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Samsung Might Give Compact Cameras Shallower DoF with Second Lens

A compact camera probably isn’t the first thing someone would grab when looking to make a photo with an extremely shallow depth-of-field, since the small aperture and small sensor limit it in this regard. That might soon be different: a recently published patent application by Samsung shows that the company is looking into producing achieving shallow depth of fields with compact cameras by using a second lens to create a depth map for each photo.

By using both the normal photograph and the depth map, the camera can create intelligent synthetic blurring that’s based on actual distance measurements and therefore more realistic:

Whether or not compact cameras survive long enough for this technology to reach consumers is a different story…

(via Photography Bay)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/cyclonetog Merv Wignall

    Alternatively, do it properly.

  • http://twitter.com/cyclonetog Merv Wignall

    Alternatively, do it properly.

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    Nice! I’m sure this could open up new possibilities for 3D photography too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Marlow/100001906709174 Ted Marlow

    thats what the manual mode is for.

  • http://twitter.com/richardford Richard Ford

    Sigh… nothing to do with aperture or sensor size.  All to do with focal length of the lens.  If I cropped a tiny spec out of a big photo it all of a sudden doesn’t change DOF.  :-S

    Who started this DoF thing is related to sensor size BS anyway?  P+S camera’s have 6mm or wider lenses.  That’s why there is no shallow DoF.

  • http://twitter.com/richardford Richard Ford

    Sigh… nothing to do with aperture or sensor size.  All to do with focal length of the lens.  If I cropped a tiny spec out of a big photo it all of a sudden doesn’t change DOF.  :-S

    Who started this DoF thing is related to sensor size BS anyway?  P+S camera’s have 6mm or wider lenses.  That’s why there is no shallow DoF.

  • Christer Sollie

    All those things matter, the DoF is a combination of the size of the aperture (in mm not F-stops) in relation to the size of the sensor, and the focal length.
    All things matter!