If Samsung’s compact point-and-shoots survive the tumultuous market these next few years, they might gain a shallower depth of field.
The company recently filed an ambitious patent which theoretically equips dual lenses onto their compact cameras. The main lens will proceed with normal image capturing, and the second lens will calculate the area distance around the image. The camera will then proceed to combine the data from both lenses to configure depth and consequently apply the synthesized bokeh.
While it sounds like a very ingenious concept, DSLR users shouldn’t expect the same blur offered by fast lenses, although it is a great feature to apply on a point-and-shoot. With the continual rise of the micro-four-thirds line however, it will be interesting to see if the smaller compacts will still be around once this patent is materialized.