Kate Russell’s choice of dress matches A Better Camera brand.
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.
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
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.
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
New version of PhotoAcute released, featuring new super resolution profiles, including Hasselblad / Leaf Aptus 17:
Release notes on PhotoAcute forum
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.
Conclusion: SuperZoom is a revolutionary technology providing zoom quality comparable to optical zoom, on mobile devices!
Feb 25, 2013, Barcelona.
Your camera captures the details, HDRAW makes them visible
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.
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.
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.
In PhotoAcute version 3.005 we have introduced a qualitative improvement of moving objects processing. Even with exposure bracketed images of very complex scenes with moving objects and varying illumination PhotoAcute now produces consistent results.
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.
Fixed some issues with HDR fusion. Available here: http://photoacute.com/studio/download.html