Qualcomm’s Clear Sight Technology Aims to Power Future Dual Camera Devices

SoC manufacturer Qualcomm wants to cash in on the dual camera setup that’s been trendy lately with a lot of flagship-tier phones with its newest camera innovation, Clear Sight technology.

While Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors have been ready for multiple camera sensors for a while now, this new Clear Sight tech will only be available for their newest Snapdragon 820 and 821 offerings, at least for now. Here’s some technical jargon, and how it’ll work, according to Android Authority:

Clear Sight consists of a single, fully integrated hardware module that contains two cameras, plus computational low light imaging algorithms that enable Qualcomm Spectra ISPs, designed to take photos at the exact same time and merge the two photos together, instantaneously, with outstanding image quality even in low lighting.

Clear Sight is designed with a very specific camera configuration in mind. It doesn’t opt for a telephoto lens like the new iPhone or a separate wide-angle lens like LG. Instead, it works using one color and one monochrome sensor, much like the Huawei P9. Although that phone uses the company’s own Kirin 955 SoC. The filter over the black and white sensor allows for up to three times more light capture, which can then be processed in software alongside the regular color image to improve dynamic range, sharpness, and reduce noise. It has the added benefit of being able to focus on a subject faster as well and improving low light performance.

Qualcomm’s Spectral ISP allows for the merging and processing of data from two image sensors using the company’s dedicated algorithms, without having to load down the main processor cores. This should be beneficial not only for performance but also for battery life.


We’re pretty sure Qualcomm’s camera tech module will be enticing a lot of smartphone manufacturers to adopt dual-snappers in their upcoming devices, flagship level or not. Expect to see a lot more phones with dual-cam setups in the following year.

We’ll find out more details on Qualcomm’s Clear Sight module in the days to come, so stay glued to Unbox.

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Source: Android Authority

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