with a pixel-shift technology. Looking at the demo video below, it seems the mode will require a tripod, but that’s still an attractive option for landscape or architectural photography who require maximum detail.
Main camera aside, the phone will offer a ceramic casing, Face-ID unlocking via the front camera, DTS stereo sound and an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset. Images can be framed and viewed on a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and HD+ resolution.
If the 80MP mode has sparked your interest, the Noa N7 might be worth a closer look. Fortunately, the high pixel count won’t come with an expensive price tag—Noa says the N7 will retail for about 250 EUR ($US 310) in Europe. We are looking forward to testing the high-resolution mode at MWC, so stay tuned!
|Image: Forbes / Weibo|
With dual-cameras pretty much a standard-feature on high-end smartphones these days, it was only a matter of time before the first manufacturer would announce a mobile device with three (or even more) camera modules per side. If rumors are true, it looks as if this manufacturer will be China’s Huawei.
Unlike in previous years, the Chinese device-maker won’t launch their new premium model at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month. Instead, the P20 (as the new model is likely to be called) will be announced at a stand-alone event in Paris on the 27th of March.
According to a report by Forbes, the P20 will be the first smartphone to come with a triple-camera, offering a total resolution of 40MP and a 5x optical/digital hybrid zoom. Additionally, the front camera will feature 24MP resolution.
As, with previous models, the cameras have reportedly been co-developed with German optics manufacturer Leica.
|The Huawei Mate 10 Pro features a dual cam co-engineered with Leica.|
There are no further details regarding how the triple-camera technology exactly works, but we would assume the typical image output size will be considerably smaller than 40MP, and the high pixel count is mostly used for hybrid zoom and computational imaging purposes, such as de-noising and HDR.
The Mate 10 Pro is already one of the best smartphone cameras we have tested in a while, so it’ll be interesting to see what performance Huawei can squeeze out of a device with an additional camera module. We’ll know more in a few weeks time.