While the rest of the world seemed to be obsessed with the concept of never underexposing an image (the Sony A7s and other low-light monsters), a team of engineers and scientists at MIT developed a camera that is incapable of OVER exposing an image. This is absolutely incredible technology that you have to imagine will affect each camera in the future.
I can hear you already saying, “we already have HDR, Bret!” Well, this is different. High Dynamic Range photography uses multiple images to create one, well exposed, composite image. This new technology takes only one exposure and has a very similar, and more effective result. This would effectively rid you of the troubles of shaky HDR photos and open the door wide open to HDR video. Yes, HDR video.
The technology might be years away from coming to fruition in a consumer and professional sense, but the mere fact that it’s been used in such an effective way already speaks to how close we actually are to having this in our hands.
Not only is this technology new and impressive, it’s a whole new look on how a camera sensor and processor interact. With a new generation of engineers excited by the prospect of Cinema 4k and high bit rate video recording as well as ultra high resolution sensors and processors that can snap tens of photos a second, we can expect to see exciting developments such as this become more common place over the upcoming years.
Makes me want to go back to college and learn to make cameras.
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MIT Researchers Have Developed a Camera That Will Never Overexpose
Via Shoot The Centerfold:
The folks at MIT have designed a new camera that will never overexpose a photograph, no matter what the lighting situation is. Called a “modulo camera,” it captures a high dynamic range photo with every exposure.
Trying to take pictures in the dark or through a window is difficult for professional photographers and everyday people alike. A group of researchers at MIT have proposed a camera that can take a perfect picture, no matter what the lighting contrast is. Called a “modulo camera,” this camera is designed to never overexpose an image, enabling high dynamic range photography. This achievement was awarded the best paper runner-up at the 2015 International Conference on Computational Photography.
High dynamic range (HDR) imaging is a method that allows both very bright and very dim light sources to be pictured in a single image with no loss in quality. HDR cameras have been created before, but conventional HDR cameras use multiple normal images to create one final HDR image. This means that if the camera is shaking, or if the image is of a moving target, the HDR technique does not work. However, the modulo camera, created in a collaboration between the Media Lab’s Camera Culture group, MIT Lincoln Lab, and Singapore University of Technology and Design, only requires one shot to create an HDR image. This not only allows HDR photos to be taken free of blur, but also allows for the possibility of HDR video.
(cover photo credit: snap from Shoot The Centerfold)