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iPhone HDR

For those who have an iPhone, you can check out the pro-HDR app my friend Joe recommends. I was so impressed by his photo (considering it’s from a mobile phone) that I’ll share it here:

Idaho State Capitol - iPhone HDR

The Idaho State Capitol looks pretty nice in HDR! Notice the great color in the bright puffy-clouds sky, while maintaining good brightness and color on the partly-shaded building and foreground.

I’m just waiting to see what the big camera makers some up with. In my last post I predicted we’d see built in High Dynamic Range on a pro-sumer or pro camera within a few years. Maybe when mobile phones are already producing results like this, Nikon will step up to the plate on the D90 replacement or D700 replacement. Please!


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  1. Joe L. Sep 3rd 2010

    funny – “The Steve” just announced yesterday that iOS 4.1, coming out next week, will have HDR built in, so all iPhones/iPod Touches will have HDR soon. No need for a 3rd party app, although the 3rd party apps will probably continue to be more powerful than the built-in features.

    Would still be great to get it built into a real camera, though. Can’t be that hard – it’s just software!

  2. Hmm, well it won’t be in my iPod Touch, which has no camera – do new ones have it?

    If iTunes starts asking me to pay for an upgrade again I am going to explode. 😛

    I’m guessing that D-SLR makers ’til now have not been satisfied with the quality of the HDR output they can create automatically. With the iPhone having it now, I bet Canon and Nikon are both frantically trying to incorporate the feature in the camera I want to buy 😉

  3. I’ve been wanting to get a Iphone just so I can take photos with it, lol. But there is no way I’m spending that kind of money phone just to use the camera. I was considering getting the ipod touch also, but as you realize it don’t have a camera, scratching my head why it don’t. Apple don’t make any sense sometimes with their products.

    I know Pentax and Sony has in-camera HDR. Stilling waiting to see when Nikon and Canon will catch-up. Hopefully when they do create in-camera HDR it’ll be saved as a 32bit HDR file and not a jpg file. Just because it can merge the exposure in-camera doesn’t mean I want the camera to tone map my images!
    .-= Captain Kimo´s last blog ..Sunrise Splash at Carlin Park Beach =-.

  4. Newest generation of iPod Touch has the same camera as the iPhone.
    * Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960×720) with back camera
    * VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
    * Tap to control exposure for video or stills
    * Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

    I didn’t know that Pentax & Sony had in-cam HDR; cool! I think the tone mapping would depend on the photo. For the most critical ones I’d also prefer to tone-map it myself on a PC. But for everyday use, would be great if it were done in-cam (perhaps with a few settings the user could tweak).

  5. Joe L. Sep 13th 2010

    fyi, the new iPod Touch camera is NOT the same as the iPhone. The iPhone’s rear camera records 720p HD video, but also shoots 5MP still photos, like the one above. But it Touch uses the same sensor for the still photos as it does for video, so the still photo resolution is less than 1MP!!

    here’s an experimental video in HDR, by shooting video with two identical cameras at the same time

  6. Ah OK – I didn’t notice that in the specs. Making the iPod Touch once again crippled vs. the flagship ;-). I guess I’ll still go for an Android phone as planned – heh.

    Interesting HDR video. I’d have to say, you can notice the missing 0EV exposure… if they can’t do 3 cameras, I’d aim for one of the two exposures being closer to 0EV. I wonder what kind of massive processing power is needed for that?!

  7. That’s impressive!

    I bought my ipod touch less than a year ago. I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. An iphone here in Korea is $1000.00, so that’s not going to happen either.
    .-= Nancie´s last blog ..Through the Sandbox Lens 16 &8212 The Art of Traveling Light =-.

  8. Nancie, I’m waiting for an Android phone (once I am re-employed, at some point). I guess there are, or soon will be, some Android apps to do a similar thing.

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