Smartphone photography and the new limits of super zoom

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

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

Visually in this context means without loss of quality. Thanks to increasingly better coordinated software, acceptable results can still be achieved with a digital zoom up to 30-40 times. Some manufacturers proudly show moon photography in their commercials.


It is precisely here in the area of the “zoom” that the idea starts with which one can work out a profit for the users. You all know that for sure. You take a photo in standard without zoom, then in 2 compartments and later one with 5 compartments. So you have to make 3 manual zoom settings on the smartphone each time before you have the motif as you like it in the box. If you belong to the group of people who want to use additional special recording modes, such as comic - monochrome - super wide-angle or photo with vignette, then you are pretty long at capturing a beautiful motif or an event. Meanwhile, triggering is still the fastest part of it. So if we put the whole thing in a temporal relationship, it would be about 200 to 30. 200 seconds, we are busy with settings and 30 seconds for taking pictures.


So it's not Libra. For many users, this causes displeasure and you usually leave it with 1-2 standard photos. Good photography is usually not a quick number.

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

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


After you have created a profile and you want to take a picture of the landscape the next time, you only start the “LandFoto” profile. When you open the camera, a menu may appear that shows you which profiles you already have have created.


You choose your profile with a tap and all the 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 settings again. Is not that great ! This makes photography even more fun


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


In the next step, photos and your camera settings could be analyzed in a database and compared with professional photographers, automatically. After a certain time you will get pop-up information about old photos in which you would have achieved better results with other settings from the perspective of a professional. Of course your individual creative flow will be lost in this way you could also say under! But for some it is 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 division of tasks internally. After each photo there would be a different one. In combination with an adaptation of the (RAMS) the working memory, nothing should stand in the way. If you take 5 photos in a row with completely different settings, from the “LandFoto” profile and automatically, the delay should be as short as possible.


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rinaldo imperial