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 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 iOS 8.
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 tonemapping (all devices) and with device-specific sensor mode (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only).
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: recreate missing pixels from camera motion, producing 2x and 4x scale factors with more details than standard digital zooming
- Hi-Res mode: produces up to 32-megapixel images from regular 8-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 (iOS 8 feature). This helps avoiding duplicates by deleting photos, and allows to flag photos as favorites. All of this without leaving Hydra.
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