That old question “What do I look smart photo less horrible?” could be a thing of the past thanks to a patent recently filed by Apple. Patent redundantly called “image capture device to capture continuous images,” calls for storing a predetermined series of photos and leaving the phone to choose the best.
“The method automatically selects one of the images stored in the buffer based on one or more parameters,” reads U.S. Patent and presentation Trademark Office in October 2012.
The patent mentions that its processing logic uses the exposure time, the properties of resolution, contrast, dynamic range, and color rendering to compare and determine the best shot.
There is no indication that this would weed out the photos with the much-maligned secondary effect or eliminate red eye shots where someone’s eyes are closed in the wrong time. The “focus score”, illustrated in Apple, taking pictures of the patent, not the only method for determining a Kodak moment of reverie.
“In an alternative embodiment, the processing logic automatically displays the image sequence chronologically after receiving input from the user to take a picture,” reads the patent.
“Then, the user can select which of the image sequence is most desired by the user (for example, the highest quality image, correct subject, etc.).” There are several applications in the App Store, as Paparazzi, taking several pictures in a sequence, so this part of the patent is not novel. More attractive is the solution of the patent that fits between automatic and manual modes. The processing logic to the sequence of photos in an order of priority based on what the camera application thought, and is left to the user to select.
The latter method of having the phone only prioritize the images seems a happy medium.
Of course, all this depends on whether the application technology makes its way into future devices like the iPhone or the iPhone 6 5S. With this patent filed, that depends on Apple now.