How Google wants to improve the night on smartphone photos [Exclusive Guide]
if the technology for made huge progress, it is clear that our phones are far from being able to compete with professional cameras in terms of night photography. However, a Google engineer think changer thanks to an application which, thanks to its algorithm would be able to produce a stunning night photography.
while he captured images of the Golden Gate Bridge with my digital camera, Florian Kainz, a Google engineer, received a challenge from one of my colleagues: resume exactly the same photo, but with a smartphone this time. A bet at first sight difficult in the light of current technology, as he points out in my blog search.
A Google engineer develops an application to improve photos of night
but the engineer agrees and sets in the development of an application on Android inspired by “SeeInTheDark”, a software app capable of producing pictures of night of good quality even when the light is low, by combining several shots . A principle similar to that of the HDR .
Then begins the work of Florian Kainz. After reviewing the operation of SeeInTheDark, the engineer is then developing my application. «He explains: “ I developed a simple app with a manual control over the exposure time, sensitivity to light and the focus distance “.»
When the button is pressed, the application is waiting for a few moments and takes then 64 pictures in a row. The result, once the images are processed, is so totally amazing. More grain: images are sharp and seem to have been taken by a very high-end camera (they were actually captured by a Google Pixel and a Nexus 6 p).
Of course, we imagine that this process will take a lot of space on the memory of our devices. Nonetheless that this application, for the moment at the stage of development, for a monumental potential. For the record, Florian Kainz won my bet and its images can be found in my album Google Photos .
The photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge at the origin of the challenge:
the same photo taken by the engineer, and processed by the application: