Capturing the future: The evolving camera and its capabilities.
Upping your personal production value.
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. Now what if that picture is a high-resolution, professional-quality image shared globally in real time? The word-to-picture quotient just went up. Digital imagery has evolved into a ubiquitous form of self expression. And it’s just getting started.
35mm to 35mp
The rise of digital photography gave humans unprecedented power to document the world around them. With the elimination of film and development costs, one could click until their heart’s content. Smaller camera components lead to a convergence with smartphones and tablets. Digital imagery is now instantly shareable. With improved resolution, better sensors and improved processing power packed into connected devices, “the camera” is taking entirely new forms.
The rise of digital photography gave humans unprecedented power to document the world around them. With the elimination of film and development costs, people could click to their heart’s content. Smaller camera components led to a convergence with smartphones and tablets. Digital imagery became instantly shareable. With improved resolution, better sensors and improved processing power packed into connected devices, “the camera” took on entirely new forms.
As cameras take on new shapes, so does photography.
Smartphones are the form factor responsible for taking digital photography to new heights. Powerful processors are giving these devices capabilities that make a smartphone a more versatile camera to carry with you than a traditional point-and-shoot.
Is it a camera phone or a phone camera?
The processing power of smartphones is leading the way in advancement of a new field: Computational Photography. Today smartphone designers are putting more emphasis on photographic capabilities especially ones enabled by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors.
Nokia Lumia 1020
For instance, the Nokia Lumia 1020 shows off its power with a 41 MP sensor and the ability to rapidly process, allow for editing, and compress final images. The Snapdragon processor also assists in the noise reduction and color tuning that make the 1020’s images so crisp.
The LG G3 even allows the ability to control the camera’s shutter through voice or hand gesture for seamless selfies. The G3 also uses an infrared laser to focus the camera in just 220ms. So capturing movement or snapping quick pics is an easier task.
Now that smartphones have created features to assist in the way we take and share photos, how can computational photography advance the art of photography?
Introducing the still image that isn’t.
In 2014, LYTRO ILLUM is adding another dimension to digital photography. Through light field photography, every click of the button captures an image that can be manipulated, adjusted, and interacted with—right on the device. The result is an image like no other.
“We are very excited by the potential of this camera to ignite a photography revolution on the magnitude of the transformation from film to digital.”
— Dr. Ren Ng, Founder, LYTRO
How it works.
With every image, LYTRO ILLUM captures an immense amount of visual information, which is then processed by a custom software platform powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor. By capturing a field of light, rather than a still image, enough information is embedded in each image file that the photographer can adjust the tilt, focus, depth of field, and perspective directly on the device, or export it to a post-production software suite.
The next dimension is built right in.
The integrated Snapdragon 800 processor enables the processing and ability to edit the imagery captured by the custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor.
“Photography has been reinvented through embedded processing. It will be quite interesting the places you’ll find Snapdragon processors in the coming years.”
— Tim Yates, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Though the devices we use will continue to evolve, humans will always have the urge to capture, document, and express themselves through photography. Snapdragon processors will continue to invent new ways to enable that self-expression.
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