Experimental App Aims to Better Low-light Photography for Smartphones

Bridging the gap between DSLR and smartphone photography

As good as the cameras on smartphones have become, they’re still a long way from giving us the quality of DSLR shooters when lighting conditions go south. Challenged by a colleague, Florian Kainz — a researcher at Google, created an experimental app that could help bridge the gap; somewhat at least. Here’s how his app works:

  • The app gives you better manual controls i.e. exposure, focus distance, and ISO sensitivity.
  • It takes 64 shots in burst mode.
  • Math happens and the app gives you the best photo possible; much like using HDR mode but beyond next level.
Courtesy of Google Research Blog

The image you see above is actually a result of the said experimental app and it ain’t half bad. The app can compensate for handshakes as well, but forget about taking a photo of objects that move too fast.

As we mentioned this app hasn’t been taken to market just yet, but we sure hope it does.

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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