'Bokeh' in the new Google Camera app

over 7 years ago from , Designer & Developer at Axonista

Google's newest update to the camera app has a fake 'bokeh' generator built in.

So it pretty much kills Lytro... The effect isn't super natural but it's pretty great considering you can change everything after the photo has been taken.


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  • Matt McDanielMatt McDaniel, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    depth map wat

    I found that more interesting and informative than the two people photos

    12 points
    • Eliot SlevinEliot Slevin, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      // Ignore I re-read the article and answered my own question. Anybody with power feel free to delete this comment.

      0 points
  • Matt McDanielMatt McDaniel, over 7 years ago

    kills Lytro

    That's the first time I've seen or heard the name Lytro since the buzz around them died down a while back, so I'd say they're kind of already dead…

    I realize anecdotal evidence is anecdotal

    3 points
  • Michael CioMichael Cio, over 7 years ago

    from the blog: "Instead of capturing a single photo, you move the camera in an upward sweep to capture a whole series of frames." — that's a clever way of implementing rangefinding (for 3d model creation). I thought you'd need to use two lenses, but this is an elegant solution. Neat.

    2 points
  • Adam T.Adam T., over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Nice, more faux bokeh for faux photographers (faux-tographers?).

    2 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 7 years ago

    interesting. this was a flagship feature and key differentiator for the new HTC one. there goes that.

    2 points
  • Dan HoughDan Hough, over 7 years ago

    Weirdly, this replaced the stock camera app on my Nexus 5 despite appearing to be a completely different app on the Play Store.

    Anyway, seems to leave a few small artefacts but it's pretty cool. Nice job, Google!

    1 point
    • Andreas GillströmAndreas Gillström, over 7 years ago

      This is how Google fight fragmentation. They're uploading their apps to Play Store which gives you the new apps without a new OS version.

      2 points
  • Stephan AngoStephan Ango, over 7 years ago

    Seems like a great feature. I'm curious to see how well it works in situations where the subject is not as clearly defined or the scene has more than a simple foreground/background. Can anyone with an Android phone post more samples?

    I'd love to have finer control even if the algorithm required the user to take two pictures from slightly different angles.

    1 point
  • Marc KöhlbruggeMarc Köhlbrugge, over 7 years ago

    Will be interesting to see if iOS and Instagram will follow suit.

    0 points
  • Tucker SpoffordTucker Spofford, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    This is pretty interesting, but it's not really a Lytro killer. Lytro uses micro-lenses on the sensor to capture all images simultaneously.

    The Google system works like existing iPhone apps and captures multiple images in sequence. Which means that if your scene or subjects are moving the results won't be great.

    Lytro should also be technically faster, because it doesn't need to do image recognition to build the depth map as it is created intrinsically, they just pull the right pixels from the right micro-images.

    I'm glad they are continuing to improve their camera app though.

    0 points
  • Michelle BlackMichelle Black, over 7 years ago

    I love this new feature! Can't wait to take some new photos.

    0 points