Computational Photography. How smartphones are challenging DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

Bailey Allen Auditorium

In this session we will explore the evolution of smartphones over the last 10 years and how, at this point high end smartphones like the iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S10, Googel Pixel 2 and Huawei P20Pro are leveraging not just high quality sensors and image processing but computational photography and artificial intelligence to overcome some of the technical and aesthetic limitations of their small sensors. Low light photography, Shallow Depth of Field and Optical Zoom are all short comings in traditional smartphone cameras but slowly, each of these challenges is being overcome with technology. Google’s Pixels 2 can shoot in very low light and create impressive images, night mode on the Huawei P20Pro also manages low light impressively. Many of the flagship phones now offer 2 or three rear cameras with different focal lengths enabling 2 x optical zoom and the rumour mill is alive with suggestions that Samsung and Huawei are considering adopting a “periscope style internal lens array” to support up to 10x optical zoom. All of the mentioned flagship phones have some sort of “Portrait” or shallow depth of field setting. So the question must be asked…Can a smartphone truly rival a DSLR for images and video?