Camera super powers come from computer

The power of a computer, not high end optics is how this new security camera produces cheap,  hi-rez images (comparatively) according to  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/business/12novel.html?ref=business

Throughout the history of film photography optical glass has been a key determinant of technical quality in photos. The concept of computational photography emerged recently http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_photography and refers to a range of processes carried out by (surprise) a computer. As the Times piece points out, the Digital Window gets its super powers from the marriage of cheap sensors and on-board image processing. 

This concept has led to things like the “slimming filter” and “smile detector” for consumer level still cameras. Some predict that the same kind of multi-image strategy used by the Digital Window will put HDR (high dynamic range) cameras in consumers hands soon.

Fun times ahead.

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~ by keithphilpott on April 14, 2009.

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