Sample shipments of a dual camera module for use in smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have begun, according to an announcement from Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE). The TCM9518MD is said to be the first dual camera module to incorporate twin 1/4 inch optical format 5 megapixel CMOS camera modules (5 megapixels x 2 arrays), able to simultaneously output recorded images and depth data.
The dedicated image processing IC of the TCM9518MD measures and appends depth data to objects in the image. Used in combination with customers” applications, the module supports new photo functions such as focus and defocus, and even allows objects in photographs to be extracted and erased. The dual camera module also supports a digital focus function that enables users to adjust the point of focus without needing a mechanism to move the lenses.
The image processing IC generates 13 megapixel images by upscaling images taken by the twin 5 megapixel cameras. The CMOS sensors have a pixel size of 1.4 micrometers and the module measures 18.0 mm x 12.0 mm x 4.65 mm – realizing a lower module height than that of conventional 13 megapixel camera modules.