Are computers the future of photography?

 26th Feb 2010

Scientists are currently working on the creation of a new type of camera that could radically change the way we take photographs in the future.

The future, according to the boffins working on the project at Stanford University, is ‘computational photography’.

Their 'Frankencamera', as it has been dubbed, combines photographic elements, traditionally seen on a camera, with a powerful computer, allowing researchers and programmers to access the device directly.

As a result of this ‘open source’ development of the camera, the designers are hoping that innovations will come quickly ­ as they have with applications for smart-phones using similar developer-access systems.

The control over the Frankencamera’s functions costs developers, researchers, and whoever else is interested, £600. For this, they are buying their chance to be part of the future of photography.

The camera’s developer, Professor Marc Levoy explained, "computational photography will change how we do photography.” He continued, “it should allow you to fix things that you can't currently ­ whether by combining pictures in a different way, or by fiddling with optics so that more is recorded than on a normal camera; basically to do what photoshop can do, but the moment you take the photograph."

Until the 'Franckencamera' arrives and becomes mainstream - we'll just have to rely on good old human know-how and creativity.

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