Marc Levoy, The Creator Of Google Pixel Photo Algorithms, Will Develop The Perfect Camera For Any Smartphone
Marc Levoy, a specialist in computational photography who is responsible for the "smart" camera software for Google Pixel smartphones, will work at Adobe, according to the statement of the company known as the developer of Photoshop and other tools for image processing and creating visual content.
Before leaving Google in March 2020, He led the team that turned Pixel into one of the most outstanding photo smartphones on the market. It was the Pixel that first introduced an effective night shooting feature that allowed smartphones to take high-quality images in almost complete darkness. To do this, the algorithms developed by Levoy and his colleagues analyzed and combined data from several images taken sequentially.
These and other features of computational photography allowed Pixel smartphones to remain competitive for a long time against the flagships of Apple and Samsung, despite the use of only one lens. In Google smartphones, the second camera appeared only in 2019, to increase the clarity of images, while Apple added it to the iPhone 7 Plus back in 2016.
In his new job, mark Levoy will focus on "projects in the field of computational photography," while, Adobe said, he will focus on developing "the concept of a universal camera application." It is not clear what exactly is meant, but it is possible that we are talking about an application that can make the most of the photographic "hardware" of any smartphone, achieving the best results.
Adobe already has a universal mobile photo application-Photoshop Camera, built-in photo shooting function in the mobile version of the Adobe Lightroom photo combine. Perhaps, writes the Verge, Adobe has a more ambitious plan for the technologies of computational photography, for the implementation of which they hired the head of the development of algorithms for the Google Pixel camera.