Toshiba becomes the first to launch dual camera module at CES 2014

Toshiba launched the world's first dual camera module for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas today.

CES 2014 has already seen the launch of laptops with 4K displays from Toshiba, now, Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) has launched the industry's first dual camera module which would provide mobile devices the ability to simultaneously shoot images and gather depth data.

Toshiba has made available a handful of the TCM9518MD dual camera modules for testing on devices for manufacturers. According to the press release, the dual camera combined with a dedicated companion LSI chip deliver highly focused images by processing the depth data obtained. The module incorporates two 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules. The LSI chip measures and appends depth data to objects in the image. The camera is also capable of capturing upscaled images of 13 megapixels while utilizing a thinner sensor due to lack of focus motors.

The new computational camera as Toshiba calls it, is expected to bring many new possibilities to digital imaging compared to standard cameras. Andrew Burt, vice president of the Image Sensor Business Unit, System LSI Group at TAEC said that, "We expect the TCM9518MD to drive new applications for smartphone, tablets and mobile devices including refocus and defocus; highlighting objects in a scene and then editing, cropping etc.; as well as image and gesture operation."

Image via Toshiba

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spikey_richie said,
TCM9518MD is a really catchy name for a product, it just rolls off the tongue </sarcasm>

It's a module, not a phone. Please read the article before posting.

jakem1 said,
He didn't say it was a phone. Perhaps you should have read his post before posting

If he knew that it wasn't a phone then his post is completely ignorant and nonsensical. This is not a consumer product.

Didn't the HTC Evo 3D have a dual camera module? I know it was used for something different (3D vs. Depth) but the article subject says nothing about depth, it just says they're the first to launch a dual camera module which seems incorrect.

Dot Catrix said,
3D shooting?

We've all seen movies/TV shows where two people are talking, one is focused while the other person isn't. With this dual lensing system both can be put in focus, post-production. That would be a real advancement and quite cool.

I'm given to understand cameras need to be approximately as far apart as a person's eyes to take proper 3d.

So on a smarphone, it should really be 2 separate camera modules at each end of the phone.

Those 2 cameras right next to each other in the same unit look too close together, they will have almost the same angle on everything unless it's REALLY close, like macro close.

james.faction said,
I'm given to understand cameras need to be approximately as far apart as a person's eyes to take proper 3d.

So on a smarphone, it should really be 2 separate camera modules at each end of the phone.

Those 2 cameras right next to each other in the same unit look too close together, they will have almost the same angle on everything unless it's REALLY close, like macro close.

It isn't to create a 3d image, one takes a photo, one gathers depth data. This will enable you to refocus, defocus.

james.faction said,
I'm given to understand cameras need to be approximately as far apart as a person's eyes to take proper 3d.

So on a smarphone, it should really be 2 separate camera modules at each end of the phone.

Those 2 cameras right next to each other in the same unit look too close together, they will have almost the same angle on everything unless it's REALLY close, like macro close.

What does 3D have to do with the article or with Toshiba's cameras?