How does it work? Hydra merges up to 60 individual images to make a single high-quality picture, effectively getting more light from the scene. That way, Hydra produces up to 32-megapixel high-resolution images (4x the 8-megapixel sensor resolution), enhanced HDR, better 2x/4x/8x zoom, and reduced camera noise in low-light scenes.
Hydra relies on the latest evolutions of camera hardware, and uses the latest camera APIs and GPU rendering technologies of latest iOS.
New in Hydra 1.5: support for the telephoto and front cameras respectively for up to 8x zoom level and for gorgeous selfies in HDR or Lo-Light modes.
Hydra offers 2 HDR modes:
- HDR for still images by capturing and merging up to 20 images.
- Video-HDR to capture videos with single-image tone mapping (all devices) and with device-specific sensor mode (iPhone 6 and later models).
When taking a picture in HDR mode, Hydra automatically adjusts camera settings through bright and dark areas of the scene and it captures a number of images. Hydra then merges those images together and proposes options (intensity of the effect, black and white) to produce the final image.
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Lo-Light mode, as its name suggests, is dedicated to low-light conditions, when taking pictures is particularly hazardous. In this mode, Hydra merges together multiple images to amplify light by a factor of 10. This technique significantly removes sensor noise to provide a better image quality.
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This Super Resolution technique is provided in the following modes:
- Zoom mode: recreates missing pixels from camera motion, producing 2x, 4x and 8x (with telephoto lens support) scale factors with more details than standard digital zooming.
- Hi-Res mode: produces up to 32-megapixel images from regular 8- or 12-megapixel camera sensor, providing finer details from the scene.
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Hydra also features a photo gallery, for reviewing images and their metadata, that is directly linked with the built-in photo album. This helps avoiding duplicates by deleting photos, and allows to flag photos as favorites. All of this without leaving Hydra.
Innovative Capture Technology
Hydra features a photo capture technology that will merge together a large number of input frames. Thus bringing more light into resulting images.
Parameters of the camera sensor are continuously changed to retrieve highlights and shadows from the scene, merging together up to 20 input frames.
Light is amplified by merging up to 10 images. Specific image merging & denoising is applied to generate final image.
This mode generates 2x, 4x or 8x (telephoto lens) zoomed image with a super-resolution algorithm but with a narrower field of view.
Specific super-resolution method is used to merge 50+ input images to generate images up to 32 megapixels, and allowing you to capture more details.
Apple Watch Support
Hydra can be remotely controlled by Apple Watch. Capture mode can be changed & photo/video capture intitiated.