Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HTC One (M8) Duo Camera Review and Explanations was able to get a hold on the new HTC One (M8) smartphone and posted its depth-enabled camera reviews. First, how its bokeh effect works, from First Impressions review:

"to really understand what it is capable of, we need to know how the camera works. One basic point is that HTC One M8 camera is not like a Lytro camera, which simultaneously captures multiple points of focus. Instead, the actual photo taken in imaging terms is pretty conventional. The phone just knows where in the scene objects are so that it can manually blur everything but select items. It’s not really a case of re-focusing, but de-focusing."

"Unlike ‘real’ shallow depth of field effects, the transition between ‘in focus’ and ‘blurred’ is not very smooth, and we noticed some issues with the edges of in-focus objects. Even in high-contrast borders between background and foreground, there was some muddling of the focus. We also saw some areas of images belligerently staying in focus when they were meant to be blurred out. This may have been down to reflections confusing the HTC One M8 camera."

Then, TrustedReviews publishes a more detailed review of the camera blurring capabilities and artifacts:

"With the uFocus mode engaged, we see a distinct defocussing of the background. However, there are several weird inconsistencies. There's a flower to the left of the monster's head that has been judged by the camera's algorithm as being in the foreground (it wasn't), and there's a halo of 'crispiness' around the subject. This is where the M8 hasn't been able to judge the edges of the monster accurately" - see the picture below:


  1. HTC's algorithms leave a lot to be desired. However, comparing it to an f1.4 lens is a little too much. Seems the reviewer is comparing apples to simulated oranges.

  2. I have seen much better results with an array camera

  3. Stereo setups like this won't work in every scenario. And state-of-the-art algorithms are way too slow for realtime.

  4. Half-baked product, it seems.
    That doesn't sound too good for HTC's "ultrapixel" repeated bet.


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