We’ve written a spate of posts recently about advances in smartphone imaging, including an interview with Light co-founders Dave Grannan and Rajiv Laroia in which Rajiv identified processor speed as a critical path item to using their multi-lens/sensor technology for video. Is the new Snapdragon 820, “mak[ing] its appearances in devices the first half of 2016” part of a solution?
Did you ever notice that when you buy a new car, all of a sudden you see a lot more of that same car on the road? I think this is happening for us right now with advanced multi-lens imaging, from smartphones to augmented reality.
It’s a little early for most of us to get excited by a digital signal imaging processor, but just for grins – and a sense of what the not-too-distant-future may hold for us, take a gander at this announcement of the Snapdragon 820 phone chip.
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 comes with new image signal processor
Qualcomm has announced the latest generation of its top-end chip, the Snapdragon 820, which is expected to make its appearance in devices during the first half of 2016. It comes with the brand new Spectra camera ISP (Image Signal Processor), which it claims will make a number of improvements in image quality.
Digital cameras have an ISP that controls the imaging pipeline. Among other things, they dictate the way raw data is transformed into JPEG image output. With very few exceptions, those tasks are taken on by the main system chips in smartphones, as they typically come with an integrated ISP. Qualcomm describes its Spectra ISP as follows:
“This dual-ISP, our most advanced to date, is designed to provide superior camera image quality and experiences. Qualcomm Spectra supports the latest 14-bit sensors for a wider range of colors and more natural skin tones. You can also expect better photos through the hybrid autofocus framework and multi-sensor fusion algorithms that support next generation computational photography.”
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