Will cameras be better than the human eye? New pixel design says maybe

Will cameras be better than the human eye one day? New research says 'maybe'
(Image credit: Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart)

No matter how many technological breakthroughs the humble camera experiences, we can never seem to get away from the old adage 'the human eye is more advanced than any camera'. And this is clearly true - no camera can deal with exposure and focus in the way the human eye can. However, German researchers have apparently developed a pixel design that has the potential to hugely increase dynamic range, which could ultimately lead to even more camera technology advancements. 

Dynamic range is one of the major areas that camera manufacturers have been working on. It's essentially the amount of shadow and highlight detail that a photo is able to capture. Even though an image might not initially seem to have captured a wide range of detail, cameras with decent dynamic range will allow you to extract this information from the RAW file. Generally, the better dynamic range a camera has, the more information you'll be able to capture. 

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.