Apr 20

Lens Blur: Google Camera App for Android gets Refocus and Adjustable Depth of Field

Lens Blur: Google Camera App for Android gets Refocus and Adjustable Depth of Field (picture: Android Police) Light field technology is gaining momentum in the mainstream, but we have yet to see the first smartphone featuring a Pelican Array Camera, Tesseract/Focii module, or something similar.
Meanwhile, more and more developers are using advanced software in conjunction with traditional camera modules to recreate one of the most popular features of the light field: software refocus.

The latest addition to the growing list of companies/developers recreating the refocus effect on mobile devices is none other than the mother of Android: Google. Introducing “Lens Blur”, the company has included their own version of software refocus into its all-new Google Camera app (free). Continue reading

Apr 18

Fraunhofer IIS Demonstrates Light Field Array Camera at NAB 2014

Fraunhofer IIS Demonstrates Light Field Array Camera at NAB 2014 (Screenshot) Last autumn, the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits (IIS) announced their very own light field camera setup, which they dubbed the “most innovative lightfield camera recording system to date“.
At NAB 2014, the world’s largest electronic media show, the IIS gave live demonstrations of their camera.

The 4×4 camera array consists of a total of 16 smartphone camera modules connected to a PC apparently running Ubuntu Linux. Continue reading

Apr 15

Lytro: No Android App in 2014, “Deep” into New Flagship Product

Lytro Mobile: iPhone App for WiFi Transfer from Camera, On-The-Go Sharing and more About 10 months ago, Lytro introduced an iOS companion app called “Lytro Mobile” and, at the same time, released a firmware update activating the camera’s internal WiFi chip.
The app makes it possible for iPhone, iPod and iPad users to connect wirelessly to the camera, download and preview Living Pictures, upload them to the “Mobile” album on pictures.lytro.com, and even create nice little GIF-animations demonstrating refocus and Perspective Shift. With newer versions of the app came additional features like Living Filters, AirPlay support and 3D export.
Meanwhile, the Android community has been waiting for the release of an Android app.

Slumbering in the “Feature Requests” section of Lytro’s customer support, there’s a request for an Android app, which has had the official status “Planned” for a while now. Revisiting this discussion, we found some recent responses by Lytro staff, which don’t sound to promising for Android users: Continue reading

Apr 12

Panasonic Patents Image Sensor for Full-Resolution Light Field Recording

Panasonic Patents Image Sensor for Full-Resolution Light Field Recording Today’s light field technology is facing a trade-off: The more depth resolution you want, the smaller the effective image becomes. Two years ago, German light field specialist Raytrix introduced a light field camera with an effective image resolution of 25 % the sensor’s resolution, which was already a big step upward.
Now, Panasonic has been granted a patent titled “Light field image capture device and image sensor”, which details a new sensor system that records light fields at 100 % of the sensor resolution.

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Apr 05

Pelican Imaging: CEO explains the Power of Light Field Imaging [Video]

Pelican Imaging has recently released a short video where CEO Chris Pickett explains what’s so interesting about light field photography:

In the 2-minute clip, Pickett explains how Pelican’s Array Camera works, and shows its most exciting features: software refocus, multiple focus (focus on several depths in one image), segmentation (automatic depth-based object extraction). Continue reading