Frakencamera or Camera 2.0

Marc Levoy and his graduate students at Stanford are creating an open source camera platform for researchers in digtital photography and computational photography to write code on top of. Proprietary cameras make it difficult or impossible to write custom software to take advantages of new advances in fields like computational photography.

Levoy and his group hope to have their prototype sent to manufacture soon so that they can provide them at cost (hopefully just $1000) for researchers to experiment on. A couple of the ideas they mention are applying high dynamic range tools inside the camera rather than through editing software like Adobe Photoshop, and having a camera take internittent high quality stills while shooting lower resolution video and then combining still frames algorithmically with the video frames in software. Check out this video about their work:

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