Apple is Working on a Way for iPhones to Capture 'Super-Resolution' Images

Apple is Working on a Way for iPhones to Capture 'Super-Resolution' Images

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Apple is working on a way for iPhones to capture 'super-resolution' images based on optical image stabilization, according to recent patent application.

Apple notes that when stabilization is absent, captured images may be blurry based on movement of the camera during the capturing process. For example, a user holding a camera may involuntarily shake while capturing an image, resulting in a distorted image.

The proposed solution uses optical image stabilization to solve the problem. The OIS system varies the optical path to the sensor in response to movement of the camera, such as jittering by the user operating the camera.

A series of images are then taken at various optical offsets and combined to create a 'super-resolution' image.

In one embodiment, an electronic image sensor captures a reference optical sample through an optical path. Thereafter, an optical image stabilization (OIS) processor to adjusts the optical path to the electronic image sensor by a known amount. A second optical sample is then captured along the adjusted optical path, such that the second optical sample is offset from the first optical sample by no more than a sub-pixel offset. The OIS processor may reiterate this process to capture a plurality of optical samples at a plurality of offsets. The optical samples may be combined to create a super-resolution image.

More details can be found in the full patent application linked below...

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Apple is Working on a Way for iPhones to Capture 'Super-Resolution' Images
Tony - May 9, 2014 at 11:38am
Samsung already have image stabilization this is nothing new. All apple have to do, is what apple does best copy Nokia or Samsung and then sue again, its their pattern. Even though the camera is already shit on the iPhones anyways.
Groany - May 9, 2014 at 12:08pm
Child please. When iPhone had a front camera android got it. The only thing new is how better iPhones can continues to grow this good again without megapixels. All others do best us follow apple such as lumpia copied sir I with cortana. What success did others have though before iPhone? Your strategies are already concluded like shit just like your strategies because that's all you do it just look at shit without comparing.
Andy - May 9, 2014 at 1:00am
Seriously ?!! ...think both Apple & Samsung are chasing Nokia !!
Nat - May 9, 2014 at 1:11am
So they're cramming in 41 megapixels just to be plain clueless like them?
Mark - May 10, 2014 at 2:32pm
I dont want to live on this anymore
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