Qualcomm Brings Photo and Video Improvements to the Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm Brings Photo and Video Improvements to the Snapdragon 835

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC will be included in new smartphone and tablet devices in the near future. While the direct improvements to performance and battery life are less than previous iterations, there’s a lot more happening under the hood than that. The photo and video quality from our smartphones are becoming a very popular feature these days, and they’re hitting very impressive levels too. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are responsible for a number these features we take for granted every day.

The company is focusing on both photos and videos for the upcoming Snapdragon 835 SoC too, and they recently announced some enhancements that will be available to OEMs soon. Being able to take a photo quickly and accurately is very important for capturing a moment in our lives, and with the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm engineers have created an autofocus mechanism called Dual Photodiode (also known as 2PD). Most smartphone cameras these days use photodiode autofocus, but this new technology supports granularity at the pixel level rather than at only having them at a fraction of the total diodes.

Qualcomm also wants to improve the quality when we’re using both optical and digital zooms with our phones. This generally results in grainy images but the Snapdragon 835 will be able to combine optical and digital zooms, so photos can be smooth, seamless, and lossless. Version 3.0 of EIS is also included and it comes with support for 4K resolution as well as gyro-based pitch, yaw, and roll correction. EIS 3.0 also uses trajectory smoothing algorithms to help reduce the shaky video when recording video.

The last thing Qualcomm talked about recently with the upcoming flagship SoC is helping produce true-to-life colors. Qualcomm’s Clear Sight feature will better utilize devices that have two cameras  (one color and one mono), like we’ve seen released in the market already. This enables the chip to use the black-and-white sensor to record maximum RGB spectrum light and will then fuse it with the color image.

Source: Qualcomm