Solving the challenges of traditional optics

Today’s optics are typically composed of many optical elements. These elements correct geometric and chromatic aberrations that arise when using a single lens. Assembling more lenses can further correct these deviations but there’s a trade-off: Additional weight, thickness and cost of the device.

Traditional optics have therefore hit a wall: Their size can no longer be reduced significantly for cameras inside thin devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.).

Lenses in smart devices are small and plastic (for the most part), and do not have the quality of a full-sized optical system, especially for low-light and night-time pictures. As sensors and pixels get smaller, the probability of blur and other aberrations in pictures increases.

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Algolux Virtual Lens

Algolux Virtual Lens corrects optical aberrations through software. This enables sharper, more detailed photos. Additionally, custom optics can be used in conjunction with Virtual Lens to reduce the weight and z-height of a camera module, making for a thinner device.

Examples of Virtual Lens – improving a picture taken with a smartphone’s camera:

 

Algolux Virtual IS

Algolux Virtual IS corrects motion blur and shutter shake, two common problems that arise when taking pictures in low-light conditions. Virtual IS uses a secondary camera (for example, the front-facing camera on a smartphone) to track the micro-movements causing the blur. It then uses this information to deblur the image. The resulting low-light pictures are sharp and blur-free.

Example of Virtual IS – deblurring a picture taken with a smartphone’s camera: