MIT Chip Reduces Bad Photos

Processor ChipThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a new chip that automatically combines multiple images taken nearly simultaneously to produce high quality photos. This chip takes a photo at different exposure levels and then combines the resulting images into one perfectly exposed photo. It can also combine a flash photo with a non-flash photo to correctly expose all parts of the image. Finally, the MIT chip uses a unique filtering process to reduce noise without adversely affecting sharpness.

These techniques are available now, but they require extensive image processing and computation and are not easily implemented on a camera or cell phone.

I hope Apple is paying attention to this announcement because I would love to see these features in my next iPhone. More details on the MIT chip are available from MIT news at  Picture-perfect.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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