Dual camera smartphones explained: Why they are worth the extra cost

There’s plenty rumors about the next iPhone, the iPhone 7 or 7 plus, or 7 pro or whatever it’s called, having 2 camera lenses. This is a very uncommon feature that even high-end phones are unlikely to have. However, if you’re lucky, you may be able to find low cost tablets for under $100 with the feature here.

I mean there’s plenty of other rumors about the next iPhone but that’s the one we’re focussing on. Also LG and Huawei, both in the last year worked with Google to make the Nexus smartphones that we got.

And then exactly a year later now here, both companies also have a dual camera smartphone out on the market. What do they know that we don’t?

It would be really interesting to find out obviously but with VR having a really big year and 360 degree video having a really big year. And you could argue that the features in smartphones over the past couple years have slowed down a little bit, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see that a bunch of smartphones in the next 1 or 2 years that have dual cameras on the back.

So here’s the deal, this is one of the smartphones with dual cameras on the back. This is what it looks like. This is the LG G5. It’s also a really interesting phone in a bunch of other ways.

Full review of it coming soon but this is what the dual cameras on the back of the smartphone looks like. And like I said, there’s a bunch of others with dual cameras but here’s the thing to note, is there’s almost never 2 identical cameras.

It’s usually one main camera and then also another secondary camera. And then that secondary camera captures sort of extra information or a slightly different image that’s usually given back to add to the original.

Now one of the OGs at this whole dual camera in a smartphone thing was the HTC Evo 3D back in 2011. And this one actually did have identical cameras on the back, so two of the same camera.

The back module was huge and essentially we used both of those cameras to take a slightly different image from that, from that slightly different angle. It would stitch them together in software to create a 3D image that you could look at on its glasses free 3D display.

Now I wouldn’t say this flopped but it kind of did. I mean this was back in 2011 [00:02:00] and how many other 3D smartphones have you seen since then? Exactly!

So more recently phone that came out with dual camera lenses on the back. This one’s probably more recognizable, is the HTC 1M8. So this one had a main 4MP camera in the back and a second sensor specifically for recording depth information of the whole scene.

So this would be able to tell what was in your photo in the foreground, what was further away in the background, and then you can apply some software effects to it like fake boca or whatever artsy stuff to take advantage of the separation.

Now again I wouldn’t  say this one flopped either. In fact the one series is still part of HTC’s most important line of smartphones right now. But this first one was, I mean the software wasn’t that, it was subpar at best is what I’m saying.

A lot of times you couldn’t even tell if was really even using that depth information. The boca would get all glitchy on the edges and you’d wonder why.

So it wasn’t fantastic but it was a pretty cool concept. Now fast forward to 2016 and we have smartphones like the LG G5 and the Huawei P9. Again like I said, from the too many factors that happened to work with Google on a smartphone last year. This G5 has a regular 16MP camera on the back with a regular field of view, but then right next to it, next to the laser auto focus is the additional camera. A super wide angle , 135 degree, 8MP camera for those crazy super wide shots.

And you can switch between them on the fly if you want to. So they don’t really work together to add information to one image, but it can be pretty fun to play with the super wide angle.

It kind of looks almost like a GoPro camera a lot of times. So you can get these cool landscapes or architectures in the city or whatever other really wide angle shots you think look dope.

And the Huawei P9 is the other one. I don’t have a P9 with me but the P9 is the same deal. Primary camera and secondary. The primary is a regular RGB sensor and the secondary camera is a monochrome sensor.

So it’s like a black and white camera. But because it’s less colour information, it can do additional detail and sharpness and dynamic range and it will take that image information and use software to stitch it together [00:04:00] with the original RGB image to create a much better looking original  photo.

So right now there really isn’t any theme or overlapping standard  for why smartphones have dual cameras on the back. It’s just sort of a mix and match, do whatever you want with it.

So like we said, we’re expecting Apple to probably have an iPhone 7 or 7 Pro or something like that with maybe 2 camera lenses on the back. But we don’t know what Apple would be doing with that.

We don’t know if it would be maybe 2 identical image sensors doing stereoscopic 3D or would they be like a primary secondary type of thing where the secondary one would pick up additional colour information or light values.

We just don’t know. What we do know is it’s a feature and it’s not really quite up to its full potential right now in smartphones as we see them. Mostly because we don’t even know what that full potential really is.

I would like to see two identical cameras on the back but facing slightly apart from each other so that they could capture two simultaneous high resolution images and then stitch them together into one high res panorama without software tricks.

I think that would be pretty dope. Or maybe something else related to VR, I mean we see all these 369 degree videos all the time now on Facebook and on You Tube. Obviously having a smartphone that can capture 360 degree without an extra accessory that you have to carry around, would be pretty cool.

But again, this is all just wishful thinking from one person. But what it’s cool to know is that it’s not just me thinking about this stuff. It’s a lot of people. So we know that there are companies everyday working to try to make this into something cool.

So when the next iPhone, or the next Samsung, or the next Nexus comes out and has dual smartphone cameras, now you know why. Thanks for watching, I’ll talk to you guys in the next one. Peace!


Bose QC35 best noise cancelling headphones on the market

This is the Bose quite comfort 35, the QC35. these are the successor to I guess pretty much the gold standard for premium noise cancelling head phones at this point which is the Bose QC25. Well these are obviously red and black so they got some colour ware going on them, but these have been my go to for train rides and flights and even when gaming FPS games in a noisy environment for the past couple of years so when you get a get a successor to them you kind of have to wonder what’s different about them and are they worth the price.

On amazon right now the QC25 are $300 and the new QC 35 are $350. Now in a pair of really premium noise cancelling head phones you look for a couple of things, build quality, comfort, sound quality and of course how good the noise cancellation actually is. Build quality is just fine here it’s nearly identical to the QC25, they are overall pretty light plastic built head phones, pretty flexible, and that’s what actually makes them so comfortable that they are so light weight and flexible, and along with the super soft foam on the top band and the super soft ear cushions that go over your ears, all this combines together to make them comfortable.

If anything the QC35 are a little bit heavier than the 25 since they have a small rechargeable battery in them now, but you probably won’t notice that. So wearing these head phones for a long period of time like a long flight is still no problem, comfort is a huge plus for these.

Now since they are wireless you do have a couple other things to worry about and those are the controls and battery life. Controls move from the inline wire and mic on the QC25 to buttons on the back of the right ear cup here and they are all the same, so the play pause controls and the volume up and down, skipping tracks, etc. they are all pretty tactile quality buttons which is important when you are pressing them blind and battery life is also top of the line.

Now I have only had these for the past couple of days, over the past week or so, but the 20 hour active battery life seems to hold up. Now every time you turn them on it tells you when the Bluetooth is paired and also gives you the battery percentage of what is left. So when I turn it on last I had was 63% so I feel I can finish of the rest of the week with a lot more listening of these and not have to charge it till the weekend so that’s good.

And I feel like if you can listen to a pair of head phones for the entire week and charge it once a week with allot of heavy listening you pretty much don’t have to think about it that much, so battery life is another strong pint with these.

Now sound quality is pretty much exactly the same as the QC25 which just to say is pretty good but nothing spectacular, nothing that’s going to blow your mind at all. It’s just like a normal pair of close back head phones, you aren’t buying these to monitor for music production or anything like that, they are obviously very vibrant and coloured, and I would put them on par with other 150 to 300 dollar head phones in terms of clarity and detail, but again it’s wireless and that’s nice and actually comes with a wire in the box.

Now at the bottom of this you got a micro USB charging port on the right ear cup and yes you do get that mini cable, and a 300mm head phone jack on the left ear cup, and that wire is included to either plug it in to something that doesn’t have Bluetooth and just listen to them like normal head phones or plug it in and use the head phones without noise cancellation.

So if you just want regular listening with no noise cancellation you have to do it through the wire but you can’t do it wirelessly. And the noise cancellation itself Bose does this pretty much better than anyone else. It’s kind of what they are best at. These microphones as you can see are all around the outside of the headphones to pick up outside noise and frequencies and just cancel them out. So if you have heard Bose earphones before you would know what I’m talking about, it’s great for flights, it’s great for loud environments trains, buses basically anytime you want to cancel out the outside world and just hear your audio, just listen to your music isolated. That’s the reason you buying those headphones in the first place.

So I am happy to say that Bose has put together a complete package here with the QC35, they will be replacing my QC25. It even has things like NFC built in for quick Bluetooth pairing by taping it to your android phone, so that was convenient. And there is the carrying case as well that’s pretty similar to the one that QC25 had and since they fold up the exact same way, plus they carry extra cables now too, and again that’s ideal for travelling and just tossing your headphones in a bag or a back pack or something, and there’s the flying adaptor too, since they know that people use these allot on planes.

So coming back to the price difference, basically if you want to have specifically noise cancelling, wireless headphones then you have to pay the extra $50 to go with the 35 but if you just noise cancelling headphones and you don’t really care about the convenience off having no wire then this is just fine, the 25 are functionally pretty much exactly the same as the QC 35. No wire slightly shorter battery life single AAA battery also has a wire 50 bucks cheaper for the 25.

So that’s your break down, bottom line is if you are looking for noise cancelling head phones in general in a  premium of $300 price range, you should have these on your short list. Any ways that’s been it.

Thank you for reading, if you have any other suggestions for headphones or audio products, or anything else tech related you want me to take a look at feel free to leave it in the comments section right below, and I will be down there answering your questions as well.