At CES 2014, semiconductor giant Qualcomm gave the media and conference visitors some live demonstrations of the recently announced Snapdragon 805 processor. The company’s new flagship System-on-a-Chip (SoC) is powered by a quad-core Krait 450 CPU (2.5 GHz), an Adreno 420 GPU (500 MHz), and even contains a dual camera image signal processor.
To show what is possible with this higher degree of computational power, Qualcomm showed off some new camera features which may make it into the next generation of mobile devices. Continue reading
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu recently released an update to version 3.3.1 of their FlyMe OS (a forked Android distribution), which adds a number of new camera features to the Meizu MX3, including software refocus.
As you can see in the video below, this feature is purely software-based: Continue reading
Nokia’s Refocus app was released to a number of PureView Lumia devices about a month ago. In contrast to the light field technology employed in the Lytro light field camera, Nokia’s solution is purely software-based and uses an ordinary digital camera module and several exposures to create a refocus effect.
So how do the two systems and their resulting pictures compare visually?
CNET Australia tries to answer this question in their “refocusing challenge“, showing us refocus-pictures of the same scene, taken with both a Lytro camera and a Nokia Lumia 1520.
Here we take a look at the author’s conclusions, and add our own observations from the picture comparison: Continue reading
Smartphone makers around the world are racing release the world’s first light field enabled smartphone. According to some reports, manufacturers such as Apple, HTC, Nokia, and also the MIT are working on further miniaturizing the technology to fit into mobile devices. Meanwhile, companies like Pelican and Toshiba are finalizing their camera designs for third-party licensing.
Now, The US Patent and Trademark has granted Apple a new patent describing a “digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor”, and it comes with an interesting addition to the existing light field solutions by Lytro or Raytrix. Continue reading
Back in October, Nokia first presented their Windows Phone app “Nokia Refocus”, which offers a Lytro-like post-capture software refocus feature for Nokia’s conventional camera modules. The company promised to make the app available not just to owners of the brand-new Lumia 1520 phablet, but to all of their PureView enabled Lumia smartphones.
Just a few days ago, the app was finally released for the broader audience. Nokia Refocus is now available for the Lumia 920, Lumia 925, Lumia 928, Lumia 1020, and other PureView enabled smartphones that are running the Amber update.