As I’ve written about 20,000 times already this week, one of the headline features on the spanking new HTC One M8 is its dual-lens Duo Camera setup, which welcomes a whole bunch of fancy camera effects.
The Taiwanese have now opened the Duo Camera to developers, by way of the official HTC Dual Lens SDK.
Ultimately, the HTC Dual Lens SDK will allow third-party developers to tap into the HTC One M8’s Duo Camera and take advantage of the dual-lens fanciness.
Effects offered by the HTC One M8’s Duo Camera include Foreground Focus, Background Focus, and Foregrounder, the latter de-saturating the image, separating colours and adding effects for a subject “with more presence and expression”. Behold:
There’s also the Dimension Plus parallax view stuff, allowing users to "see photos from different angles, even the sides that are typically not visible, simply by tilting the device.”
As detailed on the HTC Developer Center, the HTC Dual Lens SDK encompasses APIs for both DualLens and DimensionPlus.
This bokeh nonsense is all the rage at the moment, but it remains to be seen how much third-party interest the HTC Dual Lens SDK can garner.
We’e been told to expect an influx of dual-lens smartphones, though it’s worth noting that depth of field effects can be achieved with software, too, as evidenced by the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the brand new Google Camera app.