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Smartphone Photography and the New Frontiers of Super Zoom

More and more photos are being taken on smartphones. In numbers 1200 billion in number per year. With almost 8 billion inhabitants on the planet, this is quite a high number.

With the increasing popularity of digital photography with a smartphone, the development of integrated camera systems has risen to absolute top class levels in the last 5 years. Especially the cameras with a larger zoom are clearly noticeable here. Where until recently people were still working at the limit of what was possible with 2 and 3x optical zoom, current models have already arrived at 5 and 10x.

Optical in this context means without loss of quality. Thanks to software that is constantly being better coordinated, acceptable results can also be achieved with a digital zoom of up to 30-40x. Some manufacturers even proudly show moon photography in their commercials.


It is precisely here in the “zoom” area that the idea with which one can work out a profit for the user comes into play. I'm sure you all know that. You take a photo in standard without zoom, then in 2x and later one with 5x. So you have to make 3 manual zoom settings on your smartphone every time before you have the motif the way you like it in the box. If you belong to the group of people who then want to use the additional integrated special recording modes, such as Comic - Monochrome - Super wide angle or photo with vignette, then you will be there for quite a long time to capture a beautiful motif or an event. Meanwhile, the triggering itself is still the quickest part of it. So if we put the whole thing in a chronological relationship, it would be around 200 to 30. We spend 200 seconds with settings and 30 seconds for taking pictures.


So it's not Libra. This causes resentment for many users and they usually leave it at 1-2 standard photos. Good photography is usually not a quick fix.

Since efficiency and process optimization are exciting topics, the following result came out. Very simple, you simply create profiles for desired recording situations.

In practice using the example of the “landscape shot” motif. You take a photo without zoom + wide angle + 3x zoom and in monochrome. This sequence of settings is stored in a profile. e.g. CountryPhoto.


After you have created a profile and you want to take a photo of the landscape next time, you just start the “LandFoto” profile, possibly when you open the camera a menu will appear that shows you which profiles you already have created.


You select your profile with one tap and all photos you take afterwards always contain all zoom + and image settings in order.


So you take 5 photos in 10 seconds and never have to make manual adjustments again. Is not that great ! This makes photography even more fun


But it goes one step further, if you add “ki” artificial intelligence here and let it work, then after 100 or 200 photos “ki” can offer you your most used camera settings in 2-3 or 4 profiles to save. In a statistic you can then see which zoom settings you have used particularly often. A good thing, especially for beginners and those interested in photography.


In the next step, photos and your camera settings could then be analyzed in a database and compared with professional photographer settings, automatically. After a certain time you get pop-up information about old photos in which you would have achieved better results with different settings from a professional's point of view. Of course, your individual creative flow is lost in this way, you could also say, under! But for some this is also an “aha” effect.


From a technical point of view, this is of course possible, but the processors would have to be even faster, at least the internal distribution of tasks. After each photo there would be another one. In combination with an adjustment of the (RAMS) the main memory, nothing should stand in the way. If you take 5 photos in a row with completely different settings, from the “LandFoto” profile and the automatic, the delay should be as short as possible.

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