Displaying and capturing 3D scenes of objects in an environment has always been a feature to have among photography enthusiasts. 3D cameras make this possible, and with the increasing adoption of smartphones across the world, 3D cameras are now expected to become an order qualifier for a smartphone. Driven by the tremendous growth of high-resolution smartphone videography and photography, and encouraged by the instant appeal to capture and post content on social networking sites, almost all major players are now offering 3D cameras to suit to the customers’ tastes, choices, and preferences.
Images and videos are used for both personal and professional needs; from capturing moments to applications in complexity sciences and medicine, all of which need high-resolution images to meet the end-user needs. Earlier these were possible only with professional cameras and lenses, but with the ever-increasing penetration of smartphones (which are available at lowest prices amongst all 3D camera based devices), the smartphone 3D camera market has now become one of the highest growth markets in some countries. The demand for premium and high-resolution images are also high among professionals like publishers and brand managers to have images that are culturally relevant, unique and provide fresh perspectives.
With the simple technology for 3D cameras, stereo visioning, it is expected that a high percentage of smartphones currently in production could be upgraded with a 3D camera lens by the year 2018. This is because the stereo visioning technology offers precision, reliability and high quality while capturing the 3D image of an object. Additionally, the resolutions available in these smartphones can vary anywhere between 8 MP, and 16 MP. 3D technology is now considered as a significant prospect to enhance their product offerings by a number of smartphone manufacturers. Many smartphones are also integrated with 3D sensors (for sensing movements) which enables the users to capture the precise dimensions of the objects and the environment. The high-resolution 3D cameras in smartphones also provide users with the ubiquitous ability to capture and instantly share these images on social networks, thus enhancing their appeal. Modern smartphones sometimes also offer additional advanced features and have thus opened up possibilities of 3D modeling as well. Because of all these enticing features, smartphones are rapidly gaining huge popularity among people, which in turn is contributing to the growth of the smartphone 3D camera market.
Some of the most sought-after companies for smartphone 3D cameras include Sony Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, LG Electronics, Pelican Imaging (now acquired by Tessera Technologies), Sharp Corporation, Faro, Leica Camera Ag, GoPro, Infineon Technologies Ag, Bevel (Matter And Form Inc.), Toshiba Corporation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Intel, Xperia, Samsung Electronics Inc, and Omnivision.
Author: Pratik Patra
Pratik is a Writer, Artist, and Technocrat from India. He is an engineer from IIT Bombay and is currently pursuing his MBA from XIMB.