How to make cameras smart with modern AI solutions

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AI is everywhere, and cameras are no different. While high-end DSLR cameras focus on RAW photography, more digital devices such as smartphones tend to focus more on the software side of photography, given their limited lens capabilities.

Therefore, computer vision solution has become a growing point of competition, with the likes of the Pixel 6 competing against some of the flagship Samsung and iPhones despite having weaker hardware. The same goes for smart action cameras, like GoPro, which have a range of brilliant features and software to optimize their limited hardware.

Automatic settings

Automatic settings were one of the first steps towards smart cameras. Even DSLRs will have auto modes that decide on a set of settings based on the combination of inputs from its sensors. For example, taking multiple photos in dark environments and then stitching them together.

Asking the user if they want this exact setting every time they take a photo is not only likely to be an inconvenience, but also to produce worse results due to uneducated decision making and not optimal. However, it depends on the use case of the material and its target audience.

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AI in digital photography

The Pixel 6 showed just how far AI has come in smartphone photography. When a photo is taken, if you are quick enough to see it then you will see a processing loading sign, then the image will change a second later. Indeed, Google’s software uses AI to automatically edit once the photo is taken.

This is called computational photography. An amazing example is the ability to “Photoshop” an object in which the phone will predict what the background would be. So instead of complex editing, you simply highlight a person or object in the background and it will make them disappear from the image. While not perfect, as machine learning becomes more sophisticated, the results seem to improve over time.

This also goes for simulating bokeh. Many phones these days have a portrait mode where the aperture is increased to reduce the depth of field. However, this is just a phone camera and much of the background blurring is simulated during automatic editing.

Voice activation

A big part of photography is taking long exposure shots or multiple shots in a given location. However, even when using a tripod, clicking on the camera to take the photo can move the lens slightly, ruining the rest of the photo(s). As a workaround, remote controls are used, but voice-activated actions might be a cheaper alternative since microphones are usually built-in.

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Always a manual mode

Regardless of how smart cameras get smart and what software comes with them, manual mode is still a must. Many people think they TO DO know better, or perhaps, they don’t want the conventionally “optimal” image but rather an artistically creative version of it, perhaps purposely overexposed, for example.

As we head into the future in the age of filters and green screens, the potential for the software and computing side of photography is exponential in its capacity and far more exciting than the inevitable linear development of hardware.

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