The most anticipated mobile chip of the year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is already out with a lot new capabilities and features. It comes with many enhanced features over the previous editions. The new Qualcomm chip comes with enhancements in areas such as performance, battery endurance, artificial intelligence and camera.
With all these new enhancements, the camera capabilities will be the real game changer. Apart from the new image processing chip that powers the camera capabilities of the new Qualcomm chip. It also has a direct link with the AI chip. The end result of this collaboration will be nothing but a real eye-catching images and videos outputs.
As stated by Judd Heape, the vice president of Qualcomm product management. He said, Snapdragon phones are the new pro cameras. And that, the new chip has so many capabilities. It is up to the smartphone makers to decide which feature to use.
Below, I will talk about top five features of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that will take mobile phone photography to another level in the year ahead of us.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Camera Setup
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 now comes with a direct link between the Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP) and the Hexagon processor in the AI engine. What this direct link does is that, it processes images with hardware capabilities instead of software.
Before this, the ISP and the AI engines were working independently. So most of the image processing were made possible with the help of software processing. Of course manufacturers will still use software processing to enhance images and videos. But this time around, hardware will handle most of the job.
Support For 200MP cameras
Yes we have seen 200MP mobile cameras this year. But the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 comes with better enhancements to make 200MP cameras shoot like real pro cameras. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 brings better support for 200MP cameras. Especially in telephoto or zooming technology.
With the new support for 200MP lenses, you can zoom and capture images from far distant. And still get crispy image quality. The new Snapdragon chip ISP supports an in-sensor zoom support that can crop down larger images to 12.5MP or 50mp. This removes noise when you zoom in images that you shot with the phone’s camera.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Semantic Segmentation
Another top feature of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the semantic segmentation. This also, is made possible by the direct link between the ISP and the AI engine. It is able to differentiate between objects in any photo and their surroundings.
While the ISP focuses on the image, the AI engine on the other hand tells it which is what. For example, if you take a photo of a person standing outdoor wearing a pair of shoes, dressed in suits and wearing a pair of sunglasses. The AI engine is able to send details of all that the person in the photo is wearing. As well as his surroundings.
The end result of this is that, the image comes out with pure details to every single object in the photo. The AI engine and the ISP works hand-in-hand to make sure this happens.
Initially, phone makers used to make this possible with software optimizations. But that will not be the case anymore, thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and its excellent AI capabilities.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Bokeh Engine
The Bokeh engine was introduced in last years Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. But Qualcomm has done something really special to the engine in the Gen 2. With the new improvements you can make changes to the background effects of your photos.
You can adjust the depth of the background blur. You can also change the background lights from blurry dots to a different shape. For example, the new blur engine makes it possible to change blurry circles to heart shapes.
This new addition to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Will come as a very handy feature in taking both still images and recording videos. This makes sure that all images and videos you take using your smartphone look straight and upright.
So, even if your hands are a bit tilted while taking a shot. The new horizontal leveling feature will automatically correct that for you. This works more like a gimbal, so you don’t need to be a pro photographer to the professional photos and professional videos anymore. Thanks to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip.
As Judd said, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip comes with a lot of capabilities. As we draw closer to 2023, we wait to see which features each manufacturer makes use of and how well these features will work.
Source / Via : Tom’s Guide