Microsoft dives into the camera tech on the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4

We’ve already talked at length about the great camera technology included in the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and now Microsoft has taken a deeper look at the effort that went into the camera tech in the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. To start off, Microsoft notes the bump in specs for the rear camera, including a step up to 8MP from the 5MP shooter that appeared on the Surface Pro 3, along with the addition of autofocus. Additionally, the front-facing camera has a wider field of view, bumping up to 80 degrees from the Surface Pro 3’s 70-degree field of view. The real focus of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book camera prowess, however, is on the image processing. Microsoft says that the Surface team made thousands of tweaks to the image-signal processor to make images look like they were taken with an SLR camera. According to Microsoft, this process is part science and part art: “The science deals with factors such as sensor, lens, and camera module evaluation, selection, design and manufacturing. That lays the foundation to create high-fidelity images. The art builds upon the foundation by tuning the image-signal processor and automatic-camera controls such as white balance, exposure, and focus, among other tools, to help create fantastic images. Basically, all this fine-tuning takes a less than optimal raw image and improves it so colors are rich and true and images are razor-sharp.”

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