Panoramic and 3D imaging for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3

News Paul Briden 11:36, 13 Mar 2013

Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will have 3D and panoramic capture

Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S4 flagship and Galaxy Note 3 phablet may be able to take 3D and panoramic photos, according to reports.

The features are listed in a newly filed Samsung patent, so it’s not entirely clear if they’ll make the cut for these two devices.

While panoramic capture is already present on existing Samsung Galaxy devices, the new patent appears to describe technology to improve this capability.
It describes: ‘a panoramic imaging lens capable of suppressing stray rays causing flare or ghost phenomenon and improving image quality, and a panoramic imaging system using the panoramic imaging lens.’

The 3D capture is listed for a number of devices, including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and PCs, but not much other information is given.

Traditionally, Samsung’s Galaxy Note devices have shared many features with their contemporary Galaxy S flagship counterparts, including processor hardware, operating system versions, TouchWiz UI versions and features and camera technology.

We think it’s quite likely that whatever these two patents entail if they’re present on the Galaxy S4 we will also see them on the Galaxy Note 3.

The Galaxy S4 is launching this week on March 14 (Thursday) and is expected to carry a 13-megapixel camera, upgraded from the Galaxy S3’s 8-megapixel shooter.

Thus, we can also expect the Galaxy Note 3 to have a 13-megapixel camera. Not much else is known about the Galaxy Note 3, but as the Galaxy Note 2 launched at IFA 2012 in September, it’s likely its successor will arrive at the same time and the same show this year.

We’re going to have live coverage of the Galaxy S4 launch event, which starts at 11pm UK time. Hopefully, we’ll be able to answer the questions surrounding Samsung’s mystery imaging capability after the launch.

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It’ll be interesting if the new Galaxy S4 has 3D imaging, considering it wasn’t very successful in 2011. Something that seems to be a growing trend is 1080p displays, which I would love to use. The trip to and from work at DISH can take some time, so I like streaming my live and recorded shows while I’m on my way there. The DISH Anywhere lets me do so, and I’d like streaming on a higher resolution display since I can stream anywhere I go.

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