[Let's Talk Imaging] The Future is AI

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Round 3 of our Let's Talk Imaging debates.

We've had a good conversation in our first and second debates. You've made your opinions known on whether or not more megapixels and camera sensors actually enhance smartphone photography, and whether you prefer a true-to-life output on your smartphone or social media-ready photos.

It's time now to discuss the role of Artificial Intelligence in smartphone camera systems.

Does AI hold the key to future of smartphone photography? What applications of AI do you foresee in the near term and the long term in the realm of smartphone photography?

The floor is open. Let's talk!


  • A smartphone is made to do lot of things on fingertips & that too without hesitation, just click and move. So, in these terms, I do feel AI hold the key to future of smartphone photography. Like Single take feature in Samsung phones where, user get full advantage to shoot video, photo, slo-mo, time lapse, etc. in one single click & later decide what to keep without losing a single moment.

  • praveenp
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    edited September 2020
  • nokianchetan
    nokianchetan ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2020

    Definitely AI hold the key to future of smartphone photography. I have seen so many people who are clicking better photographs better than before with the help of AI

    Most of the people clicks pictures of Landscape , Flowers and Portraits & AI helps them to enhance the pictures according to scene

    But i want to see the AI to recognise the subjects distance so that it can zoom in or out accordingly .

  • What I think is that we should get to choose how we want to capture. AI is good for people who just want a straight good looking image, ready to post on social media. For people who're in mobile photography, RAW image is best output. Photography is not less than painting. We can teach computers how to edit some aspects of a picture. Auto-edited pics can be good, can be bad or average looking. True photography can transfer feelings that the photographer was experiencing. These feelings were brought by editing by human. AI images can be good looking, but they will never ever give the same vibes as manually edited pics. That's because computers don't feel anything except temperature of the processor. Most of the times details in a photograph does not matter that much, but looking through the photographer's eyes matter. I saw many phones auto edit photos even when taken in pro mode, then what is the point of a pro mode?

    When it comes to capturing some moments quickly, pro mode sucks. Humans can't adjust that many controls fast enough that the moment does not pass away. Here the important role of AI comes, AI should adjust the focus, ISO and shutter time. Then it should produce two outputs RAW and JPEG. A fast storage may become helpful in this.

    Role of AI can be seen in best way from a video-maker prospective, who is shooting a horror scene with parts of humor involved. If AI don't have any control, he has to take smaller clips as he cannot adjust the controls to change in brightness fast enough when the brightness of scene is changed. If the AI controlled everything, then there will be no difference between horror and humor. AI should have control over basic controls only.

  • nitinkachare
    nitinkachare ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 2020

    I like AI features, such as scene detection, face detection, portrait, AI portrait lighting, night mode, gestures detection, smile detection, blink eye detection, etc. AI enhance the image quality and get the image as much as possible details and well-saturated colors according to the subject and different scenarios. Sometimes, AI shows the wrong scenarios while capturing images. AI works with neural processing engine so it's getting better over the time by the machine learning algorithm. AI which works in combining multiple images into one good image is nice. Different AI Bokeh Effects captured with the use of different sensors like tof and depth is a nice thing.

    AI colour feature(black and white effect) and AI background blur is a very good thing in imaging as well as in video recording. In Lumia Camera, I have seen some of feature i.e. Rich capture,Live Images, Smart Group Shot, Action Shot, Blink Eye Gesture, a red-eye removal which was quite good at that time.

  • It is utilized to decide if to utilize HDR or streak (and obviously change the different openness, ISO, screen speed, and so on settings), however it regularly decides to utilize HDR when there is a moving subject and when it's utilizing streak it's simply to ease back to catch the occasion. In instances of lower light or moving items I accordingly turn these off, however I would not really like to, I would like to leave them turned on.

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