Microsoft Releases Pix App to Improve iPhone Photography
Enlisting the digital imaging expertise of its Computational Photography Group, Microsoft releases an iOS app that automatically enhances pictures taken with iPhones.Microsoft has a new app for shutterbugs who don't want to fiddle with the iPhone's camera settings to capture the perfect shot. The company released an iOS 9 app on July 27 that borrows technologies from its research division to advance the state of smartphone photography and help iPhone users take Instagram-worthy pictures. Dubbed simply Microsoft Pix, the app uses technologies developed by the Computational Photography group within Microsoft Research to capture well-exposed, in-focus photos. In terms of hardware, Pix supports iPhone 5s and newer Apple smartphones. On the tablet side of the fence, it runs on the iPad Air, Air 2, Mini (2,3 and 4) and Pro. "Microsoft Pix captures a burst of 10 frames with each shutter click—some from before the tap—and uses artificial intelligence to select up to three of the best, unique shots," explained the company in a July 27 announcement. To help save on precious phone storage space, the unused frames are deleted. Before that happens, Pix nonetheless finds a way to use the unwanted images to improve on the final product.
"Before the remaining frames are deleted, the app uses data from the entire burst to remove noise, and then intelligently brightens faces, beautifies skin and adjusts the picture's color and tone. These best, enhanced images are ready in about a second," continued Microsoft.