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What is an AI camera and how does AI photo editing works?

Ai is the new buzzword in photography. But what does AI camera and AI photo editing really mean?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and if you don't have an AI smartphone, you will probably get it soon. Even your phone software uses artificial intelligence to make decisions for you. The newly launched Adobe Camera Photoshop uses artificial intelligence to define objects and scenes in your photos and suggest "lenses" (digital effects) for creative and comic effects.
Is this all just marketing arrogance, or is artificial intelligence on a smartphone, especially a camera, something we should all aspire to? With the term AI increasingly used not only on camera phones, but on all types of cameras, it's worth knowing what AI is already doing for your photos.

Artificial intelligence has blurred the boundaries between taking photos, enhancing photos, and manipulating images. It is used in image editing, to merge, enhance and enhance "reality", to make smarter object selections, to match rendering parameters to the subject, and to help you find images automatically based on what's in your photos instead of manual keywords and descriptions. You really look at what you imagine and make your own decisions on how to deal with it.

Welcome to the brave new world of artificial intelligence cameras.

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is a type of computing that checks whether we can teach computers to think or at least learn. They are generally broken down into subsets of technology that try to emulate what humans do, such as speech recognition, speech-to-text dictation, image recognition, facial scanning, computer vision, and machine learning.

There are a lot of buzzwords on this topic. "AI", "deep learning", "machine learning" and "neutral networks" are intertwined in this new branch of technology.

What does it have to do with the cameras? This is computational photography and time-saving photo editing. And the sound is on.

Voice activated cameras

The ability of computers to understand human speech is a form of artificial intelligence, and has infiltrated cameras in recent years.

Smartphones have been offering Google Now and Siri for a few years now, while Alexa enters homes through Amazon Echo speakers. Action cameras have been brought onto this bandwagon in recent years, with GoPro action cameras and even dash cameras capable of acting when simple phrases like "start video" and "take a picture" etc. are spoken.

This all makes sense, especially for motion cameras, as it makes hands-free operation much easier to use, but is it really AI? Technically it is, but until recently, sound-activated devices were simply called "smart." Some now allow you to say fairly specific things like "slow motion video capture" or "low light photo capture", but the AI ​​camera needs to do a little more than the name deserves.

AI software

Artificial intelligence revolves around new types of programs, initially to compensate for the lack of zoom in smartphones. "Software is becoming increasingly important to smartphones because it lacks physical optics, so we've seen the rise of computational photography trying to duplicate optical zoom," says photography analyst Aaron Gill, senior analyst at Futuresource Consulting. . "Advanced smartphones feature ever-growing dual-lens cameras, but the Google Pixel 3 uses a single-camera lens with computer images to double optical zoom and add various effects."

Since Pixel 3, multiple camera arrays and computational imaging have been combined to produce a hybrid technology that reproduces many of the depth-of-field and lens effects you get from large cameras. The camera phone is no longer just a camera. It is an arithmetic device, analysis, "thought" that does not capture the scene as it is, but how do you think you want it or how do you think it should be ...?

Artificial intelligence can be like having auxiliary knowledge. After a while, you may begin to wonder who is really responsible.

The world is not necessarily ready for the consequences of AI cameras. Google used artificial intelligence on the Google Clips portable camera, which used artificial intelligence to capture and memorize only particularly memorable moments. He used an algorithm that understood the basics of photography, so he wasted no time processing photos they wouldn't make the final cut of the reel featured. For example, images are automatically deleted with a finger in the frame and images are out of focus, preferring those that correspond to the general concept of a third rule on how to frame the image.

Creepy and controlling? Some believe that. In any case, Google released the camera in 2019. The question is not whether the AI is powerful enough to do the things we want, but whether we are fully prepared to deliver a lot of power to the device ... or to the company that owns and operates algorithms Artificial intelligence is behind this.