Currently, smartphone cameras are more popular than professional cameras. However, the quality of images recorded by smartphones is usually not equal to that of DSLR cameras. But according to one of the senior managers of Qualcomm, this situation will probably change soon.
Judd Heap; The senior vice president of the camera, computer vision and video product management unit at Qualcomm recently explained his attitude about the future of smartphone photography in an interview with the Android Authority website. According to him, the speed of development of imaging sensors, processors and artificial intelligence technology for smartphones is much higher compared to other sectors of the industry. This phenomenon will help smartphones overtake DSLR cameras within the next 3-5 years.
Now the question arises, how can smartphone cameras surpass DSLR models? In response, it should be stated that artificial intelligence technologies, faster data processing and faster innovation in the field of mobile sensors will help to realize this scenario.
According to Judd Hipp, photography based on artificial intelligence can be separated into 4 different stages. In the first step, artificial intelligence recognizes a specific object or scene in the image. In the second stage, artificial intelligence controls indicators called 3A. These indicators include Auto-focus, Auto-white balance and Auto-exposure. In the third stage, the artificial intelligence understands the different parts or elements of the scene. According to Mr. Judd, the smartphone industry is now in this position. Also, according to him, in the fourth stage, artificial intelligence will have enough ability to fully process an image.
According to him, finally, using artificial intelligence, users can produce photos similar to National Geographic scenes. In such a situation, the colors, texture, white balance and all other characteristics of the photos will be adjusted automatically. Thus, the images will be displayed according to the user’s taste. According to Mr. Hipp, there are still 3 to 5 years until this technology is available. Also, artificial intelligence will play the most important role in photography in the future.
According to Mr. Heap, the processing power of Snapdragon chips for smartphones is much more than what is seen in the largest and most powerful dedicated cameras made by Canon and Nikon companies. This helps smartphones to intelligently recognize scenes and adjust different aspects of an image accordingly. As a result, smartphones are capable of producing brilliant images despite using smaller imaging sensors and lenses than DSLR cameras.
Future smartphone chips will be many times more powerful
According to Mr. Heap, in the future, the processing power of the chips and as a result their artificial intelligence capabilities will be improved. This allows smartphones to reach the fourth stage of photography based on artificial intelligence. At this stage, engineers will be able to understand the differences between skin, hair, cloth, background texture and more. He also believes that the development process of camera sensors for smartphones has been faster and has experienced more improvements compared to other sectors of the industry.
Judd Heap claims that rapid innovation in smartphone camera sensors and processing power is helping handsets capture better images than DSLRs. Considering the speed of development of smartphone cameras in recent years, such a claim seems quite logical. Today’s top camera smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, are capable of capturing images of the same quality as some DSLR cameras in automatic mode.
Last year, Samsung launched 2 200 megapixel camera sensors called ISOCELL HP1 and ISOCELL HP3. The ISOCELL HP1 sensor was used in the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra smartphone; While ISOCELL HP3 will be used in Xiaomi 12T series. Undoubtedly, checking the quality of images recorded using this sensor will be interesting.