Apple has acquired a technology company that develops cameras it claims will lead to DSLR-quality images in smartphones, according to reports

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and subsequently reported elsewhere, Apple paid around $20m for LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.

Apple and LinX had yet to respond to requests for comments when contacted by Amateur Photographer today.

Earlier this month, Apple appeared to neither confirm nor deny the reports, telling the WSJ that it ‘buys smaller technology companies from time to time’.

Meanwhile, in a statement on its website, LinX says: ‘Utilising state-of-the-art multi-aperture imaging technology that combines innovative image processing, advanced sensor and optics technology, our cameras set new standards for image quality parameters such as low-light performance, HDR, refocusing, colour fidelity, shutter lag and more…

‘LinX cameras are significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets.

‘The LinX cameras not only capture 2D images but also acquire very accurate depth information of the complete scene.

‘We allow apps to freely use the 3D information captured by our camera to achieve amazing new features such as the ability to refocus an image after it has been captured, measurement of the true dimensions of objects, 3D object modelling and real-time background replacement for video calls.’