New Apple Patent Details a Three Sensor Camera

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The folks over at Apple Insider discovered a new Apple patent that details a new camera module. Essentially what it’s doing is transmitting light into a cube, and splitting the light onto three different imaging sensors. The intended result will give users better color and high ISO performance for it’s iPhone.

Sound familiar? Years ago camcorders used to use a 3 CCD sensor technology that was very similar. Panasonic was very big into this method, although these days CMOS sensors tend to dominate the market. But the exciting part about the Apple patent is that it lets the sensor parse out other colors besides those from the standard RGB patterns.

This builds further apparently on the previous design that uses a periscope for zooming in on a subject; and also therefore makes this phone quite more useful for the camera.

It looks like lower end point and shoot cameras may be toast.