The latest software update from Google Glass gave the 5-megapixel camera a serious boost. On top of allowing the addition of captions to images, Project Glass has updated the camera to take multiple images in quick succession and combine them to create an image stacking or high dynamic range effect.
The current purpose of Google Glass' camera seems to be recording images that are as close to what you are seeing as possible — more life logging than artsy. With that in mind, the automatic HDR feature and image stacking abilities seem like a good addition to Google's wearable camera. Users will be able to capture more of what they see around them.
With the new update, the image stacking feature will help capture more light and detail in the dark and HDR will be turned on automatically in bright scenes to put more detail in the shadows.
The actual execution of the new imaging software needs a little bit of work. Of Google's example images, a couple suffered from too-dark foregrounds after processing. Meanwhile, the low-light, indoor images could do with a bit of color correction after HDR's inherent over-saturation.
The new feature greatly improves Glass' photographic capabilities in both low light and full sun but it is only just the beginning of what we hope are more camera improvements coming to Glass. Project Glass is aiming to release one software update each month, addressing all aspects of Glass' functionality.
1. Better photos on Glass
Today we’re releasing new software for the camera on Glass. It captures a rapid sequence of shots behind the scenes every time you press the camera button which, when combined, gives you a better picture than what you would get with a single shot. So, what does this new software mean for your pictures? Two things: you no longer have to be afraid of the dark; it'll detect low light situations and automatically capture a brighter, sharper picture. It'll also automatically take HDR pictures in bright scenes. Best of all, this software works even in tough situations where there are moving subjects.
It’s these kinds of useful improvements that make pictures on Glass even more magical. Anyway, it doesn’t make sense for you to read about it, right? Right, which is exactly why we’ve put together an album showcasing a ‘with and without’ of our favourite photos. Check them out and let us know what you think. Here's a link to the images in high-res: http://goo.gl/gRtVV
2. Photo captions
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we understand that you may want to add a few. So now, when sharing a photo, you’ll see a message inviting you to add a caption. When you see this, simply tap the touchpad, speak your caption, and voilà! A captioned photo is born.
Check out some before (left) and after (right) shots from the latest Google Glass camera update: