Almalence’s new technology makes cameras see like human eye

Have you ever noticed that you see much more details when looking at a scene by eye than when seeing a photo of the same scene? If not, it’s just because it’s too common to be noticed. Even having, physically, a lower dynamic range than a camera, human eyes see more.

Almalence Dynamic Range Optimizer optimizes the usage of dynamic range of 8-bit images to make the most of image details visible. DRO uses a technique similar to tone mapping, exploiting the peculiarities of human vision. DRO can be used either for optimal conversion of RAW images into 8-bit RGB/YUV images or for improvement of existing 8-bit images.

Almalence Dynamic Range Optimizer reveals details in highlights and shadows. Automatic processing within milliseconds.

Same data acquired by the camera, different usage of dynamic range. Left: standard image produced by the camera. Right: result of Almalence DRO processing, close to what human eye would see. Details in shadows are revealed due to optimization of dynamic range usage. Noise is not amplified.

DRO is easy-to-integrate, extremely fast solution that automatically improves the images in 100% cases and can substitute HDR in most of cases.

Comparing to existing solutions aiming to provide similar improvements of digital imaging, Almalence DRO:

  • is faster by the order of magnitude, which allows to use it in mobile devices, for both still images and video
  • provides better quality, mainly due to absence of noise amplification in shadows
  • improves both shadows and highlights
Details in shadows are revealed due to optimization of dynamic range usage. Noise is not amplified.

Left: standard image, right: DRO processed (optimized) image. Details in both shadows and highlights are revealed due to optimization of dynamic range usage.

DRO can be integrated in ISP, camera drivers or applications.

Some comparison examples are available on our site: DRO_examples_Almalence_site.zip (33 MB)

Demo application is available upon request.

A Better Camera: alpha testers wanted!

For years we’ve been providing you with the most advanced imaging applications for Android. Now we have fused all our applications into a single multi-purpose camera app.

Moreover, we have made this application open source so that it should be backed with the power of Android developers community!

We are excited to invite you to become an tester of a very early alpha version of the application.

See the details on A Better Camera site

Superb quality zoom with newly available Huawei Ascend P2, first tests at MWC 2013

Camera became one of the things (if not the only one) that really make the difference in modern smartphones. Among the leading OEMs such as HTC, Sony and Intel who emphasize their new advanced camera features, Huawei offers something really unique – SuperZoom feature, allowing to take high quality images when zooming in with a mobile phone camera.

We had a chance to test SuperZoom feature with Huawei Ascend P2 phone at Huawei’s stand at Mobile World Congress. In brief, it works incredibly, see the pictures below.

Comparison: SuperZoom vs normal zoom, Huawei Ascend P2

Left: normal zoom, right: Super Zoom

SuperZoom versus ordinary zoom comparison, Huawei Ascend P2

Left: generic digital zoom, right: SuperZoom

Comparison: Super Zoom versus generic zoom, Huawei P2

Left: ordinary zoom, right: Super Zoom

SuperZoom on Huawei P2, sample image, test against usual zoom

Left: usual zoom, low detail; right: Super Zoom, high resolution and lot of details

Conclusion: SuperZoom is a revolutionary technology providing zoom quality comparable to optical zoom, on mobile devices!

Feb 25, 2013, Barcelona.

Almalence releases an accessible HDR tool for converting RAW into detail-rich vivid images

Your camera captures the details, HDRAW makes them visible

Tone Mapped RAW versus JPEG: JPEG has less details due to squeezing and cutting of dynamic range

The maximal dynamic range – the contrast between the brightest point and the darkest one – of a JPEG image is about 4,000 times lower than the range seen by a human eye. A camera captures several times higher dynamic range than one available with JPEG. This means that the range is either cut or squeezed in JPEG photos, therefore in high contrast scenes the details in highlights and shadows are lost, as well as the details of low-contrast objects. RAW images still contain the full dynamic range captured by the camera.

HDRAW utilizes Tone Mapping technique, allowing to preserve the details while fitting high dynamic range image into the limited dynamic range of JPEG or any other 8-bit format. Exploiting the properties of the human vision, HDRAW makes the picture and color details visible in all areas of the photo from the darkest to the brightest one.

Single-image HDR

HDRAW is a single-image HDR tool that utilizes higher dynamic range available in RAW.

RAW made easy

While usual RAW development process is a sophisticated task that requires adjusting a lot of parameters in a RAW converter, HDRAW is intended to produce rich detail images virtually in one click (ok, three clicks actually). It still allows you to adjust tone mapping parameters, but the standard presets are enough in most cases.

HDRAW.net

Along with HDRAW application we’ve launched HDRAW.net community for photo sharing, discussions, etc.

HDRAW is available at introductory price of $14.99. Registered users of PhotoAcute can use HDRAW for free – HDRAW accepts PhotoAcute 3 registration codes.

RAW converted with HDRAW versus JPEG: JPEG has less vivid colors and less details visible

Catch the very moment with our new Android application

Unlike the other cameras that take an image after you tap the shutter button, Pix Fix keeps taking the images until you tap the button.

So, the meaning of the Button is now “Stop! That’s a wrap!” instead of “That’s the moment, ooops I’ve missed it”.

After clicking the shutter button you have a series of photos taken before the click. You can then pick the photos where the moment is captured or save the whole series.

Pix Fix is available at introductory price on Google Play. Get it now!