Research in Motion (RIM) recently presented a new camera innovation that is yet another blow to purist photography, but all the more useful and practical:
Everybody who has done group photos knows that capturing “that perfect moment” when everybody is smiling and has their eyes open, is very very hard. This is why RIM’s new Blackberry 10 will be equipped with a camera that records not just one moment, but a little timeline of images.
It automatically detects faces and lets you “travel through time” to find the best shot of every individual face.
The difference between a good and bad photo is often just a few milliseconds – the blink of an eye, litterally – in time, and RIM’s new camera feature with instant, on-camera image manipulation takes on that difficulty in everyday photography.
After Lytro and LightField Photography, we expect this will be a second, hard blow to traditional photography: LightField Technology makes it possible to refocus after the shot, and RIM’s new camera tech allows you to create a composite of several images to form the best version possible.
Both technologies use software to increase the capabilities of cameras, and we would very much like to see both of them in one camera one day.
Here’s a demo from Blackberry World:
RIM is licensing technology from Scalado for the new feature, and has officially confirmed that in a statement:
RIM has been working with Scalado on camera technology and has licensed some of the Scalado technology for the BlackBerry 10 platform. As shown during the BlackBerry World Keynote, RIM is planning a unique implementation of the technology on BlackBerry 10.