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Meet Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant that's got photographers talking.

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Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant

 

Arsenal is the name of a new AI unit that the creator, Ryan Stout, says is capable of finding the best settings to capture a great photo in any situation. 

It works by searching a database of photos of which it compares with the scene in front of you. Arsenal then chooses the best settings, refines them using 18 specific factors and captures the photo. 

There's also a mode that customises settings based on the lens/camera combo you're using and how the perform in different situations. For example, if your lens performs badly at certain apertures, Arsenal will move settings to avoid these weaknesses. As well as knowing what lens/camera you're using, Smart Assistant chooses a focus point in the scene to maximise image sharpness or you can tell it what to focus on and what you don't so Arsenal can balance the right focus position, aperture and shutter speed to make sure your shot is sharp. 

 

Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant

 

Arsenal is compatible with DSLR and mirrorless cameras and it's controlled via an iOS / Android app on your smartphone which means you can use Live View when composing your images. There are also manual controls available which can be adjusted wirelessly from up to 100 feet away should you want more control over the final image.

Other useful tools include: 

  • Focus Tap - With the focus tool, you can tap to focus on a single point, or select multiple points and Arsenal will make sure they are all in focus. 
  • Exposure Tool - Tap to expose for one or more areas and the zebra stripes option lets you quickly see if any part of the photo is overexposed.
  • Focus Stacking - Combine multiple images to get the entire scene in sharp focus.
  • HDR - Automatically merge multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range JPEGS or RAW files.
  • Long Exposures - Arsenal removes the need for filters. 
  • Timelapse capture
  • Easy to share and view images 

 

Arsenal, the intelligent camera assistant

 

As for the hardware, Arsenal has 6 hours of battery life, features LED status indicators and is housed in a polycarbonate case. The device can be charged while in use and it can even charge your camera if it's supported. 

Arsenal is currently looking for backers over on Kickstarter where it's already gone beyond its target and shipping will begin in February 2018. For more information, take a look at the video below and visit the Arsenal website

 

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