iPhone photography apps are a dime a dozen (or 99 cents a dozen) on the App Store, but SynthCam holds real promise. Designed by Stanford professor Marc Levoy, the app uses computational photography to simulate a shallow depth of field for iPhone photography.
The ten seconds or so it takes SynthCam to create a composite image poses other advantages. Because it tracks what’s in the background, passers-by or moving objects will disappear from your images. And because the phone can capture an image for several seconds, in low-light conditions you’ll get more light exposure and a picture with less noise. Want to see it in action? You got it.
We hope SynthCam’s computational photography influences appmakers--and device makers--to step up their game with camera software. If stock phone cameras came with more powerful software from the very start, we’d be one step closer to doing away with point-and-shoots for good. SynthCam is only 99 cents on the App Store.