In this blog post, which originally appeared on the Stockpile Reports blog, solutions delivery consultant Jonathan Stephens digs into unexpected–but very compelling–reason why the latest generation of iPhones are the best smartphones for 3D capture. He covers the innovation from the angle of stockpile measurement, but the argument applies to most smartphone photogrammetric capture applications.
Apple just released their new flagship iPhone XS and XS Max on September 21st. The phone looks nearly identical to last year’s iPhone X, however, under the hood it is a completely different story. We spent the past couple months visiting rock quarries, bark mulch producers, and paper mills testing the new iPhone and here is why we love the new iPhone XS.
The camera of the future
Apple’s iPhone XS keynote spent a considerable amount of time explaining why the new camera is far better than any camera they have produced in the past. Usually, the improvements are incremental and not worth spending hundreds of dollars each year to upgrade. We are excited to say for the first time in a while that this camera is worth the money.
What is different this time with the camera? Extended dynamic range! Broken down in simple terms, this means the camera can see more detail in the brightest and darkest sections of the images it captures. Apple accomplishes this through impressive real time computation only possible on their new A12 Bionic chipset. Instead of using the traditional video capture method of capturing 30 images per second, the iPhone captures 60 images per second alternating light and dark images. The light and dark image pairs are merged together in real time to extend the dynamic range in the video: