When Everything Is In Focus

from the no-worries-here dept

An imaging technology originally designed for military-grade night vision systems is being talked about for its potential move to camera phones. The technology makes sure that everything in the picture is in focus — even if items are at different distances from the camera itself. In other words, no more worrying about which item in the frame of view to focus on — they’ll all be in focus. In camera phones that don’t always have the greatest ability to focus in the first place, this could be a huge improvement. It might get a few of those analysts who keep complaining that camera phones don’t take very good pictures to wake up and realize that technology actually improves over time. The technology described here involves both a special lens and a processing technique, but is not that expensive. It also gets rid of the need for autofocus technology, which could save some space as well.

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