Finally! Someone’s Bringing An Intelligent Camera Assistant to DSLR/Mirrorless Cameras!

by planetMitch6 Comments

Arsenal is something that is (hopefully) the future of DSLR photography (and maybe in the future video) – applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to your camera so that beginners and experts can take better photos with ease. THIS is what camera manufacturers should be doing inside the cameras, but they're not (well, except for Light – but I'll get to that in a minute).

I cannot wait to try this out!

And so is the market! The kickstarter project is already over $700k (it was at $500k just 2 days ago when I started this post LOL)!

And this is also something that is near and dear to my heart because many of the functions that Ryan Stout is including in this product are things that are coming to the Light L16 that I'm covering over on my new site lightRumors.co! Light is going with a different approach by creating an entirely new camera with 16 lens/sensor modules and performing computational imaging to combine all of those into one image.

It appears that Ryan's product will also do a good bit of processing on the images for you plus being able to take photos more intelligently based on a database and using AI to make recommendations for a particular type of shot.

We don't yet have a whole lot of details on this yet, but keep an eye out on planet5D as we'll likely be getting a beta version in for testing in a few months!

What do you think? Smart idea? Sound off in the comments!

Meet Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant

Arsenal, leaving stealth mode, unveils AI-powered camera hardware on Kickstarter

Via Press Release:

Intelligent camera assistant wirelessly controls DSLR and Mirrorless cameras from a smartphone, uses machine learning to find optimal settings in any conditions.

BOZEMAN, MT—May 23, 2017 — Arsenal, a camera technology startup, today announced the world’s first intelligent camera assistant powered by machine learning. The new hardware and software product, launched on Kickstarter, enables photographers to wirelessly control their cameras and quickly perform advanced techniques.

Arsenal’s artificial intelligence (AI) is powered by a series of machine learning algorithms trained on a database of millions of photographs and their metadata. By comparing new scenes with its database and adjusting based on environmental variables, Arsenal enables photographers to get the perfect shot every time.

“Today's cameras have amazing optics, but they do very little to actually help you take a good photo,” said Ryan Stout, Arsenal’s founder and CEO. “You can go spend a thousand dollars and out-of-the-box it will take worse photos than your smartphone. Arsenal changes that by making your existing camera smarter.”

Arsenal will serve the growing market for Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) and Mirrorless cameras. Its initial product will be compatible with dozens of popular models made by Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fuji.

In addition to its AI capabilities, Arsenal gives photographers control over their camera from up to 100 feet away. Users can adjust settings, watch a live preview, and trigger the shutter remotely from their smartphone.

Arsenal also simplifies several advanced photographic techniques. Arsenal will perform photo stacking (the process of combining multiple photos for more dynamic range or sharper focus), long exposures, and timelapses. In each case, the resulting RAW files are saved directly on the camera.

The Arsenal app also includes powerful photo review capabilities. Users can wirelessly browse the photos on their camera’s card and view individual RAW files in full resolution. Photos can then be shared directly to Instagram, Snap, and Facebook.

The Arsenal system, which is currently being tested in the field, consists of two parts: an ultralight hardware device that sits on top of a user’s camera, and an iOS/Android mobile app. The app wirelessly communicates with the device via wifi or Bluetooth, which in turn controls the camera via a micro-USB connection.

Backers of Arsenal’s Kickstarter campaign will be the first to receive the product, which is scheduled to ship in January 2018.

For more information on Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant, visit witharsenal.com.

Visit their Kickstarter campaign HERE.

(cover photo credit: snap from witharsenal.com)

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Comments

  1. You are blindly praising a product which has obvious potential, but about which there are few hard details. Is it too much to ask for a bit of skepticism (if not cynicism)?

    As for “You can go spend a thousand dollars and out-of-the-box [a DSLR] will take worse photos than your smartphone,” who’s kidding whom?

    I’ll stick out my neck and say it’ll never get to market, or the first version won’t come close to meeting expectations.

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      What can I say William? I’m an eternal optimist!

  2. Pathetic. What happened to learning your craft? Learning skills? Instant gratification with an app. What is the value and journey in that? Just tweaking the exposure really isn’t that much, it won’t make you suddenly start shooting amazing things. Most of the time my best stuff comes from right place, right time and just plain instinct. Getting a exposure is trivial and if you aren’t sure just use the camera’s auto bracket mode

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      Steve… I’ll disagree. There’s no doubt that learning your craft is important, but tools that can assist you are important too. I’ll bet the same argument was held over the creation of “autofocus” – “learn your craft” I can hear the old guys saying ;)

  3. Hi:

    In all due respect, I can’t recall a new piece of gear that you didn’t respond to enthusiastically. Albeit, I appreciate the efforts you make alert photographers to what you see as the next great thing although I can’t see this module as one of them. Many cameras already embed settings into the camera to improve \ picture taking including presets and “P” features. So what’s so great about this, a better version?

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      Well, if you think about it differently, why would I post something that I wasn’t keen on? I have passed on reporting on plenty of pieces of gear that I didn’t care for.

      In regard to this, I just have a gut feeling that the settings inside this product would be very different than the conservative settings that many camera manufacturers are doing.

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