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

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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."

All of this comes together to produce some great imaging prowess that Microsoft says is as good at capturing photos of detailed receipts as it is snapping some great outdoor shots. We've included some of Microsoft's sample images below, but be sure to check out the full blog post at the source link below for more.

Surface Camera Test Flower

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Source: Microsoft

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