By now everyone knows it’s hard for just about any smartphone manufacturer to hold a candle to the photo taking abilities of Google’s Pixel line. This has less to do with the Pixel’s actual camera hardware and more to do with Google’s HDR+ software. It’s absolutely unrivaled in the smartphone space (at least for now) but it seems some OEMs could be catching up.
Vivo — who you may remember showed off that bezel-less Vivo Apex with a pop-up camera — announced a new “Super HDR” platform for mobile photography. It works similar to normal HDR, only it’s capable of a 14 exposure value dynamic range and capturing 12 frames with every shot. As you can see from the above images, this gives Vivo and their own in-house AI a lot more data to play around with for enhanced image quality.
Vivo Super HDR features
- Capture more detail in adverse shooting environments, such as low-light and high-contrast situations
- Images have a more natural-looking contrast by using the different data found in the 12 frames that are captured
- AI can be used to detect what you’re taking a picture of and adjust shooting modes accordingly
- Photos are more natural “by reorganizing and optimizing the highlights and shadow portions of the scene when merging the frames and ensures the photo naturally matches the original scene as seen by the human eye
- Lighting is adjusted when people are detected to create the best portrait possible
Vivo didn’t comment on exactly when they’ll be debuting this new technology, but you can bet some upcoming flagship will be Super HDR capable. With word that the incredibly sexy Vivo Apex will start production in the middle of 2018, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.