Computational photography on an iPhone

Stanford professor Marc Levoy has created an iPhone camera app that emulates adjustable aperture to produce a shallow depth of field, blurring the scene behind and around the photo’s subject.

SynthCam captures and combines multiple shots into a single image. Also, in its multiple captures, SynthCam collects more light than one shot would, and so can yield better pictures in low-light conditions.

The app costs 99 cents from Apple’s online App Store.

More information is here.

An online video of Levoy’s presentation on computational photography at our 6Sight Future of Imaging conference is here.


  1. It is great to see that what Marc discussed at 6Sight is coming to the iPhone users. Hopefully this will expand into the DSLR products soon.


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